The Jake Houser Crime Series

Jake Houser went to law school to study the black and white of right and wrong but instead learned that lawyers worked in the gray areas in between.

So he became a cop instead.

Jake spent the first decade of his police career working in Chicago. Then his wife was murdered and he came home and became the lead detective of the Major Crimes Division of the Weston PD.

After growing up in the suburban ideal he expected a slower pace but found that the Shangri-la he remembered had never existed. What he had experienced as a child was the whitewash of the Suburban Hematoma—the unified effort of every municipal and private institution to hide crime and corruption to protect the powerful economic engine of the suburban dream.

Now a decade into fighting suburban crime Jake struggles against these forces to avenge the victims of the crimes he investigates and to find justice in a system he increasingly believes is too corrupted by politics and prejudice to deliver it.

The Jake Houser Crime Series is set in fictional Weston, a Chicago suburb located along the Paget River in Paget County. Although readers familiar with the western suburbs of Chicago might think they recognize some of the places described in the books, they are all fictional. I use fictional places—though grounded in suburban realities—so the stories are not restricted by local politics, businesses, or even geography.

Suburban Hematoma; [suh-bur-buhn hee-ma-toh-muh]  A municipal condition where crime and corruption are hidden under the family-friendly skin of a middle class commuter town of a large city.  A Suburban Hematoma is characterized by striving citizens who are focused on professional success and raising perfect children while ignoring local politics. A Suburban Hematoma is commonly accompanied by a complicit news media and a government focused on the community’s rankings on best-city lists.


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