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Secrets of a Double Murder Mystery: Sins of the Son Published by Outskirts Press

Martin J. Woods’ novel is the fast paced narrative of a man seeking the truth about a forty year old double murder, stolen jewelry and his father -- all with the help of a quirky librarian, a strawberry blonde and one surprisingly virtuous ex-con.

West Hartford, CT, May 29, 2011 --( Martin J. Woods announced today the release of his debut novel, Sins of the Son, published by Outskirts Press. A fast moving tale that follows in the best traditions of the mystery genre, Woods’ novel takes readers on Joe Mann’s fascinating search for the truth between a double murder of two policeman and a previously unconnected jewel heist, all the while unfolding wrinkle after wrinkle of the truth about his father… and himself.

Ed Kutz, a convicted murderer of two policemen, has just been pronounced dead after crashing an expensive Porsche into a telephone pole, Joe Mann reads in the paper one day.

Joe’s father had written a bestselling book about the double murder forty years earlier, and Joe begins to wonder just what the recently released prisoner was doing in a $100,000 Porsche.

Troubled in his own marriage and unhappy with his increasing similarity to his womanizing father, Joe Mann drives north to the small New York town where the accident and the murders occurred. Just before Joe’s father had died, he had hinted to Joe of a possible connection between the murders and a spectacular jewel heist that had taken place about the same time. Joe decides he’s going to solve the forty year old mystery.

As Joe starts pulling strings, however, he finds himself entangled in the net of the sadistic local police chief, Bull Jr. He also becomes magnetically attracted to a local strawberry blond bartender who is coming closer and closer to proving Joe even more like his father than he thought. The more Joe unravels the complicated web that has been woven over the last forty years between the murderer Ed Kutz, his depraved partner Hoot Gibbons and the menacing dynasty of the two brutal police chiefs, Bull Sr. and Jr., the more Joe realizes that accounting for the sins of a son might require finally forgiving the father.

Woods’ novel is filled with a cast of marvelously drawn characters from this small town in upper New York State, and the author’s sense of exactly the right pace to satisfy a reader’s appetite for suspense in the plot while savoring the story’s rich personalities makes Sins of the Son an impressive debut work.

Sins of the Son is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream ISBN: 978-1-4327-6749-5 SRP: $18.95
Kindle $ 9.99
Genre: Suspense

About the author:

Born in 1962, Martin Woods first worked in the News Room at the New York Times, where his father was Children’s Book Review Editor. Martin earned a B.A. from Fordham University before he and his brothers started a property damage restoration business in 1990 which they then sold to a Chicago equity group in 2006. He has been married for eighteen years. He and his wife have five children and live in Connecticut. He is currently working on his second novel, Gone.

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