AUTHOR OF ‘IMPERFECT’ (Completed, Currently Seeking Agent Representation), ‘SOMEONE DOESN’T KNOW’ (At Second Draft Stage) AND ‘COME INTO THE LIGHT’ (First Draft Completed)
This is a great opportunity to thank some truly great mystery writers who have led to the creation of my novels. Paramount among them, gratitude is expressed to American crime writer Robert B. Parker, who unfortunately left us on January 18, 2010. To me, that date meant that so many more great original works were never to be. Truly a sad moment in my life, since I have cherished each of his many books. Robert has been a substantial influence, and his works were a primary reason for my desire to write crime novels.
There are many others that I must thank as well. I have read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s great adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick, Dr. Watson, several times while growing up. I visited 221B Baker Street in London, England, in my teens and named one of my early rock & roll bands ‘Baker Street’. I even decided to include a reference to Mr. Holmes in my novel titled ‘Imperfect’ as a small tribute.
My youth also embraced many stories by Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Ian Fleming and Mickey Spillane. I can recall having a frayed copy of a Spillane paperback in the back pocket of my jeans many times as a young boy.
The idea to be a crime writer came to me a few short decades later. It occurred like a bolt of lightning while I was standing under a hot shower getting ready to face yet another Monday morning in the financial industry. A few minutes earlier I had just turned the final few pages of yet another Lee Child novel I just had to finish before starting my day. I was so immersed (no pun intended) in an explosion of thought about writing a crime novel, I forgot to rinse the shampoo off of my head as I reached for a towel.
I have been excited about every moment of time spent researching and writing my novels ever since. I have always been a creative person and explored many outlets for expression including many years as a guitarist and music teacher, then later as a city planner and urban designer. My life started the first chapter in an entirely new book, however, when I began to write murder mystery stories.
Mack Sampson, the principal character in my current set of stories, is the multi-talented head of an agency called ‘Mackenzie Investigations’ in Boston, Massachusetts. He and his team are retained on a wide variety of fascinating and incredibly demanding cases. The first three are:
‘IMPERFECT’ focuses on efforts to solve the murder of a wealthy executive who went out drinking and playing cards with some old friends at a favorite watering hole on a Friday night as usual. Why would someone want to kill him? It turns out that there was much more going on in his life than anyone realized. The twists and turns in this strange tale will leave you guessing who-done-it until the last pages are turned.
‘SOMEONE DOESN’T KNOW’ centers on a financial wizard in his mid-thirties that’s fed up with a life he’s convinced is destined for tragedy very soon. He’s a bachelor that wants to settle down but lacks any semblance of a decent future while he’s trapped under the thumb of a mafia boss and his son. He finally decides to make a serious effort to change his life for the better. The tragic and incredibly challenging consequences of his actions, however, are far from anything he could ever have predicted in his wildest dreams.
The exciting concept for the third novel, ‘COME INTO THE LIGHT’, is about a terrorist plot involving enormous potential harm to the citizens of the City of Boston and surrounding areas. The dark hostile plan is partially revealed at a crowded late night house party. A man standing out back in the shadows having a cigarette, overhears three others arguing heatedly about the details of a sinister scheme. When a fight breaks out, the man flees the party only to find out later he has been identified and implicated in a brutal stabbing death that ensued after his departure. You won’t be able to put this book down easily.
There are more books planned for this series of murder adventures and others in a further series as well. I certainly hope that you enjoy reading one or all of them as much as I have had the pleasure of planning and writing them for you.
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– Stephen Winn
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