Pigtown Books, the National Writers Union (New York Chapter) and the Mystery Writers of America (New York Chapter) invite you to upcoming events in which Frank Hickey, the ever-engaging author of the Max Royster Mystery Series, will participate.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Muhlenberg Library
209 W. 23rd St
Manhattan, 10011-2302
(btw. Seventh & Eighth Avenues, clsr to Seventh)

These monthly readings bring together all writers in all genres.  It's an informal, welcoming group.  It's free and open to everyone. We'd love to see you.

Sunday, September 21, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 P.M.
Brooklyn Heights
Right across from Borough Hall
Brooklyn, NY 110201

Stop by at the National Writers Union Book Table and meet author Hickey (who hails from Brooklyn, and whose character, Max Royster, undergoes many adventures and misadventures in the borough).

The fair will be held rain or shine.

Or discuss with NWU representatives how the union can help you
advance your writing career.

Special thanks to Tim Sheard for arranging these events and being such a staunch supporter of Frank's work.
Saturday, 18th October
Mystery Writers of America
New York Chapter
Crime Fiction Reading Series

6:30 p.m.
85 East 4th Street
New York, New York 10003

The event is free, and all are invited.

From Katia Lief (author of The Money Kill):

I'm writing to invite you to the monthly MWA Crime Fiction Reading Series.

The event features a range of writers, from those emerging and just starting out to established authors who have published widely.

Frank will be reading from
Brownstone Kidnap Crackup, set on the Eve of Christmas Eve in Manhattan's tony Upper East Side. Once again, Max Royster, fat, broke, divorced, fired from the NYPD for mental issues, blunders into a young virgin's kidnapping.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Thanks to one and all who supported Frank,
The National Writers Union and Hardball Press for the launch of his latest in the Max Royster Mystery Series, Softening Flatbush. We hope to have pictures posted soon.

I, Max Royster, fat, broke, divorced, thrown off the NYPD for mental illness. Now in Flatbush, Brooklyn, I find new love, new murder and new career. Can I keep my love? Crack the case? Can I inspire and change private security? And maybe regain my NYPD shield?

Read the synopsis and advance praise for Softening Flatbush here.

And you can also read the Prologue & First Chapter.

Or order it now from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

All Pigtown and Avocet books are available from your local bookstore. They will be delighted to order copies for you. Or from Amazon-US, Amazon-UK and Barnes & Noble.  Richard W. Haines’ books are available on Amazon Kindle and will soon be available on Nook.

Frank Hickey’s covers are illustrated by Nad Wolinska.
The Pigtown logo and all jacket designs (except Avocet) are by Richard Amari.|


"Frank Hickey is the
best unknown crime novelist in America.
Bar none."
~ Chris Gerolmo
(Mississippi Burning)

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Richard W. Haines brings to his fiction the same wit, vision and imagination that he brought to his cult films, adored by  millions.


Can I, Max Royster, fired from the NYPD for mental disease, now on crutches, train a ragtag group of performers, my Show­bizzers, to use their skills and bodies to stop a genius crime lord in the High Desert town of Basta, California?

The Eve of Christmas Eve, Manhattan’s tony Upper East Side, Max Royster (now an ex-NYPD cop) wit- nesses a debutante’s kidnapping and be- comes the FBI’s prime suspect. Or is he actually their salvation?

 Movies can be a
 deadly business.
 Especially when you
 are screen­writer Nick
 Slade or girlfriend
 Clarice An­drews. And
 you don’t have the
 career-des­troying porn
 film that a politician
 (who starred in it as a
 college student) and
 his hired killers think
 you do.

To find one dumped corpse is a shock. To discover another a few days later, this time the dismembered body of a beautiful woman with whom you’d been briefly involved, makes you a suspect.

Read the Prologue
and First Chapter

Read the Prologue
and First Chapte

Read the Prologue
and First Chapter

Read the Prologue
and a Sample Chapter

Watch thetrailer

Order from
Barnes & Noble

Order from
Barnes & Noble

Order the book from:
Amazon Kindle
Barnes & Noble
Nook [to come]

Order the book from:
Amazon Kindle
Barnes & Noble
Nook [to come]

To catch a sex killer targeting Upper East Side beauties, NYPD Officer Max Royster goes undercover ... as an NYPD cop!

Read the Prologue
and First Chapter

Order the book from
Barnes & Noble

Misfit NYPD Officer Max Royster’s hunt for a sadistic serial killer takes a startling turn when he realizes that not all predators are born alike


Lynwood Shiva Sawyer is a writer with no hyphens.

“A provocative mélange of sharp murder mystery and vivid characters, with insights into everything from psychic pheno- mena to race relations..”

~ Jeff Maguire
(In the Line of Fire)