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Monsters in the Hallway

Capt. Jim Kosmo

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.50" x 8.50"
  • ISBN: 9781592987214
  • Publication Date: 2017-10-17
  • Beaver's Pond Press

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Monsters in the Hallway

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In December 1949, life was nearly perfect for Jason Korsen—until voices told his father to kill the family. They escaped death but Jason’s father, Peder, was sent to the insane asylum.

Jason struggles with bullies while his family struggles with poverty. Life couldn’t get any worse. Or so they thought.

Ten years later, Jason’s friend Roy Pettit is found molested and murdered after a Boy Scout meeting. A choir girl disappears that same night. The obvious suspect is Peder Korsen, who escaped from the asylum.

Everyone in town is ready to hang Peder—everyone except Jason and Detective Joe Stroud. One month away from retirement, Stroud is haunted by the case and challenged by extreme political pressure to charge Peder.

Jason knows he must prove his father’s innocence, but how? Who would listen to a high school senior, the son of the main suspect?

And who would ever believe him if he named the real killer—a monster who has done more than just kill a Boy Scout?


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Monsters in the Hallway is a captivating ride through dark and taboo activities going on in a small community. The beauty of this story is both in its engaging tempo and its outstanding illustration of human resilience—and what is truly required to face ‘monsters.’” —Jill Wiedemann-West, CEO, People Incorporated Mental Health Services


“The suspense of a frightening murder in a small community will keep you turning pages, but it’s the strength of a boy that makes the story memorable.”—Eric E. Larsen, deputy chief of police (retired), Eau Claire Police Department


“A thrilling story that keeps you in suspense. Kosmo writes in such a way that you will feel like a personally affected member of this small community.”—John Kriesel, author, speaker, radio personality


Monsters in the Hallway is captivating, educational, and entertaining—I was not able to put it down. As a past employee of a mental hospital, I met with Kosmo as he planned this book. A group of former nurses, aides, and staff members shared the good and the bad—sometimes shocking him with the experiences we had there. We all agreed it was the best job we ever had.” —Arletta M. Rud, former Administrative/Medical Secretary, Eau Claire County Hospital

Capt. Jim Kosmo

In 2010, Capt. Jim Kosmo retired as a Mississippi riverboat pilot and partner with the Padelford Riverboats Co., of Saint Paul, Minnesota, to spend more time writing and working with new authors through his company, Author’s Advocates, LLC. He wrote the national-award-winning Still Standing: The Story of SSG John Kriesel and helped Lieutenant Colonel Mark Weber self-publish Tell My Sons, which was then acquired by Random House Publishing.

Kosmo is past president of the Rotary Club of Saint Paul, member of the Minnesota National Guard Senior Advisory Task Force, and former mayor of Bayport, Minnesota. After joining the family riverboat business in 1980 as president, he was licensed by the US Coast Guard to operate hundred-ton commercial passenger vessels as a US Merchant Marine officer.

Kosmo and his wife, Shelley, have a blended family of eight adult children and twelve grandchildren. He resides in Bayport.

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