Thursday, 09 October 2014 15:40

Local Ex-Undercover Cop Debuts Crime Novel with a Haunting Twist

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“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague.
Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”
-Edgar Allan Poe


An adrenaline-filled forensic mystery inspired by actual events


Just in time for the Halloween season, local writer Howard J. Levinson releases The Tapping - a tale of grisly murders, organized crime, law-enforcement corruption and supernatural forces.  This spine-chilling mystery takes readers on a journey as the souls of two murdered children demand justice and revenge.


Drawn from over 30 years of service as a Medic, Homicide, Organized Crime, Undercover Narcotics and Anti-Terrorism task force detective in the St. Louis metro area, Levinson has created real life characters in a thrilling and twisted white knuckle plot that is hard to put down. 

The Tapping is told through the eyes of Morris Green, a damaged man who is both detective and physician, killer and savior. Green is unwittingly compelled by the spirits of the two dead children to bring their killer to justice.  He launches a cold case review of their murders and uncovers a tangled conspiracy of organized crime and corruption, which extends from his own department to specialized units within the FBI and State Department.  Green discovers that freeing the trapped souls of the children may be the only way he can save his own. 


The Tapping is available online through world-wide for $17.95 in paperback and will be in e-book form by mid-October.  For a bloody good time, join Levinson as he kicks off his book signing tour at Nathalie’s-Overlook Farm, a former funeral parlor and real haunted house in the Central West End, on October 30.  $35 tickets include a signed copy of the book, appetizers, one free drink and valet parking.  A variety of entertainment will also be offered, including tarot card and palm readings and live music.  Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Ticket and proceeds will benefit BackStoppers.  Levinson is also a featured speaker at the 36th Annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival’s “Missouri’s Own” panel on Thursday, November 6 at 10:30am.  Information on additional special signing events throughout the holidays are available on his website and Facebook page.  


While Levinson’s extensive career provided background information for his stories of murder, drama, and devastation, his experiences with the human condition at its worst also took their toll. He began writing this murderous tale as therapy in for the sleepless nights and disturbing memories. Levinson also moonlights as a songwriter and musician whose songs cross multiple musical genres including everything from punk rock to country. 


Book Launch Party