GIFFORD ULRICH MYSTERY SERIES
Giff, age 27
Gifford Lennon Ulrich was born December 8, 1981, in St. Louis, Missouri. His mother, Darissa Olivia Cee Gifford (called Doc by her few friends), chose his first name because it was her maiden name. She chose his middle name because he was born exactly one year after the death of her favorite singer, John Lennon. She chose his last name by guessing the identity of his father from a pool of possibilities.
Giff grew up in high-rise tenements near downtown and later in rental housing in an area known as the Southwest Garden Neighborhood. That's where he took swimming lessons at the YMCA. His mother died of a heroin overdose when he was twelve, and he was taken in and eventually adopted by his swim coach, Harold Dennis, and his wife.
He attended Southwest Missouri State University (later named Missouri State University) on a swimming scholarship and graduated with a degree in criminology in 2003. After college he joined the Navy, became a Seal, and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008. Gifford Ulrich left the military and returned to St. Louis in 2012.
This is Where His Story Begins
Beware of a man who has nothing to lose.
A Navy Seal suffering from PTSD and a painful past returns to St. Louis from Afghanistan and loses everything. Homeless, he wants only to find work and be left alone, but he is drawn into a group of street people who are being hunted by a serial killer and used by the local mob boss. To save himself, he must fight his way from tragedy to triumph and lead his “friends” on a journey from despair to hope.
In a mystery with heavy literary leanings, you will be reminded why no one wants to make eye contact with a beggar, but you will also discover that if you do it often enough, you may eventually stare into the soul of a king, for greatness is as often concealed by the robes of monarchs as it is by the rags of mendicants.
Walk the broken sidewalks leading through the middle of a struggle between individualism and collectivism where a society with too many followers can only be saved by a courageous, yet reluctant, leader. Monarchs and Mendicants is today’s political adventure dragged down to the gritty, personal level of the streets and alleys of an urban area. Its theme of honoring the individual not only embraces the substance of the American psyche but gives voice to man’s constant longing for independence.
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This is Where His Story Grows
"This author of major significance has produced a page-turning intense drama that will immerse the reader in the emotions of the hunter and the prey."
Death follows Gifford Ulrich. He lost his fiancee to a drunken driver, his two Seal buddies to an IED in Afghanistan, and his three homeless companions to the streets of St. Louis. Now, his friend, Renee Edwards, who played piano and sang the blues in a local club, has been murdered.
Giff, hired by her father to investigate, seeks help from a blind, retired homicide detective, a computer-geek neighbor, and an ex-military workmate. The team discover that other women have been killed in the same manner as Renee, and they work to find a connection despite the interference of a small-town police chief.
They match wits with a ruthless serial killer and struggle to connect the dots before someone else dies. With his team in increasing danger, Giff is forced to rely on himself and his hunches in an interstate manhunt that draws him into a life-and-death trap. Pulled by his desire for both justice and revenge, he fights to uncover the unimaginable secret behind the killings.
The series that began with the critically-acclaimed Monarchs and Mendicants, continues with Giff on a thrilling, action-packed journey as he discovers himself by fighting for others.