GENE GROSSMAN was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in the North side neighborhood of Albany Park, where he attended Hibbard Elementary and Von Steuben High School.
He pursued majors in psychology, chemistry and mathematics at Wright Junior College, Roosevelt University and Illinois Institute of Technology - all the while working his way through high school and college by playing piano in clubs on Chicago's then-famous "Rush Street."
After moving to Southern California, he worked his way through law school playing piano in night clubs and appeared as a musician in seven major motion pictures.
While slowly building his law practice, Gene purchased a truckload of movie equipment he rented out to film production companies and then started his own production company which over the years produced more than 50 educational programs on subjects ranting from Boating and Celestial Navigation, to legal subjects (Depositions, Bankruptcy, etc.) Sign Language Instruction and many more.
Always having been interested in boating, getting divorced prompted him to buy and move onto a 45-foot Chris Craft motor yacht in Marina del Rey California,.
Years later, while serving as navigator on a yacht delivery from the U.S. to Tortola, Gene wrote his first book, "Celestial Navigation for Dummies" (before the popular series of 'Dummies' books was created). He used his own production equipment to shoot a video on the subject Celestial Navigation - "Sextant Use and the Sun Noon Shot" and unintentionally started the nautical video industry in this country.
Over the next few years he followed that first title up with more than 50 other educational DVD titles, all displayed on his production company's website at www.MagicLampDVDs.com.
Having moved on from doing scripts for his video productions, Gene turned to writing fiction, and now spends most of his time in the marina on his new boat, where he created the 15-book series of 'Peter Sharp Legal Mysteries,' all now available both in print and as eBooks at Smashwords via www.LegalMystery.com
In addition to the 15 Peter Sharp novels, Gene compiled a group of fiction and non-fiction titles that he has either written or edited for others, plus some classic stories: the publishing company he formed (www.MagicLampPress.com) now has more than 60 books in print.
The Peter Sharp Legal Mystery Series
#1: Single Jeopardy
#2: ...By Reason of Sanity
#3: A Class Action
#4: Conspiracy of Innocence
#5: ...Until Proven Innocent
#6: The Common Law
#7: The Magician's Legacy
#8: The Reluctant Jurist
#9: The Final Case
#10: An Element of Peril
#11: A Good Alibi
#12: Legally Dead
#13: How to Rob a Bank
#14: Murder Under Way
#15: The Sherlock Holmes Caper
The Suzi B. Mystery Series (a spin-off)
#1: ...Sorry, Wrong Number
#2: Movie Magic
#3: Two Perfect Crimes
#4: He's the Guy
#5: The Magic Bullets
All 20 of Gene's mysteries are described in detail in a free eBook: The Mystery Books of Gene Grossman: Summaries with the Author's Comments.
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The Magic Bullets: Suzi B. Mystery #5
Gene Grossman, author of the popular 15-book series of Peter Sharp Legal Mysteries is also known for his fondness for the 'locked-room' mystery genre, and this time presents us with a new version: the 'locked-drawer' mystery.
This is the 5th book featuring attorney Peter Sharp's 13-year-old legal ward Suzi, who once again is using her superior intellect and computer skills.
The Mystery Books of Gene Grossman: Summaries with the Author's Comments
Gene Grossman, author of the popular15-book set of Peter Sharp Legal Mysteries, and the 5-book Suzi B. Mysteries would like to allow prospective readers to see his 20 mystery titles in one convenient location, where they can view all of the books’ covers, see brief summaries, and read the first chapters of each – all at absolutely no cost.
He's the Guy! - Suzi B. Mystery #4
A man calls the police to report that he saw what he believes to be some gun flashes in the window of an apartment near his boat.
When the police respond to the call they discover two dead men who look like they shot each other, and the CSI and medical examiner agree that it was a shoot-out... but Suzi thinks there's more to this incident than meets the eye - and sets out to prove it.
Two Perfect Crimes: Suzi B. Mystery #3
The one attorney that rubs Peter and Suzi the wrong way most is Mister Morris Arthur, and this time he commits what our protagonists feel is the worst offense: getting one of them in trouble with the law.
They all feel that Arthur’s actions have gone unpunished for a previous crime, and he is on the verge of succeeding in repeating the act in another crime – and must be stopped.
Movie Magic: Suzi B. Mystery #2
The movie business is complicated enough on its own, but that doesn't stop little Suzi from manipulating the production of a film to help her find out who killed someone she knew.
As usual, all the adults are amazed at how she puts her plan in motion, and pulls it off with the cameras rolling.
You'll be sitting on the edge of your seat as she tries to complete her devious plan.
...Sorry, Wrong Number: Suzie B. Mystery #1
Besides being only 13 years old and less than 4 feet tall, Suzi's a computer genius, so she thinks it’s finally time for her to break away from solving crimes for her legal guardian attorney, and go out on her own… and boy does she ever do it in a big way, trying to trap a serial bombing murderer.
Fasten your seat-belt for this story, because you'll need it for the ending as it zooms along
ANIMATION: Creation of a Cartoon Series
Behind the scenes look at the steps involved in designing, creating, writing, animating and selling a 26-episode 2D cartoon series.
Also includes legal points to consider with an investor, budgeting for promo, first episode and succeeding episodes, plus numerous behind-the-scenes procedures in getting a cartoon series exhibited internationally.
Elements of Writing Murder, Mystery & Suspense
Here are the essentials for any crime genre writer, as offered by Gene Grossman, author of the popular 15-book series of Peter Sharp Legal Mysteries.
Learn the inside tips used to create the mystery and suspense that will greatly improve your book.
Discussed are various plot techniques including Proper Murder and the Ticking Clock. These tips can help any author in the genre.
How NOT to Play Golf: Game-losing Mistakes to Avoid
Forget about the gimmicky catalog items that promise to improve your game: if you follow the examples in this book and avoid many of the stupid mistakes that even the pros on the circuit make, your game will definitely improve.
But if you want to continue with your consistent losing streak, then this book will show you the rule-breaking ways that famous professionals have perfected.
eBook Publishing: Do's & Don'ts for Beginners
This book can save a beginning author many many hours by cutting through all the obstacles that first-timers face - and Gene Grossman knows them all.
He has over 30 eBooks in distribution and is the creator of the popular 15-book series of Peter Sharp Legal Mysteries.
The Sherlock Holmes Caper: Peter Sharp Legal Mystery #15
In this 15th adventure in the series, Peter has no client to defend. Instead, he is being taunted by some strange clues that may lead to an upcoming crime.
His ex-wife, the district attorney, has asked him to assist it determining whether or not the alleged clues will result in a crime, or are just the efforts of a prankster.
Suzi's dog Bernie may have accidentally solved this case for everyone.
Murder Under Way: Peter Sharp Legal Mystery #14
A man is found dead in his boat 15 miles off shore, shot in the head while making an emergency call.
The Coast Guard boarded his boat and found his body. He was alone.
The District Attorney’s office asks attorney Peter Sharp and his legal ward Suzi to assist them in determining if this was suicide or murder… and if murder, how it was accomplished
How to Write a Mystery Novel: Behind the Scenes - Creation of a Crime Series
This book takes you into the thinking process of a successful novelist who has completed a 15-book series entitled the Peter Sharp Legal Mysteries, all published and available worldwide in print and eBook formats.
The 20 Chapters cover How to Get Started, Plot Devices, Resources, Character Development, Finding Your Voice, Suspense Creation and many more subjects any beginning novelist should know
How NOT to Go Boating - Avoid making a fool of yourself at sea
This is the perfect book for any new boater or any person invited to be a guest on someone else's boat.
It covers all the things NOT to do on a boat, with many suggestions on the proper conduct while aboard.
Also included is an informative Un-Glossary with words NOT to say, when describing things on a boat.
Lots of personal experiences mentioned that show how to avoid becoming a jerk at sea.
Celestial Navigation for the Complete Idiot - A Simple Explanation
At last - a plain English explanation of a valuable navigation procedure, without complicated diagrams, astronomy, or strange scientific words.
Reading this book is guaranteed to raise your level from ‘Idiot’ up to being merely ‘Navigationally Challenged,’ and will also suggest how to further elevate your status to that of Competent Navigator.
This book won a 2011 Global eBook Award.
Foreclosure Investing - Buying Bank-Owned Properties (REOs)
Gene Grossman points out the pitfalls to avoid in R.E.O. (Real Estate Owned by the lenders) investing and reveals the 'secrets' that infomercial hucksters brag about in their "Get Rich in Real Estate" spiels, including finding properties, negotiating with banks, calculating property value, using title insurance, the 28:36 credit ratio, buying after the auction, and much more.
How NOT to Write a Novel: First-book errors to avoid
Successful author Gene Grossman admits to having made almost every mistake possible during his writing career, and with this book, tries to help new novelists from following in his footsteps when trying to write their first book.
He discusses the benefits that new technology offers, and his 20 chapters contain much valuable information,plus writing/publishing/distribution tips.
How NOT to Practice Law - in the Office and in the Courtroom
This is the perfect book for any law student or new admittee in private practice, a law firm, or the public sector.
It separates what really goes on in actual practice from what is depicted on popular legal-oriented television shows, and can save a new lawyer many hours and embarrassment by learning lessons the hard way.
This is the stuff that's not taught in law school.
How to Rob a Bank - Peter Sharp Legal Mystery #13
Peter’s legal ward Suzi, an adorable little 12-year-old computer genius, solves the mystery of what the bank manager found one morning when opening up the bank: a man’s dead body inside the time-locked vault.
All of the events that take place are due to a magician who is trying some stunts to publicize his upcoming book entitled "How to Rob a Bank and Get Away With It."
Legally Dead - Peter Sharp Legal Mystery #12
Peter is appointed to represent a defendant who wants to plead guilty. A plea bargain has already been agreed to.
When it’s time for the plea to be made in court, the surprises start, and don’t stop until surprise ending
A Good Alibi - Peter Sharp Legal Mystery # 11
Peter is retained by the prosecutor’s office: they want little Suzi, Peter’s 12-year-old legal ward and computer genius, to help break the iron-clad alibi of a murder suspect.
Suzi’s efforts also result in her buying her first car: too bad she can’t see over the steering wheel or reach the pedals, but not to worry ; it gets stolen and leads to her also breaking up an auto-theft ring.
An Element of Peril - Peter Sharp Legal Mystery #10
Peter defends an accused murderer, but the victim and the defendant have mysteriously disappeared from the locked room in which witnesses saw the crime committed.
This time even Suzi, Peter's 12-year-old legal ward is stumped - until a bottle of booze comes into play, and may provide a solution to this mystery
The Final Case - Peter Sharp Legal Mystery #9
Peter attends a cocktail party at which, Suzi and the other guests are shocked by a loud noise coming from their host’s study. When they all go to investigate, they find their host dead of a gunshot wound to his head. The gun is in his hand, and several witnesses in the hallway state that no person entered or exited the room.
Suzi thinks it's murder - and wants to prove it. See if she succeeds.
The Reluctant Jurist - Peter Sharp Legal Mystery #8
Because of a mini flu epidemic going around in Los Angeles that has affected the judicial system, Peter has been ‘drafted’ to fill in as a temporary judge, but everything is put on hold when Suzi fails to appear at her own birthday party, apparently having been kidnapped.
Will Peter find her? An amazing surprise ending occurs when we see who may solve this case.
The Magician's Legacy - Peter Sharp Legal Mystery #7
True mystery fans know that the best kind to try and figure out is the "locked-room" variety, and with this book author Gene Grossman has created what has been called the best locked-room mystery of the century - because the locked room is an unpenetrable safe room that must be opened by a crew with blowtorches.
You'll be scratching your head trying to figure this one out.
The Common Law - Peter Sharp Legal Mystery #6
Peter Sharp’s client has amnesia, can’t tell Peter what his own name is, and has no recollection of the crime he is charged with committing - but Peter obtains video footage that establishes his client’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Who is this amnesiac client? And how does he mysteriously disappear from custody?
You'll find out after Peter's first car-chase past Mulholland Drive.
...Until Proven Innocent - Peter Sharp Legal Mystery #5
Attorney Peter Sharp's new client dislikes any person of color, and is then arrested with a smoking gun, standing over the body of a dead black man he had recently been arguing with... and the D.A. has proved that the defendant's gun is the murder weapon.
Will Suzi comes to the rescue this time? The final courtroom scene is a stunner, complete with a dog stealing the show in the courtroom.
Conspiracy of Innocence - Peter Sharp Legal Mystery #4
Two unrelated crimes take place in different parts of the State, one of which Peter is arrested for.
As the story progresses, everyone will be sitting on the edge of their chairs as this double murder mystery comes to a shocking conclusion involving a mafia hit man, drug dealers, a local police chief, and the FBI.
A Class Action - Peter Sharp Legal Mystery #3
Peter Sharp represents a man accused of murder by the planting of bombs in vehicles, and also suspected of being part of a conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States in an upcoming Fourth of July parade.
With the assistance of his legal ward Suzi, Peter tries to identify the real murderer, and at the same time solve the mystery of a dead body found in his friend's car trunk.
...by Reason of Sanity - Peter Sharp Legal Mystery #2
Peter Sharp is representing a man accused of murder. Unfortunately, the client's acts were captured on videotape, he confessed to the police, and he wants to plead guilty. To make matters worse, the District Attorney's office has brought in a special prosecutor: Peter's ex-wife Myra.
Peter's legal ward Suzi, a 13-year-old computer whiz is on the case, and races to beat the adults to a solution.
Single Jeopardy - Peter Sharp Legal Mystery #1
Peter Sharp isn't your usual type of attorney unless you consider getting divorced, disbarred, thrown out of your house, and disgraced, all usual for a practicing lawyer.
In this first of the 15-book series, we join Peter while he tries to find out who framed him, why his wife threw him out, and how to make ends meet. He also gets involved in a ground-breaking case of Negligent Nymphomania.
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