About my work:
Many of my short stories and my first novel, "Lead Poisoning" are about
Kevin Markinson, Marine Veteran, sometime mob troubleshooter, with
possible connections to the CIA. In his younger days he was a
tough guy, but as he's gotten older, he's tried to settle down.
Problem is, trouble seems to find him, no matter where he is or
what he does. It doesn't help that through most of his life he's
been in and out of prison, when he was supposed to be in prison. It doesn't help that all he knows how to do is shoot at things. Well, not things so much as people.
In "Lead Poisoning," set in the late nineties, Kevin makes the decision
to move to New Hampshire to spend time with his wife Cindy and their
two teenage boys, Andy and Michael. But he doesn't really know
how to settle down and keep to himself. He befriends the local
police chief. Andy gets involved with drug dealers. Michael
wonders if he should turn his father in to the US Marshals. And
the US Marshals are interested in Kevin's whereabouts, in the form of
Deputy Sally Barnard, who has been chasing him for what seems like half
her career. As Kevin tries to get Andy out of trouble and keep
himself out of the spotlight, the life he's tried to build unravels and
the story races to its inevitable conclusion.
In "Stress Fractures," a prequel to "Lead Poisoning," Kevin
Markinson has never found his breaking point. His time as a
sniper in Vietnam didn’t do it. His career as a CIA
assassin didn’t bother him. He’s tough, cool, even
working as a mob troubleshooter in New York. But when his boss
decides to break him out of prison, and things begin to go wrong, he
starts to discover cracks in his armor. Little fissures that
start to get bigger as he is injured, then taken hostage, along with a
teenager, by a gang of thugs. He has to step up and protect the
kid, all while trying to keep himself from falling completely apart,
while law enforcement closes in. Can he hold it together, save
the kid, and keep himself out of prison?