Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Straight Chatting from the Library: Michael Jordan

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Michael Jordan will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


What is the favorite book you remember as a child? Tarzan of the Apes—great escapism for a lonely kid in small town.

When do you do most of your reading? Airports and airplanes

Favorite genre? Thrillers

Do you loan your books? Not anymore!

Favorite book to recommend? Eye of the Needle

How do you keep your books organized? Sadly, I don’t

Re-reader or not? I would love to re-read some of my favorites, but the list of ‘to reads’ just keeps growing.

What would make you not finish a book? Once I accepted that life is far too short, I have stopped reading books that do not consistently hold my interest.

Keep books or give them away? Keep them. Even though I may not re-read them, it is difficult not to feel an attachment to our books.


The brutal murder of a friend leaves lawyer John Coleman stunned and sends shock waves through the city of Cleveland. The technique of the killing recalls memories of the Torso Murderer, who dismembered at least twelve people decades ago and vanished--eluding even the legendary Eliot Ness. Jennifer, the victim's beautiful daughter, hires John to handle her father's estate, and romantic feelings for her soon complicate his already troubled marriage. When John finds himself entangled with a cold-blooded biker gang, an ex-cop with a fuzzy past, and the drug-addicted son of the dead man, he struggles to make sense of it all. But he cannot escape a growing sense of dread.


A deep breath helped to calm me. Oyster’s death had brought an ugly past alive. Just as I’d been assuring everyone, though, there was nothing wrong. My main task for the day was to pick Molly up after school and hope that she wouldn’t be too disappointed when she learned that we wouldn’t be visiting the skateboard park. We would head straight home for a quiet, uneventful spaghetti dinner. Cathy would have polished and set the oaken table. We would talk of things other than serial killers. She would remind me of her upcoming birthday dinner, with her sister and brother-in-law. Her parents would stare down at us from faded color photographs arranged in thin wooden frames on checkered blue-and-white wallpaper. There were photographs of my mom, too, with her tight-lipped smile.

One photo of my father, handsome in a blue uniform, hung on the wall. Whenever Cathy said grace, my eyes would wander to the particular picture, and I would recall games of catch, walleye fishing on the lake, our hikes through the Metroparks. We’d wander the trails there most Saturday mornings, just my dad and me. Afterward, he’d take me to Pete’s Hotdogs on Lorain, and we’d gorge on dogs stuffed into steamed buns and topped with local Stadium mustard and greasy fried onions. Those were the memories I’d try to focus on.

But I could never, ever block out the rest.


Michael Jordan obtained his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, with highest honors, and his law degree from George Washington University, where he was a member of the Law Review. A trial lawyer and arbitrator for over three decades, he has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer and named to Best Lawyers in America. A member of the International Association of Crime Writers, The Company of Demons is his first novel.

An avid traveler, Michael has climbed Mt. Fuji, swam in The Devil’s Pool on the cusp of Victoria Falls, trekked a glacier in Patagonia, and visited numerous other countries. Yes—an international thriller lies in the future! He has also acted in several theatrical productions and his experience on stage is helpful in creating characters for his novels. He is currently working on his next book, a thriller set during the closing stages of WWII.

A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Michael and his wife, Linda Gross Brown, a soft pastel artist, divide their time between homes in Rocky River, Ohio, and Longboat Key, Florida. They enjoy traveling, pleasure boating, and very cold martinis.

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  1. Good Morning! Thank you for the book description.These tours are great and we have found some terrific books so thanks so much.

  2. Thank you for hosting, and to Goddess Fish Promotions for setting this up! I'll check in periodically throughout the course of the day and do my best to respond to all comments--Mike

  3. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win

  4. My books are pretty disorganized, too...


    1. Glad that I am not the only one!! Happy Thanksgiving to you--Mike

  5. Would you ever like to see a movie made out of your book? I hope your book is a success. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. A lot of readers have suggested that, Joseph, and that would be fine with me. I could definitely see it as a movie. Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving--Mike

  6. Did you do anything fun for Thanksgiving? Congrats on the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(dot)com

  7. Did you help design the cover of the book? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com