The Gargoyle Bat

Awaiting his return to California, while hospitalized with broken legs and ribs, 14 year old Jesse Morrison tells us of his visit to his Cousin Edwin and of Edwin's many "secret spots" throughout London. While exploring one of these, the boys discover a dead body and unknowingly gain possession of the killer's identity: a thin, chrome bar, engraved with an ugly bat. The killer's attempt to regain this clue begins an adventure leading to the near death for both boys at the hands of al Qaida terrorists.

Along the way, Jesse experiences the awkwardness of young teen romance, realizes the cultural difference between British and Americans, and explores a city rich in history and culture. He also learns the madness of fanaticism, the meaning of heroism and the intrigue of The Gargoyle Bat.

"It all happened in a second. As I jumped I heard Abul's gun go off. Then I felt this terrible pain in my legs. I had landed on the rocks below. Man, I knew I had hurt myself. My legs ached in a funny way, and I couldn't seem to move my feet. I tried to crawl up to the parking area but the pain was more than I could stand. I heard another shot, and a large rock near my face exploded, sending pieces of it into my cheek and face. Looking up I could see Crazy Abul staring down at me. He had that wicked smile and his eyes were filled with hate."

From The Gargoyle Bat

The Tombs of Montmarte

THE TOMBS OF MONTMARTRE, the second in "The Two Bad Boys" novels series, finds fourteen year old Jesse Morrison and his British cousin, Edwin, visiting Paris, France. This time their knack for getting into trouble begins with a misdialed phone call to their hotel room. The "wrong number" leads them on a late night trip to the centuries old Montmartre Cemetery and the Dupree family crypt, wherein they find more than skeletal remains—a discovery that almost costs them their lives. During this Parisian adventure, Jesse experiences some of the cultural differences between America and France, and the richness of Parisian Art and Architecture.

Edwin teaches Jesse a new outlook on sports enthusiasm. His English girlfriend, Ashly, teaches him the heartbreak of lost "first love", but more importantly, he finds the secrets hidden in The Tombs of Montmarte.

"I didn't want to, but I went over to the dead guy. There was blood all over his shirt and a lot more on the pathway. I shook him and said something to him, but you could kind of tell he was dead. I started to leave and join Edwin when the dead guy grabbed my ankle! I almost had a heart attack! He was trying to say something but it was in French, and he was, like, gargling in his own blood. I leaned down to hear him better and he grabbed me by my shirt collar.

He said something in French to me that sounded like "Sue's perfect. Elly Sue's perfect. Owe them a round iceman." It sounded crazy to me, but I repeated it back to him. He shook his head no. "Non!" he said, and said the same stuff back to me. Then he let me go. His head fell onto the pavement. I think he died then."

From The Tombs of Montmartre