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Cold Crossover: A Chilling Northwest Mystery (Paperback)
Linnbert Cheese Oliver, hard-luck high school basketball hero in the northwestern town of North Fork, is missing on a late-night ferry. And for real estate agent Ernie Creekmore, his father figure, friend, and former coach, the news hits hard. Ernie's suffered too much loss and pain in his life"his wife, a state basketball championship, a mysterious medical malady"and he just can't accept the idea that Cheese might have taken his own life. Working with sheriff's detective Harvey Johnston, Ernie uses his contacts in real estate and hoops to trace Cheese's movements. Meanwhile, hints at possible foul play turn up in pieces of North Fork's rough-and-tumble history in fishing, logging, and railroading, and the past and the present violently collide in a series of heart-stopping moments that peel back layers of greed, secrets, and twisted family ties that refuse to stay buried.
About the Author
Cold Crossover is Tom Kelly's first step into fiction and the first of the Ernie Creekmore series. The second book in the series, Hovering Above a Homicide, will be released in Spring, 2013.Tom served The Seattle Times readers for 20 years, first as a sportswriter and later as real estate reporter, columnist and editor. His weekly features now appear in a variety of newspapers including the Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Portland Oregonian, Louisville Courier-Journal, Tacoma News Tribune and Spokane Spokesman-Review plus hundreds of websites.His ground-breaking book How a Second Home Can Be Your Best Investment (McGraw-Hill, written with economist John Tuccillo) showed consumers and professionals how one additional piece of real estate could serve as an investment, recreation and retirement property over time.His other books include Real Estate Boomers and Beyond: Exploring the Costs, Choices and Changes of Your Next Move (Dearborn-Kaplan); The New Reverse Mortgage Formula (John Wiley & Sons); Cashing In on a Second Home in Mexico (Crabman Publishing, written with Mitch Creekmore), Cashing In on a Second Home in Central America (Crabman Publishing, written with Mitch Creekmore and Jeff Hornberger), and Bargains Beyond the Border (Crabman Publishing).Tom's award-winning radio show a oeReal Estate Todaya has aired for 19 years on KIRO, the CBS affiliate in Seattle. The program also has been syndicated in 40 domestic markets and to 450 stations in 160 foreign countries via Armed Forces Radio.Tom and his wife, Jodi, Dean of the Humanities College at Seattle University, have four children and live on Bainbridge Island, WA.