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Shands Manor

Some of The Corridor’s best action takes place at Shand’s Manor, a restored Prohibition era mansion owned by Professor Jim Trombley who appears in each of my now ten books. Although fictitious, the manor has basis in fact. I began to develop it while working on The Allards Book Eight: The Chief. During Prohibition many homes along the water front were constructed or modified to receive clandestine liquor from Canada to be served it to its patrons. Many existed in my youth and some even today. Read More 
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Jackson and Randy

Jackson Ivorie and Randall Riley are certainly my favorite characters in The Corridor. Representing some of the diamonds in the rough among the lost soles in an inner city slum, they far outpaced my original expectations. As the book progressed they continued to demand a larger role, and I am not disappointed that I gave in to their demands.  Read More 
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The Cass Corridor

Sitting on the northwest end of the Cass Corridor is an oasis of culture. The setting of Wayne State University, The Hilberry Theater, and the Detroit Cultural Center including the Library and Institute of Art provides a perfect haven for our fugitive heroes to seek shelter. The area is certainly worth a walking tour including the interior of the Library. Read More 
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The DOJ

As Nicole’s work goes deeper into the inner city, we are introduced to another level of healthcare fraud where the victims are more vulnerable and the perpetrators more evil. All the scams are taken from actual cases in the news and the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the people involved will stop at nothing to preserve their gold mine.  Read More 
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Doctor shoppers in The Corridor

Nicole Allard is a doctor shopper, more accurately a professional patient actor similar to those used today to train medical students, and her background in theater makes her ideal for the job. Shoppers have been used for years by clinics or insurers. Many doctors see shoppers in their practice and never know it. They report to their employer the nature of the visit—what was done and how, allowing the third party to determine the quality and value of the visit as well as the practice. Later shoppers like Nicole were used by insurers to investigate improper billing. Finally they were used by the government to root out criminal fraud. Initially they were government agents, but when I saw the administration considering using professional shoppers instead, Jack hired Nicole and the fun (and chase scenes) began.  Read More 
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The Corridor

While I was researching for The Corridor, the Detroit Free Press began a series on healthcare fraud in the inner city. It was here I first learned of, THE BEACH, an oddly-named desolate spot of the Motor City. Located on the corner of Martin Luther King (formerly Mack) and Cass Avenue, it is in the center of the area referred to by locals as the Cass Corridor. A veritable social study of American urban culture, this three mile corridor runs from the riverfront and tall buildings of downtown through the worst area of burned out despair imaginable, to a rebirth and rejuvenation of homes and businesses old and new ending at the pleasant Wayne State University campus and the Cultural Center of Detroit. What a setting for a novel…! Read More 
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The Corridor

Although like the Allard Series, The Corridor is based on actual stories from the news and court cases, is at base a work of fiction as are the actual events and characters. In some ways this is more fun than historical fiction where the author is tied to a certain body of facts. When the characters won’t behave, they can be changed or fired. Here the author is truly in charge of the story… Read More 
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The Corridor

I’ve been asked to blog a bit about my latest work, The Corridor, a modern-day tale of medical fraud in the slums of the Motor City.
Upon completion of the The Allard Series. I began to wonder how I would while away my spare hours. It was at that time Susan returned from a legal seminar on healthcare fraud armed with wonderful tales of healthcare scammers and cheats. Soon I was attending Department of Justice seminars online and a year or so later, The Corridor was born. More on the details later… Read More 
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