Thursday, August 9, 2012


1983. The Jersey shore. William Bachman, Mr. Bachman to hundreds of students and graduates of Atlantis High and their parents, believes that truth can be found if you try to write it down. And despite what some people think of him, he doesn’t believe in heroes. He believes in protagonists.

 “…Your victim is nowhere to be found, your villain is the victim. So who the hell is the hero?”
 “Hero?” Bachman said.
“Hope your story has one,” R2 said.
“I don’t—“
“Because without a hero, not only is your story not really a story,” R2 said as he worked, drawing three beers from the taps without breaking eye contact with Bachman. “Irregardless of whether it’s about murder or child abuse, it don’t matter. But more important, without a hero, you got no happy ending.”
“But who… There is no hero,” Bachman said.
“Then it don’t matter who’s right,” R2 said, “or what kinda story it is. ’Cause whether that kid is the victim, the villain, or both, either way he’s totally screwed.”

A crackling mystery, a passionate love story, a desperate race to save a motherless child who may not want to be saved. This is the first book in the Mr. Bachman series.

The next Mr. Bachman mystery, a prequel, is coming in 2013. The working title is Laid So Low. Keep up with the latest on Mr. Bachman at

Richard W. Goffman is the author of two college textbooks on writing and reading, as well as magazine articles, novels, short stories, plays, screenplays and poetry. He writes, teaches and lives in New Jersey.

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