Paul D. Marks is the author of the Shamus Award-Winning mystery-thriller White Heat. Publishers Weekly calls White Heat a “taut crime yarn.” And Midwest Book Review says “White Heat is a riveting read of mystery, much recommended.” His story Howling at the Moon is short-listed for both this year’s (2015) Anthony and Macavity Awards for Best Short Story. It was published in the November 2014 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and came in #7 in their Reader’s Poll Award. His story Fade Out appears in the August 17, 2015 Akashic’s Mondays Are Murder. He is the co-editor of the anthology Coast to Coast: Murder from Sea to Shining Sea, coming in October, 2015 from Down & Out Books. His novella Vortex is available for pre-order now and will be released on September 1, 2015.
Paul is the author of over thirty published short stories in a variety of genres, including several award winners. Five of his stories can be found in the collection LA Late @ Night. He also has the distinction, dubious though it might be, of being the last person to have shot a film on the fabled MGM backlot before it bit the dust to make way for condos. According to Steven Bingen, co-author of the 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.”
When you set out on a journey, like Rick in Free Fall does, you never know where you'll end up. I think he would rather have stayed home. I got the inspiration for this story as I was cruising down the old Route 66, wondering what would happen when someone came to the end of the line.
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...