Peter Pollak


Peter G. Pollak has been a journalist, educator and entrepreneur. He started writing fiction as a teenager, but only recently decided to dedicate himself to the trade.

He published a political thriller The Expendable Man in 2011, a police procedural Making the Grade in 2012 and a suspense story, Last Stop on Desolation Ridge in 2013. He lived in Albany New York for many years and now splits his time between upstate New York and Maryland.

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In the Game (A Mystery)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,120. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A retired police detective goes after a man he suspects has gotten away with murdering at least two women. Is he overcompensating for having been forced to retire or does he have a genuine case? Jake Barnes won’t rest until the suspected killer is brought to justice or until his body gives out on him.
Last Stop on Desolation Ridge
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,950. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The photographer thought it was the perfect spot for a sunrise panorama until he heard someone call out for help. Would Desolation Ridge be the last stop for Logan Gifford or the first day of a new life?
Making the Grade
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,840. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Rookie detective Shannon Lynch is assigned to a major case with two men who seem to resent her having been promoted. Then her past catches up to her in a way she could never have predicted. Is she tough enough to overcome a killer who’s out for revenge as well as colleagues who aren’t sure she can be trusted?
The Expendable Man
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,850. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
What happens when a U.S. businessman gets in the way of an ambitious government official? He becomes the expendable man. Nick Grocchi is on the verge of completing a business deal in Turkmenistan when he is arrested in the middle of the night. Grocchi is innocent, but wait until you find out who set him up and what he has to go through to clear his name and gain his freedom.

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  • Vermilion Wanted to Go to the Movies on Sep. 24, 2011

    A period piece, but not really a short story. Nothing "happens". It reads like it's part of a novel, as if the reader already has some information about the characters. Otherwise this sentence doesn't make sense: "Because they had become friends before Jake won his first big case, Peter had been happy to ride in the Packard and was happy still to share Jake’s cheap wine now that he had started taking his wages however he could get them, the heady days of $5.00 an hour wages gone, along with the car and Manhattan address." One typo: "Pease" should be "Please".
  • Opal Rain on July 28, 2013

    Crystal requested people review her "book." Crystal is to be commended for trying to write a book––although 15,000 words is novella or long short story––not a book. She's not ready to be an author, however. She needs to do more reading of good literature and spend more time learning the rules of English grammar. In the first two paragraphs of this story I found the following grammatical mistakes: commas used instead of periods, run-on sentences, missing periods at the end of sentences, a missing preposition, and incorrect word use (past when she meant passed). But the grammatical mistakes are just the beginning of the problems with this "book". Opal Rain is a child's horror story which takes place in an incompletely formed world. It is imitative and juvenile. If Crystal is smart, she will withdraw this book from the marketplace and try again in two or five years when she's ready to write something that meets today's standards for y.a. writing.