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About Me:
I now mainly write mysteries set in Harlem during the 1920s. A former Associated Press News writer, I have lived and worked in New York, Washington DC and Little Rock, Arkansas, among other places. A native New Yorker, I also lived in Munich for 15 years as a writer and editor. More information about me can be found at my website:
I Am A:
Reader, Writer, Publisher, Editor
Books And Authors I Like:
J. California Cooper, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Somerset Maugham, Jake Lamar, Ernest J. Gaines
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Notorious (1946), Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Laura (1944), The Visitor (2008), and too many more to mention.

A Page-Turning Thriller Infused With Pockets of Romance

Darkness and the Devil Behind Me

Amazon Review: What's Done in the Dark Will Come to Light
Darkness and the Devil Behind Me by Persia Walker will capture your attention from the first page. Esther Todd, a talented and aspiring pianist, disappears into thin air on a cold December night. The investigation of her disappearance stalls after several dead ends. Her sister, Ruth, is determined to find out what happened.... Ruth appeals to Lanie Price, the crime reporter turned society columnist who initially covered Esther's story. Frustrated with the superficial lives of the elite that she covers in her column, Lanie cautiously agrees to help Ruth uncover the truth. Unfortunately, there are folks who would rather leave the past in the past and are willing to do anything, including murder, to make sure that happens.

Reviewed by M. P. McKinney
APOOO BookClub

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Making My eBook FREE

I've decided to make the digital version of Darkness and the Devil Behind Me available for free. It's only available through my website. It will stay free through the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's holidays. After that, I'm not sure. But for now, it's available for anyone who wants it.

Posted on November 27, 2008 at 5:41am

My New Addiction

I'm an addict. I admit it. Before the entire world, I admit it. I mean, it's sort of ironic, you know? I managed to live for years without being struck by anything so incredibly and stubbornly incurable, but then I took a fall ... and when I did, I fell hard.

To what am I addicted? 3D graphics.

It started innocuously enough. I decided to do my own book cover. Now, this can be a dangerous decision, but I really wanted to do it. I can say I even felt compelled to do it. And… Continue

Posted on April 12, 2008 at 1:30pm

A Wonderful Surprise

Yesterday, the doorbell rang unexpectedly. When I went to answer, I found a man from United Parcel Service. I was a bit skeptical. Okay, more than a bit. After all, I hadn't ordered anything. Being a crime writer, I wondered if this was a con. But still, I opened the door. The stranger dumped a small but heavy box into my arms and then stuck one of those electronic gizmos under my nose. I scribbled something that in no way resembles my signature, wished him a good day and went to examine the… Continue

Posted on March 29, 2008 at 4:33am — 1 Comment

Covering My Ears

It's been difficult to write today. It's been difficult to even think

coherently. Construction work is being done on the apartment directly

below us. I don't know what they're doing but the sounds of hammering

and dragging and drilling have gone on for hours. Sometimes, the whole

floor shakes. Sometimes, the sound moves from the floor below to the

ceiling above and it sounds as though a very big, very dead body is

being dragged across it. I suppose that walls are… Continue

Posted on December 10, 2007 at 4:30pm

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At 8:56pm on July 22, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Persia, 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 10:29am on November 14, 2008, Dana King said…
Thanks for the friend invite. Great tunes on your page, too. I've always been interested in period crime stories. Good luck, and I hope to bump into you here soon.
At 4:07am on October 17, 2008, Larry Beinhart said…
great "fotos?" of your characters. how did you do it?
At 1:44pm on October 15, 2008, Sara J. Henry said…
Persia, tried to order books from your website (tried both Firefox and IE) but wouldn't work - kept getting error messages.
At 3:45pm on August 5, 2008, Luis said…
Thanks for accepting my request. I enjoy history, places, and people, so your subject matter is interesting to me. Yours is probably not my typical reading material, and that is what intrigues me about your 1920's work.

Since I spend all of my working life on contemporary crime, I can see how rich that material is, but It's probably not as much fun to research than period work!

As far as Law and Order is concerned, I enjoy it as entertainment. But, criminal intent is the most like what I do and I find that it is well done, at least in my experience as an investigator and former trial lawyer.
At 3:49am on June 19, 2008, Richard M. Johnson said…

You are welcome. Really like your computer character layouts - The two I really like are RUTH (She's a babe) and the woman laying across the cover of the book. Very Cool.

Are you reading Blue Religion, or in it? I just got a copy two weeks ago at BEA but haven't had a chance to really look at it. But it's on the "To Be Read" stack

At 4:55am on May 29, 2008, Declan Burke said…
Hi Persia - Much obliged for the invite, ma'am, and thank you kindly. If you're interested in answering a Q&A for Crime Always Pays, please drop me a line at dbrodb(at) ... Cheers, Dec
At 2:07am on May 27, 2008, carole gill said…
Your page is lovely Persia.
it took me like a year to get mine the way I wanted it. for background--just put in something (tiled)--like an old dance hall or something-I chose Roseland Dance Hall actually! thanks for the compliment.
Love your book Harlem Redux. I feel I'm there. so atmospheric with a damned good plot.
At 8:19am on May 25, 2008, Liam said…
You're most welcome. And thank you for checking out Chasing the Dragon. It's the first chapter in the novel I'm shipping around to agents now.

Thinking of checking out some of your stuff as well. I'm planning to write a crime novel set in twenties New Orleans. I figure some of your old timey slang may be able to pour on a good coat of starting fluid for it.
At 10:50pm on May 16, 2008, Graham Matheson said…

Thanks for the friendship. Look forward to reading some of your stuff. I've just started Simon Spurrier's Contract and have three 4 feet high TBR piles at the moment!!!

Take care,

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