All Along the Watchtower
Released by Epicenter/Coffeetown Press, November 2019
The Vietnam war is long over. Or so Seattle PI Matt Rossiter thought. Thirty years later, it’s back with a vengeance, slapping him in the face at every turn. Somebody is killing the members of his old platoon and Matt is increasingly reminded of his own actions during the conflict as he investigates.
Beginning with the body of his hated wartime sergeant being found on Jimi Hendrix’s grave—with an “Are You Experienced?” button pinned to his chest—Matt is at a loss to explain it or why an old platoon list found on him has his name crossed off of it. To make matters worse, Matt hasn’t got a clue about what the connection to Hendrix is.
After a copy of the same platoon list is taped to his door, this one with his own name crossed off, Matt is certain someone is out to murder his old comrades. He enlists the aid of Rachel Stern, a PI he helped train, to track them down, feeling it’s his duty to warn them.
As he searches from Bellingham, Washington, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin; from Astoria, Oregon, to Oakland, California, the murders continue, and Matt has more and more flashbacks about his own actions during the Vietnam war. He’s either too late with his warnings, or they are unheeded by his former platoon members, which only serves to increase his untreated PTSD.
By the end of his harrowing search, Matt’s past and the present seem to merge into one as he follows a solid lead on the person that he thinks is responsible for the murders. But he is shaken to the core as he learns the reason behind the Hendrix songs when he identifies and confronts the killer.
(This novel is nearing completion and is the 4th book in the Jake Rossiter and Miss Jenkins hardboiled mystery series.)
It’s 1949, and Seattle PI Jake Rossiter is accused of murdering Ma Pugnetti, the female leader of Seattle’s most notorious gang. The problem? Jake has amnesia. Worse, he’s on the run in a stolen police car not knowing whether he killed her or not. Even worse, he’s pursued not only by the cops, but by Pugnetti’s gang of hoodlums. He can’t do squat if he can’t remember squat. Then again, he’s Jake Rossiter, and he’ll find a way through the convolutions of his memory and the convoluted mystery itself even if it kills him. And it may do just that.
Rat City was a Shamus Award nominee for Best First P.I. Novel of 2001.
Curt received a Star of Washington Award for his novel Sayonaraville from the Western Washington Barnes & Noble Booksellers.
He was named a finalist for Adult Genre Fiction by the Pacific Northwest Writers Association in 2000.