From the Author
The Michael Fisher case had a profound and lasting effect on the town of Superior, Wisconsin and the people who lived there in that fateful summer of 1966. Even today, 50 years later, people still talk about it. Like most of them, I myself wonder what happened, who was responsible for Michael's death? I did not write this story with the intent to bring up painful reminders. If anything, it was my way of reconciling the questions that such a tragic and seemingly motiveless crime leaves behind.
Sins Of The Fathers is about a small town and the memory of a decades old, shocking crime that haunts the people who live there. It's about a violent homicide that went cold so fast there are no leads to follow as the years tick by, and a new crime that seems as if it will go the same way. But in addition to being a novel with a who-done-it to solve, Sins Of The Fathers is also a character driven portrait of small town life. The protagonist, Rita, has a lot of loose ends in her personal life that her grandfather, Pops, would like to see tied in nice little packages. Pops is a man in need of redemption, though he himself gave up on the hope of achieving that years ago. And though it seems that Father Jim has found spiritual solace in the church after years of drug abuse, there are still demons he has not laid to rest; one of them very possibly being the blood of betrayal on his hands.
*Portions of this statement were published in the Superior Telegram, June 21, 2016
From the Back Cover
"Fast paced edge-of-your-seat suspense. I couldn't put it down once I began reading. The dialogue between characters is brilliant! It made me feel I was right there, a part of the action. Anyone who is familiar with Superior, Wisconsin will instantly be transported to some famous landmarks and recall the notorious 50-year-old unsolved homicide investigation that inspired this fictional tale, and the effect that shocking crime had on the town. The multitude of sins of the various "fathers" and the unexptected twists in the plot kept me guessing to the end.
_ Detective Sgt. Ed Anderson (ret'd.)