Comanche resident Dayton Gifford recently published his first novel, “Wolfe,” on Dec. 18, 2019.

“Wolfe” tells the story about a deaf detective, Atticus Wolfe, who receives a call from the Captain of Homicide at the Seattle Police Department for help in solving the murder of the town's mayor.

Gifford, 19, is one of six children and was originally born in Dublin before moving to De Leon in 2003. He graduated from De Leon High School in 2018 and moved to Comanche in January 2019.

Although he has always loved to read and write, he never imagined he would write a book.

“I have always loved to read and starting in about sixth grade, I started writing a little bit in my free time, penning my own spinoffs to some of my favorite books,” he said.

He became interested in mysteries after watching the television series, “Monk.” He is also a big fan of Agatha Christie and her character, Hercule Poirot.

Gifford came up with the idea for “Wolfe” in fragments, beginning with a name for one character and then eventually leading to an idea.

“Once I had the idea, I knew the beginning, some of the middle and the end,” he said. “When it came to the stuff that I didn't have planned, I just went where my mind took me.”

When he first came up with the idea for his first novel, Gifford wasn't intending to receive a profit. But with the help of his grandmother, Beverly Gifford, he was able to get “Wolfe” published.

“I wanted to write something that I would like with the hopes that others would like it too,” he said. “None of this would be possible without her [his grandmother] and the rest of my family.”

Gifford also has strong ties to Stephenville. He is the nephew of Kenneth Gifford, the owner of Gifford TV & Electronics and the nephew of Tracy Gifford, owner of Gifford Livestock.

Gifford is currently working on the sequel to “Wolfe” along with writing short stories. He said he has the series planned through book three but after that, he plans to see where the series takes his character, Atticus Wolfe.

“'Wolfe' is the first book in what I hope is a long and prosperous series,” he said. “I hope I can keep writing and writing, giving people the gift of good books.”

“Wolfe” can be purchased at, Target and Amazon.