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Mark Cotton was born in Texas and grew up in southeastern New Mexico in the middle of the Permian Basin, one of the richest oil-producing regions in the country. With a background in business, he enjoys constructing stories with interesting characters and complex plot twists.
When he's not writing, Mark enjoys researching and documenting local history, traveling and collecting gaming chips from casinos and long-closed illegal gambling clubs.
on March 03, 2012 :
I kept reading this, up to 30%, thinking it would get better. There's too much filler about stray cats, running eight miles while playing mind games with his jogging partner, and page after page about proper Texas funerals. I found myself skimming through it looking for some action. The main character was interesting and the writing is very good; there's just too little story.
(review of free book)
on Oct. 22, 2011 :
Very interesting book, the characters were good...would like to see a sequel
(review of free book)
on March 12, 2011 :
The main character is a likeable and interesting former homicide detective not quite sure what he wants for his future. He returns to his hometown for a reunion and to tie up some family matters. When the husband of a classmate is murdered, Buddy finds himself in the middle of the investigation.
I enjoyed the detail of some of the detective work that Mark Cotton provided in this mystery. Most mysteries overlook those details and just go for action, but I enjoyed getting immersed in the creative work of a detective.
There are many characters in Two Bits Four Bits that I see in regularly in small town America. I especially enjoyed the addition of the three older guys that met at the local restaurant every morning for coffee and gossip.
This is a good mystery with several suspects that reaches a satisfying conclusion. Buddy is a character that you look forward to seeing in a book series and I hope more are in the works.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 29, 2010 :
This is an entertaining book by a skilled writer. I think you'll like it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)