Stapleton, Staten Island. Holding on to the rest of New York by a ferryboat, it's not the kind of place where a real Private Eye would live. But Sam Russo does.
In Good Dog, Bad Dog, he and his dog Jane barely missed gruesome deaths. That's twice now.
The 1949 Kentucky Derby is about to run. Sam, who counts out his life by Derbies, has his seat by the radio all picked out. He'll be listening with Jane and his new friend Holly.
Holly lives right next door to him in a room as shabby as his. She's a man. He's a woman. Sam doesn't care. He likes Holly. Jane likes Holly. She's the best thing Sam has if he doesn't count the love of his life, Jane. Or Mrs. Willingford--who's married to a rich someone else.
Everything's set for the Derby until a rare and classy Lagonda rolls through Stapleton. Getting into that Lagonda, Holly's turned the worst trick of her life and threatened to ruin Sam's in the bargain.
When the girl in the next room disappears, Russo and Jane find themselves lost in sordid world of hidden mansions, a twisted social club, and high society secrets.
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About the Author
In England, she created and sailed the Thekla, a 180 foot Baltic Trader, to the port of Bristol where it became the Old Profanity Showboat. It remains there today as a Bristol landmark. On it, she and Vivian wrote and staged a unique musical for the sheer joy of it. "Stinkfoot, a Comic Opera," garnered a host of delighted, if slightly puzzled, national reviews. The Old Profanity is on its way to becoming a film: "The Last Showboat."
Her first novel, "China Blues," was the subject of a bidding war. "China Blues," and her second novel, "Chasing Women," introduced Longfellow to Hollywood... a long hard but ultimately fascinating trip.
When Vivian died in 1995, Ki stopped writing, living on Standing Room Only Farm in Vermont. Time may not heal, but it tempers. Eventually Ki began writing again, but her subject became the moment at age 19 that informed her life... a direct experience with the Divine. She chose the figure of Mary Magdalene to tell that tale in her novel "The Secret Magdalene."
Ki's second book on the Divine Feminine is "Flow Down Like Silver," a novel about the numinous and gifted Hypatia of Alexandria, a tragically ignored historical figure of towering intellect who searched through intellect for what the Magdalene knew in her heart.
Recently, a huge departure from all she'd written before, Longfellow found herself writing a tale of supernatural horror called "Houdini Heart." This book was selected by the Horror Writers of America as one of a handful of books to be considered for their 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Novel.
In the Spring of 2013 the first three titles of her Sam Russo noir murder mystery series was published by Eio Books: "Shadow Roll," "Good Dog, Bad Dog," and "The Girl in the Next Room."