Canceled with Blood: A Post Office Massacre

by Kerry Deminski



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 03/04/2000

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 200
ISBN : 9781585007110

About the Book

Canceled with Blood: A Post Office Massacre is indeed fiction, but the author, Kerry Deminski, spent 35 years of his life working as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service. The characters and events depicted are so true to life that you are immediately hooked and swept right along with them. The author pulls no punches in this portrayal of workplace violence, its causative factors, and its aftermath. Postal managers, clerks and letter carriers are defined with all of their praiseworthy attributes as well as their disturbing flaws.

But this work is so much more than an insight into the heartbreaking incidents of violence that have marred the record of an institution that touches the lives of virtually every American on a daily basis. You will share the sorrow of two young women who have been shunned by their parents for choices they have made. You will empathize with the anguish of a letter carrier still attempting to deal with the post-traumatic stress of fighting the war in Vietnam. You will meet a postal supervisor who will do whatever he can to see that his letter carriers get a fair shake, as well as a supervisor who will stop at nothing to make a reputation for himself in the USPS. These, and the many other characters that populate this novel, are masterfully woven into intricate situations and relationships, both on the job and in their private lives. After reading this compelling work, you will never again be able to think of any postal employee as a dull, plodding public servant who does not enjoy a rich, complex and rewarding existence.

About the Author

It is a well-documented fact that a fiction writer's life experiences enhance the plots and characters that he or she creates. Kerry Deminski is a man who worked as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for three and a half decades, but also spent a lot of time before and during that period holding down other jobs as well. He worked as an armed guard for a detective agency, as a truck driver for a bookbinder, as a janitor, as a heating and air conditioning mechanic, as a theater usher, as a convenience store clerk, as a factory laborer.

While still a teenager in Appalachia, he spent three years working after high school and on weekends for an uncle in the trucking business, shoveling coal and shouldering heavy blocks of ice into hundreds of homes in that financially-depressed region. During these jobs, and others not mentioned, Deminski filed away in his mind all of the people he met and all of the things they said and did, hoping to draw upon these experiences to enrich the books he knew he would write someday. Now that someday has arrived, and the prolific author turns out one, sometimes two, novels every year. Kerry Deminski has also received royalties for song lyrics he has written; he has sold humor to Playboy Magazine; he has been granted U.S. Patent Numbers 5,755,438 and 5,788,706 for two of his inventions.