Detective Pat O’Malley Series
In 'Disappearance at Mount Sinai, Detective Pat
O'Malley is challenged to solve one of the biggest cases in his career.
O'Malley is faced with solving the mystery of the kidnapping of a wealthy
inventor and entrepreneur. The year is 1866 in New York City. The innovator, Dr. Mergenthaler, mysteriously
disappears from the Mount Sinai Hospital.
In his investigations, Pat O'Malley uncovers a sinister plot that may have
worldwide repercussions. There is a
conspiracy so complex and far reaching, involving politicians, high ranking
military, and the President of the United States. Disguised as an English
Professor from Oxford, the detective follows clues to Tennessee, the Deep South
of America. O'Malley has to face racist
and anti-Semitic groups in his inquiries and search for Dr. Mergenthaler.
author, Jim Musgrave, has cleverly used historical fact, imaginative fiction,
and suspense in the story. Jim
enlightens the reader on the post-civil war era and the bigotry of the period
through Detective Pat O'Malley's eyes.
O'Malley is a character Jim introduced in his first book of the O'Malley
mini-series and continues in future books.
The detective is a logical man in his analysis and deductions of the
facts surrounding the case. Yet the author has created a softer side to the
detective’s personality. Madame Rebecca Charming and Dr.
Mergenthaler's son Seth bring out a more tender part of O'Malley's personality.
Musgrave keeps you turning the pages and guessing to the end of the book. The
conclusion is surprising and dramatic.
plot, mystery and suspense kept me reading. I found Pat O'Malley somewhat
irritating at the beginning of the story.
But I warmed to the detective as he continued his narration. Jim Musgrave has a way with words that
created very colorful pictures in my mind. The historical events, racism and
bigotry astutely woven into the story are both informative and
interesting. The scenario of a worldwide
eugenics group, and Jewish folklore of a mythical identity are an intriguing
combination. Jim is a skilful writer and
I will seek out more his books for my reading pleasure.
James Musgrave (aka, Efraim Z. Graves) is an author and college educator in San Diego, California. His recent non-fiction title, The Digital Scribe: a Writer's Guide to Electronic Media (AP Professional, ISBN 0-12-512255-1) has been internationally published. He has a M.A. degree in Creative Writing from San Diego State University. He was awarded the “Ebook of the Year Award, 2001-2002” from Bookbooters.com for his thriller, Russian Wolves. In addition, Mr. Musgrave has finished as a Finalist in the New Century Writer Awards for his novel excerpt, Iron Maiden. Runner-Up in the $10,000 Annual Heekin Foundation Awards for New Fiction Writers (1994). He has published short fiction in many literary journals, including: San Diego Writer's Monthly, FirstDraft, Sniplits Audio Short Stories to Go, Back Channels, Pacific Review, California Quarterly and Cowles Mountain Journal. He has also been published at CIC Publishers with four novels: Sins of Darkness, Russian Wolves, Iron Maiden and Lucifer’s Wedding and a collection of short fiction, The President’s Parasite and Other Stories. Mr. Musgrave’s story, “Speculum” was an Honorable Mention in the Fog City Writer’s Awards, and “Turning the Law Wheel” was an Honorable Mention in the Cedar Hill Press Short Fiction Contest.