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I never wanted to hang out in a cop bar, or be a cop, but I’ve always been fascinated with police work. Most law enforcement jobs offer burst of excitement, danger, and thrilling action—in contrast to the way I made my living working on academic social science research projects.

Oh, the work had its own set of puzzles and intrigues, its own small excitements. But I relish the dark side, a bit of noir, semi-hardboiled in fiction-- the thrill me, chill me, scare-me- to-death aspect.

In my fictional life I can dance on the dark side, speed into a dark alley after midnight, insult a gang banger or talk back to a cop with impunity. I can be 32 and 5 foot ten. I can have a romance with a hard-bodied cop who can dance the tango. Goodness will prevail over evil and the villain will be punished.

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On Behalf of the Family (A Detective Dave Mason Mystery Book 3)
by Mar Preston
If You Think This Only Happens in Saudi Arabia, You’re Wrong This book has created a buzz because it’s an untouchable topic What is this? Is it a hate crime? Domestic abuse, honor killing, or what? A car arson fire claims the life of a beautiful young girl, a rich Muslim student at Santa Monica College. Detective Dave Mason of...
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Rip-Off (A Detective Dave Mason Mystery Book 2)
by Mar Preston
High-tech burglary and murder are bad for business in the upscale, tourist-destination beach city of Santa Monica, bad for Detective Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department Hard-boiled police procedural mystery series A deadbeat burglar has been found in the upscale Santa Monica beach condo of a playboy studio exec. The...
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Payback (A Detective Dave Mason Mystery)
by Mar Preston
A forest fire burns in a remote California mountain village, followed by the discovery of the mayor who has been beheaded Humorous police procedural with a touch of romance Sheriff’s Detective Dex Stafford concludes everybody hated the mayor for very good reasons, but nobody will talk. His nerves fraying, Stafford finds himself...
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No Dice (A Detective Dave Mason Mystery Book 1)
by Mar Preston
Billions of dollars in casino profits can turn the nicest people ugly. A gaming goliath is steamrolling local opposition to build a high-rise casino complex on the shoreline of upscale Santa Monica. The crucial city councilwoman with the deciding vote is murdered. Confronting Santa Monica Police Detective Dave Mason with a real...
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Payback
by Mar Preston
A forest fire burning in the mountains surrounding a remote California village interrupts the Oktoberfest celebration, followed by the discovery of the mayor who has been beheaded. Sheriff’s Detective Dex Stafford concludes everybody hated the mayor for different and very good reasons, but nobody will talk. His nerves fraying...
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No Dice (Detective Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department Book 1)
by Mar Preston
Santa Monica, California. A casino goliath wants to build a high-rise casino on the shoreline Police procedural whodunit with a touch of romance A gaming goliath steamrollers local opposition to build a high-rise casino. The crucial city councilwoman with the deciding vote is murdered. The dance between politics, money, and big...
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A Very Private High School (A Detective Dave Mason Mystery Book 4)
by Mar Preston
Santa Monica, California, is home to the homeless, a city of haves and have nots, ripe for dirty politicians, psychopathic homeowners, car thieves, and celebrity troublemakers. A vicious carjacking maims a firefighter that Homicide Detective Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department used to tomcat around with. Carjackers up...
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Writing Your First Mystery: A step-by-step guide to writing your first mystery
by Mar Preston
Writing Your First Mystery An introduction to the elements of a whodunit or thrillerThis short guide introduces topics that will arise as you tackle your first mystery. Some will be familiar; others will have you scratching your head and doing some real thinking. There is an insatiable appetite for crime fiction. You and your life...
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Plotting Your First Mystery: A practical guide to plotting your first mystery and all its twists and turns
by Mar Preston
Plotting Your First Mystery Your idea for a mystery is burning hot There is a formula to writing a mystery or a whodunit. It may not be apparent, but there are rules that determine how satisfying your finished story will be to readers. You can learn it and put it into action. You'll learn the elements of plot, structure, and the...
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Writing Killer Characters: A step-by-step guide to writing memorable characters, heroes, and villains in your first...
by Mar Preston
Killer characters to grab and paste into your first mystery are all around you. A detailed how to guide on constructing the cast of characters needed to enliven your first whodunit or thriller Techniques for getting into the mind and lives of your characters, and the craft of creating them The basic set of characters The...
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Finishing Your First Mystery (Writing Your First Mystery Book 4)
by Mar Preston
You’ve done a lot of thinking, and a lot of typing, but it isn’t a book. You know that. And you’re about to give up. Finishing a piece of crime fiction is a lot harder than you thought. I want you to continue and this book will help you. Here are some of the topics covered: Revisiting your original vision Self-doubt: the...
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On Behalf of the Family (Detective Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department Book 4)
by Mar Preston
A rich Turkish girl is found burned to death in a car arson fire at Santa Monica College. Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department makes a promise to a girl he never met that he will break through the conspiracy of silence surrounding this vicious crime. What is this? Is it a hate crime? Domestic Abuse, or what? At the same...
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No Dice (A Detective Dave Mason Mystery Book 1)
by Mar Preston
No Dice is set in Santa Monica, California where a gaming goliath is trying to steamroller local opposition to building a glitzy casino complex on the shoreline. A real whodunit confronts Santa Monica police detective Dave Mason when a crucial city councilwoman is murdered on the eve of the vote bringing the gaming consortium another...
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