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Edgemont Writer Pens “Double Blind” Thriller

EDGEMONT, N.Y. – An Edgemont writer is bringing the mafia, murder and sex to the tight-knit community.

Geoff Loftus’ first published novel, “ Double Blind ,” was released earlier this spring by Saugatuck Books as an e-book, available on Kindle or Nook. The thriller’s outline - a divorced New York City man goes on blind dates with two women and finds himself lost in a tangle of Mafia thugs, federal agents, violence, sex, betrayal and murder – anything but the typical blind date.

“I enjoy reading that kind of stuff and watching those kinds of movies,” Loftus said, explaining his motivation for writing the novel.

Inspired by true stories such as the 2009 conviction of two former New York Police Department detectives found guilty of operating as Mafia hit men , Loftus spent more than two years writing the novel is his spare time. The Gregorian University Foundation vice president and blogger said he would research factual events before putting in his own twists.

“I think that most of what happens in the book is the kinds of things that does happen but isn’t itself factual,” he said.

The result – a book readers say is packed with action and is a must read. While the reviews on the e-book are limited, readers who have commented are calling “Double Blind” a “real page turner.”

“I couldn't put it down. From sex to murder and exciting chases, it had it all. I'm looking forward to the next Geoff Loftus novel,” one reviewer wrote on Amazon .

For Loftus, the book was a change from his previously published non-fiction book, “ Lead Like Ike: Ten Business Strategies from the CEO of D-Day ,” an outline of former United States President Dwight Eisenhower's abilities as a leader.  Loftus, a literature major in college, said he enjoyed the freedom writing a novel like "Double Blind" presented compared to "Lead Like Ike".

“You can have a looser writing style in a novel,” he said. “If I feel like being flip I can be. You can’t get away with that repeatedly in non-fiction.”

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