Neal W. Fandek was raised in Copenhagen and Oslo by a Norwegian mother and ship-captain father, earned degrees in history and journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been senior editor for Penthouse Magazine. He has circumnavigated the globe, been an economic analyst, worked in a nuclear power plant and in the engine room of a Great Lakes freighter, for Wall Street, in a hot dog factory and on a Merck vaccine production line. Fandek has written and edited for web and print on both coasts and for such international magazines as that of the Hyatt hotels chain and Irish airlines. His short fiction has been published in the Broadkill Review, Serving House Journal, Village Writer, 42nd Parallel, Grand Tour, Eldritch Tales, Crimson River, Not Just Air, Stepping Stones and Penthouse Forum. Fandek lives in Missouri with his wife, the artist Marilyn Cummins, and their son, Will. This is his first published novel. Works by this author can be found on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million.



Peter Pike and the Murderous Mormons

Strange days in St. Baarlam, Illinois: Routine Dept. of Transportation excavation has uncovered a city of stone built by an unknown race and in it a flaming sword of crystal, golden tablets in an unknown alphabet, mass graves of decapitated skeletons with stakes jammed in their mouths. What does it all mean? The Mormon’s Avenging Angel, Chief Fear of the Chaddhu Nation, Aunt Paula the town mystic, crooked archeologists, a funny little DOT man who reeks of sulphur and leaves unexplained fires in his wake don’t care what it means. They just want that priceless ancient loot. And it’s up to the intrepid homeless vet and detective Peter Pike and his on-again, off-again squeeze Tina the salon owner to sort out the truth. And make it out alive. Why do they call Pike Vietnam Johnny anyway?