Category: Novels

The Family

     In June 2014 Zharmae Publishing Company published my first novel, The Family. It’s available at, and if you like legal thrillers (and even if you don’t!), please check it out.      It’s about Jay Marc Rhodes, a Corpus Christi lawyer who is struggling with sobriety while trying to salvage his failing law firm. He recruits rookie lawyer Aaron Arredondo, hoping to gain a few easy cases from Aaron’s extended family connections.  Instead, Jay finds himself pulled into the underbelly of the community: a burgeoning drug economy and ruthless world of money, family ties, and risk.     Culture clash, corruption, and greed combine in this tale of lawyers and cops, smugglers and kingpins, and murder and revenge in 1970s South Texas. From …
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When Latin Lost its Relevance

     My second novel to be published is When Latin Lost its Relevance, and can now be pre-ordereed on The official release date is August 13. Please check it out.      It is a fictional memoir about 99,000 words long and deals with young boys growing up at the Josephinum, a Catholic seminary in central Ohio that I attended in the late 50s. The story is completely fictional, but it does reflect the kinds of relationships and foibles many of the students dealt with.      It’s the story of fourteen year-old Paul Riddle who arrives at the Josephinum in August, 1961 and sees immediately that he will have a hard time adjusting to the rigors of the pre-Vatican II Catholic seminary. …
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