Mark Gummere


Writer and college instructor in Film Studies. Former former private investigator in San Francisco.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Hollywood, California and later moved to the east side of L. A. I think the juxtaposition of the movie industry with the blue-collar ethic of the suburbs created a perspective for appreciating the people and places that cross economic, cultural, and racial lines and I try to incorporate that into my novels.
When did you first start writing?
I can remember writing a story about a kid playing baseball when I was around seven years old. I believe it was about eight pages long, written in pencil on lined notebook paper!
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Where to find Mark Gummere online


Lucky Lucas Novels

Scar Tissue

Price: Free!

The Damage

Price: $1.99 USD.

Dragon Hand

Price: $1.99 USD.


When the Past Comes Calling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,670. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Retired police officer and unlicensed private investigator Lucky Lucas comes to the aid of a friend, Mississippi transplant Danny Mosley, when Mosley becomes the prime suspect in the murder of an ex-lover. As the body count climbs, Lucky’s investigation extends beyond San Francisco to Mississippi, New Orleans and the world of organized crime. When the past comes calling, all bets are off.
Nola's Future - A Lucky Lucas Novel
Series: Lucky Lucas Novels, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 62,430. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When Nola, a young college college grad, looks to ex-cop Robert "Lucky" Lucas for help in ending an abusive relationship with an older man Lucky’s instincts and skills come out of retirement and a college campus is revealed as not only a place for education and discovery, but one where sexual exploitation, deceit, and murder have become part of the curriculum.
Dragon Hand
Series: Lucky Lucas Novels, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 54,260. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
(5.00 from 1 review)
Ex-cop Robert “Lucky” Lucas' retirement is put on hold when his girlfriend Mona's 18 year old son is shot in San Francisco. The instincts of an angry and protective mother surface and Mona asks Lucky to “get the people who hurt my son". Lucas quickly finds himself in the middle of organized crime in Chinatown, where life can be cheap, and family secrets reach all the way back to mainland China.
The Damage
Series: Lucky Lucas Novels, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 45,190. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
Diane Berger is missing from her wealthy parents' San Francisco home and Lucky Lucas goes hunting. In this rapid paced follow up to Scar Tissue, Lucas finds the girl in L.A., but also finds a corpse in the apartment where she’s been staying. What began as a favor for a friend spins out of control and has Lucas caught in a world damaged by corporate crime, marital infidelity,and murder.
Scar Tissue
Series: Lucky Lucas Novels, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 28,960. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Ex-con Ray Rhodes’ claim he was framed on weapons and drug charges is only the beginning when former cop Lucky Lucas is reluctantly dragged into an investigation as a family favor. Lucas quickly finds himself mixing with crooked cops, Chinese assassins, and a broken family with a disturbing and dangerous history that leads to blackmail and murder.

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