About Author

“Hess is one of those rare talents who tells a great
story with compelling characters, pacing and action.”

- Terrence McCauley

Jeffery Hess is the author of the novels, Roughhouse, No Salvation, TushhogBeachhead and the story collection, Cold War Canoe Club, as well as the editor of the award-winning anthologies Home of the Brave: Stories in Uniform, and Home of the Brave: Somewhere in the Sand.

Prior to earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte and a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of South Florida, he served aboard the Navy’s oldest and newest ships. He’s published numerous short stories that recall this period of his life.

He’s held writing positions at a daily newspaper, a Fortune 500 company, and a university-based research center.

He lives in Florida, where he writes and leads the DD-214 Writers’ Workshop for military veterans.


by Jeffery Hess

It’s August 1986. The Cold War rages and Yuppies make all the money. Fresh off a three-year stretch at Starke for keeping Pearce family secrets, Scotland has a new place to call home on Fort Myers Beach. All should be perfect except Scotland’s wife is going to die unless he comes up with $100,000.