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Uniquely conceived and deftly executed, devoted followers and new readers alike will become instantly engrossed and subsequently addicted to all things Vic Lenoski. Very highly recommended.    
— Readers’ Favorite Reviews 

A superbly crafted police procedural with a lot of heart.  — Kerry Cox, award-winning author of the Nic Tanner Eco-Thriller Series.

SHort Stories
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White Elephants

April 2024

Yellow Tulips

March, 2024

El Paso Heat

October 2023

For a Better City

September, 2022

My Story

Peter W. J. Hayes was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, conveniently between lunch and teatime, as his mother was fond of saying. He spent his early years living in Newcastle and Paris, France, before his family immigrated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 


Mandarin language studies led him to Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China in the early 1980s. While living in Taiwan, he completed the handwritten draft of a novel, and once back in Pittsburgh, took creative writing classes at the University of Pittsburgh. Asked to join a weekly writing group by his creative writing professor, he remained a member for fifteen years and published two short stories in literary magazines that, thankfully, no longer exist. Fortunately, that first handwritten novel was misplaced.


During those years Peter also wrote for two Pittsburgh newspapers and a market research firm, before moving to a local company to write advertising, direct mail and marketing copy. 


Peter then joined the marketing department of a Pittsburgh FORTUNE 500 company and rose to Director of Marketing. Six years later that company merged with a Wall Street investment bank. As Chief Marketing Officer of the new company, he was responsible for all global marketing activities and held that position for six years before retiring.


Finally able to write on a regular schedule, he has published more than twenty short stories in various on-line and print publications, won or been shortlisted for several writing awards, and is currently working on the novels of his Vic Lenoski mysteries. Peter lives just outside Pittsburgh, where he tries to write every day, conveniently between lunch and teatime.


Book Event: Mystery Lovers Bookshop, 514 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont PA, October 3, 2023, 7:00 P.M. Register Here
Book Launch Celebration: Penguin Bookshop, 417 Beaver Street, Sewickley PA, September 19, 2023, 7:00 P.M.

Featured Author:
 Festival of Books in the Alleghenies, Ebensburg, PA, September 16, 2023, 9:00 AM - 4:00 P.M.
Panelist and Book Signing
: Murder As You Like It Mystery Conference, Mechanicsburgh, PA, August 5, 2023, 9:00 AM - 3:00 P.M.
Book Signing: Hobart College Bookstore, June 3, 2023, 1:30 - 2:30 P.M.
Panelist: Tackling Social Issues panel, Malice Domestic Conference, April 30, 2023, 9:00 - 9:50 A.M.
Author-Presenter: Malice-Go-Round, Malice Domestic Conference, April 28, 2023, 10:00-11:45 A.M.
Attendee: Local Author Fair, Robinson Township Public Library, April 15, 2023, 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.


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