Gangster Island

Gangster Island is the working title of my current writing project.

August, 1934 (a month after John Dillinger has been gunned down by g-men in Chicago)

Three million dollars are hidden in downtown Los Angeles, and fourteen-year-old Rob needs that money to save the girl he loves, save his brother, and save himself. First he has to find the three million, and then he has to fight gangster Jelly Jones to keep it–that is, unless two nosy federal agents discover that Rob’s  summer job involves extortion and murder.

N.C. Wyeth’s 1911 cover art for Treasure Island. His interior illustrations are my favorite of the many Treasure Island editions.


I can’t say more than that now, but with this story I’m paying homage to one of my favorite books: the great Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.








Wally Beery as Long John Silver and Little Jackie Cooper as Jim Hawkins in the 1934 MGM classic Treasure Island. Rum! Adventure! Pirate slang!

August, 1934, is also when the movie Treasure Island was released to theaters. One of my characters should take time out to see it.

No, my story is not for young adults! It’s definitely an adult read.

Okay, I’ve said too much. I’ll shut up for now.