© 2016 by Michael Kroft

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 4.16 Stars with 1800+ Ratings

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  Once an amusing extrovert with a reputation as a prankster, Mr. Rosen is entering his senior years as a stoic, thirty-year converted introvert who hates change, has little to no interest in people and is more than content to have his wife sit in the navigator’s seat of his life.

  Since becoming a practicing introvert, there have been almost no changes in his life, and for the few that there were, his wife had walked him through them,  including the recent move to a much smaller home in a lower/middle-class neighborhood where he lives directly next door to a racist whose nine-year-old son addresses him as Mr. Jew. 


   Mr. Rosen had seen the move coming, and he is very much aware of the enormous change to come sometime in the, hopefully, far off future; though, he refuses to give it any attention. That change will come on slowly and painfully and will eventually force him to chart his own life’s route. 

  Taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the novel offers a roller coaster ride of emotion as Mr. Rosen's habitual world begins to implode while on a collision course with the chaotic world of an innocent child, its troubled mother and vengeful father. 

 

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 4.29 Stars with 600+ Ratings

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"More than just another mystery. This one grabs you by the heart" -Review by Karen Laird of Under the Shade Tree Blog.

The first murder of a child raised eyebrows; the second raised alarms.

Dewey is moving, and he couldn't be more excited; though, he's alone in his enthusiasm. Lisa, his mother, and recently retired Avriel, his next-door neighbor and best buddy, don't share in his excitement regarding the move from their suburban bungalow to a dirty basement level apartment in the lower-class area, where two murders have recently occurred.

This sometimes lighthearted and at other times intense novel follows naive Dewey as he befriends two 'different' streetwise boys, learns the pros and cons of friendship and is then stalked by a killer preying on children.

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 4.37 Stars with 550+ Ratings

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  With Blue’s father in prison for selling marijuana and his mother estranged for over the last seven years, Blue is doing well, all considering. As the second addition to the not-so-nuclear Dixon family of Lisa, her ten-year-old son, Dwight, and the retired, Jewish introvert, Av, Blue finds himself living in a much better area of Halifax, Nova Scotia, going to a much better school and for the first time, actually applying himself academically as he struggles to fit in. 


  All that's soon threatened when Blue’s estranged mother returns to take him away, and around the same time, he’s harassed and threatened by his father’s affiliation with the very dangerous, local biker gang to whom his father owes money.  

   Blue, his surrogate family, and Dwight's new academically overachieving friend, Lyon, are forced to deal with the quickly escalating problems that threaten both the family unit and its members. 

 

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Coming November, 2019

   The Prequel

 

   With her mother’s death two years before, her father’s recent marriage to a woman she doesn’t get along with, and then finding herself engaged to a man she isn’t even sure she loves, Ruth decides to take a year away from home to discover what she wants in life. So with a small savings, the support from her much older and lifelong best friend (her family’s servant,) and little knowledge of the common world, she sets off for Cambridge, England, where she will meet some ‘different’ characters, learn what life is like for a single, independent working woman during the depression and befriend a young man who makes up for his lack of looks with his wit, amusing idiosyncrasies and his love for practical jokes. 

 

  On her adventure of self-discovery, Ruth will find more than she ever expected. Unbeknownst to Ruth, a secret hides within her family that will eventually enlighten her to herself, to her past, and permanently change the direction of her future.