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Bob Calverley

Hyperventilated Underwater Blues

Rick Short is short. His life’s a mess. Hana, his long gone, much taller girlfriend, has suddenly returned. And carrying dangerous baggage. Did she dump him? Find somebody richer and taller? What about those scars? Then Rick finds a young woman’s body in the Dunbar University swimming pool. Drowned on her 18th birthday. No, murdered. Soon Rick’s in over his head. Right where he wants to be—underwater. Because Rick likes it underwater. It’s cool, silent and when he hyperventilates, he can stay under a long time. And it doesn’t matter if you’re not tall.

About the Author

Bob Calverley has worked as a newspaper reporter, writer, editor and public relations consultant.  He was born in Canada and moved to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula when he was 16.  He attended Michigan Technological University, Soo Branch (now Lake Superior State University) and graduated with a BA in Journalism from Michigan State University.

Calverley was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1967 and served a year with the 187th Assault Helicopter Company in Tay Ninh, Vietnam.

During the 1970’s, Calverley worked as a newspaper reporter, first at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and then at the Detroit Free Press where he was the recipient of several awards.   His journalism career included stints as a medical writer, general assignment reporting, coverage of local governments and police reporting.  He also reviewed books and records.

Since leaving newspapers, he has worked in public relations and communications, mostly for nonprofit organizations including the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, the Los Angeles County Medical Association and the University of Southern California. After retiring, he has continued to work as a consultant and served six years on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit 187th Assault Helicopter Company Association.

A hockey player in his youth, he ran track and cross country in high school and college and took up masters swimming when his knees gave out. Calverley lives in Southern California with his wife, youngest daughter and Lab mix squirrel predator.