In addition to his short story “Something Certain” in Black Cat Magazine: Issue Three, SMFS list member Peter W. J. Hayes also has a new novel out by way of Level Best Books. The “police procedural mystery” titled, The Things That Aren't There: A Vic Lenoski Mystery is available in print and digital formats from various vendors including Amazon.
Detective Vic Lenoski of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police has just been handed the biggest case of his career, the vicious murder of a venture capitalist known for funding high-tech and robotics start-up companies. But Vic, haunted by personal loss and hounded by a commander who despises him, is unraveling fast. Worse, his investigation soon uncovers major corruption among Pittsburgh’s star robotics entrepreneurs, that the city’s gangsters have gone straight, and Vic’s commander and colleagues are only interested in promotions, pensions, and pats on the back. Just as the case and his career are on the verge of collapse, Vic struggles to make sense of his work and life while uncovering a series of deeply buried truths, and tracking a murderer who is desperate to kill again.