Abandoned Homes: Vietnam Revenge Murders is a suspenseful serial killer crime novel.
U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War ended in 1975 when the U.S. abandoned its embassy in Saigon. However, the hate developed during the war years, especially at major universities continued. Proponents of the war, fierce opponents of communism, acted during the war years to remove potential traitors from our society. Those against the war continued their opposition, begun in the 1960s, culminating in the riots and student killings at major universities, including Kent, Maryland and Wisconsin.
Paul O’Hare, a retired history professor, uncovers a long-hidden domestic impact of the Vietnam War thirty-five years after the war ended when he finds a skeleton in the crawl space of an abandoned home in southern Delaware. The Delaware State Police investigation team, headed by Detective Margaret Hoffman, discovers two more skeletons and the quest for a serial killer begins. Hoffman soon determines the three skeletons had been graduate students at the University of Maryland during the 1970s as had Paul O’Hare. He soon becomes a major suspect. Eventually the State Police clear him and he begins a romantic relationship with Detective Hoffman that must resolve conflicts between his anti-war sentiments and her experience as a Marine veteran.
The investigation uncovers Vietnam War controversies between pro- and anti-war graduate students at the University of Maryland in the early 1970s. Several anti-war students reportedly committed suicide, but their friends believe the CIA assassinated them. Thirty-five years later, after O’Hare’s initial finding, additional skeletons and missing Maryland students are discovered by Detective Hoffman’s team. The investigation unravels the long simmering hatreds between the pro- and anti-war factions, culminating in additional killings and attempted murders in 2008. Identifying the missing Maryland students, Ralph Cohen and Anne Carlsson acquaintances of Paul O’Hare, who had changed their identities to avoid the fate of their friends, and bringing them into protective police custody becomes the key to identifying the serial killers.
The search for a serial killer reveals a complex web of interrelated former students, questionable suicides, a crusading newspaper reporter, and CIA agents and double agents, in this fast-paced suspense novel.
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About the Author
Frank E. Hopkins attended Hofstra University in the 1960s. He became involved in writing while earning his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland. He held the position of associate professor at the State University of New York at Binghamton in the 1970s, where he published numerous academic peer refereed journal articles and a monograph on industrial location. He continued technical writing while working at the Department of Energy in the late 1970s and as a government and business development consultant since 1980. He moved to Ocean View, Delaware, in 2001 where, as a consultant, he managed or participated in writing large winning proposals in response to federal government solicitations. The settings for "Abandoned Homes: Vietnam Revenge Murders", his latest novel, include the University of Maryland in the 1970s and Sussex County, DE in 2008. "Abandoned Homes: Vietnam Revenge Murders" has been awarded first place in the mystery/thriller category by the Maryland Writers Association in their 2018 novel contest "Unplanned Choices," Frank’s first novel, is a historical romantic drama set in the late 1960s and early 1970s in New York City and Long Island during the turbulent period of the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights struggle, the sexual revolution, the women’s movement, and the struggle for legalizing abortion. "The Opportunity" is Frank’s second novel. It is a suspenseful crime novel set in the high powered competitive environment of federal governmental contracting in Washington DC and the high paced professional networking social life of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware in the beginning of the twenty-first century. First Time, a collection of ten short stories is his third book of fiction. Each story contains an event that usually happens to everyone, that happens for the first time to the main character of each story. The Delaware Press Association has awarded "First Time" second place for a collection of short stories written by a single author in their 2017 Communications Contest. Frank is active in the Rehoboth Bay Writers Guild, the Eastern Shore Writers Association and the Berlin chapter of the Maryland Writers Association. His website may be found at: http://www.frankehopkins.com. His Facebook profile is http://facebook.com/hopkinsfe Email: firstname.lastname@example.org In addition to writing, he plays golf and tennis, skis, sails on the Chesapeake Bay, and enjoys fishing on the ocean and inland bays of southern Delaware.