Sample Query Letter
Douglas DiNunzio's Hot-Wired
in Brooklyn will soon be available from Time Warner Books'
May 6, 1999
Mr. Michael Rosenberg
The Rosenberg Group
2800 Harlanwood Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76109
Dear Mr. Rosenberg:
I recently heard you speak at Sleuthfest '99 in Hollywood
Beach, Florida. I hope you will find the enclosed query for
a new mystery series of interest.
His name: Eddie Lombardi.
His occupation: shamus.
His turf: the blue-collar Italian streets of Bensonhurst,
in 1940's Brooklyn.
In his first adventure, Snow-Blind in
Brooklyn, he's up against a teenage chicken thief and
his skillet-wielding mother, Mafia thugs, a hit man on the
run, an eccentric Harlem gang lord, and a vindictive cop.
All the while conducting a forbidden love affair with a beautiful
black woman and complying with the endless demands of Italian
Snow-Blind in Brooklyn is not only
an exciting detective yarn, but also a thoroughly researched
depiction of Italian life in Brooklyn just after the end of
World War II. Like Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins novels, my
series observes the detective within his own ethnic community
and an often hostile outside world. In addition to my own
background, the writings of Jerry Della Femina (An Italian
Grows in Brooklyn), Salvatore La Puma (The Boys of
Bensonhurst), the Brooklyn Historical Society, and others
provide an authentic feel for time and place.
At 64,000 words, Snow-Blind in Brooklyn
is paced for a quick-and-easy read. Would you care to read
sample chapters and a synopsis or the complete manuscript?
I have also prepared an Overview of my twelve book hard-boiled
detective series including thumbnail sketches of the recurring
characters. Enclosed is a SASE for your response. I look forward
to hearing from you soon.