Hello all, Thanks for all your support for my book. Frank and I were friends for many years and I wrote the book to acknowledge his struggle when he was wrongly imprisoned. He did a lot of stupid things and should have been punished for them, but, he was imprisoned for the things he didn't do!  Not only imprisoned but labelled and locked up in the worst hell-hole a man can imagine! We visited him there and the experience, even as a visitor will forever remain embedded in the memory cupboard you don't open too often. It's nasty in parts so don't leave it where the kids can read it. keep in touch.


Regards from Ron


Listen to an interview with Ron on www.spreaker.com  Go to The Maggie Regan Show.   Here are some reviews from Amazon UK and USA: Also a poem sent by a Canadian reader Paul Bowles





Mike Martin 

This review is from: Letters From Lovelock (Paperback) 



On the face of it, a brief description of the basis of this moving and fascinating book would do it a great injustice. Basically dealing with the correspondence which passed between two old friends who had not seen one another for years, the main link being that one of them is locked up in an horrendous penal institution in the Nevada desert for a crime he did not commit. Although Frank, the prisoner, was not exactly an angel, he certainly did not deserve what fate dealt out to him. His letters are raw, but rich with painful detail... horrific yet extremely poignant and humorous at times.  The reader is really drawn to this character and it is easy to soon feel great sympathy for his outrageous predicamant as he battles the system. Ron Regan, the author, who corresponded with, and supported, him for many years does a fine job in relating this tale, never being intrusive... he lets the letters speak for themselves.  What really comes across, however, is a feeling of great loyalty... acts of friendship which really mean something.  Fascinating stuff, thought provoking and highly recommended.



 5.0 out of 5 stars

There But For The Grace..., 2 May 2012


The Night Reader 

This review is from: Letters From Lovelock (Paperback)


This is the kind of book that makes you keep changing your mind about it. One minute I was thinking,'What a horrible uneducated man' and the next minute I was heartily sorry for him. Again, I thought, 'Frank is taking his friend Ron for a ride to get him to send money', then I thought, 'this man is desperate'. What comes across I think is that the writer is a friend anyone would like to have and Frank was a very lucky man to have met him. Whether or not he was guilty of the crime, his letters made me shudder. A great read but not for the fragrants!




USA Most Helpful Customer Reviews


 Shivery! May 3, 2012

By   Paula Larson


What a super read! I read it in one go because I couldn't put it down! A bit of a learning curve for me, as I didn't think that such friendship existed any more. Mostly though I got the impression that the character the author writes to and helps a lot, may not be so deserving. Then I decided to be generous and give him the benefit of the doubt and if the man was not guilty as charged then he really was in Hell. I ended up feeling extremely uncomfortable about his conviction and very very sorry for him. This book gives an insight into a man's horrible experience in prison (I know it is not supposed to be a holiday!) and of the greatest act of kindness by his friend. Also, the letters written from prison describe another world. It sounds as though the inmates are from another planet, hopefully most of them will stay there!




Frank Goes Down

A Poem By Paul Bowes 2012


'The Fox' was framed

And thrown in jail

Big guy, strong heart

Doing time in Lovelock


Pitching dice, horses, keno

A gambling man with method and skill

Cool card player, knows his luck

But freedom is lost and Frank the Fox

Is trapped


Inside, the cell block

Locked up with psychos

Bad food and prison guards

Day in, day out


Made to plead guilty

To get a better deal

Then live to regret it

They deny your appeal


But he has a friend

Who got in touch

Who made life better

Wrote many letters


A visit from Ronnie

A day to remember

Franks hair had changed

From black to white


Getting older, suffering

For a crime he didn't do

Relentlessly betting

On his odds to survive


Praying he'd get through it

Trading meals for postage stamps

Writing letters and spelling out

The twisted game


Frank survived but barely made it

The world outside was hand to mouth

Welfare, casino, curfew and food stamps

And a friend to relate to

Who never let him down


The birds always came

When Frank would whistle

Crumbs from 'The Fox'

Eating from his hand.