Hoffman and O'Hare Mystery Series
The first novel in the Hoffman and O'Hare Mysteries, Abandoned Homes: Vietnam Revenge Murders was awarded first prize in the Mystery/Thriller category in the Maryland Writers Association 2018 novel contest. I want to thank the Delaware Press Association for awarding The Billion Dollar Embezzlement Murders third place in the novel category in their 2020 communications contest. It's nice to receive recognition from your peers. The Counterfeit Drug Murders is the third novel in the series. It has been awarded third place in the novel category by the Delaware Press Association in their 2021 Communications Contest. Thus, all the novels in the Hoffman and O'Hare Mystery Series have won writing awards.
The Counterfeit Drug Murders
Hank Strong, the paranoid embezzlement mastermind, fatally poisons the software developer of the code used in the undetectable withdrawal of small amounts from thousands of credit card holders, totaling over a billion dollars. Strong attempts to eliminate anyone who can give the police information connecting him to the crime.
The action switches to the continuing romance of Margaret Hoffman and Paul O’Hare. They marry and spend their honeymoon in Greece.
The embezzlement continues as Strong orders the murder of Joann Cummings, who discovered the crime. She avoids the first two attacks at her home and at a mountain cabin in West Virginia, but fearing for her life flies to Greece to enlist the help of Margaret and Paul to help solve the crime. As they become involved, the criminals continue their attempt to eliminate their enemies in the Greek islands of Crete, Naxos, and Mykonos. The action returns to the U.S. as the Delaware and Greek police get closer to solving the crime. Strong made plans to leave the U.S. to live in a country without a U.S. extradition treaty after killing Joann, Margaret, Paul and others in Duck, North Carolina. Will the police or the embezzlers be successful in their quests?
The Billion Dollar Embezzlement Murders is the second novel in the Hoffman and O’Hare Mystery Series. The Delaware Press Association awarded the book third place in the novel category in their 2020 Communications Contests. The DPA judge stated, “...the book rapidly picks up speed and is almost impossible to put down.” Other readers of this cyber-crime and thriller/mystery have stated that it is a great read, the embezzlement scheme being so interesting, well thought out, will keep you up all night, a compelling international thriller, and a page turner. .
U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War ended in 1975 when the U.S. abandoned its embassy in Saigon. However, the hate developed during the war years, especially at major universities continued. Proponents of the war, fierce opponents of communism, acted during the war years to remove potential traitors from our society. Those against the war continued their opposition, begun in the 1960s, culminating in the riots and student killings at major universities, including Kent, Maryland and Wisconsin.
Paul O’Hare, a retired history professor, uncovers a long-hidden domestic impact of the Vietnam War thirty-five years after the war ended when he finds a skeleton in the crawl space of an abandoned home in southern Delaware. The Delaware State Police investigation team, headed by Detective Margaret Hoffman, discovers two more skeletons and the quest for a serial killer begins. Hoffman soon determines the three skeletons had been graduate students at the University of Maryland during the 1970s as had Paul O’Hare. He soon becomes a major suspect. Eventually the State Police clear him and he begins a romantic relationship with Detective Hoffman that must resolve conflicts between his antiwar sentiments and her experience as a Marine veteran.
The investigation uncovers Vietnam War controversies between pro- and anti-war graduate students at the University of Maryland in the early 1970s. Several students opposing the war reportedly committed suicide, but their friends believe the CIA assassinated them. Thirty-five years later, after O’Hare’s initial finding, additional skeletons and missing Maryland students are discovered by Detective Hoffman’s team. The investigation unravels the long simmering hatreds between the pro- and anti-war factions, culminating in additional killings and attempted murders in 2008.
The search for a serial killer reveals a complex web of interrelated former students, questionable suicides, a crusading newspaper reporter, and CIA agents and double agents, in this fast-paced suspense novel.
Abandoned Homes: Vietnam Revenge Murders is the first novel in the Hoffman and O’Hare Mystery Series. The Maryland Writers Association awarded the book first place in the thriller/mystery category in their 2018 Novel Contest. Other readers of this cyber-crime and thriller/mystery have stated that it is a page turner, a mystery on many levels, a good story, Frank Hopkins scores another hit, a mesmerizing murder mystery, stirs you curiosity, will keep you up all night, and hard to put down.
The premature heart failure of the matriarch, Mary, tore the Jewel family apart. Mary’s children and her cardiologist did not accept that Mary had died a natural death in Duck, North Carolina. Brian, Mary’s son, clinically depressed by his mother’s death, recruited detectives Hoffman and O’Hare to discover who murdered Mary. A decade earlier, an immoral physician had enslaved her daughter, Eve, into opioid addiction – Mary’s death awoke a long simmering hatred.
Eve independently imposed her retribution on the pharmaceutical industry risking life in prison. Eve’s revenge involved cyber techniques to identify, locate, and track her victims. Eve mentally struggles with being caught and losing her lover or continuing her self-justified revenge.
The detectives discover Mary’s killer might have participated in other murders related to counterfeit drugs. They pursue the serial killer as he and his lover flee the police. The interstate search for the murderer leads to a fatal car chase through steep and dangerous mountain roads. Who will survive?
The Counterfeit Drug Murders is the third novel in the Hoffman and O’Hare Mystery Series. Readers of this pharmaceutical thriller/mystery have stated: it is riveting, twisty realism, loved the detail, could not put the book down, emotional read, very timely story, a delightful read, a new type of murder in the midst of the opioid crisis, and easy to read.