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Laughs Abound

Eleven year old Jeff Greenaway is in love and on the loose in Manhattan circa 1962.
This book will crack you up.
For adults.

Sheer antic delight” — Remsen Pilchard

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Manhattan Gothic Print | Kindle | Kobo (Digital) | Barnes & Noble (Digital) Readers: if you would like a print edition of the book we ask you to patronize the CreateSpace store because they give us a better royalty than the Big Boys, Amazon, et al, and we writers need to make a living.


JHK’s novella about a boy in New York in the 1960s. Paperback – $8.00 E-book – $2.99 Click to Buy



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JHK’s lost classic now reprinted as an e-book
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Hate Mail Sent to Jim Prior to 2013

Good Afternoon JHK,

Are you healing nicely? 
Got to move around or that scar tissue will tighten up and make your life a living hell!

Keep moving!

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