My story Deserted Cities of the Heart appears in Akashic’s St. Louis Noir just released August 2, 2016. Hope you’ll check it out. I’m honored to be among such a great group of writers. Edited by Scott Phillips.
“…[I]t’s no surprise that the most notable tales are the work of three genre veterans…” including “…‘Deserted Cities of the Heart,’ by Paul D. Marks (‘White Heat’), [which] charts the fall of loner Daniel Hayden after he meets femme fatale Amber Loy at the Gateway Arch.”
“Among my favorite stories in St. Louis Noir is one called ‘Deserted Cities of the Heart’ (by Paul D. Marks) in which a loner of an IT nerd with a security clearance is convinced to hack into a witness protection data base with disastrous results by the attractive young out-of-towner who suddenly comes into his life. …The bottom line: St. Louis Noir is another worthy addition to what is perhaps already the best series of short story collections to be published in decades.”
—Sam Sattler, Book Chase
“Joining Seattle, Memphis, Phoenix, and other noir outposts, St. Louis gets a turn to show its dark side in Phillips’ collection of 13 dark tales and a poetic interlude…[A] spirited, black-hearted collection.”
Praise for VORTEX:
…a nonstop staccato action noir… Vortex lives up to its name, quickly creating a maelstrom of action and purpose to draw readers into a whirlpool of intrigue and mystery… but be forewarned: once picked up, it’s nearly impossible to put down before the end.
— D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Noir, Thy Name is Paul D. Marks.
Marks is an authority on all things noir and L.A., and he knows how to give this contemporary tale the kick of a double shot of whiskey straight up. Chandler and Cain have found their heir.
—Jon Bloch, Criminologist and author of “Identity Thief” and “Shadow Language”
This fast pace book keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire ride. There are a lot of twist and turns; you’ll become obsessed with who has “the stash” and if Zach is going to live long enough to find the answer.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good mystery. I look forward to reading the authors other books.
—Cathy Carey, UnderratedReads.com
Paul’s short story Howling at the Moon is nominated for both an Anthony Award and a Macavity Award for Best Short Story. Click here to read a free copy.