Viola's Hammer

by Dennis D. Glawe



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 15/07/2003

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 460
ISBN : 9781410761941
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 460
ISBN : 9781410761958

About the Book

Ray Cander was a simple, hard working 57-year-old general store owner/operator in small town Garber, Iowa.  Why would a 25-year-old paraplegic named Viola Crutchfield, who only lived a block away from his store, have 47 used condoms with men’s names on them- his included- in her possession?  When she turned up dead in the middle of an Iowa blizzard, suspicions naturally turned to those 47 names.  Ben Tucker, newest and youngest member of the Clayton County Sheriff’s department was there with Ray when they found her.  She was lying on the floor, face up, a pool of blood surrounding her head, and right next to her head lay an immense claw hammer- the apparent murder weapon.  It would take almost three years for Ben and his assistant, Bonnie Newcombe- from Iowa’s Department of Criminal Investigation, to solve it.  Even then, they needed help from an old general practice doctor, a California nudist who grew up in the area, and a Christmas Eve miracle to get it done.  It was the perfect ending to the mysterious case of ‘Viola’s Hammer’.

About the Author

Dennis D. Glawe is a Board Certified Family Practice Physician practicing in Decorah and Calmar, Iowa.  He is a graduate of Central Community High School in Elkader, Iowa (67), and graduated from Upper Iowa College in Fayette, Iowa (71) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in math and physics.  He received his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, located in Des Moines, Iowa in 1977.  He completed his Family Practice Residency (80) at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia.  He served three years as a staff physician at Reynolds Army Hospital, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  He returned to civilian practice in 1983, and was a solo practitioner in Monona, Iowa until 1988 when he joined Gundersen Clinic.  From 1988-1996, he practiced in their West Union Clinic, and, in 1997, moved his practice to the Gundersen Clinics located in Decorah and Calmar, Iowa.

He currently lives in Decorah with his wife, Marcia.  Their daughter Erin is a senior at Winona State University, and their son John lives in a group home in Waukon, Iowa and works at Tasc, Inc., a sheltered workshop for special needs individuals.

When free time is available, Dennis enjoys photography, computers, and reading.  His previous works, available through, include:

1. Dust To Dust (copyright 1998), a pure science fiction work
2. Lost & Found In New Ulm, Minn. (copyright 2002), the novel that precedes this story.  (The third novel in this series- The Cander Project- is due out in 2005)