R. Lewis, the chief of police of the Rogue River Police Department (Oregon), began his law enforcement career with the Spokane
Police Department (Washington) in 1972. During his over 30 years in law enforcement he has been a patrol
officer, deputy sheriff, detective, sergeant and for the last 17 years, chief of police.
According to the book description of
Little Blue Whales, A sadistic killer stalks the summer beaches of Oregon, striking at random locations
and then the small coastal city of Cutter Point. As newly hired Cutter Point police chief Kevin Kearnes battles for control
of his dysfunctional agency, fighting corrupt city officials and members within his own department, an accidental meeting
with a beautiful and secretive woman leads to a second chance at love. That is, until an old horror from his past resurfaces,
manifesting itself in the same murder cases he's investigating, and he is about to learn that the most dangerous secrets
to keep...are the ones you don't know you have.
According to the book description of the Sparrow’s Blade,
“In the aftermath of having survived an encounter with pedophile serial killer Uriah Beek almost three years earlier,
two still healing couples reconnect at Christmas time in the small Oregon coast city of Cutter Point. Kevin Kearnes, the city's
former police chief, now a special agent with Homeland Security, is returning to Cutter point with Britt McGraw, and his two
young sons, to marry Britt on the same beach where he'd first kissed her. Thud Compton, Kearnes' old sergeant, and now Cutter
Point's new chief, has invited them to stay at the Compton home. For Margie Compton, having house guests will be a welcome
respite from the ongoing turmoil in her marriage caused by her recent separation from Thud. When Thud is injured at work and
is forced to move back home shortly before the Kearnes' arrive, the cracks in his relationship with Margie widen further,
ultimately pulling Kevin, and Britt, into the void also as they struggle with their own inner demons. However, the Kearnes'
aren't the only ones traveling to Cutter Point for the holidays. Some very bad men are coming to town, and instead of bearing
gifts, they're planning on taking one for themselves.
An old military sword from WWII rusiting away inside its display case in the local
library, which after 9/11, is now worth a million dollars on the world black market for war artifacts. Russian mobsters "Little
Nikki" Kravchenko, and Vlasi Voronov will gladly accept half that much in payment from Phillip Peeters, the man who's
hired them to steal it. To college student Darius Ono and his friends, the sword is priceless, and reclaiming it will restore
honor to the name of his dead great uncle, war hero Suzumi Ono, "The Emperor's Sparrow." And although they don't
yet know it, Kevin Kearnes, and Thud Compton will face their greatest threat ever when they are forced to pursue the muderous
men who've stolen "The Sparrow's Blade."
Theodore Feit said of Little Blue
Whales, “ The author is a Chief of Police in Oregon, as is the protagonist of this splendid debut novel.
While it is the story of a messianic serial killer, it is really about how a repressed memory of a childhood incident
can affect a grown person's life.
Kevin Kearnes was a policeman in Dodger City, with
a wife and two sons he loved, until things went downhill for some reason and his marriage ended in divorce. He
applied for and won the job of Police Chief in Cutter City, Oregon, in which the mayor and his cronies in city government
and the police department were so corrupt that they fired and hired police chiefs almost annually.
Kevin, of course, not only has to stand up and battle
the corruption, but undertake to conduct an investigation into the disappearance and murder of four young boys while battling
his own demons from the past and coming to grips with a possible new love.
The book is an impressive start for
a first-time novelist. It flows smoothly, is tightly plotted and believable. Obviously
he author's experience as a police chief lends authenticity to the crime novel, but more impressive is the skill with which
he portrays human emotions. No mention is made as to whether or not Mr. Lewis is hard at work at a follow-up
effort. Let's hope he is.”