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Bestselling Crime Mystery from Walter Marks

Walter Marks is a novelist, playwright, and songwriter. Besides his Broadway shows -- "Bajour" and "Golden Rainbow", off-Broadway he wrote the score and book for the award winning "Langston in Harlem" (lyrics by Langston Hughes). His best known song is "I've Gotta be Me", recorded by Sammy Davis, Michael Jackson, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, among others. He also wrote the screenplay and songs for "The Wild Party" (Merchant-Ivory Films) directed by James Ivory. He is an Emmy winner for his music on the PBS series "Getting On."

His current project is a musical incorporating the songs of lyricist/composer Johnny Mercer into a book show called "Accentuate the Positive", Mr. Marks has written the libretto.

His novels include "Dangerous Behavior", and the Detective Jericho Series:"Death Hampton", "The Battle of Jericho." "The Hated", "A Man's Partner" and "Amazing Detective." The next Jericho book, "Tumbling Down" will be published Spring 2018.

He lives and works in both Manhattan and East Hampton.

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NEW RELEASE! Shocking Confessions (The Detective Jericho Series Book 7) $0.99 - For a limited time - Free on KU!

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“A briskly paced and engaging murder tale that should satisfy fans of this series.” — Kirkus review.

A pair of grisly crimes challenges East Hampton Detective Jericho. One involves a body under a bridge. The other is generated by the discovery of a human arm in a shark’s belly.

Kirkus review: “This latest entry in Marks’ (Tumbling Down, 2018, etc.) series featuring Jericho and his cohorts is a taut, fast-paced mystery that skillfully weaves together the investigations of two seemingly unrelated crimes while developing subplots introduced in previous installments. Although Jericho remains the series’ primary protagonist, Officer Vangie Clark becomes an important character in the story as she rises within the department from a 911 dispatcher to detective…”

 


Death Hampton (The Detective Jericho Series Book 1) $2.99 - Free on KU!

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Burnt out after years of working violent cases in East Harlem, Detective Neil Jericho transfers to peaceful East Hampton. But after the mysterious disappearance of a wealthy real estate developer, Jericho is caught in a web of intrigue and lies centering around Susannah Cascadden, the missing man’s beautiful wife.

"Marks provides his intriguing principal characters with solid backgrounds without lingering too long on irrelevant minutiae, and he puts the central mystery front and center from the start. The relationship between Jericho and
Susannah gives the book a good, romantic spark. The whodunit initially seems straightforward, but it offers surprise twists that add further dimension to the characters.

A fast-paced mystery with plenty of action and colorful characters." — Kirkus reviews

Is Susannah a calculating black widow or an innocent victim? Jericho better find out fast or the Hamptons just might be the death of him.

The Battle of Jericho (The Detective Jericho Series Book 2) $2.99 - Free on KU!

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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY —“Set on Long Island, Marks’s suspenseful second crime novel featuring Det. Sgt. Neil Jericho (after 2014’s Death Hampton) contains more than a few surprises. Still reeling from the breakup of his last serious relationship—with a woman he investigated who was suspected of murdering her husband for his millions—Jericho must tackle a truly odd case. A severed foot has washed ashore from Block Island Sound, with only a partial tattoo and an unusual nail polish on its toes as clues to the owner’s identity. After the papers report the gruesome find, 16-year-old Aaron Platt takes advantage of the revelation to send the police a taunting
letter (“Something’s afoot. Foul play?”), further complicating the inquiry.

Later, wealthy Sanford Richman reports his wife Ann missing, shortly before her severed foot turns up on another beach. An attractive junior officer, Maria Salazar, provides a welcome romantic distraction. Readers should be prepared for a shocking ending.”

Praise for Walter Marks’ THE BATTLE OF JERICHO:

“Marks’s suspenseful second crime novel featuring Det. Sgt. Neil Jericho. Readers should be prepared for a shocking ending.” - Publishers Weekly

The Hated (The Detective Jericho Series Book 3)  $2.99 - Free on KU!

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A dead body is discovered sitting on a lifeguard chair at Indian Wells beach. Across the victim’s forehead, scrawled with a felt pen, are the numbers 6-8-8-6. This mysterious clue leads Detective Jericho into the subculture of Hate, where violent crimes are committed with impunity, vicious gangs and secret organizations flourish, and disloyalty is punished by death. Has the murdered man fallen victim to these racist hate mongers? Or is something even more sinister at work?

A Man's Partner (The Detective Jericho Series Book 4) $2.99 - Free on KU!

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Jericho’s former partner, Mickey “Mouse’” Davis, with whom he worked in NYPD Homicide, is found dead in his car —killed by a single gunshot fired into his mouth. A handwritten suicide note is discovered beside him. NYPD declares Mouse’s death a suicide, but Jericho has his doubts. He leaves East Hampton and goes into the city to investigate. The New York cops tell Jericho to stay out of it, so Jericho must try to solve this case on his own. As Sam Spade says in The Maltese Falcon “When a man’s partner is killed, he’s supposed to do something about it.”

Book Life Prize review:

Plot: A straightforward crime novel, this short work easily hooks readers. An eventful plot maintains tension, with events clearly conveyed and interconnected.

Prose: Marks shows a strong command of language and a clear narrative style.

Originality: While firmly rooted within the detective genre, Marks’s novel offers an original premise, distinctive characters, and a memorable atmosphere.

Character Development: Marks generally creates convincing characters with a level of psychological complexity appropriate to the story.

Amazing Detective (The Detective Jericho Series Book 5) $2.99 - Free on KU!

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“The discovery of a body on a Long Island beach leads a detective into a complex murder investigation with possible ties to drug trafficking…An entertaining mystery with an engaging hero and deftly handled plot twists.”—Kirkus Reviews

Praised by the East Hampton Star as an “amazing detective” for his expertise in crime-solving, Jericho is hard-pressed to live up to his reputation, by two separate cases. One is a homicide, involving a corpse found buried near a hiking trail in Montauk. The other deals with the complex interactions of competing sinister and violent drug cartels. Jericho comes face to face with homicide, gang wars, human trafficking, immigration issues, and racial tensions. Things come to a boiling point in this twisty story, until the life of the amazing detective himself is in serious jeopardy. As in all Jericho novels, the ending is shocking and unexpected.

An entertaining mystery with an engaging hero and deftly handled plot twists."-Kirkus Reviews

Tumbling Down (The Detective Jericho Series Book 6) $2.99 - Free on KU!

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Kirkus Review: The brutal murder of a waitress leads a Long Island detective to the most complicated case of his career in this sixth installment of a series.

Detective Neil Jericho of the East Hampton Police Department is visiting his daughter, Katie, when he receives a call from his supervisor, Chief Krauss. A waitress was found murdered and Krauss wants Jericho to investigate. The victim is identified as 21-year-old Sally Espinosa Baez and an examination of her body reveals that she is a transsexual. Jericho turns to dispatcher Evangeline “Vangie” Clark for help. Vangie and her wife, Ingrid, attend meetings of the Hamptons LGBTQ Center and she can assist with the nuances of the case. The search for Baez’s next of kin leads Jericho to Phyllis Sonnenschein, an LGBTQ activist and candidate for town supervisor of East Hampton. Sonnenschein opened her home to Baez and she believes the killing is a hate crime. Evidence gathered at the homicide scene points in that direction. Meanwhile, Jericho’s girlfriend, tattoo artist Rainbow, and her business are targeted by a member of a hate group. As both cases intensify, Jericho discovers surprising secrets in Baez’s past that may hold the key to her murder. The latest installment of Marks’ (Amazing Detective, 2017, etc.) series starring Jericho deepens the development of the central characters while featuring a complex murder mystery full of surprising twists and turns. The narrative is anchored by Jericho, a dedicated detective with an unerring sense of justice. His devotion to his job cost him his marriage and he is determined not to make the same mistakes in his relationship with Rainbow. The supporting characters are equally well-developed, particularly Vangie, a 911 dispatcher who aspires to move up within the department. The investigation into the murder of Baez unfolds methodically as Jericho uncovers the tragic circumstances of her past and the mystery surrounding her death...
A finely paced crime thriller that should appeal to new and established fans of the series.

The gruesome murder of a local waitress draws Jericho into the unfamiliar world of the LGBTQ+ community in Sag Harbor. In the midst of a complicated investigation, he also has to deal with the intricacies of East Hampton politics and a potential threat to his girlfriend Rainbow. Will Jericho be able to solve this murder while navigating everything else going on in his life? His fierce search for justice leads him to a conclusion that will leave readers stunned.