Stories about crimes have always resonated with me, whether it was Crime and Punishment or The Quiet American. Maybe it’s because I started my career as a police reporter, or because I worked for a time as a teacher in the county jail.
More than a decade ago, when I decided to finally get serious about writing, I started with short stories based on real misdeeds I’d witnessed. I wrote one about my next door neighbor, who’d been murdered by a friend, another about an ambitious bike racer who decides to take out the competition, and a bunch of others based on characters I met in jail.
Over time these got picked up by various magazines online and in print. More than a dozen now exist, with most of the latest in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Big Pulp.
For my debut novel, They Tell Me You Are Wicked, I drew inspiration from the most infamous event in the history of my hometown: the real life killing of a political candidate’s daughter (though I made up all the details). Now I am at work on a second volume in the series, set two years later, after my hero, Duncan Cochrane, has become governor. He’s haunted by the family secret that got him elected, and fighting a sniper who’s targeting children in Chicago.
Watch for They Tell Me You Are Cunning, the fourth book in the Duncan Cochrane mystery series, to release in the summer of 2019.
Can one man undo a terrible criminal injustice?
“Richly detailed, riveting storytelling brings alive Chicago politics in the 1980s as we follow a disgraced politician through a labyrinth of crime and punishment.” ~ Mysti Berry, Editor, Low Down Dirty Vote
Duncan Cochrane quit politics to escape the sins of his past, but two years later, he’s pulled back in to protect his imprisoned son, and a death row inmate who just might be innocent.
To do so, he must find new sources of power and new ways to inspire the voters who turned on him.
EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS the fourth book in the Duncan Cochrane series of crime mysteries detailing Duncan’s rise to prominence and the personal cost of his public ambitions.