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

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

In paperback: Amazon

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Funny Bunny Hunts the Horn Bug
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Production Value
Cover Illustration by Nad Wolinska
Cover Design by Richard Amari
Cover Design by Richard Amari
The Upper East Side of Manhattan is one of the richest neighborhoods in the world.

But Max Royster, a maverick, outspoken and erudite NYPD foot cop, who grew up working-class in this tony area, calls it “the Playpen.” Money protects the bluebloods in this area like the bars on an infant’s playpen.

Late one night, patrolling wealthy brownstones, he sees a burglar attacking a rich actress. Max chases him. They fight but the burglar escapes.

The burglar is a sexual predator, known in cop-speak as a “Horn Bug.”

For losing the suspect, Max’s captain deems Max “a Funny Bunny,” too unstable for police work. He strips Max of his gun and badge, then orders Max into Bellevue Hospital for observation and maybe for the rest of his life.

Without any tools or support, Max ten days to stop this Horn Bug.
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.

Life for screenwriter Nick Slade takes a far more perilous turn when his actress girlfriend, Clarice, decides she’ll help Nick clear his name.

... “Now here’s how it is,” Luan whispered to Clarice. “You’re also going to tell me who else you talked to. If you scream, I’ll slice off your nose. If I think you’re lying to me, I’ll cut out your tongue. Nod your head if you understand me.”

This novel unspools during the seismic shift from celluloid to digital filmmaking, proving once again that nothing in the movie biz, especially the world of independent cinema, is ever what it seems.
“It’s a great read. There is nothing fake about this book. It is authentic. The characters seem like real people that you’ll never forget. The NYPD politics ring true, just as insane as when I was there. This book deserves to be read and re-read and studied as criminal justice literature.” ~

Daniel Vona

(Deputy Commissioner, NYPD [Ret.])

“Joseph Wambaugh and Michael Connelly have new competition: Frank Hickey’s second novel grips you by the collar and does not let go. Hard hitting, insightful, and compelling, Hickey’s characters take you through a gritty, violent, and very real world. Poignant and at times distressing, you won’t put it down. Strap in and hang on!”
~ Scott Ketcham (National City, California
Police Department Sergeant [Ret.])

“Max Royster is back, and this time he’s telling the story in his own electrifying words. Suspended and stripped of his gun, he’s hunting a sex crime killer (a.k.a. a “Horn Bug”) in a fake uniform with a toy pistol. No one takes you into the dark side of the New York Police Department like Frank Hickey. Suspense lovers can’t afford to miss this tour de force.” ~Thomas Fleming (Author, Liberty Tavern)

“I worked with the author for many years, and Max Royster is a reflection of Frank’s unique persona. Both walk among cops, scholars, artists and politicians and never find themselves out of place, whether around a freight yard bonfire surrounded by ragamuffins or living on a sampan in the Pearl River delta. Their one true bond is their incorruptible spirit and Holmesian obsession to get their man, bloodhounds who live, breathe and sweat the excitement of the chase and capture.”~ Dr. Robert Tarwacki, Ph.D.
(Ex-street cop, detective commander
and Associate Professor of Criminal
Justice, LoyolaUniversity – New Orleans)
“Production Value is a wild, sexy thriller. The writer gives a 5-D perspective as to what happens when the wrong people seep into the soft underbelly of suburbia. Reader beware. No one is safe!”

~ Fred Pierce
(Publisher, Valiant Entertainment)

“This is pulp fiction at its best. As a filmmaker reading about the world of film depicted in such a vivid and stylish way with such edge and style! A great novel and highly recommended!”

~ Johnny Kevorkian
(Director,The Disappeared)

“Exactly the kind of novel my high school English teacher would have forbidden me to read. But hardboiled fiction taught me as much about human nadirs as Bukowski or Selby Jr. If the late Pauline Kael were a crime novelist, her nom de guerre would be Richard W. Haines, and her debut novel would be Production Value.”

~ Daniel Bernardi
(Filmmaker, Contributing writer,
What Really Frightens You II)

“A thriller that entertains while educating the reader on Indie Film Production, Eastern European Mafiosi, and Call Girl Vernacular.”

~ Mark Grisar
(Screenwriter, Bad Rap /

Optometrist / Palm Reader)
Funny Bunny Hunts the Horn Bug
FunBunHrnBug-Extract
FunBunHrnBug-Extract.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [155.7 KB]
"Frank Hickey is the best unknown crime novelist in America. Bar none."
~ Chris Gerolmo (Mississipi Burning)

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

In paperback: Amazon

Barnes & Noble

The page cannot be displayed.
Read the Prologue and First Chapter of

Funny Bunny Hunts the Horn Bug
Read a Sample Chapter from
Production Value
Cover Illustration by Nad Wolinska
Cover Design by Richard Amari
Cover Design by Richard Amari
The Upper East Side of Manhattan is one of the richest neighborhoods in the world.

But Max Royster, a maverick, outspoken and erudite NYPD foot cop, who grew up working-class in this tony area, calls it “the Playpen.” Money protects the bluebloods in this area like the bars on an infant’s playpen.

Late one night, patrolling wealthy brownstones, he sees a burglar attacking a rich actress. Max chases him. They fight but the burglar escapes.

The burglar is a sexual predator, known in cop-speak as a “Horn Bug.”

For losing the suspect, Max’s captain deems Max “a Funny Bunny,” too unstable for police work. He strips Max of his gun and badge, then orders Max into Bellevue Hospital for observation and maybe for the rest of his life.

Without any tools or support, Max ten days to stop this Horn Bug.
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.

Life for screenwriter Nick Slade takes a far more perilous turn when his actress girlfriend, Clarice, decides she’ll help Nick clear his name.

... “Now here’s how it is,” Luan whispered to Clarice. “You’re also going to tell me who else you talked to. If you scream, I’ll slice off your nose. If I think you’re lying to me, I’ll cut out your tongue. Nod your head if you understand me.”

This novel unspools during the seismic shift from celluloid to digital filmmaking, proving once again that nothing in the movie biz, especially the world of independent cinema, is ever what it seems.
“It’s a great read. There is nothing fake about this book. It is authentic. The characters seem like real people that you’ll never forget. The NYPD politics ring true, just as insane as when I was there. This book deserves to be read and re-read and studied as criminal justice literature.” ~

Daniel Vona

(Deputy Commissioner, NYPD [Ret.])

“Joseph Wambaugh and Michael Connelly have new competition: Frank Hickey’s second novel grips you by the collar and does not let go. Hard hitting, insightful, and compelling, Hickey’s characters take you through a gritty, violent, and very real world. Poignant and at times distressing, you won’t put it down. Strap in and hang on!”
~ Scott Ketcham (National City, California
Police Department Sergeant [Ret.])

“Max Royster is back, and this time he’s telling the story in his own electrifying words. Suspended and stripped of his gun, he’s hunting a sex crime killer (a.k.a. a “Horn Bug”) in a fake uniform with a toy pistol. No one takes you into the dark side of the New York Police Department like Frank Hickey. Suspense lovers can’t afford to miss this tour de force.” ~Thomas Fleming (Author, Liberty Tavern)

“I worked with the author for many years, and Max Royster is a reflection of Frank’s unique persona. Both walk among cops, scholars, artists and politicians and never find themselves out of place, whether around a freight yard bonfire surrounded by ragamuffins or living on a sampan in the Pearl River delta. Their one true bond is their incorruptible spirit and Holmesian obsession to get their man, bloodhounds who live, breathe and sweat the excitement of the chase and capture.”~ Dr. Robert Tarwacki, Ph.D.
(Ex-street cop, detective commander
and Associate Professor of Criminal
Justice, LoyolaUniversity – New Orleans)
“Production Value is a wild, sexy thriller. The writer gives a 5-D perspective as to what happens when the wrong people seep into the soft underbelly of suburbia. Reader beware. No one is safe!”

~ Fred Pierce
(Publisher, Valiant Entertainment)

“This is pulp fiction at its best. As a filmmaker reading about the world of film depicted in such a vivid and stylish way with such edge and style! A great novel and highly recommended!”

~ Johnny Kevorkian
(Director,The Disappeared)

“Exactly the kind of novel my high school English teacher would have forbidden me to read. But hardboiled fiction taught me as much about human nadirs as Bukowski or Selby Jr. If the late Pauline Kael were a crime novelist, her nom de guerre would be Richard W. Haines, and her debut novel would be Production Value.”

~ Daniel Bernardi
(Filmmaker, Contributing writer,
What Really Frightens You II)

“A thriller that entertains while educating the reader on Indie Film Production, Eastern European Mafiosi, and Call Girl Vernacular.”

~ Mark Grisar
(Screenwriter, Bad Rap /

Optometrist / Palm Reader)
Funny Bunny Hunts the Horn Bug
FunBunHrnBug-Extract
FunBunHrnBug-Extract.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [155.7 KB]

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