Paul D. Marks


Paul's novel WHITE HEAT is nominated for a 2013 SHAMUS AWARD by the Private Eye Writers of America.

While looking for clues on a murder case, P.I. Duke Rogers finds himself in a racially charged situation. The case might have to wait.... The immediate problem: getting out of South Central Los Angeles in one piece – during the 1992 "Rodney King" riots – and that's just the beginning of his problems.

Praise for WHITE HEAT:

"...taut crime yarn." -- Publishers Weekly

A gripping tale of prejudice and deceit, set against the tumultuous backdrop of the 1992 L.A. riots. White Heat is all the title promises it to be.
— Darrell James, award winning
author of Nazareth Child

Written in a staccato, noir style as Intense as the 1992 LA riots, White Heat is a stunning debut novel by LA native Paul Marks. It grabs you with the intensity of the riots and keeps the anxiety and tension pushing full-throttle right up to the bittersweet ending. Heat is a hard-hitting, noir detective thriller, that also deals with tough issues like racism, the "diversity" of racism, and the human condition."
—Andrew McAleer, best-selling author of
"The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelist"
and "Fatal Deeds"



Paul D. Marks is the author of over thirty published short stories, including several award winners:

• Endless Vacation received Honorable Mentions in the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Competition and the prestigious Lorian Hemingway International Short Story Competition.
• His novel White Heat took second place in the Mystery-Suspense-Thriller-Adventure category of the SouthWest Writers Contest.
• Netiquette won First Place in the Futures Short Story Contest.
• Dem Bones was a finalist in the Southern Writers Association Contest.
• Poison Heart was a finalist in the Deadly Ink Competition and appears in their 2010 Short Story Collection.

Paul loves the city that L.A. was. Dodging bullets he's not so sure about the city it is today. Of course, he's one of the few people to have pulled a gun on the LAPD and lived to tell about it – see the story on his website:

His stories run the gamut from serious fiction to mystery and satire. Continental Tilt is the lead story in the Murder in La-La Land anthology. Almost, Almost Famous appears in Mysterical E. His story Terminal Island appears in Weber: The Contemporary West. His stories have also appeared in The Story Teller, Penny-A-Liner, Dave Zeltserman's lauded HardLuck Stories webzine and Futures magazine, as well as the anthologies Fiction on the Run, Murder on Sunset Boulevard, Dime and others. For a complete list see his website.

Paul is also the last person to have shot on the fabled MGM backlot before it bit the dust to make way for housing. According to Steven Bingen, one of the authors of the new, well-received, book MGM: HOLLYWOOD'S GREATEST BACKLOT: "That 40 page chronological list I mentioned of films shot at the studio ends with his [Paul D. Marks'] name on it."

Bobby Saxon, the unique, recurring character, who has appeared in three of Paul's published stories – Sleepy Lagoon Nocturne, from the Landmarked for Murder anthology, The Good Old Days, which appears in the Murder Across the Map anthology, and Santa Claus Blues, from Futures Magazine – is the protagonist of his novel-in-progress The Blues Don't Care.

Paul studied with award winning novelist T. Coraghessan Boyle. His former day job was as a screenplay "script doctor". He has also published many non-fiction articles in various newspapers and magazines and has lectured on writing at UCLA, Cal State San Bernardino, Learning Tree, as well as various writers' organizations.

Where to find Paul D. Marks online


Angels Flight - A Noir Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,130. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Tom Holland, dinosaur LAPD cop, is saddled with Lucy Railsback, a representative from the mayor's Community Police Action Committee. Lucy never expected to meet a dead body her first day out. And when an unidentified body is found in Echo Park Lake, Holland and Lucy have very different ideas about how to solve the case...
White Heat
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,700. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
WHITE HEAT WINS the 2013 SHAMUS Award for Best Indie P.I. novel of 2012! P.I. Duke Rogers finds himself in a combustible situation in this racially charged thriller. His case might have to wait... The immediate problem: getting out of South Central Los Angeles in one piece during the 1992 "Rodney King" riots and that's just the beginning of his problems.

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