Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Independent Voice Celebrates Wayne Zurl

Wayne Zurl grew up on Long Island and retired after twenty years with the Suffolk County Police Department, one of the largest municipal law enforcement agencies in New York and the nation. For thirteen of those years he served as a section commander supervising investigators. He is a graduate of SUNY, Empire State College and served on active duty in the US Army during the Vietnam War and later in the reserves. Zurl left New York to live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with his wife, Barbara.

Nine (9) of his Sam Jenkins mysteries have been produced as audio books and simultaneously published as eBooks. His first full-length novel, A NEW PROSPECT, was named best mystery at the 2011 Indie Book Awards. A new full-length novel, A LEPRECHAUN_S LAMENT, is on the coming soon list at Iconic Publishing.

Tell us 5 Random Things about you the person, not the author
1.) If I had a string long enough to represent all the miles I've traveled, it would go around the world several times.
2.) I can honestly say I'm proud of the things I've done in my life.
3.) I'm a damn good cook.
4.) I've been married for 44 years...to the same woman. How many ex-cops can say that?
5.) Three things that make me say, "Wow, that's beautiful," are Vintage British Sports cars, old wooden sail boats, good-looking women over 40.

Favorite Authors
Robert B. Parker for his ability to tell a story with a minimum number of words.
James Lee Burke for his descriptions of people and places. Often poetic.
Nelson DeMille (that other guy from Long Island who writes mysteries) for his almost endless supply of quality "smart-ass" dialogue for his main character Det. john Corey.
Bernard Cornwell for his historical novels.

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Tell us about your book
A NEW PROSPECT
Genre: : Police Mystery
Length: : 274 pages
Formats Available: : trade paperback, eBooks 


Sam Jenkins never thought about being a fish out of water during the twenty years he spent solving crimes in New York. But things change, and after retiring to Tennessee, he gets that feeling. Jenkins becomes a cop again and is thrown headlong into a murder investigation and a steaming kettle of fish, down-home style.

The victim, Cecil Lovejoy, couldn't have deserved it more. His death was the inexorable result of years misspent and appears to be no great loss, except the prime suspect is Sam's personal friend.

Jenkins' abilities are attacked when Lovejoy's influential widow urges politicians to reassign the case to state investigators.

Feeling like a pork chop at a bar mitzvah in his new workplace, Sam suspects something isn't kosher when the family tries to force him out of the picture.

In true Jenkins style, Sam turns common police practice on its ear to insure an innocent man doesn't fall prey to an imperfect system and the guilty party receives appropriate justice.

A NEW PROSPECT takes the reader through a New South resolutely clinging to its past and traditional way of keeping family business strictly within the family.  

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