Books by Philip Gerard

THE THINGS WE DO WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING by Philip Gerard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"The best of these stories tell resonant and lyrical tales of the dangers and frustrations of life at all ages."
An intimate look at lives both everyday and surreal. Read full book review >
THE PATRON SAINT OF DREAMS by Philip Gerard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2012

"A mixed bag, with a fine piece about baseball at the apex but with otherwise too few memorable moments."
Mannered essays, written to the academic creative-nonfiction formula, on hurricanes, spirits, death and other such weighty matters. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2001

"The focus on this different type of soldier renders this more than a mere paean to the WWII generation; their stories offer intriguing evidence of a unique and selfless service that resonates poignantly in today's crisis-filled world. (Photos and illustrations throughout)"
A gripping account of the eclectic group of artists, sound engineers, theatrical designers, actors, and writers who became America's masters of battlefield deception during WWII. Read full book review >
DESERT KILL by Philip Gerard
Released: July 22, 1994

The action and descriptions in this haunting crime noir perfectly capture the beauty and brutality of its desert setting. Gerard (Hatteras Light, 1986) cleverly uses psychological insight and other, more conventional contemporary crime novel devices to great advantage while leaving many genre clichÇs behind. The story begins when English professor Roy Pope is asked by his uncle Paul, a Phoenix homicide detective, to identify what appears to be the mutilated body of Cindy Callison, a part-time student in one of Roy's classes who, when not studying, made her living as a stripper. As the investigation drags on, Roy's wife, Eileen, becomes suspicious of her spouse's involvement in the case. Did Roy have a thing for good-looking Cindy, and was the attraction mutual? While trying to unravel that murder, Paul unearths other bodies in a similar state of dismemberment. He also discovers that the first corpse was not Cindy but some unlucky stranger dressed in her clothes. Now a brutal psychopath stalks the mean streets of Phoenix while the mysterious Ms. Callison's whereabouts are still unknown. Throughout these grim proceedings, a narrator, presumably the murderer, ``broadcasts'' from what he or she calls Base Station, describing in cryptic terms his or her crimes and motivations. These transmissions subtly imbue the reader with a mounting sense of dread as the hunt for clues in the desert landscape seems increasingly futile. After the perpetrator's gruesome hiding place in an abandoned mine is discovered, the investigation gets closer to the killer while the killer gets closer to the investigators. Then, seizing upon a disturbance during which Paul is wounded, Eileen disappears. Going after his wife, Roy eventually confronts the abductor—whose identity has been cleverly hidden—in a claustrophobic, chilling climax beneath the desert. A solid, satisfying read. Read full book review >