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
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 cams
and dot.com booms and busts. There’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
"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
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 to equal
Born in New Mexico in 1957,
Mark Coggins earned two degrees and a Phi Beta Kappa Key from
Stanford University. Coggins spent years in the dot.com trenches
at Netscape, HP, VeriSign and several software startups before
becoming a writer.
mysteries are my favorite...
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 and
webcast at the same time from RogueTV.org. 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 group’s website
Coggins reads from The Big Wakeup in this 2009 excerpt from Ashland
Mystery rvtv noir.