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I would like to write one thing as memorable as Andre Bazin's bon mot of a "corpse on reprieve."


Background Information

My background is nondescript, pleasantly boring, and very middle class.  I'm a closet existentialist. I've had good jobs and bad jobs.  Nothing sticks out.  I love mysteries, hardboiled crime, noir (film and literature)--with me, it's always the harderboiled, the better.  My reading influences are many but two stand out, and I write their names with the greatest admiration:  David L. Lindsey, one of the most elegant stylists I have ever read; the other is Martin Cruz Smith.  I have read and re-read all the Arkady Renko books many times, and I still find Renko's persona to be the most fascinating, attractive, and heroic in modern literature.  These authors please me mightily with the way they handle words and surpass whetever constitutes genre in mystery fiction writing. 

Of personal influences, I have two, but I would prefer not to name anyone publicly.

I live in a small town in Northeastern Ohio.  I never travel.  I have a great view of the sunsets over Lake Erie.  Life is pretty good.

   

Birth Place
Ashtabula, OH USA
Accomplishments

A story I wrote in 2009, "The Frotteur in the Dark," was named one of 6 Best Of in a very good literary webzine published out of Chicago.

Additional Information

I had been writing private eye stories of my detective character for several years and I was pleased that Grand Mal Press accepted a longer Haftmann manuscript for publication this year.

Favorite Links

Haftmann's Rules
The plot concerns a search for a missing girl, a brilliant maniac, and a secret society of racists.

"The Dog returneth to His Vomit"
This Thomas Haftmann story is typical of those I've recently published in various webzines like Thrillers, Killers, 'n' Chillers, A Twist of Noir, and Sex and Murder Magazine.

Excerpt from Haftmann's Rules

Saraband for a Runaway
Private eye Thomas Haftmann jumps at the opportunity to escape the frigid Northern Ohio weather. Beautiful, troubled Raina Toivela has run away from home again. All he has to do is fly down to Miami, show her photo around, ask a few questions, and take a stroll along the beach before coming back to his tiny office in a second-class resort town and the routine of skip-trace jobs. But it won’t be sunny beaches Haftmann will recall once he recovers from the bullet wound to his head. He’ll remember a beating from a professional boxer and the icy fear in his guts during that drive to the mangrove swamps with two gun thugs who planned to make him alligator bait for the amusement of their boss, a rich Cuban-American developer. Battered and bruised, Haftmann will go back to search for the girl once more, and this time he will find himself wading through a different kind of muck—one composed of lowlife schemers and rich degenerates with their drugs and sex parties, knowing two killers will be looking for him to finish the job, and aware at every step of his investigation that the man who ordered his murder and orchestrated Raina’s disappearance is watching his every move with blood colder than any reptile.





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