FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ashland, Or. July12, 2009
Mark Coggins, Hard-Boiled Bits and Bytes
Mystery author Mark Coggins, author of RUNOFF (Bleak House, 2007) and four other mysteries featuring private investigator August Riordan will speak and sign at Bookwagon New and Used Books in Ashland on FridayAugust 14, 2009 at 6pm.
August Riordan is a jazz-loving, San Francisco investigator in the style of Hammett and Chandler. The writing is spare and clean with flashes of humor and familiar cultural icons. Coggins writes the classic hard-boiled, brought up-to-date with the bits and bytes of hacking, stolen software, web camsand dot.com booms and busts. Thereâ€™s a great cast of characters who run the streets that Coggins describes & photographs so well.
Four August Riordan mysteries have been published and the newest, THE BIG WAKE-UP, is due fall 2009 from Bleak House. Coggins’ debut mystery, THE IMMORTAL GAME (1999) was a Penzler Pick and was nominated for a Shamus, Barry and IPPY. VULTURE CAPITAL was published in 2002 and was recognized as a defining portrayal of the dark side of Silicon Valley.
“Sourpuss secretaries, predatory professors, greedy gurus, sanctimonious shrinks , a well-crafted cast of characters, led by a smart-stepping shamus.”
“Riordan rides again! Candy from Strangers is an inventive novel in the classic San Francisco private-eye tradition.”
|CNBC said of the book, “a truer picture of Silicon Valley can’t be found,” and Salon.com, “VULTURE CAPITAL gives us Northern California in the 21st century, as noir as it ever was.” CANDY FROM STRANGERS was published in 2006 and RUNOFF in 2007.
Coggins spent years in the dot.comtrenches at Netscape, HP , VeriSign and several software startups before becoming a writer.
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The Ashland Mystery Readers Group also produces the cable access television show Ashland Mystery, rvtv noir, airing Wednesdays at 7:30 pm on Cable Channel 15 in Jackson and Josephine Counties. Now airing is the episode featuring Haila Williams, Acquisitions Editor for Blackstone Audiobooks in Ashland, Oregon, interviewed by Ed Battistella.
Ashland Mystery is sponsored in 2009 by Friends of the Ashland Public Library, Bookwagon New and Used Books, Standing Stone Brewing Company and Beverly&David Lively – The Party Place, and produced by the Ashland Mystery Readers Group. For more information contact Maureen Flanagan at 541-552-0743 or visit the groupâ€™s website www.booksandoldlace.com/