My three previous nonfiction books were published by academic presses. Recently I finished a novel.
The Last and Greatest Battle
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Since 2003, more active-duty troops have killed themselves than died in battle—nearly one every day. In addition, a U.S. veteran dies by suicide every hour now... Even if troops enlist with patriotic fervor, after they train for battle, and especially if they engage in combat, many can't resume a normal life afterward. They have a new enemy to contend with—thoughts and visions of what they have seen and done... The casualties don't end when the fighting stops. The Last and Greatest Battle tells how, why, and most important, what can be done about it.
The Final Leap
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most beautiful and most photographed structures in the world. It is also the top suicide site on the planet... Weaving drama, tragedy, and politics against the backdrop of a world-famous city, The Final Leap uncovers the reasons for the design decision that has led to so many deaths, provides insight into the phenomenon of suicide, and examines arguments for and against a suicide barrier. It includes stories of those who have died, the few who have survived, and the many who have been affected. For more information, visit my Final Leap website.
Building Hope tells from the trenches what it's like to lead and manage a nonprofit agency today—how to build a strong and effective board, manage and inspire staff, develop efficient, effective, and culturally competent programs, raise money, recruit and retain talented volunteers, market the agency, keep up to date on nonprofit laws, and plan for the future. The workload is often crushing and the stress level can be high, yet being able to look around a community and see tangible evidence of success makes it all worthwhile.
When the body of a young woman washes up on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, she might have jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge—or not. Two people are determined to find out who she is and how she died. One is a female investigator in the coroner's office who is African-American. The other is a male newspaper reporter who is white. Issues of race, drugs, suicide, and murder play out against the backdrop of a world-famous city.