Thursday, August 23, 2012

History professor publishes first fiction novel

Doug Giacobbe
Doug Giacobbe, associate professor of history at Daytona State College, recently published the action thriller “By Unknown Means,” the first in what will be a series of fiction novels that draw from his more than two decades in law enforcement.
Featuring protagonist Special Agent Michael Calloway of the United States Customs Enforcement Unit, the e-book, available on, is set in South Florida and the Bahamas during the early 1990s smuggling rampage of the Columbian cocaine cowboys, Jamaican posses, and other drug entrepreneurs.
Giacobbe joined the Daytona State College faculty in 2001 after serving 24 years as a narcotics investigator, detective and internal affairs investigator with the Miramar, Fla., Police Department. He retired at the rank of major and commander of the department’s Criminal Investigations Division.
“By Unknown Means” is his first attempt at fiction writing, which he began while he was a police officer in 1991. While the novel is a rather quick read, Giacobbe noted it was not a quick write. “Between work, moving up in the ranks of the police department and my increased responsibilities, plus childbirth and then switching jobs, finding the time to sit down and write was at times difficult,” he said. “On the positive side, however, while I started out with a plot in mind, as the book slowly developed, I was able to improve the storyline by pulling from my experiences. Some of the characters are based on people I have known and worked with, without a doubt.”
Giacobbe said the book will soon be available in paperback, and the second of what will be a trilogy is in the works.
Giacobbe teaches courses in American, American maritime and American military history. He holds two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University.
Will his venture into the world of fiction writing lure him into retirement from teaching? “We’ll see,” he said with a chuckle. “It has definitely become a passion.”
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