Is this your first book?
In 2000, three of my novels were released by a small publishing house that sold more than 22,000 books before the publisher went belly up. A Run to Hell and The Boardwalkers have just been released in Second Editions. All my titles can be found at Amazon and Barnes & Noble when you search for “Frederick Schofield books" or use links on my author website. A limited number of new first editions sell at Amazon for as much as $900 to $1,000.
What are you best known for?
Hmm? Here goes. I am a proud U.S. Marine combat veteran.
After completing my education on the GI Bill, I colorfully practiced law. Some might argue too colorfully. For years, I represented more sex workers than any lawyer in Atlantic City, which meant I defended more hookers than any lawyer in the world. That drove me to write The Boardwalkers, a salty murder mystery and legal thriller set in the seaside gambling resort, involving a lethal clash between a Mafia boss and his trial lawyer . . . a conflict only one can survive. Think of it as the foundation for HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire, Part II.”
A Run to Hell is the story of a Lee Gunther, a cagy mob lawyer and his female counterpart Jaime Calero, a toughened immigrant FBI special agent. Their troubled pasts draw them into a history mystery that reveals true-to-life back stories.
Lee is driven by the Mafia assassination of Academy-award winning actress Grace Kelly, after she became Princess of Monaco. That aspect of the story comes from dual sources: clients, who were Philly mob "associates," and my father, who grew up next door to Grace and was the same age. My uncle was a best friend of Grace’s brother Kell, who was also mob murdered with a brother-in-law on the same day, just 12 blocks and six hours apart.
Jaime's story follows the living legend of a Central American hero: physician-revolutionary Doctor Hugo Spadafora. His connection to dictator and drug kingpin General Manuel Noriega is her driving force.
Run covers the days leading to the joint CIA/FBI operation in Panama to take out Noriega. That story also comes home. At the time, my mentor in criminal law, Raymond J. Takiff, was one of three lawyers defending Noriega upon U.S. federal drug charges in South Florida.
In 2018, I spent three months receiving inpatient healthcare for combat-connected conditions. As I recovered from three surgical procedures, I was encouraged to rework these stories. The result: I'm told that my writing style matured, plots tightened, and characters have more depth. Go figure.
An Hoa Valley, Vietnam
How would you describe you books?
Terrific beach reads. Perfect books for any beach, hearth, or comfort zone.
Which writers have most influenced you?
My author favs in college study were Faulkner and Fitzgerald. My favorite playwright: Tennessee Williams for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” where an alcoholic is cured in 110 minutes of run time. Favorite trashy writer of my youth: Harold Robins, who was trumpeted as being “the next Hemmingway,” upon release of The Carpetbaggers. His first book had a story so big it made two motion pictures, which are now largely regarded as melodramas for Neanderthals. My favorite writer to take me away someplace was James Michener. Now it’s . . . well . . . me.
Tell us about your work in progress.
Can't talk about that story, yet. It's a beach read—meaning light, yet breezy and thoughtful—a story that is compelling and close to the heart, at times drawling a tear near or tickling the funny bone.
Time ticks. Photo Circa 2020.
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