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Denver, CO
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I've been writing fiction for 25 years (all mystery-thriller stuff) and was finally published in 2007.

Antler Dust has had terrific reviews in the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Aspen Times and many others.

Said Stephen White (The Siege, Kill Me, many others): "The number of fine Colorado crime writers just increased by one. Mark Stevens shows the adept touch of a seasoned mystery writer and displays the avid affection of someone who knows and loves the mountain wilderness. Antler Dust is a wonderful, compelling debut-you won't find a fresher, more satisfying new voice."

"Antler Dust" is available via many independent bookstores in Colorado and through, Borders and Barnes & Noble. Anyone who likes outdoor stuff -- Nevada Barr for instance -- should check out "Antler Dust."

I'm the son of two librarians.

I was was raised in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

I worked as a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor in Boston and Los Angeles; The Rocky Mountain News in Denver; MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour; The Denver Post.

I now work in school public relations.
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Books And Authors I Like:
Patricia Highsmith
Elmore Leonard
Robert Crais
John Dunning
James M. Cain
Michael Connelly
Nevada Barr
Carl Hiassen
Lee Childs
Donna Leon
Lawrence Block
Ed McBain
Craig Johnson
CJ Box
Scott Turow
George Pelecanos
Dennis Lehane

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Planning Another Trip, Writing A Sequel

I swear on a stack of Edgar Award Winners that I never thought I would be writing a sequel to Antler Dust.

But I have two problems.

The first problem is that I have a good idea for what's next for the

main character, Allison Coil. I always thought that some series books

put the main character through too much. Detective main characters?

Sure, they can be subjected to a series of crimes and murders and

mayhem. But non-detective main characters? Probably… Continue

Posted on February 11, 2008 at 9:59am

Antler Dust - Top 10

OK, it's not the New York Times Notable Books list but it was

incredible to see Antler Dust on a best-of-2007 list, this one from Pop


Best of 2007 - Angela Wilson

10. The Adventures of Guy,…


Posted on January 13, 2008 at 5:25am

Connected Again - Found Her

We are back in touch. The female hunting guide who inspired

Antler Dust years ago still guides in The Flat Tops Wilderness Area on

the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. A woman I met during a

book signing in Glenwood Springs told me how to find her. She had moved

a few towns over but was listed in the phone book. I suppose if I had

hired a detective -- anybody know a good one? -- I could have found her

years ago. But I liked the way this worked out. Anyway, we… Continue

Posted on December 23, 2007 at 1:01am — 1 Comment

On Her Trail

Antler Dust is

based on a woman I met many years ago while my wife and I were on a

day-long horseback ride.

We were staying at this guest ranch for a week

and this guide was simply A-plus. She was knowledgeable, fun,

articulate, patient, and seemed to enjoy the outdoors in a way that was

simply off the charts. Nothing was routine, every vista was to…

Posted on November 5, 2007 at 12:18am

Book Review Web Sites

Another great review of Antler Dust was posted today on One wonderful sentence went like this:

"Antler Dust is a first-rate thriller. Though you know from the early

pages 'whodunit' the excitement is in the chase, which doesn't let up

until the very end."

And near the end, another nice one:

"Tight, straightforward writing and a never-let-up pace make Antler Dust

a superb debut novel for Stevens."

Hey, I love… Continue

Posted on October 10, 2007 at 12:29pm

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At 9:56am on October 25, 2010, Jerry Peterson said…
Mark . . . It is alive and well. I, too, have been away from Crimespace for the better part of 2 months. I'm now back. Starting tomorrow, I will be putting up a week of blog posts on Midwest mystery writers. I hope you will read and enjoy them.
At 8:06am on August 23, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Mark , 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 12:50am on March 1, 2008, Beth Groundwater said…
The Agatha Award winners will be announced at the Saturday evening banquet at the Malice Domestic conference the last weekend in April. Of course, I have to go, which means I'll be missing PPWC for the first time in years.
At 1:05pm on February 29, 2008, Beth Groundwater said…
Thanks for the congrats on my Agatha nomination! I've been flying high and having fun answering the emails.
At 9:06am on February 12, 2008, Debbi Mack said…
I can see what you mean about FRACTAL MURDERS, but gave it extra points for the unique premise and, of course, being set in and around lovely Boulder.

At 2:35am on February 12, 2008, Debbi Mack said…
My brother recommended the Bookman series by John Dunning, which takes place in Denver. Also, "The Fractal Murders" by Mark Cohen, which takes place in part on the Boulder campus of Univ. of Colo.

At 1:57am on February 12, 2008, Judy Nichols said…
Just looking for readers...aren't we all?
At 2:56pm on February 11, 2008, Mark Stevens said…

Thanks. I'd love to know what's on your brother's list & I'll put Cloud Atlas on the "serious fiction" (what's the diff?) TBR list. Cheers, Mark
At 1:57pm on February 11, 2008, Debbi Mack said…
Thanks, Mark. I like to mix my reading up a bit. Why limit yourself, when there are so many great books out there--mystery and non? I think people who say so-called "literary" fiction (whatever that is) isn't well-plotted simply haven't read the good ones. I love mysteries, but there's some amazing fiction out there that doesn't fit neatly into any genre.

"Cloud Atlas" is very different--like a set of short stories of different genres with a common thread running through them. Unusual book.

Congrats on getting your first book published. It sounds interesting. My brother lives in Boulder CO and has recommended mystery authors who write about that town and Denver. Now I can add another Coloradan to TBR list.

At 12:06pm on February 11, 2008, Liz Mugavero said…
Hi Mark, yes, I grew up in Methuen. I will definitely check your book out, thanks for letting me know about it!


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