Marvin J. Wolf

Biography

I began my career in the media as a U.S. Army combat photographer in Vietnam. Assigned to a public information section, I soon saw that writing was an important adjunct to my photo work. In Vietnam I worked for Charles Siler, one of the finest officers ever to serve his country, and had the great good fortune to meet and become friends with some of the world's greatest reporters and photographers, including Nobel laureate author John Steinbeck, Jonathan Fenby, Peter Arnett, Horst Faas, and many others. These men were generous with their time and wisdom and helped put me on the path to becoming a writer.

As I made the transition from magazine writing to longer forms, I was encouraged to specialize but found that I was interested in so many things that I found it impossible to choose only one. Instead I became a frequent collaborator, helping such notables as Native American leader Russell Means and former South Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky with their autobiographies. I also developed an appreciation for suspense and intrigue that inevitably led me to write about crime. About 2001 I took a segue into film, and had a short but interesting career writing for television. That helped me to create a character that I've put into the Rabbi Ben Mysteries. The first of these books, "For Whom The Shofar Blows," debuted on Amazon.com in November 2011. Thanks for visiting this page, and remember that habitual readers are smarter and have more well-rounded personalities.

Where to find Marvin J. Wolf online


Where to buy in print


Books

A Tale of Two Rabbis
Series: The Rabbi Ben Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 98,980. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2017 by Antenna Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Religious
Rabbi Ben, hero of For Whom the Shofar Blows and A Scribe Dies in Brooklyn, is back. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times—newly-engaged, Ben is in Pittsburgh when he's drawn into a baffling mystery of a vanished rabbi, a murdered congregation member, some missing papers, and a tale dating back to before WWII. And it appears the missing rabbi may not have been a rabbi at all...
A Scribe Dies in Brooklyn
Series: The Rabbi Ben Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 102,530. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2017 by Antenna Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Religious
Rabbi Ben, hero of For Whom the Shofar Blows, is back—and more than ever, he’s not your bubbe’s rebbe. Lured to a clandestine meeting with the President of Israel, Ben is asked to find the long-missing third of the Aleppo Codex, the oldest and most authoritative copy of the Hebrew Bible—more than 1,000 years old and rivaled in historical importance only by the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Perfect Crimes
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 112,650. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2015 by Antenna Books. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder, Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder
No such thing as PERFECT CRIMES? Witness this whirlwind tour of dirty deeds, sinister scandals, and cold-blooded murder--done in the name of love, money, madness, and more--from around the world or right next door. All of these notoriously wicked characters overlooked a fatal flaw that brought their almost perfect crimes to light.
Rotten Apples: True Stories of New York Crime and Mystery
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 118,080. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2015 by Antenna Books. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder, Nonfiction » History » North America
Rotten Apples is a thoroughly investigated treasure of true crime straight from the streets of The City that Never Sleeps. This bushel of vice, victims, and vengeance spotlights sinister citizens from Boss Tweed and Typhoid Mary to Mark David Chapman and Jack Henry Abbot, plus detailed map references to guide you to the locations where they committed their grisly crimes.
Where White Men Fear to Tread: The Autobiography of Russell Means
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 261,620. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2015 by Antenna Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Social Science » Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
An autobiography of epic scope--the riveting, controversial story of Russell Means, the most revolutionary Indian leader of the Twentieth Century. Where White Men Fear to Tread (written with Marvin J. Wolf) tells the absorbing story of the accountant-turned-Indian activist who burst onto the national scene when he led a seventy-one-day armed takeover of Wounded Knee, South Dakota in 1973.
For Whom the Shofar Blows
Series: The Rabbi Ben Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,210. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2014 by Antenna Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Religious
You don’t have to be Jewish to love Rabbi Ben, kicker of butts, taker of names, and solver of mysteries. Ben’s clients invite him into situations where police are unwelcome and discretion is paramount. When $3 million suddenly appears in an L.A. synagogue's bank account, its leaders wonder if their prayers have been answered—until the money vanishes. For Whom the Shofar Blows? It blows for thee...
Fallen Angels
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 110,100. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2014 by Antenna Books. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » General crimes, Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder
In Fallen Angels, you'll go beyond the glitzy public facades, beyond the hype and dreams to the real streets and highways of this intriguing, often violent city. Exploring 39 exhaustively researched true crimes and mysteries, they reveal an altogether different side of L.A. than the one you might have seen on TV or in the movies, involving the mobsters, politicians, movie stars and average Joes.
Family Blood: The True Story of the Yom Kippur Murders
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 109,740. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2014 by Antenna Books. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Family violence
Gerald Woodman, an Englishman and an Orthodox Jew, came to American penniless and hungry for the good life. By 1980 he had gained and lost two fortunes, had built his plastics company into a cash cow that supported his large extended family in great luxury. Killed in 1985 along with his wife Vera, the police asked Vera's sister if the Woodmans had any enemies, she replied , 'Yes, their sons.'

Marvin J. Wolf's tag cloud