Wayne Zurl

Biography

Wayne Zurl grew up on Long Island and retired after twenty years with the Suffolk County Police Department, one of the largest municipal law enforcement agencies in New York and the nation. For thirteen of those years he served as a section commander supervising investigators. He is a graduate of SUNY, Empire State College and served on active duty in the US Army during the Vietnam War and later in the reserves. Zurl left New York to live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with his wife, Barbara.
Twenty-seven (27) of his Sam Jenkins novelette mysteries have been published as eBooks and many produced as audio books.
His full-length novels are: A NEW PROSPECT, A LEPRECHAUN’S LAMENT, HEROES & LOVERS, and PIGEON RIVER BLUES.
Two new novels, A TOUCH OF MORNING CALM and A CAN OF WORMS are scheduled for release in 2016. A third, HONOR AMONG THIEVES, is on tap for 2017.
Zurl has won Eric Hoffer and Indie Book Awards, and was named a finalist for a Montaigne Medal and First Horizon Book Award. He is an active member of the International Thriller Writers and a member of the Author’s Guild of Tennessee.
For more information on Wayne’s Sam Jenkins mystery series see www.waynezurlbooks.net. You may read excerpts, reviews and endorsements, interviews, coming events, and see photos of the area where the stories take place.

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
Good old-fashioned hard copies.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on Long Island, just fifteen miles from New York City, and lived there for forty-six years. I spent twenty of those years with the Suffolk County Police Department. These factors makes me quite qualified and happy to write about the protagonist in my series of police mysteries, since he and I share many similarities in life. He's a former New York detective who is now employed as chief of police in a small city in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee, coincidentally just down the road from where I now live.
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Where to find Wayne Zurl online


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Series

Sam Jenkins Mysteries
Tennessee detective Sam Jenkins.

A Leprechaun's Lament

Price: $4.99 USD.

Heroes and Lovers

Price: $4.99 USD.

Pigeon River Blues

Price: $4.99 USD.

A Touch of Morning Calm

Price: $4.99 USD.

A Can of Worms

Price: $4.99 USD.

Books

Sins of Eden
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,160. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2018 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A routine missing person’s case sends Sam Jenkins and John Gallagher into the world of industrial pollution, environmental activists and profuse ambiguities.
A Bleak Prospect
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,100. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2018 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
A serial killer is preying on the young prostitutes of east Tennessee and only Sam Jenkins has the information to catch him.
Graceland on Wheels
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,530. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2017 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A collection of six crime novelettes that take you on a trip through the more off-beat regions of law enforcement.
The Great Smoky Mountain Bank Job
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,310. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2017 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Six police mysteries investigated by career cop Sam Jenkins. From an old robbery-homicide that made national news in 1968 to a grisly murder reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO to a suspicious death in a nursing home, Jenkins and the officers of Prospect PD handle them in stride. Add to those, the murder of an aging movie star, the attempted murder of a retired detective and a bank robbery th
Murder in Knoxville
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,120. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2017 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
Sam Jenkins is the new police chief in town and everyone wonders, will Prospect, Tennessee ever be the same?
Honor Among Thieves
Series: Sam Jenkins Mysteries, Book 8. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,790. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2017 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Old-time mobsters, dead bodies, and a former love complicate Sam Jenkins’ life as he attempts to enjoy his new police job on “the peaceful side of the Smokies.”
A New Prospect
Series: Sam Jenkins Mysteries, Book 7. Price: Free! Words: 82,480. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2016 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Sam Jenkins never thought about being a fish out of water during the twenty years he spent solving crimes in New York. But things change, and after retiring to Tennessee, he gets that feeling. In true Jenkins style, Sam turns common police practice on its ear to insure an innocent man doesn’t fall prey to an imperfect system and the guilty party receives appropriate justice.
A Can of Worms
Series: Sam Jenkins Mysteries, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,590. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2016 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Against his better judgment, Police Chief Sam Jenkins hires Dallas Finchum, nephew of local corrupt politicians. Now, Finchum is accused of a rape that occurred when he attended college three years earlier.
A Touch of Morning Calm
Series: Sam Jenkins Mysteries, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,650. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2016 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Chief Sam Jenkins runs headlong into Tennessee’s faction of Korean organized crime when a mobster tries to shake down two former call girls attempting to establish a legitimate business. Soon, bodies begin piling up—all with a Korean connection—in Sam’s town of Prospect and nearby Knoxville.
Pigeon River Blues
Series: Sam Jenkins Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,260. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2016 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Sam Jenkins thinks no good turn goes unpunished when the famous singer he’s assigned to protect decides it’s hate at first sight. Famous country and western singer C.J. Profitt receives death threats from a group of rightwing zealots. Chief Sam Jenkins gets the job of keeping C.J. safe while she performs at a charity benefit.
Heroes and Lovers
Series: Sam Jenkins Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,770. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2016 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
TV reporter Rachel Williamson helps Chief Sam Jenkins with a classic fraud investigation. However, the case puts Rachel in jeopardy, and her abduction by a mentally disturbed man changes her life forever.
A Leprechaun's Lament
Series: Sam Jenkins Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,090. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2016 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A stipulation of the Patriot Act gives Chief Sam Jenkins an easy job; investigate all the civilians working for the Prospect Police Department. But what looks like a routine chore to the gritty ex-New York detective, turns into a nightmare. Preliminary inquiries reveal that a middle-aged employee didn’t exist prior to 1975.
Death of Choice - Eight Tales of Murder, Mayhem and Mystery
Price: Free! Words: 115,840. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Come along to a Children’s Cemetery, 1920’s London, a diner in L.A., a foggy barnyard, a small town in Tennessee, a Hawaiian beach, and discover chills, thrills, and crimes you’ll long remember. Meet a flashy designer, a neurosurgeon, a coroner, a woman of European elegance, a detective who’s fed up, and a Tennessee Police Chief all filling the pages of Death of Choice.
From New York to the Smokies: A Collection of Sam Jenkins Mysteries
Series: Sam Jenkins Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,840. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2015 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery
Five mysteries spanning more than four decades in the life of career police officer Sam Jenkins.

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