Jimmy Olsen is a writer that creates characters that are fascinating and intriguing. His stories are exciting and certainly not predictable. So far I have read three of his books.
Things in Ditches contains unexpected turns of events right down to the ending! A murder mystery of unexplained motives and comical characters. It was so much fun to meet a cast of small town/county characters in Minnesota that are normally reserved for those small Southern towns. I was unable to put the book down, continuing to turn each page to learn what happens next and the element of danger stayed until the end. Only thing I can say is you just have to meet the character Ervin Wertz aka "Walleye", who throws the whole investigation for an loop! Can you laugh in the middle of a murder mystery? Yes, you can and I did!!
The book, The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island stories is a collection of stories set in the islands of the Caribbean all the way up to a deserted island on the Canadian Border. My favorite short story in this collection was "The Hero of Blind Pig Island. It tells the tale how a old man and a young boy outsmart a bully! Classic and fun. These stores leave you wanting more and hopefully Jimmy Olsen will grab some of these stories and write a complete novel from any one or all of them.
Jimmy Olsen didn't start writing fiction until the age of 40 and he has worked as an English teacher, newspaper reporter, editor and photographer. He was a machine gunner in Vietnam and completed two tours before settling down and marrying. He began scuba diving at the age of 13 and continues today and when he lived in Dominican Republic he started that nation's first scuba instructor school. Olsen and a small group of adventurers discovered the site of the French Man-O-War Imperial and several other vessels.
He has spent much of his life seeking adventure.
I have enjoyed reading the works of Jimmy Olsen and he is a writer that I will continue to follow. I have heard he is in the middle of writing a book about Vietnam and I will be waiting and watching for that one!
And I believe he mentioned his next book soon to be published,
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