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In a tip of the hat to our talented authors, we like to showcase a different author in our regular Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This time around, we’re shining our spotlight on author P.J. Thomas, who has published four books through Outskirts Press: My Name Is Michael, The Falko Files, Born to Lose and Fade from Blue. We expect even more great things in the future from this accomplished author.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
P. J. Thomas was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Having traveled through much of the United States, Mexico and Canada, he now resides in China.
Truth or fiction? You decide.
At the age of 7, nothing could have prepared me for the horrors that changed my life from a normal, happy child to a deformed beggar boy of the streets. Can I believe the American when he told me?: ‘Michael, there is one thing that can change all of this. When people read your story they will become outraged and speak out. The outcry from enough voices will force the political leaders to put an end to this horrendous practice. It’s your story, Michael, that will make a change in the world.” This is my story, My Name Is Michael.
Being assigned to the homicide division was Mike Falko’s dream come true. His beliefs in law and order and that justice would be served were codes he lived by, but circumstances and tragedy would soon cause him to question those beliefs. The death of his partner brought him to the doorstep of the Mafia, and when his struggle to bring a serial killer to justice is thwarted by political aspirations, he is faced in making a life changing decision.
I’ve heard many times that there are defining moments in one’s life that can change the course of their future. As I look back I can think of two such moments in my life that would have made a difference. The first defining moment was when I was ten years old. I was at the beach with my family and as I walked out into the water I fell into a hole and went under. Each time I came up a wave pushed me back under. After being submerged several times I was about to give up when a young man grabbed me and took me ashore. He saved my life, but if I had drowned that day, as an innocent Catholic boy who believed in God, I would have gone to heaven. The second defining moment was when I fell in love. It was the first and only time I ever felt love for another human being, other than my son, and I often wonder if my love hadn’t been denied could I have lived a normal life with a wife and family. I came to the conclusion later in life that those two defining moments were exactly that, but in reverse. I had to be saved from drowning, and my love had to be denied so I could continue on with the life that was planned out for me, be it God’s will or just providence.
When, Frankie Rizzo, an honest cop in a corrupt police department finds himself accused in the murders of his wife and her lover, the only person he can turn to for help is, Steve Carlisi, a Mafia boss who feels indebted to Frankie for once saving his life during a botched assassination by a rival mob member. Now a wanted man on the run in Mexico, Frankie struggles to survive in the underworld of crime. Frankie’s one burning desire is to one day return to the United States and reunite with, Michael, the baby son he was forced to leave behind.
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