Given my background in chemical and nuclear engineering and my experience in working for and with the federal government (e.g., US Atomic Energy Commission, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, US Department of Energy), my first books were centered around situations associated with those agencies. There is a series of three books shown above in where the protagonist is Dr. Essie Openwaters, a twenty-one-year-old woman with dual PhDs and trust issues. The three Essie Openwaters Mystery Thrillers are: (1) GIRL EMERGING [ ], (2) MALICIOUS DECEPTION, & (3) 90 DAYS). The trust issues came from being raised by her outcast Kootenai Indian father and being constantly ridiculed by classmates as a child. Essie evolves into a super sleuth deals with assassins, corrupt politicians, and Ty Rettig, a psychopathic billionaire intent on killing her. All three books are available for purchase through Amazon in Kindle eBook or paperback format.
A fourth novel, PERNICIOUS PROCLIVITIES, also now available on Amazon, takes place a half century earlier, 1965. Rocco Mancuso, a flawed but talented US Atomic Energy Commission spy catcher, finds himself in a life or death struggle with a much younger Ty Rettig and Pakistani spies. Woven into PERNICIOUS PROCLIVITIES is a back story for MALICIOUS DECEPTION, the second Essie Openwaters novel.
A fifth novel, DARK SECRETS RISING, is also a Rocco Mancuso Cold War novel, this time pitting Mancuso against a quadruple threat of agents stealing top secret nuclear secrets, a sabotage project that would wipe out a critical US nuclear weapons production site and kill millions, a boss who seeks to destroy him, and a loneliness he's at a loss to cure.
Finally, FOR WANT OF A FRIEND, is a short story, also on Amazon, that gives a glimpse of twelve-year-old Essie Openwaters struggling to fit into a bigoted all white north Idaho town. It's her coming of age story
GIRL EMERGING AMAZON LINK: GIRL EMERGING
MALICIOUS DECEPTION AMAZON LINK: MALICIOUS DECEPTION
90 DAYS AMAZON LINK: 90 DAYS
PERNICIOUS PROCLIVITIES AMAZON LINK: PERNICIOUS PROCLIVITIES
DARK SECRETS RISING: Expected publication 2025
FOR WANT OF A FRIEND AMAZON LINK: FOR WANT OF A FRIEND