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Hi, everybody. I'm a retired English teacher trying to realize a dream I've had since I put on a puppet show in third grade. Wouldn't you know it, I was censored.

Twenty years as an English/social studies teacher.  I have written six novels, working on number seven, STRANGERS ARE FROM ZEUS. SOLDIER'S GAP is the only one I've published. My main influence, if I have one, would be Joseph Heller. Also love Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels. I have recently posted the first chapter of a completed novel, HONEST THIEF, TENDER MURDERER (under stories) that I'd like some feedback on. I will probably post one or two more chapters of that novel.

"With its complex interplay of bizarre yet believable characters, Soldier's Gap falls somewhere between
Northern Exposure and Twin Peaks." -- Dave King, Writer's Digest columnist

"Enthusiastically recommended reading for mystery buffs." Midwest Book Review.

"Murder isn't usually this much fun." Amazon reviewer.

"The story takes place in a small town that is so real that you would swear you would recognize the town of Soldier's Gap immediately if you drove through it. The people are fully authentic and unique. The humor that runs through the book is heart felt and keeps it from being too dark." Amazon reviewer.

"I read the description of Soldier's Gap and snorted coffee all over my laptop. It sounds like great fun." Sleepless - Mystery forum

"This ain't Mayberry and the head of the investigation ain't Andy Griffith (Deputy Sheriff Dave Jenkins arrives on the scene of the murder with a hangover). Jenkins, it is obvious from the start, has his own demons, and they become more apparent as the murder investigation goes along." Amazon reviewer

"Soldier's Gap is a smorgasbord of a book, full of quirky yet entirely true-to-life characters that offers humor, mystery, suspense and romance. It's a fun read." Amazon reviewer                                  

Birth Place: St. Cloud, MN US

Accomplishments: Excellent reviews on Amazon. Currently averaging four and a half stars from nine reviews. Would appreciate more.


Soldier's Gap by David A. Schwinghammer
When high school principal Jerry Egge is brutally murdered, Deputy sheriff Dave Jenkins begins an eerie investigation. Just about everyone in Soldier, Minnesota, is a suspect....

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Short Stories

Black and White and Red All over
 by David A. Schwinghammer
A Catholic school boy plans to kill an aged nun after being humiliated in class....

Little Crow
 by David A. Schwinghammer
A farmer shoots a great Sioux chief. ...

All the Good Stories Are Taken
 by David A. Schwinghammer
A young writer makes love to a ghost, then sets out to find out who she was....

Mengele's Double, Chapter 9
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Marv's best friend Rip thinks Marv may have kidnapped Dorie. ...

Odyssey of a Southpaw
 by David A. Schwinghammer
A sad sack left-hander gets his first chance to pitch in a play-off game. ...

Soldier's Gap, Chapter One
 by David A. Schwinghammer
when a high school principal is murdered, Deputy Sheriff Dave Jenkins sets out to find the killer and weird psychic happenings get in the way....

Calliope's Revenge
 by David A. Schwinghammer
The God of poetry seeks retribution....

 by David A. Schwinghammer
A teacher wards off the advances of a student while dealing with his impending divorce. ...

Soldier's Gap, Chapter Three
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Deputy Dave Jenkins begins his investigation of the muder of Principal Jerry Egge. ...

Dissecting Beowulf
 by David A. Schwinghammer
A young man goes out on his student teaching assignment in a suburb of a large city. ...

Seminary Boy, a memoir
 by David A. Schwinghammer
John Cornwell's memoir of his experiences in the seminary. ...

Fisher of Men, Chapter Nine
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Dewey suspects his friend Gordy may by guilty of Andy's murder and begins to investigate. ...

 by David A. Schwinghammer
A fireman anticipates his new child....

Rubbernecking at Moe's Diner
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Due to unhappiness in his marriage, a man spends most of his time at a diner, where he meets a young runaway girl. ...

Bereavement Blues
 by David A. Schwinghammer
A Community College instructor deals with the death of his wife. ...

Honest Thief, Tender Murderer, Chapter Nine
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Will has enough evidence to arrest Ned for stealing "Baby," the Caterpillar he once drove. ...

Soldier's Gap, Chapter 2
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Deputy sheriff Dave Jenkins and night deputy Mingo Jones arrive at the scene of the murder of Jerry Egge, high school principal....

Too Many Cooks
 by David A. Schwinghammer
A young boy hears about a girl who shot her father who'd been molesting her. He can't get anybody to explain how a father could do that to his own daughter....

Fisher of Men, Chapter 8
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Father Czech is accused of embezzling money from the church and Dewey begins to suspect his friend of Andy's murder. ...

Honest Thief, Tender Murderer, Chapter Eight
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Deputy Will Kneebone finds where Ned hid the Caterpillar. Ned and Peggy June head to North Dakota to try to sell it to an old friend of Ned's. ...

Mengele's Double, Chapter Eight
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Detective Black puts a tail on Charlie Zelnick; Charlie has dinner with a Mary Kay saleswoman who's been trying to seduce him. ...

Unabomber Jr.
 by David A. Schwinghammer
A group of high school kids are deceived by a pseudo-radical teacher....

Turning Forty
 by David A. Schwinghammer
A woman shoplifts a John Grisham novel by mistake and is grilled by a store detective. ...

A Boy Named Bentley
 by David A. Schwinghammer
A young Wisconsin boy experiences the trials and tribulations of being stuck with an egghead name. ...

 by David A. Schwinghammer
A man attends his ex-lover's wedding. ...


 by David A. Schwinghammer
What I noticed at the Academy Awards....

Widow's Peak
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Value what makes you you. ...

 by David A. Schwinghammer
How did we get here? Who you gonna believe? ...

Alumni Game
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Too old to play....

The Do Drop Inn
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Conversation is dead. ...

 by David A. Schwinghammer
Old, but still looking for the one. (Sonnet)...

 by David A. Schwinghammer
Why snow is holy ...

Girls Who Wear Glasses
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Dorothy Parker doesn't know guys. ...

Ode to Neve Campbell
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Neve Campbell shows up in my dream....

Jacks or Better 101
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Freshman English is a lot like playing poker with a Boatswainsmate....

Never My Love
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Regretful poem about fate...

3 O'Clock
 by David A. Schwinghammer
An insomniac suffers through the night....


The God Particle
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Is God the invisible supreme being mentioned in the Bible, or is he/she/it a force that holds the universe together? ...

The Lusitania, book review
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Did Churchill, the First Lord of the Admiralty, purposefully risk a torpedo attack on the Lusitania? ...

The Wilderness of Ruin, book review
 by David A. Schwinghammer
WILDERNESS OF RUIN is about two kinds of insanity: psychopathy, typified by twelve-year-old sadist, Jesse Pomeroy, and some kind of stress related disease Herman Melville's family thought he suffered...

 by David A. Schwinghammer
SOLDIER'S GAP was my first serious effort at writing a novel. It took me about six months to write the first draft and another five years to rewrite it, 23 times, a rather inexact number, considering...

SOLDIER'S GAP (book review)
 by David A. Schwinghammer
The small town murder of a high school principal leads to life-changing complications for the deputy sheriff in charge of the case....

A Beautiful Mind, book review
 by David A. Schwinghammer
This is a biography about a genius who won the Nobel prize for his work on game theory. It's also about paranoid-schizophrenia, a disease John Nash contracted when he was thirty. ...

Another Planet, book review
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Elinor Burkett "infiltrated" a high school the size of Columbine, looking for reasons why it might have happened. The kids jump off the page. ...

The Three Stooges, book review
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Michael Fleming tries to explain the appeal of three morons who liked to hit each other with a hammer or a wrench or twist each other's noses with a pliers. ...

Americans Need to Pull Together
 by David A. Schwinghammer
How to dissolve the great American divide....

Empire of Sin, book review
 by David A. Schwinghammer
How New Orleans got to be the fun capital of the USA....

Science at the Edge, book review
 by David A. Schwinghammer
John Brockman summarizes interviews with some of our greatest scientists, concerning such arenas as artificial intelligence and the theory of everything. ...

Obama, a Modern Caesar?
 by David A. Schwinghammer
George Will neglects to mention Republican presidential abuse of power, but he's hard on Obama's comparatively mild unilateral efforts. ...

Voices of the French Revolution, book review
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Richard Cobb's coffee table book is a good way to get an overview of exactly how the French Revolution deteriorated into a blood bath. ...

Great American Scandals
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Michael Farquhar dishes the dirt on some famous Americans. ...

Odd Man Out, book review
 by David A. Schwinghammer
This book is about the trials and tribulations of minor league baseball, but if you're a baseball fan, there are some names you'll recognize, like Craig Breslow, Bobby Jenks, and Erick Aybar, who play...

Portrait of a Killer, book review
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Patricia Cornwell, the best selling coroner/novelist, sets out to find the real Jack the Ripper. ...

Capital in the 21st Century, book review
 by David A. Schwinghammer
French economist, Thomas Piketty, explains how to pay down the national debt and how to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor. ...

Atheist/Agnostics Embrace Church Meetings
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Former ministers set up meetings for non-believers that mimic church practices. ...

WWII Cartoonist, book review
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Author of the Willie and Joe cartoons loved by Greatest Generation soldiers. ...

Doc Holliday, book review
 by David A. Schwinghammer
What we know about Wyatt Earp's famous sidekick at the OK Corral....

The Partly-Cloudy Patriot, book review
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Snarky essayist, PBS radio personality is a unique character....

The Irish Tinkers, book review
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Irish con men originated as Tinkers in Ireland, hence the word tinkerer, somebody who can fix just about anything. Modern society is forcing them onto the dole, but they're fighting it. George Gmelch...

Lindbergh as President, book review
 by David A. Schwinghammer
In THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA, Philip Roth imagines Lucky Lindy, having defeated FDR, as president of the USA. ...

Seabiscuit, book review
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Seabiscuit was Man o' War's grandson, but he didn't start his racing career like his granddaddy did. ...

Beyond Belief, book review
 by David A. Schwinghammer
Elaine Pagels discusses the implications of the Gospel of St. Thomas. ...


Includes short stories and book reviews.

Book site with synopsis and reviews. New and used copies at a discount.

Includes all the sites that sell the book. Just type in my name or SOLDIER'S GAP.

Home page for Wheatmark, publisher of SOLDIER'S GAP.

Additional information

I've taught a beginning novel's course for the St. Cloud Community Ed. program for several years.

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