CITY OF TONAWANDA —
Hawley chose to try his hand at the young adult paranormal genre, which has exploded into popularity in recent years due to the likes of the “Twilight,” “The Mortal Instruments” and “Beautiful Creatures” series. It also helped that Hawley and his wife have six children, the youngest in elementary school, the eldest in college.
”I’ve experienced that kid life for so long and I also teach high school,” he said, a period in life he describes as “a weird time.”
”Thanks to books like ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Twilight,’ even the older generation enjoys reading young adult books,” Hawley said. “The young adult paranormal (genre) is quite a big thing.”
”The Ripper’s Hellbroth” is a time-jumping murder mystery, focusing on Tumblety as a possible Whitechapel murders suspect as well as a modern-day copy-cat serial killer dubbed the Niagara Falls Ripper.
FBI forensic scientist Dr. Edward Dunham is called in to solve the modern-day case and is helped along the way by a local college sophomore and her younger brother.
”Dunham is this excellent sleuth detective,” Hawley said. “People keep asking him to come on serial killer task forces. He’s a brilliant guy ... always doing fun things.”
And like many young adult novels these days that ultimately wind up being part of a series, Hawley hints the Niagara Falls Ripper case may not be Dunham’s last. Just as in “The Ripper’s Hellbroth,” any possible future novels will be rooted in historical fact.
For more information about “The Ripper’s Hellbroth,” and Hawley’s non-fiction book, “Searching for Truth with a Broken Flashlight,” visit www.searchingfortruthwithabrokenflashlight.com.