Wayne Zurl: One of the Top Ten Mystery Action Writers You Need To Be Reading
February 27, 2020
As a former law enforcement officer, Zurl understands first-hand the seedy world of crime and murder.
Wayne Zurl worked for twenty years as a police officer in New York before retiring to the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.
For thirteen of those years, he served as a section commander supervising investigators.
Prior to his police career, Zurl served in the US Army during the Vietnam war and continued on in the Reserves. Before all that, he worked in the fledgling business of computers–when they were seven feet tall. Somewhat disenchanted with the IBM/data processing business,
Zurl decided computers were nothing but a passing fad–something that would never replace humans, and he scrapped reentry into that world after returning from his stint with the Army overseas and collected unemployment insurance until he was offered the only job somewhat compatible with his military background.
In 2006 he began writing police stories. His premier novel, A NEW PROSPECT, won Indie and Eric Hoffer Book Awards for best Mystery and Commercial Fiction respectively. Zurl has also been named as a finalist for a First Horizon Book Award and a Montaigne Medal. He currently has nine novels and twenty-seven novelettes published in the Sam Jenkins mystery series. Many of the novelettes were produced as audiobooks.
For more information about Wayne, visit www.waynezurlbooks.net where you can find a list of available books, photos, other writing available only from the author, special messages, and several recent interviews with the media. Sign up for eMail notifications about new releases or follow Wayne via his Facebook and Twitter links on the web site.
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. Problems arise when C.J. says she’s dead against any police involvement.
Jenkins uses friends and professional colleagues to foil a plot destined to kill not only the local girl turned celebrity but hundreds of innocent people.
What does a good cop do when his name and phone number is found in the pocket of a dead mobster from his past? Does he cooperate with the Internal Affairs investigator who wants to charge him with murder, but appears to have an ulterior motive?
Does he launch his own investigation into this murder from another jurisdiction to clear his name and find the real killer?
Does learning that two former enemies have put a contract on his life complicate matters?
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.
Eventually, Jenkins uncovers a significant clue and leads a team deep into the Smoky Mountains to rescue his friend.
But once Rachel is safely home, they discover her problems are far from over.
A routine missing person’s case sends Sam Jenkins and John Gallagher into the world of industrial pollution, environmental activists and profuse ambiguities.
Former government agents, the man’s parents, and other material witnesses seem to be withholding information and nothing is as it appears.
Can the young man’s beautiful friend provide them with enough information to locate her lover before it’s too late?
Time is running out as the detectives attempt to locate the lost man on their “peaceful side of the Smokies.”