Wayne Zurl: Our Indie Book Source Author of the Week
September 23, 2021
When Wayne Zurl tells stories about crime, sin, and the bad streets, the former New York police officer knows what he’s writing about.
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.
A Bleak Prospect:
A serial killer is preying on the young prostitutes of east Tennessee and only Sam Jenkins has the information to catch him.
Sam Jenkins joins a combined task force hunting a serial killer called The Riverside Strangler by the local media. Complications arise when the lead investigator, the county sheriff’s chief deputy is arrested and charged with police brutality.
When Sam develops the evidence to arrest the Strangler, everyone should be pleased, but subsequent actions taken by his mayor and the city council affect everyone at the Prospect Police Department and suggest that life there will never be the same.
Sins of Eden
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.”
Pigeon River Blues
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 right-wing 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.
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