I came across this sad story while browsing on Westeros.
Nicholas Pekearo's debut novel, The Wolfman, was accepted for publication by Tor last year. Just days after reaching the agreement with editor Eric Raab over dinner in Greenwich Village, New York City, Pekearo - an auxiliary police officer - was killed in action.
Displaying some genuine decency that some would argue is often lacking in publishing these days, Tor honoured the deal (even though no contract had been signed) and released The Wolfman on 13 May 2008.
The novel has already drawn some very positive reviews:
"The too-short life of Nicholas Pekearo was both triumph and tragedy. He died a hero's death, sacrificing his own life to save others. And now comes The Wolfman, a brilliant, insightful, overpowering debut from a writer who studied, listened, and learned before he took his shot...and centered the bulls-eye. Published posthumously, this "debut" novel is a triumph."--Andrew Vachss
It's a tragedy that an aspiring writer, who had just fulfilled his dream, lost his life just days later and will never see that dream come to fruition.
I think it would be great to honour Pekearo's memory by purchasing a copy of his one and only novel.
NY Times article