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Real Nice Books is an independent publisher of quality fiction.

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Dr. Hartwicke Zeus sexually preys upon his women patients, including Diane, a suburban teenager who feels guilty and lost after having previously given away her baby girl. Zeus relishes the challenge of bending his intelligent and spirited young patient to his will. The Board of Medicine knows what Dr. Zeus is doing, but its young investigator is repeatedly thwarted in his attempt to bring Zeus to justice.

“With Zeus, Keech (Hot Box in the Pizza District, 2015, etc.) draws a remarkably accurate picture of an especially dangerous form of sociopath–not the serial killer of the public imagination but a white-coated, well-educated, and highly respected doctor. ….
The plot moves with energy, building toward a dramatic but believable conclusion. It’s hugely satisfying watching the efforts of Dave and his team as they try to expose Zeus’s lies. ….
A complex, multilayered, and psychologically acute tale about a predatory physician: well done.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Star Rating: 5/5 …. The split narrative is as exciting as the plot itself and keeps you hooked in the best possible way!”
Manhattan Book Review

“Star Rating: 4/5 …. Overall, it is a well put together crime drama that reads quickly and well ….”
San Francisco Book Review

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A box delivered to a twenty-year-old student stirs up bitter memories just as he encounters a passionate woman who shares similar secrets. Tim is a bike messenger, muscle builder and ace student who is proud that his life is exceptional and pretty much under his own control – until he learns that what he needs most is the same thing he most fears.

“This book touches on common life experiences such romance, complicated family dynamics, the death of a loved one, infidelity and depression.” — Portland Book Review

Hot Box is interesting and engaging.” — Manhattan Book Review

“Thomas Keech can write.” — San Francisco Book Review

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Teenagers fight back against neglect and abuse in this fast-moving novel set in contemporary suburban America. Kate’s mother moves out of the house to live with her boyfriend, the spoiled son of a well-respected neighborhood businessman. Kate’s father loves his daughter but pushes her away. Kate meets a charismatic boy, Lucky, and is drawn into his own twisted family situation. The school counselors who are supposed to help troubled students blindly put Kate into the path of a sexual predator. Suburban corruption relentlessly spreads even into the children’s family lives.

“… there is no lack of drama and intrigue.”     —  Kirkus Reviews

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Book 2 of the Shady Park Chronicles.
(Book 1 is First World Problems.)

A school shooting and groundswell of demand to arm teachers challenges a young reporter for the Shady Park Ledger to find out and report what really happened.

Everyone is sure the shooter was a terrorist. A woman who wears a hejab is arrested, but Anthony believes she’s not guilty and works to find out who is. Luckily he has the help of the beautiful Pari, who encourages him to keep reporting the facts despite the publisher’s threats to fire both of them.

“Keech’s prose style is charmingly companionable, and he depicts the romantic entanglements of Anthony’s personal life, including an involvement with his boss’s daughter, with a tone of sweetness and humor.”
Kirkus Reviews

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Book 1 of the Shady Park Chronicles series

Emma has lost her job but keeps her sense of humor as she struggles to keep her family going, even if they can’t match the pampered lifestyle of her friends from “the Estates.”
Her naïve, idealistic husband Charles is no help. His only concern is seeing that there are no preservatives, pesticides, or growth hormones in his food.
Their friend Andre, an unmarried, eccentric intellectual, is even less concerned with what he calls Emma’s first world problems. He’s content to live on pizza and donuts in his shack by the river. When Emma uncovers a conspiracy of real estate developers to get Charles away from her and get Andre’s property away from him, it is up to her to stop it.

“Keech (A Hundred Veils, 2015) takes on a literary classic in this novel, which follows the romantic and social trials and tribulations of Emma Bovant and her husband, Charles. . . . This tale should please readers who enjoy romantic drama, and may be of interest to fans of Flaubert.”   — Kirkus Reviews

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A young American teacher at the University of Tehran falls in love with a beautiful Iranian girl and gets caught up in the social, political, and religious turmoil of the times as forces opposing the Shah are gathering strength. This novel presents a heart-warming picture of the Iranian people who befriend, guide, love, and laugh at Marco, who naively assumes at first that U.S. help is wanted and appreciated by the Iranians, but soon comes to see himself–in the eyes of some–as an instrument of the West’s arrogant assertion of control.

“Set in the lead-up to the Iranian revolution, A Hundred Veils is a rich portrait of cultural and personal discovery and forbidden love. Keech uses both humor and drama, as well as finely chosen details and rich description, to bring the characters and their world to life.”
Eleanor Brown, New York bestselling author of The Weird Sisters

A Hundred Veils was the finalist in the BookLife Prize General Fiction category 2017
BookLife Prize review:
Prose: The writing is as economical and succinct as a film script. The narrative moves along swiftly, and yet it’s studded with evocative detail.
Originality: This gripping book is a romance with humor and cultural insights that readers will find original and intriguing.
Character Development: The characters here are well developed and fully formed. Marco in particular feels vivid and real.

Also Winner of Best Literary/Mainstream Novel Award 2017 by the Maryland Writers’ Association.

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