Mark McGinn

Biography

Mark McGinn was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he has lives with his family. He has published 3 novels, has a fourth with an editor and has started his fifth book. Fairfax Media published his short story Perfect Cover, set during the Christchurch earthquakes. Perfect Cover is available free to all readers on this site. During a lengthy career working in the court system he had the privilege of witnessing some of New Zealand's finest lawyers and judges in action. Both that experience, and the psychological assessment and observation of people that are central to his business consultancy, have enriched and driven his writing. You can learn more about Mark's other work from his NZ 'Linked in' profile.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Christchurch, NZ and that influenced my writing - not so much because childhood had an influence, happy though that was, but because my first full time job was as a clerk working in the courts. It was a great career path but little did I know it would result in writing about stuff I'd stored away in the dark recesses of my mind.
When did you first start writing?
I think this was in the summer of 2009 but the decision to write occurred the previous year as a result of a dinner conversation with a good friend about crime writers we enjoyed.
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Where to find Mark McGinn online


Books

Deceit
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 78,550. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Lawyer, Clay Tempero's disorganisation has cost him his liberty and job. Even the good PI assignments have dried up. But when an old lawyer mate gives him a break, the client, charged with murdering her son, terminates his services on their first meeting. Dogged by poor family relationships, Clay's asked by a politician, believing the son to be alive, to stay on a case that just gets tougher.
Perfect Cover
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Price: Free! Words: 5,890. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Missing out on a coveted promotion, Henry Peters has little to boast about and he feels his wife’s disappointment in him. One cool September morning in Christchurch, a 7.1 earthquake strikes Henry’s city, damaging his old work premises and trapping a young woman inside a basement. If he does the right thing, it’s a chance for Henry to shine. Or is it? Perfect Cover is a short story with a twist.
Best Served Cold
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 80,800. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom
In this legal thriller, Sasha Stace follows in the footsteps of a father she never knew, reluctantly becoming a Queen's Counsel and, like her father, unwittingly guiding the prosecution of a man that ends with disasterous consequences.
Trust No one
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 88,670. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Sasha Stace QC represents an insurance company in a most unpopular defence: the company's refusal to pay the life cover to the widow of a popular and respected lawyer and philanthropist. But as the death toll mounts, this case is far from what it seems.

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