By Dennis M. Adams

Is a murder solved when the authorities discover who the perpetrator is? And if the suspect turns up dead, is it a closed case? Joe Morgan, a retired Homicide Chief, doesn’t think so. He knows that until the MOTIVE is discovered others may die. To pursue the motive for his grandson’s death he turns to a corps of friends, mostly retired detectives and supervisors, to pick up the investigation and root-out the purpose of the killing.

They call themselves The Coterie, a group of six law enforcement professionals, several retired from the police ranks. But more importantly, they have been friends since their early days on ‘the job’. This is their story; of camaraderie, loyalty, and justice.

MOTIVE is the first book of the Coterie Series which features Joe Morgan. The following series of novels will each give prominence to a different member of The Coterie.

Dennis M. Adams

DENNIS M. ADAMS is a Novelist and Private Investigator. Of the two he finds that the writing of crime fiction can definitely be more exciting. Dennis lives in Western New York with his wife, Evy, and their greyhound. After a stint with the Army as an Intelligence Analyst he returned to college earning a BS in Criminal Justice.



On Tuesday, June 13th, at 6:30 p.m. I will be at the Cazenovia Library to talk about how I wrote my first novel, MOTIVE, in eight weeks. I'll also discuss how I became inspired to write, my writing...


I wish to thank the West Seneca Public Library for hosting my book signing last evening. There was a remarkable turn out, over 40 people showed up. Quite a few were familiar faces; friends from the...

KIRKUS REVIEW of City Hall Secrets

It is official. The gold standard of book reviews, Kirkus Reviews, has determined that City Hall Secrets is "A well-crafted whodunit with an engaging cast and ambiance." The complete review is...

CITY HALL SECRETS, the second of the Coterie Series  has been published in October of 2022. It is available on Amazon, Kindle, and through most book outlets.