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Spotlight On Indie Author Alan Cook
indie author Alan Cook
    

After spending more than a quarter of a century as a pioneer in the computer industry, Alan Cook is well into his second career as a writer. Primarily a mystery/suspense writer, he has published three novels in the Carol Golden series, Dangerous Wind,, Forget to Remember and Relatively Dead. He now has a Young Adult adventure, Dancing with Bulls, beautifully illustrated by Janelle Carbajal.

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Honeymoon for Three

It is 1964, 10 years after Gary Blanchard’s high school adventures in The Hayloft. He and his love, Penny, are going on the trip of their lives, and, oh yes, they’re getting married along the way. What they don’t know is that they’re being stalked by Alfred, a high school classmate of Penny who has a bellybutton fetish.

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Hotline to Murder

Tony Schmidt joins the Central Hotline in sunny Bonita Beach, California to improve his listening skills. Shahla Lawton joins the Hotline to fulfill a volunteering requirement for her high school. Neither one expects to get mixed up in a murder investigation. But that is before Shahla's best friend is found murdered, and there may be a connection to the weirdos who call the Helpline.

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Forget to Remember

Carol Golden isn't her real name. She doesn't remember her real name or anything that happened before she was found in a Dumpster, naked and unconscious, on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California. After helping her get some initial medical treatment, government at all levels officially declares her a non-person and doesn't want anything more to do with her. She can't work because she doesn't have a Social Security number, which she can't get because she doesn't have a birth certificate. She can't get a driver's license, and, having no I.D. she can't fly.

Fortunately, she receives help from Rigo Ramirez, the young man who found her, and his family. Frances Moran, a genetic genealogist who is an expert at identifying and finding people using DNA and the Internet, offers her services, but nobody appears to be looking for Carol. Nobody, that is, except whoever left her for dead. Is this person going to return to finish the job?

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Relatively Dead

Carol Golden has recovered her identity (lost in Forget to Remember) if not her memory, and she sets out to find some relatives. However, she discovers that they seem to be targeted for murder. Someone is working the grandparent scam on her own grandmother, and there is also a Ponzi scheme afoot, and all these may be related to her cousins in some way. She has to travel from her home in North Carolina to California and then on to Edinburgh, watching her back at all times because she may be also targeted for murder.

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Catch a Falling Knife

In the second book of the Lillian Morgan series (Thirteen Diamonds was the first) Lillian, a retired math professor, is jolted out of her serene life in a North Carolina retirement community when Mark, her granddaughter's boyfriend, is accused of sexual harassment soon after he starts his first college teaching job. This is followed by a murder, with Mark a key suspect. And there appears to be a connection to a strip club near the campus.

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Thirteen Diamonds

Lillian Morgan, a retired mathematics professor who can remember any number but not what she did yesterday, is resigned to living a boring life when Gerald Weiss, a Nobel-prize-winning Economist and fellow resident of Silver Acres Retirement Community starts choking and then dies during a weekly meeting of the bridge club. Gerald was holding a bridge hand of 13 diamonds when he died, which gets Lillians's interest because it's rarer than winning the lottery.

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The Hayloft

The Hayloft: a 1950s mystery features bobby sox, slow dancing, the communist conspiracy, bomb shelters, and a murder in a high school. Gary Blanchard gets kicked out of one school at the start of his senior year and has to transfer to another, only to find out that his cousin who died in the school six months before may have met with foul play.

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Aces and Knaves

Karl Patterson, sometime baseball card dealer without visible means of support, doesn't get along all that well with his father, even though he lives in the guest house of his dad's estate on the Palos Verdes Peninsula near Los Angeles rent free. So he is surprised when Richard Patterson, who is founder and CEO of a successful software company called Dionysus, asks for his help to determine whether the number 2 man of Dionysus, Ned Mackay, has a gambling problem.

Perhaps it's because Karl may or may not be a compulsive gambler, himself, depending on whom you ask. Richard assigns his executive assistant, the exotic and ambitious Arrow, to work with Karl. She appears to have some blood from every ethnic group you can name, and the best of each. She helps Karl connect with Ned, and Karl wangles an invitation to fly with him to San Francisco, which brings up the question of what Ned's relationship is to James Buchanan, a puzzling person who likes puzzles, runs what appears to be an illegal gambling casino, and is CEO of a San Francisco conglomerate that owns a piece of just about everything worth owning.

Before Karl can make any progress, Ned is found dead in San Francisco with cocaine in his car. Karl is questioned by the San Francisco police, and now finds himself trying to determine what happened to Ned, and what effect this will have on his father and Dionysus. Questions about James remain, because he seems to want to gain control of Dionysus, and may help Karl buy an expensive baseball card. Events keep Karl involved long after his father wants him out. Before he's through, he'll be a frequent flyer between L.A. and San Francisco, with sidetrips to Scotland and England. He will have to learn how to work with Arrow, get along with Jacie, Richard's young wife, try to improve his relationship with his father, and--if he wants to survive--watch his back.

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Run into Trouble

Former undercover agents Drake and Melody are teamed to run a race along the California Coast for a prize of a million dollars--in 1969 when a million is worth something. The stakes increase when startling events produce fatalities and lead them to ask whether the Cold War with the USSR is about to heat up. Can they prevent the worst from happening while they keep running?

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Dancing with Bulls

Matthew and Mason are on vacation in Greece with their parents. While exploring the ruins at Knossos Palace on the island of Crete, they wander off and suddenly find themselves at Knossos in its prime, 4,000 years ago, when the Minoans were in power. Captured by guards, they barely escape execution and are forced to join a team of slaves who are training as bull dancers. That means they have to dance with a live bull in front of Minoan royalty. Mason is picked to be a bull leaper along with a girl named Bracche. They have to vault onto the bull's back and off again without getting gored. Will they be able to survive this ordeal, and is there any chance they can escape and take the other members of their team with them?

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Dangerous Wind

In the third Carol Golden novel, Carol is abducted from Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she lives with her grandmother and is thrown into an adventure that will take her to all seven continents. It involves a former boyfriend she doesn’t remember (because of her amnesia), who is trying to bring about the “downfall of the Western World” according to people in power. While Carol is hunting for the bad guys she has to sort out the truth and figure out who they really are. But she isn’t prepared for the shocking answer.

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