TAKING ON LUCINDA

While investigating the death of his mentor, Dr. Stephenson uncovers a plot against the animals he has sworn to protect.

Hollywood starlet Aubrey Fairbanks and her entourage of activists descend on the picturesque upstate New York village of Jefferson to protest animal testing at the cosmetic company that is Jefferson’s lifeblood.

Kent Stephenson is the town’s veterinarian and a lifelong resident. He is licking his wounds after a vicious divorce that took away his daughter and hiding from the world in his profession surrounded by animals that love unconditionally.

But his brother, the police chief, has other plans for Kent and recruits him to defend their town.

What seems to be a simple matter of negotiation soon escalates to arson, then murder. More strangers arrive in town and Kent’s animal patients begin disappearing.

Kent and Aubrey’s relationship turns from blood enemies to respect and commitment as they risk their lives to protect Jefferson, find the murderers, and crush a cult that thrives on all that animal lovers despise.

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BOOKLIFE

In Martorana’s promising debut and series launch, veterinarian Kent Stephenson, who lives in Jefferson, N.Y., is shocked to learn that Aaron Whitmore, the upstate village’s former police chief, has been found dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound . . .  The memorable characters and plotting will appeal to Paul Doiron fans.

KIRKUS

In this debut thriller, a fire destroys the research wing of a rural upstate New York cosmetic corporation’s headquarters, casting suspicion on the animal rights activists who recently protested at the company . . . A vet with investigative chops and his loyal coonhound make an appealing duo in this origin story.

Readers’ Favorite Book Review

Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite In Taking On Lucinda by Frank Martorana, in the fall of 1982, Chief Merrill Stephenson discovers Aaron Whitmore has been shot. As he investigates the death of his mentor, a group of animal activists called FOAM descend on...

BookLife Reviews Taking on Lucinda

In Martorana’s promising debut and series launch, veterinarian Kent Stephenson, who lives in Jefferson, N.Y., is shocked to learn that Aaron Whitmore, the upstate village’s former police chief, has been found dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Kent...

A Review by Kirkus

TAKING ON LUCINDA A Kent Stephenson Thriller Frank Martorana VinChaRo Ventures LLC (282 pp.) In this debut thriller, a fire destroys the research wing of a rural upstate New York cosmetic corporation’s headquarters, casting suspicion on the animal rights activists who...

Local veterinarian and author to launch debut novel at the Colgate Bookstore

Hamilton, N.Y. – Join us at the Colgate Bookstore on Saturday, April 14th at 1:30pm for a book signing and presentation by local author and veterinarian Frank Martorana. The cruelty of dog fighting, veganism vs. a meat inclusive diet, the credibility of veterinarians...

Veterinarian, Frank Martorana, takes on social issues confronting all veterinarians in his debut mystery/thriller novel

The cruelty of dog fighting, veganism vs. a meat inclusive diet, the credibility of veterinarians who enjoy hunting, and even the very notion of pet ownership, are all hot button topics Frank Martorana weaves into his new novel, Taking on Lucinda. And it all happens...

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INVITE THE AUTHOR

Frank loves visiting with book clubs, writer groups, and attending other reading/writing events.

At your gathering, you can talk about his path from veterinarian to published author, discuss the mechanics of his book, style choices he made (right or wrong), and maybe even dole out a little advice to each other.

For groups that meet within an hour’s drive of Cazenovia, New York, he’d be happy to come and speak to your group in person. If you’re farther away, Skype (or other platform) is an easy option.

Follow this link to email Frank to set up a time.