My name is Detective Thomas Nolan, and I am a saint.
This is neither boasting nor an exaggeration.
I only had an inkling on the morning I chased Anthony Young, purse snatcher…again. Kid was four years older than my son. Young Anthony (see what I did there?), a 20th time offender, had upgraded to double duty, on this day both snatching the purse as well as the iPhone of Malinda Jones. Malinda was one of many careless New Yorkers who are so deep into their phones that they barely registered oncoming traffic, to heck with noticing a thief running up on them.
My radar was already up after Anthony bumped against me as he brushed past. I didn’t bother checking for theft. I had nothing in the pockets of my tan overcoat, and my pants pockets were out of the reach of even a skilled thief. I merely continued my morning offering as the Opus Dei had taught me and was about to go into the Our Father.
Then Anthony charged forward, sweeping Malinda’s purse from her shoulder, and plucking the iPhone from her hand. It was the latest model, over a thousand dollars’ worth of technology in one easy-to-steal package.
Obviously, Anthony didn’t see the all-caps NYPD emblazoned in gold letters on the front AND back of my policeman-blue baseball cap.
To make matters worse—for him—was that he did this in front of the mental health court for Queens, heralded by the black wrought-iron fence about ten feet high, which was serviced by the NYPD as their security. Further down the block was a housing community with its own private security.
In short, there was no real way that Anthony was going to get to the end of the (admittedly very long) block.
I was still under an obligation to chase the idiot. “Freeze! Police!” I barked before I took off after him. As expected, it made him run faster, but he obviously heard me, so he had his fair warning.
I pounded along the pavement behind Anthony, who was built for speed over anything else. He was short and slight, but he could run. I was bigger, a bit over six foot, and broad in the shoulders. Every big man will tell you one thing—running was just a great way to destroy your ankles and your knees if you do it right. I was a lumbering truck chasing after a motorcycle, but the moment Anthony ran out of gas, the impact would be similar.
As I ran, I mentally recited the Our Father and was on the Hail Mary when the strangeness happened. Suddenly, I could see myself ahead of Anthony… while at the same time, standing in front of him, I saw myself chase behind Anthony. It was a strange, vivid experience, with each view of Anthony as clear as the highest definition television—with almost more clarity than real life.
It was odd, but I was also too busy to ponder it. I held out an arm, leaned into it, and Anthony just ran into my arm. He clothes-lined himself so hard, his feet left the ground. I swept back under him as fast as I could, catching him just before his head hit the concrete. It wouldn’t do for him to have brain damage over a stolen purse—it wasn’t like he had little gray cells he could afford to lose.
I smiled into his face. “Hi Anthony. Would you like to tell me your rights? We’ve done this dance too often.”
What you get
You'll get some of the best horror books ever written, from an author who has been a Dragon Award finalist for "Best Horror Novel" twice in the three short years of the award's history. These books are available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook formats for your convenience. What's more, all hardcover and paperback editions will be signed and personalized by the author!
Book 1, Hell Spawn, is nearing completion and will be shipped by the end of October. Book 2, Death Cult, will ship 4-6 weeks after that, and book 3, Infernal Affairs will ship 4-6 weeks following Death Cult.
What we need
We're raising money to cover the costs of cover art, printing books, promotional artwork, and to support Mr. Finn as he finishes the rest of the series.
What your pledges support
Your pledges support getting us those covers and promotional artwork, they'll help us promote the books, and - most of all - Mr. Finn will get paid at his typical royalty rates, which will help ensure more Saint Tommy, NYPD stories!
- $1,000 - Mr Finn will commit to at least a fourth novel in the Saint Tommy, NYPD series! **ACHIEVED**!
- $1,500 - Mr Finn will commit to at least a fifth novel in the Saint Tommy, NYPD series! **ACHIEVED**!
- $2,000 - Mr Finn will commit to at least a sixth novel in the Saint Tommy, NYPD series!
About Silver Empire
My wife Morgon and I founded Silver Empire in 2014 to publish the best in up and coming science fiction and fantasy fiction. Since then, our umbrella has grown to include 15 different authors publishing with us. We've published 14 novels in 2018, with roughly a dozen more to go before the year is out, and we plan to publish even more in 2019. We're located in north Alabama, and we're running the Saint Tommy, NYPD crowd funding campaign because Mr. Finn's pitch for this project was hands down the best pitch we've ever heard.
About Declan Finn
Declan Finn lives in a part of New York City unreachable by bus or subway. Who’s Who has no record of him, his family, or his education. He has trained in hand to hand combat and weapons at the most elite schools in Long Island, and figured out nine ways to kill with a pen when he was only fifteen. He escaped a free man from a PhD program in history. He’s been on the run ever since. There was a brief incident where he was branded a terrorist, but only a court order can unseal those records. And really, why would you want to know? He is currently hard at work on the sequel to his vampire novel “Honor At Stake.” You can find his ramblings over at The Catholic Geeks and his rantings on writing at DeclanFinn.com. To hear him really rant and rave, check out his interview show at The Catholic Geek podcast, over at Blog Talk Radio.
Risks and challenges
The first two books of this series are "first draft complete." Hence, the risks involved are that the books won't get finalized and/or that the third book won't get written. However, Silver Empire has published more than a dozen books in 2018 alone. The risk of non-completion is small.
As for the third book... Mr Finn writes books so fast that we at Silver Empire have suggested "the Declan" as the new SI unit of measure for writing speed. We have 100% confidence in his ability to not only finish any books he commits to, but also to finish them in a very timely manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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