NYC's Most Violent Private Detective Breaks Free
The time frame of The Escape takes place in 2005, and Mike is now 68 years old. He has continued working in the private detective field. His body has been shot, stabbed, and beaten up so many times that he is considering retiring, and leaving the decay and cold weather of the Big Apple.
His soul mate, Lola, is urging him to move to the tropical paradise of Florida. Mike is also smitten with the idea, especially after vacationing at "The Villages," a crime-free hamlet in the center of the Sunshine State.
Lola's caustic Mom throws a wrench in the works. Mike also has a couple of jobs he needs to clean up before leaving the city.
Does he actually retire? Does he actually leave N.Y.C.? The two jobs he needs to wrap up are no pieces of cake. One of the jobs reveals the underbelly of the "Faith Healing" world. With advanced technology and investigative methods Maddog exposes scandal and disgrace. The result raises public outrage. The second job... well, just hold on to your hat. As far as "blood and guts" are concerned, this is not for the Mary Poppins reader.
The question is...does Mike even live long enough to retire?
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About the Author
He joined the military as soon as he hit 18. He is a Vietnam combat vet '67 serving in the U.S. Navy for 5 years from '64-'69. Tom was a Gunners Mate mostly stationed on board the USS Barney (DDG-6), a guided missile destroyer, and attained Petty Officer 2nd class.
Receiving various awards and commendations during his time in Vietnam. They include the
• Meritorious Unit Commendation;
• The Combat Action Ribbon;
• The Vietnam Campaign Medal
• Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation
• The Vietnam Service Medal
• The National Defense Service Medal
Tom attended Roosevelt High School ('64) in Yonkers. He earned a BA ('75) from Lehman College in The Bronx; an MA (Clinical Psychology) from Farleigh Dickinson Univ. ('77.); and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology ('81) at the University of the Pacific.
His career employment was with the Department of Veterans Affairs, as a Counseling Psychologist. He retired in 2003 after 27 years of federal service.
Tom had driven a NY "gypsy" cab, at night, during his college years in the 70's and was surprised at how much it felt like being back in a war zone
Hobbies are poker and magic. He produced and is still selling a DVD on how to perform tricks with poker chips on Amazon.com. He played in eleven World Series of Poker events and a World Poker Tour Main Event.
He was awarded "Magician of the Year" in 2005 as well as several "close up" magic awards.
At this time Tom has completed 5 Maddog novels in the Mike Murdock Mystery series. A brief summary of the first book will give you the flavor and action of NYC's most violent private detective.
The novel details the latest case of Mike "MADDOG" Murdock, the borderline depraved crime-fighting private detective. Follow the action as no-holds barred Maddog, fueled by a genuine rage against crime busts his way through the mean streets of 1968 New York City. The explosion of violence is more overt than the usual detective story, and leaves little to the imagination.
Maddog's friend is murdered, and unfortunately for the Johnny Dragon gang, Mike gets hot on the case. Every twist and turn leads to bad news for somebody.
Written in the first person, Murdock describes his violent encounters with relish. Action, Murder, Sex, interwoven with mystery and suspense will keep you reading. Reminiscent of Mickey Spillane's adventures. A real page turner!