The Author and the Books
Jerome Doolittle is a former reporter, columnist,
and editor for the Washington Daily News and the Washington
Post. He left journalism to join the United States Information Agency in
Casablanca and in Laos, where he was the embassy spokesman during the secret
war waged in that country by the CIA and the U.S. Air Force.
Upon resigning, Doolittle covered the war in Vietnam and
Cambodia for various magazines and newspapers. He returned to the United
States before the communist takeover of Indochina, going to work in Jimmy
Carters press office during the 1976 Presidential campaign. For the first
two years of the Carter administration he was a White House
speech writer; for the last two he was chief of public affairs for the Federal
He has taught at Harvard, and has published two books in
Time-Lifes American wilderness series, as well as The Bombing Officer,
a novel about the secret air war in Laos. Body
Scissors was his first Tom Bethany mystery. The others are Strangle Hold,
Bear Hug, Head Lock, Half Nelson, and Kill Story.
Bethany is a onetime political operative, Air America pilot, and college wrestler
who lives in Cambridge.
All the Bethany mysteries are available as
print-it-yourself shareware on this web site, as is The Bombing
Officer. And they are newly available as trade paperbacks from
iUniverse, from Amazon or from
Barnes & Noble. Search
under Books or Author for Jerome Doolittle. Or these new editions
may be ordered from independent bookstores, which saves
shipping charges and helps save independent bookstores.
Several general comments about the books:
LOS ANGELES TIMES, Charles Champlin:
ranks with Robert Parker, Elmore Leonard, Ed McBain and Ross Thomas as a
high-voltage story teller, and that is exalted company.
Tom Bethany is a loner who does
things his way, which is stubbornly original and makes for good reading . . .
Above all, the characters have a psychological heft that keeps them
vibrantly alive on the page, makes them interesting and what they do
believable . . . His taut writing is wired with explosive charges . . . just
about a perfect political thriller.
Tom Bethany is the funniest thing to come down the
Massachusetts Turnpike since Spenser.
Body Scissors landed Jerome
Doolittle in the front rank of political thriller novelists. Written with
wit, zest and insight, its one of the best novels about political
skullduggery Ive read in a long time. And his hero, Tom Bethany, is an
Tom Bethany is a Travis McGee
for the Nineties.
reviews are on each books web page, as are links to dowloads of the first
chapters. To go to these pages: