Michael Castleman, Author

Publisher: McAdam/Cage,

ISBN: 978-1-59692-358-4

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Michael Castleman, author of A Killing in Real Estate, is a native of New York State. He holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Michigan (English, Phi Beta Kappa) and Masters degree from University of California, Berkley (Journalism). He moved to San Francisco in 1975 and has penned numerous other books, two of which involve his man character from this book, Ed Rosenberg.(The Lost Gold of San Francisco and Death Caps) Mr. Castleman is married and has two children. For more information about the author please visit his website.

The story is set in San Francisco, California. Throughout the years San Francisco has seen her share of fires and this story promises more of the same. This book begins with a fire and fire seems to be the common thread that connects the plot to the various characters that populate this book. However, San Francisco is also a colorful city and the author offers up a little something for everyone. There is murder, twisted sex, splintered familial alliances, news stories past and present, police intervention, political intrigue, and high value real estate sales coupled with development opportunity.

The main character, Ed Rosenberg, is a writer for the local newspaper. He usually writes about historical things that occurred in the greater San Francisco area. He has friends from many places who help him to piece together his various stories. Ed is married with two young children and they live in the Mission district. Recently, there has been an onslaught of vandalistic type fires nearby. One of Ed’s good buddies and cohorts at the paper has been brutally murdered and his home later torched. Ed’s wife is spooked and wants desperately to move. He has mixed emotions until the fires happen to be in his home.

Ed loves research and usually knows where to unearth the facts he requires to write his articles. As he begins one such story he sees ties to what, he believes, may be information that could shed light on who is behind these recent fires. As Ed digs he finds himself in places and situations that he may not live to write about.

This story has many twists and turns. It is well written and believable. The author does a fine job marrying his characters to the lives and situations they are involved in. I truly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of intrigue.

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