Announcing THE SYLVIAN FISSURE, a novel

If things have been a little quiet around here lately, it’s largely because Dan Ray and I have been finishing up writing a novel. It has nothing (or at least very little) to do with law or politics, but we think there are important themes running through the book. We hope you will enjoy it and that you’ll find it engaging and thought-provoking.

We also hope you will leave a positive Amazon review!

You can order a paperback copy here:…/…/ref=sr_1_2…

And a Kindle copy here:…/…/ref=sr_1_1…

PLEASE LEAVE A POSITIVE AMAZON REVIEW IF YOU LIKE IT. From what we understand, 20 to 50 such reviews will draw the attention of major publishing houses. (If you don’t like it, please put it on your bookshelf and stay off the internet for a while. ;))



Father Jim Downs has many secrets, among them that he no longer believes in God. His only remaining wish is to be let alone—to forget, to brood, and to die.

His world turns upside down when he learns that a parishioner, a woman named Bernice who is dying of cancer, has been recruited into the biggest experiment of all time: government scientists will use her death to find out what exists in the hereafter—or what some might call Heaven.

Downs is shocked to learn that Bernice is not the only one from his parish who has been conscripted into the government’s project; he has too, and when he discovers the jarring reason why, he is forced to confront his own demons, and a dead loved one, head-on. Bernice guides Downs to a place he thought did not exist: a place inside his own self, where he must find redemption.


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