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St. Paul, MN
About Me:
My debut police procedural, White Tombs, featuring Homicide Detective John Santana, was released in March 2008. White Tombs won the Reader Views Choice Award for Best Mystery and the Garcia Award for Best Fiction. The second book in the police procedural series entitled "The Black Minute" was released in September 2009. It also won the Reader Views Best Mystery of the Year and the Linda Goldman Award for Best Novel. The third novel in the series, "Bad Weeds Never Die," was released on September 1, 2011. It was chosen as 2011 Best Mystery/Thriller by both Reader Views and Rebecca's Reads. The fourth book in the John Santana series, Bone Shadows, will be released on October 1, 2012. For more information go to Also, visit his blog, Probable Cause, at http:/
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Books And Authors I Like:
Anything by James Lee Burke, Michael Connelly, Lee Child and John Connolly
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
I don't watch much TV, but I do enjoy watching Dexter on the Showtime network, Bill Maher on HBO and John Stewart and Steven Colbert on Comedy Central.
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Ten Notable Crimes In 2010

The notable crime stories of 2010 include foreign and American-born terrorists, collegiate and professional athletes, a college professor, the disturbing and ever-increasing problem of bullying, and the satisfying arrest of the man long suspected of having committed a similar murder. I’ve limited my selections to those crimes that actually occurred in 2010, but as always, there are far more notable crimes than there is space to list them.


On January 14, 15-year-old Phoebe…


Posted on December 18, 2010 at 1:14am

Cover-Up at Guantánamo

Late in the evening on June 9, 2006, three prisoners at Guantánamo Bay reportedly committed suicide. A fascinating article written by Scott Horton that will appear in the March 2009 edition of Harper’s Magazine, questions the government’s account of what actually occurred that night, and has the makings of a blockbuster Hollywood movie similar to “A Few Good Men.”

According to Horton, the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which has primary investigative jurisdiction within… Continue

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 8:08am

Officer Down

140 police officers in the United States died in the line of duty in 2008, a 14% decrease from 2007 when 181 officers died, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The 181 deaths in 2007 temporarily reversed a downward trend that had begun in 1980 when a record 205 officers died in the line of duty. Law enforcement officials attribute the decrease to better training, bulletproof vests and the use of tasers. But better training and equipment has not prevented a 20% jump… Continue

Posted on September 10, 2009 at 12:48am — 5 Comments

CSI Myths

The use of forensics in television dramas has created a legal phenomenon known as the “CSI effect.” Jurors today often view forensics as gospel based on what they see on their favorite shows. The August issue of Popular Mechanics magazine attempts to dispel some myths in a cover story entitled, “The Truth About Forensics”.

In real life, many forensic labs are understaffed and have a huge backlog of requests for services. Some state and city forensic departments have mishandled… Continue

Posted on August 10, 2009 at 8:31am

Sick Child or Sick Parent

When a child is very sick, most parents never hesitate to take the child to a doctor for treatment. But what if your 13-year-old Daniel Hauser, who is diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and your mother decides, based on her religious beliefs, that alternative medicines would be better than chemotherapy for treating your life threatening condition?

Fortunately for Daniel Hauser, a Minnesota judge saw the issue differently. He ruled that Daniel was "medically neglected" and… Continue

Posted on May 23, 2009 at 10:00am

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At 8:55am on January 4, 2012, Beth Groundwater said…

Hi Christopher,

Thanks for befriending this fellow crime fiction author here on Crimespace!

At 9:10am on June 10, 2011, J. F. Juzwik said…
Thanks so much for the ad, Christopher.  Joyce
At 10:19am on November 29, 2010, Cathryn Grant said…
Nice to meet you. I haven't seen the latest Dexter season, I wait for Netflix and gorge on it over the course of 3 weeks.
At 11:53pm on November 14, 2010, Robin Jarossi said…
Thanks, Christopher. I am into procedurals and will check out Santana. Best regards, Robin
At 6:58am on October 23, 2009, Jon Loomis said…
And thanks for the ad, Chris. The forum is (almost) always fun!
At 2:10pm on September 9, 2009, Daniel Hatadi said…
Hi Christopher,

You should be able to add the extra video promo code directly after the previous one. Just make sure that each of them begin with a 'less than' and end with a 'greater than' sign.

At 1:49am on July 20, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Christopher, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 11:04am on May 24, 2009, Tom Cooke said…
Thank you so much for adding me as a friend. I've enjoyed reading your comments on this site and feel privileged to be added.
At 1:12am on November 19, 2008, Dennis Leppanen said…
Hi Christopher,

Thanks for the invite. Look forward to White Tomb. Have always been a John Sanford fan.
At 1:56am on August 28, 2008, Christopher Valen said…
You're welcome. CrimeSpace is an excellent website that generates good discussions and feedback. I've been very busy promoting my police procedural White Tombs (just added an event post for New Mexico) and working on the next book in the series. Never seems to be enough time in the day.

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