Investigator Turns Author
- Investigator turns author with release of novel about corruption in
Daily Reporter Staff Writer
"Cowtown," a fictional tale of prostitution, murder and
political corruption is to be officially released today, marking
literary debut of Jim Silvania, a chief investigator for the
Columbus law office of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur and
member of the Columbus Police Department.
After five years of recounting his investigative endeavors
while working with the Columbus Police Department, Silvania will
finally see his collective experiences come to fruition with the
release of his first novel.
According to the author, it is the fictional story of two
officers who are accompanied by a local television news
during the raid of an illegal house of prostitution. But the
heats up when it is discovered that the highly-publicized flop
is an FBI-run operation involving drugs, guns, murder, political
corruption, and of course, an attempted cover-up.
The novel's main character, Michael Genovese, soon leaves
post as an undercover police officer to become a private
Shortly after, Genovese and his boss, attorney Connie Clark,
vigorously to bring justice to the debauched town.
"It's a fictional text that deals with, as you can tell,
Columbus," Silvania said. "The TV reporter is loosely based on
Not surprisingly, "Cowtown" is the product of Silvania's
years of investigative experience. For the past 15 years, the
has worked as chief investigator for Porter, Wright, a job in
he said he is called upon to "find the truth" for the law firm's
Prior to joining the firm, Silvania worked for 17 years
the Columbus Police Department. He spent 13 of those years in
department's Intelligence Bureau investigating organized crime
While working with the department, Silvania served as
bodyguards to Ronald Reagan in 1974, when the former president
the United States was campaigning in Ohio for the presidential
nomination, and a former Israeli premier defense minister who
visiting Columbus in the late 1970s. He also went undercover to
bring charges of murder, drug trafficking and receiving stolen
property against the Dayton, Ohio-based motorcycle gang, the
"Outlaws," as well as expose a jewel theft operation.
"They say that everybody's got one (book) in them, and
mine," Silvania said. "But I'd like to make this a series."
"Cowtown" is being released by Xlibris Corp., an online
"strategic partner" of Random House Ventures. According to the
publishing company's Web site, potential authors submit their
manuscripts to Xlibris, which in turn works with the author to
format and design the novel's cover, and then stores the
Books are added to the Xlibris' online bookstore, as well
other "popular" booksellers like Amazon.com and Borders.com.
someone places an order for a copy, the publishing company
the text, ships the novel to the consumer, and the royalties
the sale are split by the company and the author.
"I went digital with it and it will be printed on demand,"
Silvania said. "I think, for the writing aspect of it, had it
been for the new digital publishing company, I probably would
have submitted it."
Silvania said "Cowtown" transformed memories to narrative
after many conversations and the exchange of "war stories" with
number of colleagues. He added that the majority of the book was
written during evenings at home, after "playing" on his
"It's something that anybody could do, I just took the
do it," he said.
Although he has been eagerly anticipating its release,
Silvania said he also has been apprehensive about the event.
because he believes those people from Columbus upon whom he
the book's characters will quickly be able to identify
"I feel like an expectant father," he said. "I've kind of
it a semi secret because I do like my job here at Porter, Wright
I would like to keep it. It's pretty racy in spots - sex, drugs
rock 'n' roll - the whole works.
"The reason I made it a fictional book is because I didn't
care to get sued," he added. "That's the best way to explain the
parts. But the people who are in there will know who they are."
Silvania also serves as the executive director of the Ohio
Association of Security & Investigative Services, and is a
the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the National
Association of Legal Investigators. In between fulfilling
obligations for the various associations and his job at Porter,
Wright, he has begun work on his second book, which he hopes
the second part of his literary series.
But as for now, he is satisfied with his first published
He said he is interested in seeing how "Cowtown" is received,
response is favorable, he will likely submit the piece for
with another publishing company.
"I'm not looking for a profit, I just want to get back
put into it," he said. "It was just something I wanted to do, so
did it for myself."
book available at: www.xlibris.com/cowtown.html