The avid mystery man is at it again.
Clyde Skaggs recently published his fifth book, "Love, Death, and Deceit." The newest stand-alone mystery novel takes place between Baldwinsville and Rochester with characters appearing from Skaggs's previous books.
The book focuses on the main character Cole Brooks who was unable to balance the needs of his wife and mistress while satisfying the requirements of his job at Ramax Microelectronics Inc., an aerospace company located in the industrial section of Radisson. The one thing meant to give Brooks pleasure, his sailboat, actually causes him grief and despair. A desperate employee performs an act of aggression that puts a final strain on Brooks and everyone around him. Brooks' boss brings in a friend from the past to help solve the problems.
When asked why Skaggs would recommend this book to others, he replied, "The characters involved give the human interest side of things and a look to the inside of the company. The characters are the most central part of the book, which covers what the title says; love, death, and deceit, and it makes a great gift!"
Skaggs, a resident of Radisson, has his own publishing company, CWS Enterprises, where he publishes his own books, along with a book from author Cornelius Hayes, a past member of the Syracuse Writers Roundtable group, which Skaggs is currently a part of.
Skaggs has his master's degree in physics from West Virginia University. He worked for 27 years as a manufacturing engineer manager with General Electric before retiring in 1993.
"It's fun to write," Skaggs said. "Traveling a lot gave me time to think. I was a technical person. I did a lot of reading and decided before I retired that I was going to write. Technical writing is work, fictional writing is fun."
All of Skaggs' books can be found at the Sunshine Market in Baldwinsville, Books for Less in Liverpool and Fall us Orange on University Ave. The previous four books can be found at Borders Bookstore and the Baldwinsville Public Library, among others. Skaggs is hoping the newest book will be at the local libraries and Borders before Christmas.