Former Framingham resident Steve Forman, who lives in Sudbury half of the year, has just published his second novel about detective Eddie Perlmutter, "Boca Mournings." He'll sign copies of his new book on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., at Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Framingham.
Steve Forman is full of stories, both fact and fiction.
Like how he launched a business figuring out how to use a part of the king crab that was usually thrown away and selling it to sub shops, restaurants and supermarkets.
Or how he briefly locked horns in the 1970s with Fred DeLuca, founder of the Subway chain of sandwich shops, over the name of the shop he founded in Framingham near Bowditch Field -- the Sub-Way. They worked it out and did business together for decades.
Then there's the story of how he made the transition to being a Florida-to-Massachusetts snowbird after being patriarch of "a skiing family."
And now the former Framingham resident, who lives in Sudbury half of the year, has just published his second novel about detective Eddie Perlmutter, "Boca Mournings." He'll sign copies of his new book on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., at Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Framingham.
"I always knew I could write," said Forman. "I was always good at the creative aspect of writing but got so preoccupied with making a living, I had to put it aside."
The owner and CEO of Jana Brands in Natick, an international seafood manufacturing and marketing firm, Forman was still very involved in his business when he and wife, Barbara, moved for the winter to Boca Raton, Fla., in 1992. That kept him somewhat isolated from his new community.
"I was very preoccupied with my business at the time, and I was basically an outsider," he said. "I was looking at the retirement community (we were at); I named it the land of 'used to be': 'I used to be a doctor,' 'I used to be an accountant,' and so on.
"I was at first cynical but the longer I stayed (in Florida), the more I came to respect the people I was meeting," said Forman. "They may have been 'used to be's' but they were really something special.
"I created Eddie...and, gradually, he gets to know the people down here and it's kind of a coming together of two different lifestyles. He's kind of me to the extreme."
Eddie Perlmutter, Forman's protagonist, is a former police detective from Boston who moves to Boca Raton to soothe his arthritic knees and, he presumes, enjoy a retirement filled with golf and sunbathing. Nothing could be further from the story line of Forman's first book, "Boca Knights," where Eddie ends up in the thick of detective work again. "Mournings" picks up where "Knights" left off and continues Eddie's story.
Forman only became serious about publishing his work two years ago at the age of 61 and managed to get a two-book deal from his publisher, Forge Books. Both books feature Eddie Perlmutter, and Forman has a third book in progress, also featuring Eddie, tentatively titled "Boca Daze."
"I love this guy, he's like a new best friend," said Forman.
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