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Thanks for visiting this site. Websites and other contemporary means of communication are a bit intimidating for one who began fishing while the war was raging in Europe. I welcome suggestions from this website's readers as to how it would be more comprehensible and informative.

I didn’t begin writing a novel until about four years ago. But I had written extensively on international and foreign law for forty years. I started out with a provincial education in Connecticut, receiving a B.S. from UConn and an M.A (Economics) from Trinity, all within thirty miles of my boyhood home in West Hartford, Connecticut. OCS and three years on destroyers broadened my vision and led me to obtain three law degrees, one in the U.S. (UConn), one in France (Strasbourg), and one in Mexico (Mexico City). My world became the world. I taught at several law schools in the U.S., and more abroad, including London, Frankfurt, Guatemala, Mexico, Paris, Florence, Lisbon, and Barcelona. It was a dream life and I enjoyed every minute.

When I stepped down from teaching I decided to shift focus to something about fly fishing. I began building a wooden drift boat, the Osprey in my novels. I went through a superb guide school at World Cast Anglers (Orvis) in Jackson Hole, and was even offered a full-time job guiding with a leading outfitter. But I thought that was a little strenuous career to begin at 74! So I decided to use Osprey to take out friends and work for such organizations as Project Healing Waters. I have towed Osprey from St. Augustine to Montana twice over the past three years and will do so again in 2015.

Occasional work for the State Department over the years in such unstable areas as Yugoslavia, Cuba, the Sudan, Paraguay, Guatemala and others, gave me an understanding of our intelligence operations abroad. Thus, the idea for a novel about a fly fishing guide who was once an international law professor, but after some clandestine work in Guatemala was placed in a protection program with a new name - Macduff Brooks - and new locations - Montana and St. Augustine. I wanted Macduff to be a good guy - not the kind of guide character who is too often the center of a novel and who is fleeing from years “back east” of involvement in excessive abuse of drugs and alcohol, and mistreatment of other persons.

I hope my novels reflect my feelings about fly fishing - practicing catch and release, using barbless hooks, helping to preserve critical fishing habitat, and sharing the belief that fly fishing takes one to some of the most spectacular parts of the country. Fly fishing is, after all, much about simply “being there.”

Three novels in the Macduff Brooks saga have been published as the Western Mountains Trilogy - Deadly Drifts, Crosses to Bear, and "You're Next!" The fourth, Gill Net Games, the first in a Florida and Cuba Trilogy, was published in April, 2014. Barracuda Pens will be released in November, 2014. I have made four signing tours in Montana and Wyoming. 

Last revised: April 2014


1. How Teaching International Law for Forty Years Prepared Me for a Life of Crime.

2. Don't Write Like I Write.

3. Writing the Macduff Brooks Series.

4. Traditional and Other Forms of Publishing.



Wednesday, January 7, 2015, Kingsland Branch Library, Kingsland, Georgia 6-8 p.m. Discussion and signing, 6-8 p.m.


Saturday, October 18, 2014, Ponte Vedra Beach, Writers Group, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Lecture & signing - "Don't Write Like I Write." 10:30 a.m.

Friday & Saturday, October 10-11, 2014, Federation of Fly Fishers Florida Council, Plantation, Crystal River, Florida. Signing, 12 noon-2 p.m. each day.

Sunday, September 28, 2014, BookLoft, Fernandina, Florida. 1-4 p.m. signing.

Sunday, September 21, 2014, Valley Book Store, Jackson, Wyoming. 3-5 p.m. signing.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Elk River Books, Livingston, Montana. 7 p.m reading.

Friday, September 5, 2014, Hatties Books, Brunswick, Georgia. Signing 5-8 p.m.

Saturday, May 31, 2014. Downtown Books, Apalachicola, Florida. Signing, 1-3 p.m.

Saturday, May 10, 2014, Sanibel Island Bookshop. Signing, 11a.m.-1 p.m.

Thursday, March 27, 2014, Noon luncheon lecture "How 40 years teaching international law prepared me for a life of crime - writing mystery novels," Sarasota Bar Association, Sarasota, Florida


Radio talk shows, lectures, etc.

Friday, December 13, 2013, "Conner Calling" talk show, Public radio, WUFT-FM 89.1, or may be heard on www.wuft.org/connercalling. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013, Teton County Library, Jackson, Wyoming. Lecture and discussion.

Sunday, December 9, 2012, Headquarters Library, Alachua County,  401 East University Avenue, Gainesville, Florida.       

Friday, June 29, 2012, "Conner Calling" talk show, WUFT-FM 89.1, May be heard on www.wuft.org/connercalling. 

Friday-Saturday, October 18 & 19, Federation of Fly Fishers Florida Council, Plantation, Crystal River, Florida. Signing.  

Friday, May 3, 2013, Orvis, Jackson, Wyoming, 12noon-2pm

Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Elk River Books, Livingston, Montana 12noon-2pm

Sunday, April 28, 2013, Bozeman Angler, Bozeman, Montana, 11am-1pm 

Friday, July 27, 2012, 9:00 a.m., Maine Guide Fly Shop, Greenville, Maine (for Project Healing Waters).

Friday, April 27, 2012, Orvis, Jackson, Wyoming (opening of summer season). Friday, July 27, 2012. 
Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Elk River Books, Livingston, Montana 12noon-2pm 

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012, Bozeman Angler, Bozeman, Montana, 11am-1pm



Downtown Books, Apalachicola
Florida Book Gallery West, Millhopper           Shopping Ctr, Gainesville
Backstreet Bookstore, Newberry Road,         Newberry 

Three Rivers Ranch (Orvis), Driggs/Ashton
World Cast Anglers, Victor, Mike Lawson's Henry's Fork Anglers, Island Park Gift Shop, Harriman State Park, Island Park


Maine Guide Fly Shop, Greenville, Maine


Montana Trout Chasers Lodge, Bozeman
Bozeman Anglers, Bozeman
Fin & Feather (Orvis), Bozeman
Greater Yellowstone Angler, Bozeman
Angler's West, Emigrant Chico Hot Springs Resort, Pray
Dan Bailey's, Livingston
Sweetwater Fly Shop, Livingston
Blue Winged Olive B&B, Livingston
Elk River Books, Livingston
George Anderson's Yellowstone Angler, Livingston
Bob Lilly's Trout Shop, West Yellowstone
Book Peddler, West Yellowstone
Madison River Outfitters, West Yellowstone


World Cast Anglers (Orvis), Jackson
Snake River Angler, Jackson & Moose
High Country Flies, Jack Dennis, Jackson
Valley Book Store, Jackson
Westbank Anglers, Teton Village 

Books may be ordered at any bookstore through Ingram or other distributors, including Angler's Book Supply in Eugene, Oregon. Autographed copies may be ordered at books@anglersbookcase.com in Jemez, New Mexico.

Last revised: September 2014

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