Writing as THOMAS PHILLIPS.
Former gang member Tommy Cucinelle thought he had left his old life behind when he became a Christian. That’s why he’s surprised when his pastor asks him to use his old skills, finding people who don’t want to be found, to locate the church secretary after she mysteriously disappears and the church is vandalized.
The police don’t have any leads. Tommy’s investigation brings him face-to-face with unpleasant memories from the past that threaten his new identity, but inner turmoil is soon the least of his worries.
A local Wiccan church is at the heart of the mystery, and Tommy’s search uncovers a startling prophecy about child sacrifice to the pagan god Molech. When the missing woman’s sister and Tommy’s new-found romantic interest disappears as well, the quest becomes personal.
PIGEON DROP … Two petty grifters unknowingly scam the son of a Mafia don. In order to save face, the wiseguy won’t rest until he punishes those involved …
Rochester “Roc” Pallazo and Anando Adams grew up like brothers, living off the trade Roc’s father, Vince, passed on to them. Conning people is a tough way of life, but pays the bills. Thinking the next big con is just around the corner keeps them at it.
When Roc and Anando pull off a con making them more than twelve grand for an hour’s work, Roc learns the man they scammed is Anthony DeFranko, and panics. Anthony is Abelo DeFranko’s son. Abelo is a Mafia don, and an old friend of the Pallazo family…
DeFranko’s all about saving face … and in order to do so, he sets out to kill the con artists responsible for his humiliation …
CONVICTED … Best-selling mystery author, Noah Fuller, shocks his readers when he announces that he’ll only be writing mysteries with a Christian theme from now on. When angry letters are sent to the publisher, his agent and even to his house, Fuller is certain the storm will pass. But when his four-year-old son is abducted from a grocery store parking lot, the police suspect the author’s fans are more than just fanatical.
In an attempt to employ his fame, Fuller utilizes the media to generate a nationwide search for his son.
However, the police investigation uncovers a dark secret about Fuller’s past that threatens to kill his new writing career, his marriage and the very life of his son…
ADVERSE IMPACT … Linda Genova thinks she has a secret admirer. The letters and flowers arrive harmlessly enough, until she enters into a new relationship. The covert obsession turns quickly toward jealousy as the anonymous love letters become aggressive and threatening. The police do not consider this the work of a secret admirer; they prefer the label ‘stalker’.
“With a lightening-fast pace and finely-drawn characters, Tomasso is a fresh voice in a crowded field.”—Sheldon Siegel, New York Times best selling author of Criminal Intent and Special Circumstances
“Adverse Impact does indeed have an impact, a tremendous one–complete with real characters, a magnificent story, and a relentless tightening of terror that grips the reader even beyond the last page. Congratulations Phillip Tomasso! ”—Seymour Shubin, Best-selling author of Anyone’s My Name and A Matter of Fear
“The plot drives forward rapidly and is carefully constructed. Tomasso brings an insider’s perceptions to his craft. His story prepares the reader well for what is coming, yet no amount of prescience could predict the stunning conclusion.”—Harold Kurland, Esq., Partner with Ward Norris Heller & Reidy, LLP
Winner of the 2003 Bloody Daggar Award
JOHNNY BLADE … When a whoring, violent drunk loses everything–his job, his wife, his kids and his home–he quickly becomes enraged, and vengeful. He focuses his energy on killing prostitutes.
When a college graduate winds up with a job on the city’s newspaper writing obituaries, it does not take much for him to spot opportunity. Taking a part-time job as a cook at a diner where the victimized hookers hung out, the journalist gets close to those closest to the murders.
The journalist falls in love with one of the prostitutes, turning his world upside-down. When Johnny Blade takes this particular streetwalker for a ride, it is up to the journalist to save her life.
Winner of the 2002 Bloody Dagger Award
Private Investigator, Nicholas Tartaglia, is back . . . THIRD RING
Two men burglarize the home of the city’s most prominent CEO, searching for a mystical book. They are discovered in the midst of the crime by a family member and in the chaos, one of the burglars winds up dead. So does the CEO’s only son.
When Tartaglia receives a call defense attorney Lynn Scannella, an old friend, he learns that she has just been assigned to represent the man accused of the burglary and murder. With time being of the essence, Scannella needs Tartaglia’s help investigating the circumstances in order to establish a defense for her client.
In a desperate search for answers, Tartaglia finds himself submerged in a raging river of deception and witchcraft. It quickly becomes apparent that getting a man out of jail might be the least of Tartaglia’s concerns as he uncovers an underworld consumed by the use of black magic . . . and a plot that scares the hell out of him.
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TENTH HOUSE … Nick thought this morning couldn’t get worse. Arriving at his office at Safe-house Investigations, he found a young woman seated in front of his desk. Darla begged for his help. The cult would sacrifice a young girl on Halloween night just like they murdered me last October. My mother was going to contact you. “My mother was the only person you ever truly loved.”
Nick confronted with the idea of a ghost appearing in his office thought his boss Ned Baxter was playing a trick. But as time passed, he realized no one could play so sophisticated of a prank.
Caring, compassionate Nick will need to face his spirituality as he finds Darla is what she says she is, dead. She was the daughter of his high school sweetheart, Karis Bristol. Seeing her made him realize he still loved Karis. Chinks in Nick’s self-confidence appear as three women show interest in a man that has had no love interest for ages.
As Nick investigates Darla’s death, through information from his brother-in-law, homicide detective Tommy Cerio, Nick finds she overdosed on liquid cocaine and DOM, a drug nicknamed tranquility. The story takes him into a satanic cult on college known as Tenth House – a world of unnatural sex and drugs. “The Tenth House is like a constellation. You know, star clusters studied by astrologers and astronomers. It is said that anyone born under this sign is the devil.”
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MIND PLAY is a brisk thriller in which TV news reporter, Randy Cook, attempts to defuse a complex network of mental controls that were planted when he volunteered as a college student for an experiment in hypnotic behavior. Ten years after the experiment, he runs a deadly race against himself to unravel the mesh of mystery that obscures his memory and dictates his actions.
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