"Cruel Cuts," the second in my Sticks Hetrick mystery series, will be released Nov. 1 by Whiskey Creek Press.
Sticks is still an unofficial consultant to Aaron Brubaker, his less experienced successor as police chief of the rural Pennsylvania community of Swatara Creek.
A vicious poison pen campaign directed against an ambitious young lawyer appears to link him to a rash of animal mutilations plaguing the area. Sticks has a history with the young man and his mother and is the obvious choice to investigate.
He is assisted by his protege, Flora Vastine, a rookie officer, and they soon encounter murder, false leads, a series of dangerous episodes and a second murder before the case is resolved.
I'll be posting sample chapters in the near future. Watch for news of them.
"Corruption's Child," the third in the Hetrick series, is scheduled for release in June 2008.