The Shadow Men, Part 5 — Excerpt 1

“May I smoke?” John asked. The two guards eyed him. No pleasantry, total seriousness, a nervous stick in their eyes. He didn’t recognize either of…


The Shadow Men, Part 4 — Excerpt 3

The rendezvous point was in the downtown district at an old automobile factory. The location had been chosen for its large space, suitable defenses,…


The Shadow Men, Part 4 — Excerpt 2

Chairman Hopkins leaned back in his chair behind a large cedar desk, sipping on bourbon with reddened cheeks. John shifted in his chair. It felt…


The Shadow Men, Part 4 — Excerpt 1

John drove the Ford slowly down the rickety cobblestone street. An unlit cigarette hung out of his mouth, the bitter taste of finely ground tobacco…


The Shadow Men, Part 3 — Excerpt 2

Their fallback house stood like a lone pillar among the grove of trees that surrounded it. After seeing no signs of ambush, John drove into the…


The Shadow Men, Part 3 — Excerpt 1

September 1931 The broadcaster’s voice came through clearly from the oak brown Atwater Kent radio sitting in the corner of John’s house. Marlon had a…


The Shadow Men, Part 2 — Excerpt 4

More than two dozen men sat inside a large room at the front of a long horizontal table. They drank cups of coffee or tea in an uneasy silence as…


The Shadow Men, Part 2 — Excerpt 3

I’m alive. It was the first thought to go through John’s mind when he regained consciousness, the sound of some rag band playing on the radio. His…


The Shadow Men, Part 2 — Excerpt 2

Inside their room at Silversmith Hotel, John picked up the phone and dialed for room service, ordering orange juice and fresh fruit. His diet had…


The Shadow Men, Part 2 — Excerpt 1

January 1930 John Savage crept down the darkened hallway, one foot carefully in front of the next. Certain sections of the floor contained…