After spending more than a quarter of a century as a pioneer in the computer industry, Alan Cook is well into his second career as a writer.
DANCING WITH BULLS
In Alan's first children's book, Matthew and Mason are on vacation on the Greek island of Crete when they are whisked back in time 4,000 to the Minoan civilization at Knossos Palace. Captured, they escape death by becoming bull dancers on a team with other slaves. Beautifully illustrated by Janelle Carbajal.
HIT THAT BLOT
The fourth Carol Golden novel takes Carol into the exciting and dangerous world of tournament backgammon. She listens to a caller who calls himself Danny on the crisis hotline Carol volunteers for say he is afraid he'll be murdered. A backgammon player, herself, Carol, disobeys the hotline rules and sets out to find and help Danny. She needs all her experience with spies and detective work to survive this adventure.
In the third Carol Golden novel, Carol is abducted by a shady government group and required to help find an old boyfriend of hers she doesn't remember (because of her amnesia) who is trying to bring about the "downfall of the western world." She will travel to all seven continents before she can figure out what's going on.
Having recovered her identity (lost in FORGET TO REMEMBER) if not her memory, Carol Golden seeks out some of her cousins in the second Carol Golden novel, only to find out they appear to be targeted for murder. While trying to figure out what's going on, Carol encounters the Grandparent Scam and a Ponzi Scheme, and finds out that she may be one of the targets of the murderer.
FORGET TO REMEMBER
Carol Golden isn't her real name. She doesn't remember her real name or anything that happened before she was found, naked and unconscious, in a Dumpster on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California. After some initial medical assistance, government at all levels declares her a non-person. She can't work because she doesn't have a Social Security number, which she can't get because she doesn't have a birth certificate. She can't even legally drive a car or fly on an airplane. This is the first Carol Golden novel.
Alan's Lillian Morgan mysteries, CATCH A FALLING KNIFE and THIRTEEN DIAMONDS, explore the secrets of retirement communities. They feature Lillian, a retired mathematics professor from North Carolina, who is smart, opinionated, and skeptical of authority. She loves to solve puzzles, even when they involve murder.
RUN INTO TROUBLE
Silver Quill Award from American Authors Association and named Best Pacific West Book by Reader Views. Drake and Melody are teamed up to run a race along the California Coast for a prize of a million dollars—in 1969 when a million is worth something. Neither knows the other is in the race before it starts. They once did undercover work together in England, but this information is supposed to be top secret. The nine other pairs of runners entered in the race are world-class
marathoners, including a winner of the Boston Marathon. If this competition isn’t enough, somebody tries to knock Drake out of the race before it begins. But Drake and Melody also receive threats calculated to keep them from dropping out. What’s going on? The stakes increase when startling events produce fatalities and impact the race, leading them to ask whether the Cold War with the USSR is about to heat up.
HONEYMOON FOR THREE
Silver Quill Award from American Authors Association and named Best Mountain West Book by Reader Views. Suspense takes a thrill ride. It is 1964, 10 years after Gary Blanchard’s high school adventures in The Hayloft. He and his love, Penny, are going on the trip of their lives, and, oh yes, they’re getting married along the way. What they don’t know is that they’re being stalked by Alfred, a high school classmate of Penny who has a bellybutton fetish. The suspense crackles amid some of the most scenic spots in the western United States, including Lake Tahoe, Reno, Crater Lake, Seattle, and in Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks, as well as the redwood trees and rocky cliffs of the northern California coast.
THE HAYLOFT: a 1950s mystery, takes us back
to bobby sox, slow dancing, bomb shelters—and murder. Within two weeks after starting his senior year of high school in the 1950s, Gary Blanchard finds himself kicked out of one school and attending another—the school where his cousin, Ralph, mysteriously died six months before. Ralph’s death was labeled an accident, but when Gary talks to people about it, he gets suspicious. Did Ralph fall from the auditorium balcony, or was he pushed? Had he found a diamond necklace, talked about by cousins newly arrived from England, that was supposedly stolen from Dutch royalty by a common ancestor and lost for generations? What about the principal with an abnormal liking for boys? And are Ralph’s ex-girlfriends telling everything they know?
HOTLINE TO MURDER, his California mystery, takes place at a listening hotline in beautiful Bonita Beach, California. Tony Schmidt and Shahla Lawton don't know what they're getting into when they sign up as volunteer listeners. But when Shahla's best friend is murdered, it's too late for them to back out. They suspect that one of the hotline's inappropriate callers may be the murderer, and they know more about them than the police do.
ACES AND KNAVES is a California mystery for gamblers and baseball card collectors. Karl Patterson deals in baseball cards and may be a compulsive gambler, so he's surprised when his father, Richard, CEO of a software company, engages him to check up on the activities of his second in command. It doesn't hurt that Richard assigns his executive assistant, Arrow, an exotic and ambitious young woman, to help Karl, but none of them expects to get involved in murder.
Alan splits his time between writing and walking, another passion. His inspirational book,
WALKING THE WORLD: MEMORIES AND ADVENTURES, has information and adventure in equal parts. It has been named one of the Top 10 Walking Memoirs and Tales of Long Walks by the walking website, Walking.About.Com.
Alan lives with his wife, Bonny, on a hill in Southern California.
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Hit that Blot
Carol Golden is working as a listener on a crisis hotline in Southern California when she receives a call from a man who calls himself Danny, and who says he’s afraid he will be killed. Since Carol plays backgammon, herself, and wants to help Danny she disobeys the rules of the hotline by trying to track him down. That leads her to the exciting and dangerous world of tournament backgammon.
In the third Carol Golden novel, "Dangerous Wind," Carol is abducted from Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she lives with her grandmother and is thrown into an adventure that will take her to all seven continents. It involves a former boyfriend she doesn’t remember (because of her amnesia), who is trying to bring about the “downfall of the Western World.”
Dancing with Bulls
Matthew and Mason are whisked back in time while on a vacation at Knossos Palace on the island of Crete and have to dance with a bull before Minoan royalty. Mason has to vault onto the bull’s back without getting gored. Will they be able to survive, and can they escape and take the other members of their team with them?
Carol Golden has recovered her identity if not her memory (lost in Forget to Remember) and she would like to find more relatives. She discovers cousins with the last name of Boyd and finds they are apparently being targeted for murder. A Ponzi Scheme is brewing and Carol's grandmother is being targeted by the Grandparent Scam, which has cost her a lot of money. Are these events related?
Forget to Remember
Carol Golden isn't her real name. She doesn't remember her real name or anything that happened before she was found in a Dumpster, naked and unconscious, on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California.
Government officially declares her a non-person and doesn't want anything to do with her. And nobody is looking for her—nobody, that is, except the person who left her for dead.
Aces and Knaves
Karl Patterson, sometime baseball card dealer and gambler, is recruited by his father, CEO of a dot-com, to check out the gambling habits of Ned, a key employee. Ned is found dead and Karl finds himself trying to solve the murder and save his father's company from takeover with the help of Arrow, his dad's exec assistant who has a mind and body of her own--both magnificent.
Run into Trouble
Former undercover agents Drake and Melody are teamed to run a race along the California Coast for a prize of a million dollars--in 1969 when a million is worth something. The stakes increase when startling events produce fatalities and lead them to ask whether the Cold War with the USSR is about to heat up. Can they prevent the worst from happening while they keep running?
Honeymoon for Three
Gary and Penny are going on the trip of their lives and, oh yes,they're getting married along the way. What they don't know is that they're being stalked by Alfred, a high school classmate of Penny who has a bellybutton fetish. Penny's best best was murdered just before she was to be married, but that doesn't mean Penny can't be luckier--does it? Set among the western national parks.
The Hayloft: a 1950s Mystery
Bobby sox, slow dancing, the communist conspiracy, bomb shelters--and murder. Gary Blanchard gets kicked out of one high school and goes to another--where his cousin died mysteriously six months before. Did Ralph fall from the auditorium balcony, or was he pushed? Gary gets help from two alpha girls, but communist hunters are about to wreak havoc in the community. And watch out for the principal.
Hotline to Murder
Tony joins the Bonita Beach, California crisis hotline to improve his listening skills, but when a listener, Joy, is murdered he is prevailed upon to look for the killer by Shahla, an exotic teen listener who was Joy's best friend. The "inappropriate" callers provide them with plenty of suspects to hunt down from L.A. to Las Vegas in Tony's leased Porsche, but will Tony survive the chase?
Catch a Falling Knife
A charge of sexual harassment, a masked stripper and a dead coed all add up to a new case for senior citizen Lillian Morgan because, somehow, her granddaughter’s boyfriend, Mark, is linked to all of them. The “harassment policy from hell” could end his short teaching career and he becomes the chief suspect in the murder. Can Lillian help put the pieces of his life back together?
Lillian Morgan is bored with life in a retirement community, but she gets more excitement than she hoped for when a fellow resident drops dead at the bridge table—while holding a perfect hand of thirteen diamonds. Intrigued by the astronomical odds against this happening, she uses her mathematical background plus assistance from her granddaughter and friends to prove that a murder was committed.
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