Somewhere Over Lorain Road

Praise for Somewhere Over Lorain Road

“★★★★★ – Highly recommended!”

“I was absolutely enthralled with the story from the opening paragraph until the final moments. Moving, gripping, and unforgettable.”

“While the chapters in the present kept me riveted to the unfolding mystery, the chapters in the past damn near broke my heart. The writing is impeccable and the plot enthralling.”

“Every once in a while, a book comes along that grabs me in the first paragraph and does not let go even when I have finished reading it. I was totally mesmerized.”

“This book, with its tight narration and unexpected turn of events, kept me glued to its pages until the very last one. It’s riveting – a page-turner, and masterfully written.”

“The author pulls all the stops out in this gripping story of love, tragedy and redemption. A five-star win with the best mystery novel I have read in years.”
-    ALAN CHIN, author of The Plain of Bitter Honey and Buddha’s Bad Boys



Somewhere Over Lorain Road
by Bud Gundy

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For more than forty years, the stain of horrific allegations against their father has haunted the Esker sons. When three little boys were murdered in 1975, their dad was suspected of the crimes. The immense strain of the unsolved case shattered the family, sending the brothers reeling into destinies of death, flight, and, in the case of Don Esker, shame-filled silence.

Years later, Don returns to the family home in North Homestead, Ohio, to help care for his dying father in his final months. His dad longs for the peace that will only come with clearing his name. If Don can find the killer, he can heal his family—and himself. His own redemption begins when he becomes romantically involved with Bruce, who joins the hunt and forces Don to confront the unthinkable answer they’ve uncovered. 

Praise for Somewhere Over Lorain Road

Horrific events in a small town set off a chain of aftershocks that rocks a community, and one family in particular, for the next forty years. This is a believable and engrossing story of a pre-teen child navigating a series of devastating family tragedies, and his much older-self trying to fit the pieces together.

But this story goes far beyond a simple murder mystery. It is also a story of rebuilding family relations, of gay-bashing, of coming out and becoming comfortable with your sexuality, and also a touching romance.

The author pulls all the stops out in this gripping story of love, tragedy and redemption, set against a backdrop of a murder investigation. An emotional roller coaster that will keep the reader guessing until the last, fully satisfying page.

There is beauty here as well, and wisdom. You come away from this book understanding yourself and humankind a little better, and a writer can’t do any better than that.

In the end, the author scores a five-star win with the best mystery novel I have read in years, because ultimately, I realized that the mystery the author is sharing is not the murders of a small town, but the mysteries of Life.

- Alan Chin, author

Elf Gift

Elf Gift by Bud Gundy

Elf Gift
Nominated for an Over the Rainbow Award by the American Library Association

by Bud Gundy
Thriller, Suspense

Available on Amazon
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"A page turner...there are times when I couldn't read it fast enough...Bud Gundy has created a truly innovative romp through history, captured in a voice that is magical and amusing."

     - Alan Chin, The Examiner

Something is happening. Something big.

In Ireland at the time of the potato famine, a young servant discovers that he is part of a mystery he could never have imagined. In modern San Francisco, two more unsuspecting people are drawn into the same vortex.

Crashing through the centuries, the mystery snares young and old, rich and poor, the religious and the skeptic. And sometimes, it carries those people along with it through the ages. People walk the earth for hundreds of years, burdened by knowlege they never wanted, and tormented by visions they can’t understand.

Some of the clues lie in plain sight, like the obscure form of a woman on the Bayeux Tapestry, one of the world’s greatest medieval works of art. Other times, the mystery makes itself known in more subtle ways. A scratch on the skin. An empty room.

Sister Mary Rose Harlowe and Broderick Ellis have never met, yet find themselves thrown together, racing to get answers that can prevent disasters and save countless lives. And just as they’ve solved the mystery, they discover that the most shocking revelation is about their own lives.

A secret can live forever, or it can hide forever. It can’t do both.

Bud Gundy reads an excerpt from his new novel Elf Gift at Under One Roof in San Francisco. December 12, 2012.

  Alan Chin,  author

Alan Chin, author

Elf Gift - Review by Alan Chin

In current day San Francisco, Sister Mary Rose Harlowe and Broderick Ellis are brought together by a mysterious old woman to solve a mystery that began in Ireland at the time of the potato famine. Mary Rose and Broderick find themselves in a mad rush to get answers that can prevent disasters and save countless lives. What they uncover is truly more

Butterfly Dream

Butterfly Dream by Dave Lara and Bud Gundy

Butterfly Dream
by Dave Lara / Bud Gundy
Historical Fiction

Available on Amazon
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"One of the most powerful books
I have ever read."
   - The LL Book Review

"A fascinating inner journey."
   - Alan Chin,

Based on a true story...

At 86 years old, Banat Frantz recalls the first 21 years of his life, growing up Jewish and gay in Hitler’s Germany. He brings the wisdom and perspective of nearly nine decades to the observations of his younger self, laying waste to the delusions and madness of the times.

In Jewish camps throughout Europe, Banat befriends the last of Germany’s Jews to realize what was happening – the movie stars, producers, directors, writers and other artists who were formerly pampered and influential. They form a brilliant, triumphant cabaret that became the most acclaimed in Europe.

Even in the grip of Nazi control, Banat explores his emerging sexuality and falls in love. Soon, he is swallowed by the great darkness of Auschwitz, and among the most profound horrors in history he learns to seek survival in the most private, flickering corners of his heart.

Nothing can kill truth, and love shines in even the bleakest worlds.