Revised and better than ever, Blood Opium is a paranormal, detective story set in San Francisco, two days before the 1906 infamous earthquake and subsequent fires that changed the face of the city forever. Investigator Edward Morgan has enjoyed a short yet successful career with the San Francisco Police Department’s Homicide Division utilizing special talents passed down from his English ancestors. The only other person aware that Morgan solves murders and crimes employing these gifts was his boss Lieutenant Henry Regnault; until a blood drinking, opium smuggler make plans to commandeer Morgan’s talents for his own greedy purposes.
What is more important than the underlying story of Investigator Edward Morgan is that this book originated as a vehicle to motivate Robert Serwatka in maintaining a courageous battle against cancer and complications from kidney failure. When other people may have given up, knowing that his or her days were far fewer in number than most of us have to enjoy, Bob attended a writing class and worked on Blood Opium, along with several other books, short stories and screen plays. He never talked of his illness or impending death and he only engaged in conversations that centered on positive action, future enterprises and the anticipated release of Blood Opium. Unfortunately, Bob passed away in December 2010, before the book was finished and at the encouragement of family and friends, Tom picked up the torch to complete the book for your reading pleasure and as a tribute to his courageous brother. Co-writing a paranormal detective book was not on Tom’s “bucket list,” but after his brother passed away, he knew that at least one of Bob’s dreams deserved to be fulfilled.