ROVER'S TALES and TELLING TAILS

Rover is a stray dog who narrates thirty-six very short stories in ROVER'S TALES. They describe how he tries to improve the lot of the dogs he meets as he wanders a city one summer. The city is Indianapolis, but he doesn't know it.

Rover's marrations establish that he is a dog with a mission to help other members of canine kind when they’re in trouble. More often than not, the trouble is caused by human beings. For the life of him, Rover doesn’t get why people do some of the things they do.

In the “Washington Post” David Nicholson wrote of this book, “…the best of Rover’s tales are moving enough to… bring tears to your eyes. They’re so good, in fact, that I wish Lewin… had given us a more conventional narrative with a beginning, middle and end. It might not have been a happy ending, but I would have gone all the way to it.”

The stories cover all kinds of territory and I’ve read many of them to audiences - from smart eight year-olds up. They’re stories about dogs, sure, but they’re also very much about the nature of people…

I also did an unabridged audio tape for Blackstone Audiobooks - click on the ROVER'S TALES picture for a link.

TELLING TAILS includes nine of the Rover stories that were later repeated in the larger book. Because the idea of a talking dog was not, shall we say, an easy sell I went ahead and published this PawPaw Press edition myself. In fact it was this little book that the St. Martin's editor read, resulting in the big book.

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.