Self-Publishing Book Spotlight: Deadly Portfolio by: John J. Hohn

Self publishing a book is an exciting undertaking. Because we understand the dedication that is required to write a quality book, we like to feature our top authors each week so that you can get to know a little bit more about them and their book. This week, we are featuring John J. Hohn’s Deadly Portfolio.

In his latest book, self-publishing Outskirts Press author, John J. Hohn, uses his own extensive financial background to craft the intricate and suspenseful narrative of pithy detective James Raker’s investigation of a killer’s silent rampage through the affluent North Carolina lakeside community of Pelican Bay.

“Something was wrong at the lake, in the ghetto of millionaires, the colony of self-satisfied…one of their own was dead.” Detective Raker, a recent widower, is skeptical by nature, but his suspicions are fueled by his distrust of those he encounters in his investigation and by his innate resentment of these smug, privileged pillars of the community.

Meanwhile financial planner and stockbroker Morrie Clay seems to have been given a reprieve from discovery of his unauthorized hedge fund trading when the client mysteriously drowns, but he and his wife Monica — typical baby boomers easily frightened by the potential for their own personal financial collapse — scramble to act, knowing that Morrie’s illicit trading activities will ultimately be revealed.

Detective Raker must wend his way through this well drawn cast of upper middle class characters, a string of unusual deaths and several local authorities all too willing to jump to “acceptable” conclusions so as to avoid any bad publicity or untoward embarrassment in this prestigious little community. Only when the killer’s third attempt backfires and claims the wrong victim does Raker’s intuitive pursuit begin to pull the final length of string from this ball of tangled motives and social machinations.

Author Hohn not only provides a timely look behind the scenes at the sometimes questionable financial world of hedge funds recently made so attractive to affluent baby boomers, but he also creates for his appreciative readers a good old fashioned mystery and detective story.


John J. Hohn, a South Dakotan by birth, worked over 40 years in the financial services industry and retired in 2007 after 17 years with Merrill Lynch in Winston-Salem, NC. He holds an English degree from St. John’s University (MN), 1961. Father of five children, he gained a stepson in his 1986 marriage to Melinda Folger McLeod.

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