When real estate agent John Geraci started writing his first novels he thought, “they say write what you know.”
His first detective novel “The Partners,” was published in 2018 under his pen name Jack Polo. Geraci will read from that novel Saturday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Redondo Beach Main Library. His “Paraiso” book series, which book one will be released later this year, features detectives turned real estates agents in the South Bay.
“The Partners” is about detectives Cole Trane and Mollie Simmons, former lovers, who need to team up to catch a ruthless killer who has ties to the Russian mob.
“'What if your life and her life depend on working together?'” asked Geraci, a Redondo Beach resident. “It's like we've got to cover each other's back like we once covered each other's heart. They get involved with an assassination of a movie star and then they get assigned the case. Then they go after the killer and it leads them on a chase all the way up to Canada. They're like one body behind.”
Geraci owned his own production company and was a screenwriter before he published his first children's book, “Never Tell a Cat a Secret,” in 2015. The children's book was collection of stories he read to his daughters and friends at sleepovers when he was a single parent.
Geraci eventually sold his company but continued writing while he became involved in the real estate industry. His first novel was the first book in the “Paraiso” series, which he has now written three. In the first book there are two detectives who get into the real estate business when the detective business gets slow. When they have a $15 million dollar listing, their client is found murdered in the house.
“One of the detectives becomes a suspect because he was having an affair with the client and he has to prove he's innocent,” said Geraci, and added that things become more complicated when human bones are found at another one of their properties.
After discussing his novels on June 1, Geraci will sign copies of his books.
The Redondo Beach Library is located at 303 N. Pacific Coast Highway.