I rather like the dash of this, the original American hardback edition.

This first volume of the two volume edition in Japan.

And volume two in Japan.

CUTTING LOOSE

CUTTING LOOSE is a Big book. Lotsa pages and two story strands – one in 1895 and one leading up to 1895 from 1826 – though they come together.

The 1895 strand concerns the efforts of Jackie, a twenty year-old American girl, to avenge the murder of her best friend. It’s set primarily in London – among music hall performers and visiting Americans who play baseball.

The other strand starts in 1826 when Jackie’s grandmother, Claudette, is ten. In rural Indiana she and her brothers are auctioned because their parents died in a fire and there are no relatives to take them in. Back then “pauper auctions” were a way for communities to solve the problem of the poor. Sound like slavery? It sure was. Indiana banned them in 1831. The book follows Claudette to Indianapolis in the 1840s and on to New York City where Jackie’s father, Matthew is born. Matthew becomes one of the first ever professional baseball players. Did I mention that Jackie played baseball and got to the majors?

“There’s a lot of good stuff in this,” wrote Michael Z. Lewin while sitting in his office. It was reviewed well elsewhere too. It was published by Holt as a Young Adult novel – because Jackie is a young adult and… copes with a lot. I didn’t write it with young adults in mind, just adults. Maybe it says something about my mind…

It’s just gone out of print. I have copies, and there are still a lot of copies out there.

SELECTED WORKS
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A
Click the title to see a sample of this new novel - or look at the first 15% of the book on Smashwords.
B - Albert Samson Novels
C - Short story collection
Stories written over a period of twenty years or so, along with an introduction - by me - about writing stories and an extensive bibliography of my crime writing. Click on the blue title for more information.
D - Leroy Powder Novels
The three Lt Leroy Powder novels. Click on the blue titles for more information.
E - The Lunghi family private detective novels
Three generations of an Italian family run a private detective agency in Bath, England. Ever seen a detective agency run as a family business? I don't think so. Click on the titles for more information.
F - other Indianapolis novels
A homeless "entrepreneur" in Indianapolis gets more than he bargains for when he sees an opportunity in UNDERDOG. Albert Samson's woman friend gets a book of her own in AND BABY WILL FALL. A mystery writer finds himself compelled to participate in a real life mystery in OUTSIDE IN. Click on the titles for more information.
G - a historical mystery
A young woman pursues her best friend's killer in 19th Century US and England. Click on the title for more information.
H - stories told by Rover
Rover, a stray dog, describes his live as a crusader on behalf of downtrodden dogs. Click on the titles for more information.
I - novelization of a film script and non-fiction book
Sean Connery starred in the movie THE NEXT MAN and I wrote the book while it was being filmed. HOW TO BEAT COLLEGE TESTS was my first book. Click on the titles for more information.