The Book

In Uncategorized on July 18, 2011 at 9:28 pm

So, this site is devoted to my novel, Another Broken Wizard, which is available on the major e-book marketplaces. Here’s the pitch:

Jim Monaghan really didn’t want to go back to Worcester. But his father’s open-heart surgery and Jim’s sudden unemployment forced his hand. Making daily trips from the hospital to his father’s empty apartment, Jim seeks out his childhood best friend, Joe Rousseau. But Joe has problems—a feud with a local gang. And Joe’s plan to resolve the matter only makes things worse.

Tending to his father and embarking on an ICU romance in the day, Jim tries to help his friend. He follows Joe into Worcester nights defined by drugs, guns and fistfights. As the danger escalates, Jim makes a painful choice to save his friend, and then has to live with the consequences.

Another Broken Wizard is a book about straddling childhood and adulthood, straddling a fading industrial home town and the information-economy of our attenuated aspirations, straddling the love for a friend and self preservation. It is an evocative portrait of Worcester, Massachusetts—both its place in the 21st century and its past.



“Dodds gets Worcester and shows it in all of its glories and cracks…He runs through the streets of the city and nearby towns and takes the reader with him…Dodds is a master of writing the town life and capturing all of the said and unsaid. His characters are so full of waiting, of pain, and of hope that never reaches past the next day.”

-Worcester Pulse Magazine


“Dodds has written a fine novel. He has a voice wholly his own, and he captures the elemental good and bad in the American male. Joe’s recklessness and gang feud creates a looming peril that keeps the reader on edge.”

-Kevin Kosar, author of Whiskey: A Global History



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