Nick Schaevers Mysteries
Page under construction... This page lists the Nick Schaevers Mysteries, in print and works in process. When I have time, I will supply a short description and plot summary for each.
There are seven Nick Schaevers Mysteries planned and plotted. Nick's primary five story arc takes the sometimes engineer, sometimes private investigator, from a state of arrested development through a sequence of life-altering events that almost kill him. While solving some bizarre and difficult cases, Nick evolves, and completes his journey to become a complete and whole adult, even if he is among the walking wounded. Was it the unseen hand of God guiding his life's journey?
There are two prequels planned after the primary story arc is completed. I will provide descriptions when I have a chance. Don't worry, what I tell you below is mostly back-story, some of which is not covered in the novels. They are just introductory blurbs to let you know what the book is about.
No Accounting for Taste: Nick's client--Alan Stapleton--is already in prison, convicted of murdering his business partner, before Nick had even heard of the case. If ever there was a need for St. Jude--the patron saint of desperate situations--to intercede, this was it. In order to discover who framed his client, and bring them in, Nick finds that he must break some laws--both statute and spiritual--before he is through. Nick weighs his life as a good Catholic against the chance to save his client on Death Row. Should Nick sin--and commit a few felonies--so that a measure of grace could go to Alan? What is a good Catholic boy doing in the killing business anyhow? Can Nick be in the business without his soul being stained by the work it requires?
In the course of the investigation, Nick meets Wendy Brooks, who may well be the soulmate he had almost given up on meeting. The psychological strain of his life and work circumstances cause him to both grow, and develop new neurosis.
You can read an excerpt here."
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When Dead Cats Bounce: No cats were harmed in the story! "Dead Cat Bounce" is a stock market term, and is integral to the murder plot. Please notice how happy my cat Reggie is in the picture with me. It was taken when I was writing the outline and first chapters of When Dead Cats Bounce.
Now on with the description:
Nick and Wendy are trying to get their love lives together, only Wendy doesn't like the idea of being romantically involved with a man who dodges bullets for a living. In an attempt to prove to Wendy that he can be "normal," Nick takes an engineering consulting job at a high-tech start-up company in St. Louis.
Everything seems fine, until the venture capitalist--who is bankrolling the company--is pitched from the roof of Nick's private building in the North City loft district. Detective "Chops" Crandall arrests the only obvious suspect: Nick. Nick must now prove he is innocent, while at the same time, not allow the bizarre chain of events to convince Wendy that he's a weirdo, thereby ruining his first real chance in life at having a soul mate.
The new sources of stress push Nick deeper into his neurosis, causing his best friend and lawyer--James Walkins--to push Nick to get some therapy. To solve the case, Nick must find the beginning, which leads him into the Sado-Masochistic culture in both St. Louis and San Francisco. With the help of cross-dressing PI Jamie Tailer, Nick and St. Louis Police Officer Nedra Harper spend a week chasing leads and breaking Nick away from his inhibiting prejudices toward folks who are "different" from him. Nick wishes that everyone would leave him and his psyche alone and help him prove that he is innocent of murder.
You can read an excerpt here."
Better Left Unsaid is a romp through the multi-layered world of international intelligence. In Alexandria Virginia, a CIA analyst is killed by a hit and run driver. The case goes unsolved. When the widow brings her husband's body back to St. Louis to be buried, her identity is wiped. Nick and his lawyer / friend James Walkins are able to have her drivers license and credit cards reinstated from governement and bank back-up tapes, but that is not enough for Nick.
His anger carries him into an investigation that quickly becomes populated with clandestine agents of several rival intelligence agencies. With the help of US Army Intel Major Brian Beewaxer--who is either a patient or a therapist at a Walter Reid Psychiatric Clinic--Nick discovers that not only are the branches of the US Government watching other governments, everyone seems to have an INTEL agency. The Lutherans, the Catholics, the Jewish House of Rothschilds, the Masons, Swiss banks, Belgian family trusts, the Knights Templar, criminal syndicates, the Tongs, and recently, even big business had joined in: Lloyds of London, Disney, Sony, E-Bay, Target, WalMart... everyone watches everyone else.
It all ties back to two spectacular INTEL failures. The first was the Rothschilds' and Illuminati's bungling of their attempted replacement of the Czar of Russia with capitalism. That failure morphed quickly from Marxist Communism into Soviet Socialism. The second major failure was the Vatican's reprisal, which backed Hitler in Germany. What the Pope thought would be a slap on the wrists for the Rothschilds and the Illuminati turned into the greatest disaster of human rights in recorded history.
The other INTEL agencies on earth forced the Rothschilds, the Illuminati, and the Vatican's security guards to attend a judgement council and extracted several pounds of flesh. On the pain of death, a fifty-year moratorium on any and all operations against any other group was enacted, and all the attendees signed the treaty.
It's now fifty years later. The moratorium has expired. Everyone regrets not including the Muslim/Islamic INTEL agency in the last world treaty. All of the INTEL agencies are afraid that one group or another will try to pull another bone-headed operation to increase their group's sphere of influence in world affairs in an attempt to climb over one another in the world money and power game. Since no INTEL agency really trusts any other, they all turn to Nick to discover who among them has gone rogue, or was the killing of the CIA analyst and the wiping of his wife's identity just the beginning of a major disruptive event?
Along the way, Major Beewaxer gives Nick some serious psycho-analysis. Nick wonders how he will explain to Wendy how he seemed to drop off the face of the earth for several months. How normal is that?
[Don't worry that I've gone conspiracy theorist; I haven't. If you can allow for the Templars to have run a 2,000 year Psy-Op in the DaVinci Code, you ought to be able to allow me to use a little intrigue, too.]
You Can't Go Home
Dead Guys Finish Last
Shot in the Dark
Accident Waiting to Happen
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