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       This is the place for readers to find the stories about both Jonathan Raines, a tough detective in Detroit during the 1930s, and equally rugged West Texas lawman Johnny Madrid, plus other memorable  characters in novels featuring a variety of historical settings. 

This also is the place for Just Yesterday, a column devoted to interesting local historical tales, and little known facts about the people who settled Bay City and the State of Michigan.  There also is My Times, a column with comments on current news events with a historical perspectives.    You can stop at the Writer's Desk for helpful tips on writing that paper, newsletter, article, or even the great American novel.

      The latest Tim Younkman novels published for tablets and other e-readers are available for purchase and downloading through most major distribution sites including Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.   You also can read the first few chapters for free and I'm sure you'll want to find out what happens next!  Just click on the book cover for a look.

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Pecos Moon By Tim Younkman
If I Die Again By Tim Younkman
Detroit 32 By Tim Younkman

My Times

Just Yesterday


  That's what Mikey Corleone would be saying as he sat playing dominoes with the boys in the Miami park.

  A firestorm of debate and criticism has erupted in the wake of attempts by the U.S. government to “normalize” relations with Cuba.

   The airwaves and blogs have blown up with naysayers, chest beaters whose eyes fill with tears as they recount how Fidel Castro created a wave of terror that drove out tens of thousands of fellow Cubans who didn’t go along with this revolution.

   History, once again, seems to be forgotten, leaving the entire issue out of focus.

   Few people on the street today could recognize the name of Fulgencio Batista.  He was the dictator of Cuba from 1952 to 1959 and whose repressive regime sparked the Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro’s partisans.

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   It was a Christmas like no other in U.S. history.

   The world was collapsing around for many American families as the continued fallout from the Great Crash of 1929 evolved mercilessly into the Great Depression of 1930.

   It was to last most of the decade but this was the first Christmas when the full crushing weight of the failing economy was felt.

   Both of my parents were teenagers in high school then.  They didn’t talk a lot later on about how they felt on that Christmas except that my Grandfather, my mother’s dad, who maintained his job as a railroad dispatcher, insisted on keeping his family together.  Relatives from all over the country showed up for some help.

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