Martin Herman was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and for the past twenty years has been living in Connecticut, midway up a small mountain.
For almost forty years he successfully led a series of businesses – helping to take many from the brink of bankruptcy towards profitable successes.
Although he has been writing articles and short stories under a series of pen names since his early teens, it was not until he approached his 75th birthday that he published his first full length mystery novel. There are now seven of his books in print and one more due to be published later this year.
In addition, he teaches a class on writing as part of the OLLI program at the U-Conn, Waterbury campus, for those over 50, to help them write their story.
The Jefferson Files - the expanded edition
Historical murder mystery
“The Jefferson Files” by Martin Herman
Leaders of a powerfully imbedded secret society order the brutal murder of a dissenter in their ranks and arranges for the body to be tossed into the Potomac River, so it will float within sight of the Jefferson White House.
They are sending the president a message – support us in whatever we choose to do, whenever and wherever we choose to do it, or suffer the consequences.
Almost 200 years later, a group of college students learn about the crime and what Jefferson did about it. But, what about the secret society? It can’t still be around … or can it?
Well it is, and now they have power over all levels of government, international finance, and the arts.
… and that is only the beginning!
The Hidden Treasure Files
The Hidden Treasure Files by Martin Herman
A seemingly worthless document, in an old, weather-beaten, wooden frame, is auctioned off with a starting bid of $2.
Within minutes, two separate people bid it up to $100,000.
As you read, you realize that this item is worth far more than that, but not to everyone - to a very select group of people, including, a children’s disease specialist, with top secret government clearance, and the very powerful, head of the New York crime family.
Confused by this turn of events, Will James & Crew is brought in to investigate.
You will go from the auction in Brooklyn, New York, to a secreted Russian spy command center in the Ukraine, to a cancer researcher in Austria just as World War II is about to begin, to the site of a natural disaster in China, finally, to the crime boss’s secluded Long Island, New York, home.
An old-fashioned page turner with a unique ending you will not soon forget!
10% of the sale of this book goes to the N.E. CT Cancer Fund
The Sweet Revenge Files
A murder mystery / a psychological thriller
The Sweet Revenge Files by Martin Herman
A bomb goes off on Christmas eve, in a crowded theater. The investigators quickly find D.N.A. and clear fingerprints of a convicted murderer.
Instantly, they realize, he couldn’t possibly have had anything to do with this – because he was executed for being a convicted murderer 80 years before. So, how could his fingerprints and D.N.A. get all over the crime scene and the getaway car????
Will James assigns Bob Schless, his friend and business partner, to take James’ place staking out a suspect. When Schless is brutally murdered, Will James is hopelessly inconsolable.
As with all Will James Mysteries, this storyline will quickly grab your attention and keep you guessing until the very end – guaranteed!
The Return to Sender Files
A cyber thriller
The Return to Sender Files by Martin Herman
Imagine, being able to turn the world upside down, and do it, over and over again, with just a few taps on your laptop …
to be able to drop planes out of the sky at will … clean out the most secure bank accounts … bring speeding cars to a complete stop … and do all of this, while sitting in your underwear, in the privacy of your own apartment.
A lost and downhearted Will James, still mourning the death of his friend and business partner, is literally dragged off of a beach in the dead of winter, to help find the person or persons responsible for all of that – and more.
You will be kept on the edge of your seat until the very end.
The 1st Tuesday of the Month Murder Files
Psychological thriller - A whodunnit with a ticking clock
The 1st Tuesday of the Month Murder Files by Martin Herman
One by one, members of The Swinging Side of the Moon Big Band are murdered, each on the 1st Tuesday of the month.
The only constant seems to be that each of the victims were musicians in the same band.
Lora, Will James’s wife, is the band’s vocalist, which makes her the next possible victim.
Will James is called in to find and stop this murderer before he or she kills again.
Although almost a year and a half has passed since his business partner, Bob Schless, was murdered while filling in for him, James is still racked with guilt and self-doubt.
Can James, at 75% of capacity, be able to stop a killer, who is at the top of his or her game?
If we get you to the opening pages you will not be able to put this book down.
With a song and a smile - The Howard Hill Story
With a song and a smile - The Howard Hill Story
Biography of a still active 93-year old musician who has played with and for…
• Billy Holiday,“Lady Day”
• Ella Fitzgerald
• Oscar Peterson
• Nat “King” Cole
• John Coltrane
…and so many more!
An inside look at the music industry during the pop and jazz era of the ‘50’s to today.
A Very Special Dress and other stories
a collection of short stories and thought provoking tales – both real and imagined – some are whimsical and will make you smile, others will make you cry but all will hit home in one way or another. As you read about budding romances, long term marriages, the search for gender identity, and sexual orientation you will meet some people who had to endure bad relationships before they could recognize and fully appreciate their soul mate – sound familiar?
Find a comfortable place to relax, settle in with a beverage of your choice and read how some have overcome the barriers of language and class in order to find romance and happiness.
The opening story, “A Very Special Dress” and “Norma Jean” pay tribute to strangers who set their own problems aside in order to lend a hand to others.
"First Date" examines the countless scenarios as one seeks love. "Finding Love at a Perfume Counter" captures the he said/she said as we follow the beginnings of a romance.
In “Home”, “Howie and Sandy” and “No Need for Subtitles”, you will read about loves that were meant to be: as well as the awakening of one person’s own gender identity in “Dragonflies”.
In “Shelly and Greg: An Almost Love Story” we realize that it isn’t always better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
“Frangelico” follows a dog’s own concerns when the human it had all to herself finds love with another human.