February 2022

Down Wind and Out of Sight is a genre-bender. On one hand it’s an utterly original suspense thriller, populated with unforgettable characters and loaded with bizarre twists and quirky science, that takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride from the Australian outback to a top-secret US government research facility and into the astonishing electronics lab of an adolescent autistic savant. On the other hand, the novel is a compassionate and moving exploration of the unique emotional bonds forged by an improbable cast of damaged and marginalized characters linked by the drive to survive.  


The “Hole in the Wall Gang,” thrown together by chance, evolves into a “found family” struggling to live secretly and illegally on a vast Maryland estate on the quiet backwaters of upper Chesapeake Bay. The teen-aged savant’s electronics experiments go wildly awry, leading to a series of catastrophes, deaths...and ultimately murder. When an intensive federal investigation closes in, each member of “The Hole in the Wall Gang” must confront life-threatening challenges that lead to a final shocking conclusion.


Escalating suspense, sharply-drawn characters and dialogue crackling with wit and humor combine to make this a riveting page-turner. Reviewers have called Down Wind and Out of Sight “stunning,”  “a remarkable and unforgettable thriller," and “an intelligent study of how much people reveal when they are trying to hide.”