Rocky Leonard is the pen name used by John L. Leonard for his fiction work, chosen in honor of his father. In real life, Rocky Leonard was one of the most colorful characters you could ever want to meet. John credits his dad for the sarcastic wit and cynicism of the Robert Mercer character.
The author routinely writes articles for a number of online publications and was interviewed on the Dennis Miller radio show. Coastal Empire is his first novel. He has also written short stories for an anthology about animals and is editing his second detective novel, Secondhand Sight.
John holds a BBA from the University of Georgia and worked as a computer programmer for more than twenty years before becoming a writer. His writing has also been influenced by shorter stints working as a bartender, real estate investor and landlord.
He has been married to wife Lisa for twenty-two years. John is the proud father of two and grandfather of three, as well as pack leader for several wonderful dogs and one crazy cat.
Born in Savannah, John has spent most of his adult life in the northern suburbs of Atlanta. The local color in his writing is equally authentic whether the setting is a Georgia beach, downtown Atlanta, or the Appalachian foothills in north Georgia.
The clock is ticking. Time may run out for a young woman accidentally caught up in a dangerous web of drug and weapons dealers. But this case will be anything but business as usual. This time, it’s personal. Mercer and company must confront an enemy prepared for war, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. From Savannah to the Appalachian foothills, they are racing to find a young kidnapping victim.
Dan Harper is just an ordinary guy, but when he buys a secondhand tie it triggers a flood of gruesome images only he can see. Are they hallucinations, or suppressed memories? He discovers real crime scenes and murder victims. His worst fear is the suspicion he’ll eventually confront the face of this brutal killer in last place he wants to look, the mirror. 2013 Readers Favorite Gold medal award.
Private eye Robert Mercer is caught up in a case of real estate fraud, jewelry theft and murder in sultry and mysterious Savannah. He and his motley crew go after the bad guys and experience some surprising supernatural twists along the way.