Born in 1934 in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, K. Signed by Constantine on title page. He currently lives with his lovely wife Linda in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. . He has expressed an interest in the characters in his stories over the actual mystery, and the reader can see an increase in the philosophical nature in his books. The town mostly runs on coal mining, which employs a lot of the people in the town. Tthe sequel to this book is called The Man Who Liked to Look At Himself and it was published in 1973.
Things may seem serene for the moment, but any veteran cop knows that in the Flats a moment is all it takes to get killed. Fore edges have a small amount of wear. As a therapist describes it, Reseta walks around with a bomb in his head. Constantine's earlier novels followed the exploits of police chief Mario Balzic and detective Rugs Carlucci of the Rocksburg police department; this one departs from the pattern by shadowing three beat cops: William Rayford, Robert Canoza, and James Reseta. The story line focuses more on the trio than on what they face as each has their moment of introspection involving their personal woes as much as their professional troubles. In May 2011, Kosak appeared in person for the first time at the 16th annual Festival of Mystery held at the Greek Orthodox Church in , signing his books and giving a live interview. He was born in 1934 and served in the Marines in the early 1950s.
The Rocksburg series especially after the first few volumes isn't the typical procedural journey, but it takes you deep into new territory. He was a family man just like Mario, and slowly but surely the detective becomes convinced that it was the stepson of this man who killed him. Excitement and intrigue are abounding with every footstep in this debut series novel from K. White, review of The Rocksburg Railroad Murders, p. He doesn't have a problem taking care of menacing bikers, but he does have a problem with little old ladies locked out of their cars. The focus is on the issues that each of the officers is struggling through and how these issues affect their day-to-day work.
Constantine has drawn a rich, complex, and troubling portrait of a small town. Such is the unlikely intrigue that begins one night with an overmatched Rayford, soon catches Resata in the middle, and ends with a wounded, bleeding Canoza en route to Conemaugh General. Contributor to From These Hills, Press, 1976; Murder Ink, edited by Dilys Winn, Workman, 1984; Colloquium on Crime, edited by Robin W. I've never read anyone like him. Now, in the seventeenth in the series, Constantine changes structure and focuses on three Rocksburg cops who patrol the Flats, an area of the city known for domestic disputes that often become deadly.
He prefers to get results by asking questions and doing good work. O'Conner, review of The Man Who Liked to Look at Himself, p. James Guide to Crime and Mystery Writers, 4th edition, St. He also worked at Seton Hill College now Seton Hill University in Greensburg, where he worked as an English teacher teaching creative writing and composition. Time, July 5, 1982, review of The Man Who Liked Slow Tomatoes, p. Constantine is the long-held pseudonym of recently revealed reclusive writer Carl Constantine Kosak; born 1934 in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.
Rayford, the only black man in the department, has been the smartest, fittest candidate for every job he's ever sought, but he couldn't protect his son from the idiocy of his mother-in-law, nor is he strong enough to free himself from his disdainful, distant wife. Washington Post Book World, March 18, 1973, Jean M. This elegaic swansong of a working-class cop is as much about loyalty, urban blight and aging's nasty tricks as it is about detecting. For former Air Force veteran and ex-mall security guard William Rayford, making the cut as Rocksburg's first African American cop fulfilled one of his life's ambitions, even though it sometimes still gives him a case of the Steel City Blues. Constantine changes direction with this tale in which the crime activity is interesting, but the up front look at the three stars is fascinating and fabulous. Rayford well-knows this town's dark history of prejudice, but dealing with it is something else.
There are seventeen novels in the series. The threads of various plots are woven beautifully into this story, but clearly it's not about action, but about these men. Rayford well-knows this town's dark history of prejudice, but dealing with it is something else. Another rumor is that K. Times Book Review, September 11, 1983, Nick B. White, review of Sunshine Enemies, p.
Other than that, information is sketchy. These three patrolmen travel the town in their mobile units, satellites moving slowly but surely across the darkened neighborhoods; at times their orbits cross. The story also probes Carlucci's personal life, from his caring for his mother to his relationship with a psychiatric social worker. In the final Rocksburg novel, the point of view expands beyond Balzic and Carlucci to give a more complete glimpse into the lives of three police officers with a few final cameos from other Rocksburg residents. It is the seventeenth book in the 17-volume Rocksburg series. Rayf is the focus here, dealing with his own issues while he tries to protect and serve. I've read all of his work and am alw Always a master at dialogue, his works read like screenplays.