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Dissonance is a page-turning murder mystery and legal thriller set on Cape Cod.
Thrown off the Boston Police Department after going rogue, Detective Tim Hennessey ekes out a living on Cape Cod as a consultant. After he moves to the
Cape the great white shark population booms. Coincidence? Hennessey is retained by local police to solve a shocking, gruesome death that has terrified locals and tourists alike. He also is called on to track down the maniac torching performing arts buildings throughout the Cape.
Hennessey uncovers savage conflicts at a leading regional non-profit group and exposes evil, horrifying acts done in the name of progress. Grizzled as he is, Hennessey still believes deeply in our criminal justice system. Until things go horribly awry during the sensational murder trial resulting from his investigations.
Hanging over everything is Hennessey’s decades-long conflict with a nemesis from the Boston underworld, who now torments him on Cape Cod while continuing to elude him. His work with fellow detective Phil Lipman and police administrator Kelly Coughlin—a kindred soul pulled deeply and intimately into Hennessey’s world—leads to a desperate and thrilling conclusion. As matters draw to a close a critical question remains: what will Hennessey do with the new-found knowledge he possesses?
About the Author:
Jon Kaledin moved to East Aurora, New York in January 2023.
He was born and raised just outside of Boston. While Jon spent many summers on Cape Cod and used to venture far out as a swimmer into Cape Cod Bay, Nantucket Sound, and the open Atlantic, those days are over. Too many oceanic apex predators around now.
Trained initially as a cellist and musicologist, Jon subsequently attended law school, and his career has been as an environmental lawyer and non-profit executive. He is currently the executive director of the Western New York Land Conservancy and sits on the board of The Volgenau Foundation and Lexington Chamber Music Center.
Jon’s non-fiction writing has appeared in journals and newspapers throughout the country: The American Prospect, Albany Times-Union, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, and others.
Dissonance is his first novel.
SYNOPSIS OF CITY HALL SECRETS
The Coterie, an alliance of ‘old school’ cops, finds that one of their own, Willie “Big Will” Williams, has been chosen to be the next Police Commissioner. As one of the few remaining Coterie members not yet retired, he is thrust into a position of balancing politics with justice when a protester is killed in front of City Hall. The incident leaves probationary police officer, Eli Washington, in a perilous predicament– the termination of his career, at best– or charged with murder, at worst. The young rookie finds support from the Police Commissioner, who is seeking fairness as well as justice. As a probationary officer, Eli has no way to defend himself from the accusation and could be terminated for little or no reason at all. Commissioner Williams, forced to take a neutral stand, elicits the aid of the Coterie to derail the political effort to make Eli the patsy. Harry Doyle takes the lead for the eclectic collection of sleuths. Their investigation starts on the steps of City Hall and leads to deep within. Corruption and murder seem to be one of the foundations of the Administration. And it all goes back to the beginning of Mayor Carter’s administration as a cold case unfolds to reveal the darkest of City Hall Secrets.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dennis M. Adams is celebrating the publishing of CITY HALL SECRETS, the second book of his Coterie Series crime novels. His experience as an Army Intelligence Analyst, a Detective with the Buffalo NY Police Department, and Private Investigator provides him with a wealth of characters to assemble in his mind, for presentation to his readers. He uses Buffalo as a backdrop for his stories although never stating the name of the city. Anyone from Western New York will quickly identify with the geography, buildings, and many of the characters. He earned his B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Buffalo which taught him the theory of law enforcement. His career with the BPD taught him the techniques. They all come to life in his two novels, MOTIVE, and CITY HALL SECRETS. Mr. Adams resides in West Seneca, New York with his wife, Evy.