After reading how best selling author James Patterson began his writing career while working the night shift at a Boston psychiatric facility, Karl Bort, a retired Cleveland Police officer and psych nurse figured "why not give it a try".

Karl and Thekla are finishing up their next novel. It has cops, nurses, lawyers and killers entwined in a compelling story of intrigue. It will be up to the reader to decide who the good guys are.

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About the authors

Karl Bort retired from the Cleveland Police Department in 1994 after 27 years of service then obtained his Licensed Practical Nursing license. He continued working another 15 years in nursing; the last five years as a night-shift psych nurse at the Cleveland Clinic. He is the past president of the Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association.

Thekla Madsen is a marketing and technical writer and corporate business analyst. She has worked for cooperative and corporate businesses in the agricultural, medical, and banking and financial services industry. She was executive editor, writer and photographer for a regional women's magazine, and has published articles in national trade magazines.

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