Category Archives: Personal Entries

Kindle & Nook

I have recently returned from another wonderful visit to Lake George and the Adirondack State Park.  I had a few book signings and got to see a number of great people who had read Desperate Hours and came looking for Desperate Days.  I can’t express how grateful I am that these books are finding an audience and people seem to enjoy them enough to want more of the Matt O’Malley series.

In response to a large number of inquires Eileen and I decided it was time to move into the Twenty-first Century and get Desperate Hours and Desperate Days into e-book formats.  Since I have the technical skills of your average head of lettuce it fell to Eileen to figure out how to accomplish this goal.  I am thrilled to announce that she worked on it while I was away and now both books are available on either Kindle or Nook.

Rodgers Rock pictured here is featured in a key scene in the book Desperate Days.

New Matt O’Malley Mystery Is Available!

Desperate Days, is the second thrilling “Matt O’Malley” mystery novel by Thomas Kane set in the beautiful Adirondack State Park. The tranquility of the park stands in stark contrast to the evil acts that are occurring there in this action packed, tightly paced thriller. Continue reading

Book Club Discussion Guide

I have received a number of requests from book clubs for personal appearances and for a discussion guides. I have gone to some of the book clubs and had a great time. It is fascinating to me how readers make the characters their own and fill in the blanks about them. One of the clubs decided they wanted to decided what actors would play what parts if Desperate Hour were ever made into a movie. Out of these appearances I have tried to distill some of the most interesting topics and questions into one guide. I hope this will be of some assistance to some group out there! Continue reading

Video Trailer For Desperate Hours

Check out the new trailer for Desperate Hours! Click on the title above to view trailer Continue reading


In the climactic final moments of Desperate Hours an inanimate object, the Hackercraft Sterling, becomes one of the heros of the story. This boat actually exists and is a prototype of an entire new line of boats being made by the company located at Silver Bay on Lake George. You can view these magnificent boats at the newly designed show room located at the Silver Bay location. Unfortunately, there are no tours currently avaialble at the production facility in Ticonderoga. It is there where the latest in marine design and technology is pared with old school craftsmanship to produce these timeless classics. Continue reading

Reader’s Pictures Posted on Website

The Adirondacks in general and Lake George in particular are extremely photogenic. Nearly everyone who comes for a visit is inspired by the beauty of this locale and they go home with lots of wonderful pictures and memories. While not everyone can match the artistry of Carl Heilman, the beauty of Lake George makes even ordinary snapshots extraordinary. Folks who have read Desperate Hours have been e-mailing all sorts of pictures to me as they explore Lake George looking for the venues described in the book.
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Be A Critic!

heodore Roosevelt has famously be quoted as saying:

“It is not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out how the doer of deeds might have done them better. Instead, the credit belongs to the man in the arena whose face is marred by sweat and blood and tears.”

At the risk is seeming arrogant, I must disagree with Teddy Roosevelt. The man in the arena is important, but so is the critic. The critic is the one who holds us accountable for our work and makes us strive to create the very best we can. I would like you, the readers, to be my critics. Continue reading

Bass Island

Recently, people have been asking me if Bass Island is a real place. They are looking at maps and are having a hard time finding it. That may be because it is so small. Remember, it is the only state owned island available for camping that has only one camp site. If you get a good navigational map of Lake George you will find it on the west side of the Narrows.
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Just back from Lake George

I spent last week traveling around the Adirondacks, and it was great! The weather was a bit rainy and on the cool side, but a welcome change from Florida’s summer heat and humidity. I was able to show Desperate Hours to a number of potential vendors, and it received a wonderful reception. It can now be found in a number of Adirondack book and gift stores, including Trees in Bolton Landing, and of course at the Sagamore Resort.
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Desperate Hours Tours of Lake George

In a fascinating development, people who have read Desperate Hours are starting to take Desperate Hours tours of Lake George to try and visit the sites referenced in the book. Fans of the book really enjoy the realistic description of Lake George and some of the areas mentioned in the book. Continue reading