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DL Havlin’s eighth book published

April 26, 2017
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Local author DL Havlin will release his 8th published book at Matlacha Menagerie Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The title of his latest book is "The Bait Man."

"I'm happy to say I have a new publisher," Havlin said. "Taylor and Seale is a traditional publisher with about 150 authors of fiction and non-fiction. They publish everything from children's books to historical books and they've agreed to publish "The Bait Man."

"The Bait Man" is an action-mystery novel set in Vero Beach, Fla. The book tells the tale of "Wild Child" Chessie Partin, a 34-year-old former Marine studying archaeology. She accepts a part-time job on a deep-sea fishing boat. The money's good but part of her job is receiving bait from the "bait man," a foul smelling, foul mouthed man named Rooster Cocker who delivers chum every week.

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Pine Island author D.L. Havlin at the Garden Club Gala in February 2016 at Garden Club Park. Havlin will be celebrating the release of his 8th book, “The Bait Man,” this Saturday at the Matlacha Menagerie. The public is invited to attend.


When Partin stumbles on murder evidence implicating the bait man, she enlists the help of her suspended policeman brother, Reading, to catch the man she's sure is a killer. Partin believes her predecessor has been murdered by Cocker.

"Most of the ideas for my books come from something in my life," Havlin said. "Each of my books revolve around an 'issue' and have an underlying theme. For example, 'September on Echo Creek' is a story about a young woman struggling with her fiancee's lack of ethics and morality, but on a deeper level the book explores the way guilt strings are used to control a person and the way guilt has a ruinous impact on their lives. My book 'Cross on Cotton Creek' has to do with people keeping their word."

Havlin's newest book has to do with the struggle that people go through to rehabilitate their reputation after they've had a misguided youth. This particular book has to do with a young woman who is known in a relatively small community as a "wild child" and she's trying to rehabilitate her life and reputation. The villain is a man known as the bait man who tries to derail her.

"I became interested in history because my parents were interested in history," Havlin said. "I decided to begin writing because during the years I was traveling for FMC (Food, Machinery and Chemical), I accumulated all kinds of experiences and stories. My children encouraged me to put these stories down on paper and that's when I discovered the love of writing.

"I believe readers are thinkers," Havlin said. "When any author asks his readers to invest cash and, more importantly, their valuable time by reading his books, I believe they can expect the writer to be committed to a credo. What can readers depend on when they pick up one of my novels and start turning pages?

"I love the idea that something I've written might help somebody with a problem they have," Havlin said. "I try to build a story that makes the point but does not preach."

The Kirkus review of "The Bait Man" states: "A well-spun yarn with plenty of love for its salty environs that should satisfy beach-goers and conspiracy theorists alike."

"Over the years the Pine Island community has given me so much support that we're having the 'coming out' party for this book here in Matlacha," Havlin said. "I'd like to invite everyone to stop by on Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We're going to have some pizza and wine and kick off this book here at home."



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