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1st Place winner Library Journal Mystery award

Children of the ejido in Baja California, Mexico

Human Trafficking across the Mexican border

  ....Baby smuggling brews mayhem on both sides of the border in this fast-paced adventure thriller. SEE Selected Works

The heat suffocation of six campesinos inside an abandoned boxcar in the California desert was tragic enough before reporter Ray Myers discovers evidence that babies had been with them, babies gone missing. The trail to find them hurls the reporter into the dangerous world of international human trafficking.

The smuggling gang becomes crippled in chaos as mastermind Ricky Mendez devises a psychotic plan to snuff everyone related to the operation, including now a pesky reporter who keeps sniffing around in the wrong places.


Myers along with softhearted smuggler Maggie Frazier find themselves on the run from Mendez' henchmen while trying to rescue the babies from a ruthless Mexican trafficker who has hijacked the children. It's a race against time that drives them deep into Baja's Indian country and through the seamy back streets of Ensenada.


Now comes vengeance for a childhood of abuse

Cover by Ron Argo and Renato Prete



Change electrifies an Alabama town in the 1950s during the violent Civil Rights Movement

A coming-of-age saga of friendship, betrayal and murder in the South during the civil rights revolution

Cover by Renato Prete



...Wartime drama of friendship and betrayal, and the displacement of untold numbers of Vietnamese people

Original unused cover Simon & Schuster

Twenty years ago Simon and Schuster had high hopes for a new war novel called YEAR OF THE MONKEY and it published to rave reviews then multiple bids for the paperback. But the book, in a blink, got lost in the abyss of indifference over an unpopular war that society wanted only to forget. Vietnam.

Flash forward to the aftermath of another costly and disgraceful errant war in what historically is only a blink of the eye in time and we see how the ignored lessons of Vietnam are more relevant than ever as we now maneuver an exit plan for the morass of another unwanted, unpopular, unwinable quagmire in Afghanistan.


This deeply human war thriller is not just a revelation of how and why Vietnam became a devastating political and social blunder, nor is it purely a nostalgic look at the young men who unwittingly took part in that shameful moment of American history, though both are as thematic to the story as the moral dilemmas forced on the protagonist in a world he can escape only by betrayal and murder--Much as the greater U.S. military did leaving Vietnam. It is a lesson in our history we have not learned from.


Now comes the renewal of YEAR OF THE MONKEY, revised and reissued by the author, first through the Authors Guild of America in 2003 as a quality paperback, and now through Amazon, B&N and Smashwords as a digital book by Cliff Edge Publishing.