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Monsters in the Hallway

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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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

Jim Kosmo

Jim Kosmo is a national award-winning journalist, a licensed Mississippi riverboat pilot, and partner of Padelford Riverboat Company in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a lifelong writer, having learned at the typewriter of his mother, Virginia, who was a correspondent for the St. Paul Pioneer Press in the 1950s. 

Before joining the family riverboat business, he was a newspaper editor and corporate public relations executive.

Kosmo founded the Minnesota Valley Branch YMCA, served as chair of the Rivers Region of the national Passenger Vessel Association, served on the Bayport (MN) Planning Commission, and was elected a Bayport City Council member and mayor. Since 2008, he has served on the board of the St. Paul Rotary Club. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and Elmer L. Anderson Fellow. He also has created two endowed college scholarship funds. Kosmo balances his family life with eight adult children and ten grandchildren along with a successful career and the rewards of public service.

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