A Lesson in Murder, by Augustus (Gus) Cileone. Published by Oak Tree Press, Taylorville, IL, October, 2007. Winner of the Dark Oak Mystery Contest
WHEN A WEALTHY BENEFACTOR and alumnus of Eastern Friends School in Philadelphia is found murdered, details at the scene prompt Lt. Frank DiSalvo, a South Philadelphia native, to introduce himself at a faculty meeting. There he meets Maxwell Hunter, an English teacher who likes to lecture about the mysteries of literature. At first, DiSalvo brushes off Hunter’s offer of help, but when the second EFS-connected murder is discovered, he changes his mind.
With his sharp eye for detail, and uncanny ability to assemble the pieces of the picture, Hunter identifies the literary modus operandi … but can he predict the next attack to prevent another murder?
The main character, Mike Accordo, an English teacher, had not spoken for a long time after becoming catatonic following a traumatic event involving some students. As part of his recovery, he is in Florence, Italy, in the summer of 1987 with his mentor/surrogate mother/unofficial therapist, Ambrosia D’Italia. He is dictating his memoir so that he can hear his own voice again and be able to converse with his friend at the same time. The book focuses on South Philadelphians from the 1960’s to the 1980’s, and includes stories about gangsters, murder, drugs, and rock and roll.
Feast or Famine, by Augustus Cileone, is available at Amazon.com