Lee Mossel


Born in Eugene, OR. University of Oregon BS & MS in Geology (1965/1967) Thirty-five year career in oil & gas exploration based in Denver, CO. Successful exploration ventures in CO, MT, ND, WY, IL, OH, OK, TX, KS plus Canada. Worked for major oil companies, large independents, small independents, and as a consultant. Successfully launched O & G companies both public and private. Began writing crime thriller novels inspired by oil and gas business experiences in 2009. Currently have two titles in print publication via Amazon.

Married, two grown children with families. Live in Parker, CO twenty miles southeast of Denver. Enjoy golf, world travel, good wines, reading, writing and sports of all varieties.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Sot Weed Factor by John Barth---Without question my all-time favorite book. It had everything from obvious extensive research, an incredibly creative plot line, exhaustive character development, and fanciful form prose. This book contained some of the most laugh-out-loud characters and scenes ever invented. At over eleven hundred pages it may have seemed daunting but, nearing the end, I never wanted to see the last page.

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtrey---As with THE SOT WEED FACTOR, I didn't want it to end. The characters became part of my life; sayings and aphorisms contained became part of my vocabulary. The story flowed as smoothly as the lower Mississippi yet took the reader over Niagara Falls on regular occasions.

The Spenser series by Robert B Parker---The Spenser character, developed in over thirty volumes, is one of the most memorable of all modern day protagonists. The writing style is "spare" to say the least and yet two pages of one word paragraph conversations can say more than chapters in other books. Spenser was a near proto-type for my own hero, Cort Scott. A modern day Renaissance man who enjoys a wide gamut of life's pleasures from fine wines to barroom brawls.

The Inspector Lynley series by Elizabeth George---The antithesis of Robert B Parker, Elizabeth George paints fully detailed pictures with exquisite usage of the English language. Her brilliant characterizations and intricate plot lines create classic "mysteries." It is rare to figure out "who-dunnit" before the last chapter of an Elizabeth George novel.

The John Rebus series by Ian Rankin---Dark, somber, complex stories in a police procedural genre are superbly portrayed by Ian Rankin in his Detective John Rebus series. Like others of my favorites, Rebus is, at best, a flawed hero. He's borderline alcoholic with numerous slips; he antagonizes his superiors as well as his fellow detectives; he violates the law, and, oddly enough, he doesn't always solve the case. In short, he's all too human---a man most of us other humans can easily relate to.
What do you read for pleasure?
For the most part, I read fiction. I am particularly drawn to crime thriller mysteries written as series. My favorites are the Elvis Cole series by Robert Crais; the Dave Robicheaux series by James Lee Burke; the Inspector Lindley series by Elizabeth George; the Dismas Hardy series by John Lescroat; the Joe Pickett series by CJ Box; the John Rebus series by Ian Rankin plus several others. I enjoy historical novels also particularly those set in colonial America; the Civil War era; and the western American frontier/mountain man days.
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More Than 100% Dead
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,640. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Denver geologist turned PI, Cortlandt Scott, follows developments in the oil business. When one of those "developments" is the brutal murder of a "bigger than life" oil producer, Cort's friend, homicide detective Tom Montgomery, asks for help on the highest profile case of either of their careers. Their suspect list is too long, pressure for an arrest is too high...and the clock is ticking.
The Talus Slope
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,840. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Cort Scott is back from the brink. After an alcohol fueled bereavement and depression, he's hoping to restart his life and private investigation business. As a favor to an old friend, he looks into the accidental but suspicious death of a government geologist. He did not anticipate being plunged into a murky and dangerous world of spies, world oil conspiracies, and murder.
The Murder Prospect
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,280. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Cortlandt Scott is burned out. He wants to change from finding oil to finding oil field crooks but didn't anticipate the dangers to himself and those he holds dear. His life of good wine, beautiful women, fast cars, and learning on the run will be altered forever. From Denver to California and beyond, Cort Scott is forced to investigate his own morals and motives; he doesn't like what he finds.

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