"Deliciously candid and refreshingly irrepressible. Mark Pople is one of the most interesting new
voices on the scene. His story rolls off the page
with intriguing vitality."
- Roger Paulding, author of the Jazzed series and the Seney Chronicle series
A shortcut led to the longest six weeks of Brian Casey’s life.
A high school English teacher and self-proclaimed Alfred Hitchcock junkie from a broken home, Brian has spent his entire life in Rogers Park, an urban enclave of North Chicago. He longs for a Hitchcockian revenge on the father who deserted him as a child.
Turning into the Farwell-Pratt alley on a bitter February afternoon, little does Brian know that the decision to take this particular shortcut will set into motion a chain of life-altering events. The first link in the chain is a stuffed trash bag dropped from a fire escape. The final link is a choice: forgive his father or watch him die. The links between - kinked and tangled, as happens when chains are kept in closets with skeletons - include addiction, F. Scott Fitzgerald, plagiarism, blackmail, and murder.
Rogers Park is a novel about the long road to forgiveness and the harrowing journey one man must endure to reach this destination.