Streetscape: A Jake Soho Mystery: Drug
use, failed relationships, and failed art career lead a thirty-year-old from upstate New York to homelessness in NYC. To help
pass the time, Jake Soho, as he is known on the street, follows people, role-playing that he is a private detective. One of
his tail jobs leads to a real mystery. He now has purpose and, to solve the riddle, winds up in an unlikely locale far from
the City where he saves the day. Or does he really?
is a freelance writer who divides his time between the streets of New York City and the hills of upstate New York.
He is the author of a number of reference books on Native Americans, including Atlas of the North AmericanIndian, Encyclopedia
of Native American Tribes, and Biographical Dictionary of American Indian History to 1900. He co-authored other books on history
and popular culture, including Encyclopedia of Exploration, Encyclopedia of European Peoples, The Art of Magic, Elvis Immortal,
and Forever Sinatra. He also has cowritten several screenplays, including an episode of Miami Vice for NBC and The Legend
of Two Path, a drama about the Native American side of Raleigh’s Lost Colony, shown at Festival Park on Roanoke Island
in North Carolina. His hobbies include music and he has played in a number of bands and has worked with young people in music
workshops. Streetscape is his first mystery.
What Others are Saying:
"Any reader interested in a multifaceted noir detective story
with more characterization and depth than most will find Streetscape a compelling read, filled with the satisfyingly unexpected
to its final pages."
- Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"Waldman conjures up a unique city perspective through self-made
detective Jake Soto as we follow this humble philosopher on a voyeuristic journey of crime, romance, and heroism. It's nostalgic
of Raymond Chandler with the romanticism of Lawrence Durrell, but in no way misses those modern-day references essential to
timeless noirs. Waldman delivers a gripping story. Do yourself a favor and enter his streetscape."
- Tetra Balestri, Los Angeles, CA; filmmaker; screenwriter of neo-noir film Perverted Virtue; author of poetry collection
"Lovers of downtown
NYC will greatly enjoy following our hero, his adventures closely mapped against the geography, culture, and characters of
the city. Many small and piercing observations, very noir."
Loretto, co-producer of the documentary film Beautiful Darling