Cooper's Moon is the first in a planned series of novels based on the character, Cooper—college professor, private investigator and father of a kidnapped son. While teaching philosophy at a small college in central Ohio, Cooper’s seven year-old son, Maxie, was kidnapped, an event that would eventually destroy his marriage, his career, and threaten his mental well-being, taking him from a rural, mid-western town into southeast Florida and the vicious world of child prostitution, gangs, and church treachery.
The novel begins in a cemetery where Cooper, now a homicide detective in the Miami Police Department, is called out with his partner, Tony DeFelice, to investigate the death of a 12-year old boy. The murder of a teenage girl, found in a cemetery nearby, leads the two cops to believe there is a connection between the two killings.
Cooper’s investigations lead him into a maze of violence that unfolds in Miami and its suburbs as he probes the evil underbelly of the city with the help of his friends: Huxter Crowe, an elusive gator-trapper of Native American descent living in Everglades City; Richie, a bat-yielding mob enforcer; and Anthony DeFelice, a hard-boiled Miami cop, who grew up with Cooper and Richie on the tough streets of Cleveland.
The book climaxes in a breathtaking chase through the Everglades, as Cooper, Richie, and Huxter run down the kidnappers as they drive their Go-Fast boats through the dark of the night, the way lit only by the light of the moon...Cooper’s Moon.
Blood Moon Risingis the second installation in the Cooper Mystery Series. Blood Moon Rising brings together Coop’s old familiar friends: Huxter Crow, a backwoodsman from the Everglades, Richie, a bat wielding enforcer, and Tony DeFelice, a Miami PD detective.
The story begins with a phone call in the middle of the night from Cooper’s college friend, Jack Lawless. A friend of his is missing--she turns out to be a girl friend. Problem. Lawless is married.
Cooper jumps on a plane, lands in Columbus, Ohio and meets Lawless. He agrees to look for his girl friend, a foreign student from South Africa. In the process Cooper finds himself caught in the middle of a dangerous militia group, mafia figures, members of a Russian gang involved in the sale of body parts, and the investigation of another missing person, a young Russian girl.
It was early October when Cooper arrived in Ohio. It was harvest time. The time of the Blood Moon.
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