I'm an inveterate reader, fiction or non fiction, but as a writer, I was drawn to the crime genre. There's more open space and unsettled country there, fewer gatekeepers. Crime hooked me. Not so much for the whodunnit aspect, but more for the way I could take on morally ambiguous topics with their shades of gray. I was free to write whatever I wanted, as long as I delivered a good story with a beginning and end, and a reason for being. Narrative drive rules. I can understand writers chafing at the constant demand to go forward, but for a reader there are some positives, such as weeding out preaching and creating a page turner by keeping the story on track. I've written eleven crime novels, all set in their times. The first five--Shell Games, Night Games, Dead Game, Redback, and Die-Off--featured a California Fish and Game lieutenant protagonist, John Marquez, who ran an undercover team called the Special Operations Unit. I tried my hand at the big city detective with a San Francisco homicide inspector named Ben Raveneau in A Killing in China Basin, Counterfeit Road, and One Through The Heart. My most recent novels--Signature Wounds, Gone Dark, and No Hesitation--are Paul Grale stories. Grale is an FBI agent on the domestic terrorism squad in Las Vegas. For more, visit kirkrussellbooks.com or email me.Read more Read less
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