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The Reluctant Killer [Kindle Edition]

John Osipowicz
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The Reluctant Killer----------------------------Mystery Novel----------------------------379 pages

Millard Whitney is in his third day as a detective. So far, no clients, but then a beautiful blonde walks in. Millard is smitten. He is now filled with a Blythe spirit because that is the girl’s name.
She tells him that her boyfriend, Brian, is missing. A former Philly cop, Millard is eager to begin his first case, but he quickly finds that a private detective is private indeed—he has no one to help him. As a cop Millard had access to squad room records and the advice of his fellow officers. Suddenly it is just himself out there, and he finds it tough sledding, downhill all the way. His brashness and cockiness becomes replaced with humility. Millard had quit the police force because of an integrity issue, and now he has his integrity, but no one to come to his aid.
Brian, a high school teacher, might have been honest with his students, but in other parts of his life there was much that he was hiding. Soon, Brian himself comes out of the closet—he literally falls out of one, dead. Millard’s missing person’s case has become a homicide. In his investigation, Millard sees that Brian’s colleagues were no different from the teachers he had when he was in school: too immersed in their own egos to care about his questioning. Millard does suspect, though, that one of them might have been harboring killer thoughts.
Then, the unthinkable: Millard begins to feel that Blythe might be mixed up in the crime. His feelings for her are put to the test.
In tracing the murdered victim’s life, Millard discovers that Brian was fanatically competitive, and a sometimes violent, unethical person. He was a man who made enemies, some of them connected to his involvement with drugs. This cocaine trail leads to people in authority, first at a lower level, but then at a higher political strata—and maybe eventually to the highest office in the land.
Millard uncovers a secret website, and eventually thinks he has the killer, but a sudden twist puts him in total jeopardy. The consequences might be that this will be his first and last case.


John Osipowicz was born in Madison, Wisconsin and graduated (cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame. After college he worked in advertising for the Chicago Tribune and then migrated into teaching, mainly in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Currently he lives across from a horse farm, thirty miles west of Philly. He has a dog old enough for Social Security, and a cat so fat it's been mistaken for a raccoon. His hobbies are whimsy and leisure. The key to writing, he feels, is the ability to construct the next sentence. This was the first novel he ever wrote.

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  • File Size: 562 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: John Osipowicz (January 3, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GHNJW4
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Collection of Annecdotes - Not a Novel September 9, 2013
By Fran
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is a collection of the author's anecdotes and philosophies on topics from gun control to death and the meaning of life - all hung on a lightweight semi-plot that doesn't quite succeed in holding the work together. I would have given this "novel" one star, except that on occasion the author's attempts at humor actually work.

The plot - such as it is - is extremely weak and full of holes. For example, the 30-something year old detective enrolls back into high school (passing as a teen), apparently to squeeze some anecdotes into what laughingly passes for the plot of the so called "novel." Perhaps you will enjoy reading the authors run-on string of disconnected philosophies and anecdotes. But if you are in the mood for a novel, then you can safely skip this one.

I forced myself to finish the book because it had no reviews since "published" in 2010, and I don't review books that I didn't finish.
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Being named John Osipowicz has its advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that I'm usually referred to by my first name--the disadvantage is that maybe six people in my lifetime have pronounced my name correctly. To aid you in perhaps becoming the 7th Guinness Book of Records pronunceer, the last name goes like this: "O.C.--puv--itch." Now aren't you glad you know??
I was born in Madison, Wisconsin to parents who loved me dearly but spoke maybe 27 words to me my entire growing up period. As a result, I did develop a full internal world, for which I'm eternally grateful. If you're not already familiar with it, I can refer you to Edgar Lee Masters' poem, "Silence," where he reveals all sorts of different kinds of silences: the silence of loss, the silence of misunderstanding etc. etc. Silence is its own reality, not the absence of reality. Because my parents didn't speak very much, I had time for thinking. I still enjoy that kind of silence.
I now live across from a horse farm, about thirty miles outside of Philadelphia. I have a dog who barks at everything that isn't herself, and a cat who is so shy he's embarrassed to use the litter box. I graduated from Notre Dame and am equally happy when that institution finishes in the Top 20 academic schools, as when it finishes in the Top 20 football polls.
My first legitimate job was for The Chicago Tribune in advertising, but after a couple of years I decided to seek the Elysian Fields of Education. I taught English in Madison before I migrated to the Philadelphia suburbs, where I had Kobe Bryant as a student in his tumultuous Senior year. That year he turned pro, but I didn't.
I retired from teaching four years ago and began writing. I think my whimsy is more in the tone of Robert B. Parker or Robert Crais, two of my favorite authors.
My hobby so far is Leisure, which I've become quite good at. My wife still teaches and goes through understandable agony every weekday morning at 6:30 A.M., when she leaves for school while I'm still in bed. Telling her I am creating while I sleep, does not wash. Luckily, she's a Special Ed. Teacher, and she can heal herself.
With a trailing moniker like mine, I certainly would consider a pen name. I could go by "John Richards" (my middle name is Richard)--or, to class it up, I could become John Richard, with that important accent on the second syllable. I've had my regular name for quite a while now, so that is all right also.
I wish you luck.

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