“Paul D. Marks’ Broken Windows is extraordinary…While the plot is both fascinating and timely, the real beauty of Broken Windows lies in Paul D. Marks’ gorgeous authorial voice.”
—Betty Webb / Mystery Scene Magazine
“Marks expertly drops readers (returning and new) into Duke’s world—1994 Los Angeles—from the start, and the prologue is a doozy. In it, a young woman climbs to the top of the Hollywood sign and jumps off. The scene isn’t exploitative, but it is realistic and heart-wrenching in its realism…Although it’s set in 1994, it’s eerie how timely this story is. There’s an undeniable feeling of unease that threads through the narrative, which virtually oozes with the grit, glitz, and attitude of L.A. in the ’90s. I’m an ecstatic new fan of Duke’s.”
—Kristin Centorcelli / Criminal Element
“This electrifying novel will jolt your sensibilities, stir your conscience and give every reader plenty of ammunition for the next mixed group where the I-word is spoken!”
–John Dwaine McKenna / The Mysterious Book Report
“Fans of downbeat PI fiction will be satisfied…with Shamus Award winner Marks’s solid sequel to…White Heat.”
While the storm rages over California’s notorious anti-illegal alien Proposition 187, a young woman climbs to the top of the famous Hollywood sign—and jumps to her death. An undocumented day laborer is murdered. And a disbarred and desperate lawyer in Venice Beach places an ad in a local paper that says: “Will Do Anything For Money.”
Private investigator Duke Rogers takes on the case of Carlos, the murdered day-laborer, as a favor to his sister Marisol, the housekeeper down the street from Duke’s house.
Duke, and his very unPC partner, Jack, must figure out what ties together these seemingly unrelated incidents. Their mission catapults them through a labyrinth of murder, intrigue and corruption of church, state and business that hovers around the immigration debate. Along the way we explore the fiery immigration controversy from all sides and no one escapes unscathed in this searing sequel to the explosive Shamus Award-winning novel White Heat.
Paul D. Marks is the author of “White Heat,” which won the prestigious Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. Publishers Weekly calls “White Heat” a “taut crime yarn.” “Broken Windows,” the sequel, is being released on 9/10/18. His story “Ghosts of Bunker Hill” was voted #1 in the 2016 Ellery Queen Readers Poll. “Bunker Hill Blues” came in #6 in the 2017 Readers Poll. “Howling at the Moon” (EQMM 11/14) was short-listed for both the 2015 Anthony and Macavity Awards. Midwest Review calls his novella Vortex “…a nonstop staccato action noir.” The anthology “Coast to Coast: Private Eyes from Sea to Shining Sea,” co-edited by Marks, is nominated for an Anthony Award. And his story from it, “Windward,” has been selected for the “The Best American Mystery Stories of 2018” (fall 2018), edited by Louise Penny & Otto Penzler and has also been nominated for a 2018 Shamus Award and won the 2018 Macavity Award for Best Short Story.