"Write what you know," he said. "I drink beer and love WVU football." So does his detective.
He also set parts of the novel in many West Virginia locations: Parsons, Flatwoods and Clarksburg, for example.
Both his daughter and his wife read his drafts and encouraged him to keep writing, he said.
The 58-year-old Maroney was born in St. Albans and spent 22 years in the Air Force. He has no background in law or forensic investigation, two subjects he writes about in his book.
He published the book himself, and he said he is getting good reviews online. "I sent it to a few places, but when you are an unknown writer it is almost impossible to get someone to take on your book. No one wants to take chances with an unknown writer. I have never done anything like this before. I am learning about distribution.
"It's not going to win any literary prizes, but it's not a bad little story," he said.
Readers should be aware it is full of violent scenes.
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