Books by John R. Goodman

Death, Dot & Daisy

A post-pandemic murder mystery

A virus has wiped out most of humanity. In England, Adaeze leaves the city and heads north where she starts a new community of survivors. In Chicago, Leo, six years old, arrives on the last flight from Europe with his dying father. As Leo grows up with his cruel relatives on a Minnesota farm, Adaeze’s happy village grows until Dot, her adopted daughter, finds the body of a murdered man outside their house. Dot turns detective and uncovers a secret that goes back a lifetime.

5.0 out of 5 stars “A gripping and relevant thriller.”

5.0 out of 5 stars “Highly topical at present – a great read.”

5.0 out of 5 stars “Great read in the time of plague.”


Dogs and Cats and Other Lifeforms

7 short plays

An act of kindness brings Caroline to Theresa’s home. They may have shared a bus, but they live in different worlds. Then their conversation turns to the virus… 

Three dogs meet on a beach. They chase balls and gulls, chat philosophy and discuss the nature of happiness. 

Two cats argue over the tenancy of a cardboard box and the finer points of quantum mechanics. The truth behind cat superiority is revealed. 

A young mother is imprisoned, but for what? Even in a democracy terror can triumph. 

A malevolent computer takes over the life of a hapless logistics planner. Sometimes we have no power, even over our own creations. 

Two babies are born, grow up, marry and die. What else is there, after all? 

When Karen’s daughter, Jewel, is taken by “Dirty Harry”, Karen fears the worst. But Harry has been nursing a secret, and there are things even beyond Karen’s imagination.