Joe Congel: Indie Book Source Author of the Week
August 5, 2021
Tony Razzolito, PI sorts through the evidence as he attempts to solve these cases full of murder, sex, kidnapping, and an array of mob-related mayhem.
Joe Congel grew up in Syracuse, New York, and currently lives in beautiful Charlotte, NC.
He got his first break in the world of publishing when he illustrated the humorous book, Housetraining Your VCR, A Help Manual for Humans, published by Grapevine Publications back in the early ’90s.
A few years after Housetraining set the world on fire, Joe decided that he was better suited as a writer rather than as an artist, so he began by crafting short stories that allowed the reader to use their own imagination to add the visuals to the narrative.
He figured that if a picture was worth a thousand words, he’d rather write the thousand words. Since he’s enjoyed reading murder mysteries and PI detective stories all his life, he felt he had a pretty good grasp on how to create an engaging character in the world of private detecting.
The Razzman Files – Tony Razzolito PI series is the result of that creative effort. The series is set in Syracuse, New York and Charlotte, North Carolina, with future books in the series focused more in and around the Charlotte area. Joe is uniquely qualified to write about both areas of the country since he lived in Syracuse for 36 years and has lived in Charlotte for the last 23 plus years.
As much as Joe loves figuring out how to create and solve crimes of murder in his PI Detective series, he is equally passionate about writing short stories. The shift in style between plotting out a full novel versus the tighter plot points needed to develop a good short story helps keep Joe thinking outside the box.
When Joe is not writing he can be found spoiling his grandkids.
Dead Is Forever
Tony Razzolito, AKA the Razzman, is tired of dead-end sales jobs and refuses to get another, despite a huge blowout with his wife. Instead, he decides to pursue his dream of becoming a PI. He just has to figure out how to get started.
Just hours later, Tony receives a phone call from his friend, Detective Joe Humphrey – his wife has been murdered. The devastating news sends Tony’s emotions on a roller coaster ride he didn’t expect.
Yes, their marriage had issues, what marriage doesn’t? But now… now he would never have the opportunity to work things out, to make amends, or to say he’s sorry.
Shocked, pissed off and emotionally overwhelmed, he is determined to find the killer and insists on helping Joe with the investigation.
When clues to another woman’s death tie the two crimes together, Tony may discover that some secrets about his wife are better left hidden.
Two women dead: One a twenty-year-old cold case, the other brutally fresh. Both had their lives cut short and their hearts cut from their body.
PI Tony Razzolito, working for his favorite pro bono client, can’t seem to stop second-guessing the results of the police department’s original investigation as he works to put the pieces together to solve the twenty-year-old murder.
And now, as the cops are deep into trying to figure out who committed the new crime, the clues appear to keep leading back to the same suspects from the cold case.
And to make matters worse, Tony keeps finding himself stepping on the toes of the seasoned homicide detective who was never able to solve the original murder the first time around.
The Razzman Chronicles
Tony “Razzman” Razzolito has settled into his new profession as a Private Investigator. He likes helping people solve the puzzles that complicate their lives–and he’s pretty good at it–even if it gets in the way of his own personal life… Which seems to be the norm for him.
And with the help of no-nonsense, sexy Police Captain Rita O’Connor, Tony tries to successfully balance life, love, and the pursuit of the bad guy.
* In Film at Eleven, Tony helps solve a crime of murder and passion when the co-worker of a pretty TV newscaster becomes obsessed with her and feels threatened by the other men in her life.
* Downtime finds Tony trying to make heads or tails out of a mob-related disappearance, all while trying to keep his promise of a romantic getaway with his girlfriend.
* The Judge pushes Tony’s detecting skills to the limit, as he pieces together clues as to why a sitting Judge is kidnapped right before the biggest case of his career.
Come along for the ride while Tony Razzolito, PI sorts through the evidence as he attempts to solve these three cases full of Murder, Sex, Kidnapping, Travel, and of course… Fun!
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