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Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Martin Bannon has lived in Oregon's politically schizophrenic Clackamas County since 1998.
"Senseless Confidential," a comedic romp through the county's backwoods, is his third book.
Bannon, who has lived in places as varied as Puerto Rico, Switzerland, and Utah, majored in Soviet Studies to pursue a career in Intelligence. When he discovered that there was no such thing, he became a writer instead. He has been living out cover legends ever since.
He is fluent in three languages and can make educated errors in several more. He has traveled to 38 of the US states and 19 foreign countries. He has been a tea guest of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, pursued by Hungarian security forces, and questioned by East German authorities (all for unrelated reasons). He often goes by other names.
He has been adopted by a cat named Rudy, who is sometimes mistaken for a meatloaf.
on Aug. 02, 2012 :
I loved this book! Martin Bannon writes in a wonderful style that is often reminiscent for me of Armistead Maupin. The characters come from all kinds of different backgrounds, different enough that it would seem hard to make a story that weaves them together. But somehow US Census workers, a polygamist compound in a forest, a gay lawyer and his husband, a Peeping Tom and others come together in the most satisfying way. This is a funny and touching story and I completely fell in love with the characters. Martin Bannon is an outstanding author!
(reviewed the day of purchase)