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Minneapolis, Minnesota
About Me:
I'm an English Lit major who's worked with computer systems and networks for over twenty years. I read books on history, nature and animals, and fiction, mainly mysteries. I live with my wife, Cathy, and two cats---one who thinks he’s a dog and the other who thinks he’s a rooster.

I study and used to teach wing chun kung fu, and study Chen style tai chi chuan.

My debut mystery novel "Death Roll" (with Marilyn Victor) was published this year. It features the first zoologist sleuth in Lavender "Snake" Jones.
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Books And Authors I Like:
"Captain Blood" by Raphael Sabatini (1922) is one of my favorite books of all times. A swashbucker. Full of wit and adventure. I re-read it every few years.
"The Crooked Hinge" by John Dickson Carr (1938) My favorite book by one of the great mystery authors of all time. I have a fondness for the authors from the Golden Age. Carr is still my favorite mystery writer.
"Murder on the Orient Express" by Agatha Christie (1934). Brilliant concept, executed with style.
"The Maltest Falcon" by Dashiell Hammet (1930). The quintessential American P.I. novel.
"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens. Powerful book written by one of the greats.
"Seabiscuit: An American Legend" by Laura Hillenbrand (2001). Perhaps the best book I've read in the last twenty years. Wonderfully written story about a fascinating group of men and an amazing horse who was one of the greatest atheletes of the Twentieth Century. Hillenbrand writes this history like a novel, putting you in the jockey's saddle with breathtaking prose. The movie didn't do the story justice.
"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The master.
There are many contemporary authors whose works I enjoy but I hesitate to list some here for concern about omitting the works of acquaintences.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
"The Maltese Falcon" with Humphrey Bogart. (1941. The perfect detective film.
"The Thin Man" with William Powell (1934) Another Hammet book made into an excellent film.
"The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) My favoirte movie of all time.
"The Guns of Navarone" (1961) Best WW II action movie ever made.

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Publishing News

KILLER INSTINCT will go to press in two weeks. I've posted the final cover. I'm really happy with how this book turned out.

My short story BREAKFAST WITH TIFFANY is in the holiday anthology WHY DID SANTA LEAVE A BODY? from North Star Press, which has been out for two months.

My short story BOO! will appear in Anne Frasier's Halloween mystery anthology DEADLY TREATS coming out in September 2011 by Nodin Press.

Posted on November 29, 2010 at 1:30pm


The second Snake Jones zoo mystery, KILLER INSTINCT, has been sold to Five Star Publishing. No publication date set. KILLER INSTINCT takes Snake into the forests of northern Minnesota to investigate the killing of four gray wolves and murder.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 1:43pm

Death Roll Audio Book

Last week Death Roll was released in audio book form by Books in Motion. I wasn't expecting it to come out till sometime in 2009. Nice surprise! I've listened to the first two chapters. There's something about hearing a professional actor read your words--adding life and texture to them--which is always a thrill.

Posted on November 15, 2008 at 6:52am

Resort to Murder

Happy day. "Resort to Murder," a new anthology published by the Minnesota Crime Wave hit the bookstores this week. It was sweet to see it on the stands at Barnes and Noble. I'm thrilled to have my story "Bird of Prey" included. The anthology is the follow up to the very successful "The Silence of the Loons." RTM features thirteen stories written by Minnesota authors set a resorts in the state.

For those who do not know, The Minnesota Crime Wave are: William Kent Krueger, Ellen Hart,…


Posted on September 14, 2007 at 8:58am

Murder Can Be A Zoo

That's the name of the New Book piece that was just published in the current issue of Mystery Scene Magazine. That's issue # 100, rather momentous, a nice bit of luck. The article refers to how animals are being used more and more in mystery stories these days. Not only does this reflect a greater senstivity toward animals by society at large, but a larger understanding of their importance not only to the planet but to the way they enrich our lives. This love of animals is why Marilyn Victor…


Posted on July 13, 2007 at 2:37pm

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At 10:16am on January 4, 2008, bruceforester said…
That is I trhink the point. Life constantly interferes with our passions. We all try try try and some do it.. Most can not Can I . I do not know. BruceF
At 3:37pm on January 3, 2008, Mari Sloan said…
I see you had Denise Hamilton at your conference, too. When I met Denise at the LA Festival of Books, I'd just finished reading her book, purchased by me at the local drug store. I gushed! You ARE what I want to be! I told her. I want someone to be able to buy my book at Longs, someday!

She's a sweetheart. She gave me a bookbag. LOLOL

Since then I've met, and spoken with, several of the San Francisco authors who are also GREAT writers. Cara Black, Laurie R. King, Tim Maleeny and Steve Brewer all came down for the California Mystery Writers/SinC/LA Christmas party and I find myself buying and reading about as many books as I'm selling right now. Laurie R. King is an incredible writer, (To Play the Fool) and I have Cara Black's book in the line-up. If I don't stop buying books I'll have a hard time finishing my sequel. I like having the opportunity to read wonderful new fiction as well as writing.
At 3:16pm on January 3, 2008, Mari Sloan said…
I'm VERY lucky! I get to hug Sue Ann once a month, at the SinC/LA meeting here. To see a picture of one of my Sue Ann hugs, check out the the pictures from the LA Festival of Books on www.beaufortfalls.com . You can't BE luckier than to have Sue Ann around.

I've been to your website and I'm going back now to check out the photos. Thanks!

At 1:43pm on January 3, 2008, Mari Sloan said…
Actually I wasn't in Austrailia, just here in SoCal. I was fudging on time zones since Crimespace is run by an Austrailian. I WISH I could have had that exciting a New Years! Sue Ann Rocks! i'm in the last couple of chapters of Holy Pail right now and I'm glad that I know Odelia has to be around for another book. She is just too human for words! I keep fussing at her--every chapter reminding her that there is a police department for a reason! She is WAY too trusting!

It's great meeting you and having the opportunity to get to know you. My father was a veternarian and I love animals, probably my favorite pet so far being my Maine Coon cat, the brightest animal who has ever owned me. Spooky talks, comes when he's called, follows directions, (when he forgets he is supposed to be coy) and in many ways is more like the typical dog with CAT kewl. He is a good animal who tries to do what we ask of him and copes with being a big cat in a studio apartment pretty well. My husband and I adore him. He has his own page on our webpage, if you get a chance, take a look. www.beaufortfalls.com .He's probably not full blooded--we found him as a kitten, but he typlifies the breed extremely well. I have hundreds of pictures of him and he has a major role as a character in my sequel, so you know I'm a doting parent...and a strange writer. LOL. Anyway, sorry to ramble....
:-) Mari
At 5:48am on November 7, 2007, Eddie Vincent said…
Hi Michael,
I was at Waterville for author day, I came with the designers of your book cover. It was a nice time, but it was hot out.
I hope you were happy with you cover.

At 2:27pm on August 22, 2007, Julie Hyzy said…
Hi Michael - I recognized your name from the Five Star Yahoo board. Sounds like you're having a great time with DEATH ROLL. Congrats!
At 1:27pm on August 19, 2007, Gemma Halliday said…
Thanks, Michael! I'd love to say I had anything to do with my covers, but it's all my publisher. :)
Nice to meet you!

At 1:50am on August 9, 2007, Lyn LeJeune said…
I'm going to your website because I love thriller with animals. I'm reading Water for Elephants Now and it makes you cry in places about how circus people have treated animals. My cause, though, is libraries. My book, The Beatitudes, is a paranormal thriller set in New Orleans. It will be out in the fall and I am donating all royalties directly to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation. Libraries support the infrastructure of a great city, so I have started The Beatitudes Network to promote awareness of the importance of public libraries in NOLA.
The blogsite www.beatitudesinneworleans.blogspot.com describes the Network, has excerpts from The Beatitudes, recipes, and more. Merci mille fois. Lyn Lejeune.
Writers, please pass the word…..it’s for a good cause….don’t let the libraries of New Orleans or the US go the way of The Great Library of Alexandria.
At 9:48pm on August 8, 2007, Jeff Markowitz said…
Michael -

I had a great time talking in Waterville. Continued success.

At 10:29am on July 28, 2007, Eric Stone said…
Thanks. Things do seem to be moving along. Congratulations on your book coming out this year. It's beginning to look like I'll be in Minneapolis on my book tour - probably around October 22 or thereabouts. I'll let you know when I'm about to show up.

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