Monthly Archives: November 2012

More stores! More stores!

Clinton Book Shop in Clinton NJ. The Book Garden in Frenchtown NJ. More details to follow, but bottom line: if you can get to one of those stores, please do go in and talk to Rob (in Clinton) and Caroline (in Frenchtown). And as long as you’re there, pick up some holiday gifts. Knowhutimean?

More Hearty Praise for Heartless Cruelty

“I’m not really much of a murder mystery fan, but Heartless Cruelty was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The fact that I got to read it by candlelight (during the Hurricane Sandy power outage) enhanced a number of the “dark and stormy night” scenes.”

“A fascinating new type of sleuth, Mr. Bachman, helps solve this mystery. He’s a high school English teacher, beloved by his students, and ready to help a mixed up teen find himself. There are many chills and spills along the way. I couldn’t put it down. The New Jersey shore comes to life with Mr. Bachman. Can’t wait for his next escapade.”

“Heartless Cruelty is a terrific read. Fast-paced, well-plotted and cleverly written, it evokes the dark side of the Jersey shore of the 1980s – not the Jersey shore of sun, sand and surf, but the darkness, cold, squalor, and corruption of the shore in winter. Mr. Bachman, the lead character, is an English teacher at Atlantis High whose students love him because he treats them with honesty and sensitivity without dumbing down what he does in class. Concerned about Jason, one of his students, Bachman stumbles upon the dead body of Jason’s father while making a call at Jason’s home. The mystery of who killed Jason’s father, together with Bachman’s relationship with Jason’s stunningly beautiful pro bono lawyer, propels the plot as the scenes shift from the classroom to the Mayor’s office, from good cops to bad cops, from honesty and justice to heartless cruelty. Strongly recommended.”
J.P. Sattin


“If you’re looking for
the next great suspense novel, look no further than Heartless Cruelty. Richard
W. Goffman’s moody setting, wonderful characters, and masterful plotting will
have you turning pages late into the night as you follow high school English
teacher-turned-reluctant hero Bill Bachman, who is in a race against time to
save one of his students.”
Maryann McFadden
Indie Award-Winning
Novelist of

The Book Lover


Two more bookstores have joined the growing network of NJ indy retailers who are carrying Heartless Cruelty, the first book in the Mr. Bachman Series of riveting Jersey shore thrillers. BOOKENDS, 211 East Ridgewood Ave. in Ridgewood, has two big floors of books, lots of celebrity sightings, and something exciting going on all the time.

Next is beautiful MENDHAM BOOKS, in the Mendham Village Shopping Center on Rt. 24 in Mendham. Not only will they have a big display of Heartless Cruelty (while they last!). I’ll be doing a reading/signing/cookie-eating event there on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2:00. Please mark the date on your calendar. If you can attend, I would love to see you there.

We’re developing some more events early in 2013, so keep watching this space for emerging details. And remember, the easiest gift to wrap at the hurried holiday times, is an 8″x5″x1″ paperback book. This has been scientifically proven in the secret 99%BOOKS Wrapping Lab at Wossamatta U., in Frostbite Falls, PA.


Click on the link to see the charity that will be getting our BUCK A BOOK money.

Our brothers and sisters in Staten Island (where I spent the first eight years of my life, and where I worked in the early ’00s) seem to be getting both brutalized and ignored by their city. The folks on Long Island, where I grew up, have been clobbered too. I have chosen the recently thrown-together charity, Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, as being most appropriate for the BUCK A BOOK promotion for HEARTLESS CRUELTY. By donating a dollar every time someone buys a copy of the book for the rest of 2012 (and counting everything already sold in November), we’ll make a small difference. Of course, you can donate more to Hurricane Relief, whether it’s this charity or another one. I know I am going to. Maybe this will help remind everybody that, just like we have to now pull our divided country back together and heal all of those ugly wounds, we have some very ugly wounds right here in the region that is so dear to the heart of Mr. Bachman, wounds that are NOT metaphoric. 

Today was the day that many school districts finally reopened. It was GREAT to see my kids today — although not everyone was there. And if you don’t live around here, if you are part of the vast network of fans of the Mr. Bachman series but live in California or Hawaii or Mississippi or Zagreb, you may not know that it is now snowing here on people, many of whom STILL don’t have electricity, and are being told they are unlikely to get it back before Thanksgiving. Right. Snowing. And cold. Can we get a break please?

Let’s all do what we can, in the place that we are, with the means at our disposal.