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Computer expert turned author, Alan writes mysteries, children's stories and books about walking, as well as articles and poetry.

    

My mother and grandmother wrote articles and poetry, so it's no surprise that I took after them. My preferred area for fiction is the mystery, since I am an avid puzzle solver, but I have also done a number of long walks (the coast of California, Los Angeles to Denver, and the UK End-to-End from John O'Groats to Land's End) and write on walking as well. I live on a hilltop in Southern California with my wife.

 

Birth Place: Buffalo, NY 

Accomplishments: Alan's Poem, "Librarian" has won the 2013 President's Award for the Torrance Shakespeare Poetry Contest; Alan's mystery, "Run into Trouble" has won a Silver Quill award from the American Authors Association and been named best Pacific West book by Reader Views. Alan's mystery, "Honeymoon for Three," has won 2 awards. It has received a Silver Quill Award from the American Authors Association and been named Best Mountain West Book by Reader Views. Alan's book, "Walking the World: Memories and Adventures," has been named "One of the Top 10 Walking Memoirs and Tales of Long Walks" by walking.about.com. His short story, "Hot Days, Cold Nights," appears in the Jeffery Deaver edited anthology, "A Hot and Sultry Night for Crime." It is available to read free here.
     



Books

Hit that Blot: A Carol Golden Novel by Alan Cook
Carol Golden gets a frantic call on the crisis hotline where she volunteers, and this leads her into the seamy world of tournament backgammon....
  

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Pictureland: A Matthew and Mason Adventure by Alan Cook
Matthew and Mason are off on another adventure in a dystopian world....
  

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Dancing with Bulls: A Matthew and Mason Adventure by Alan Cook
While on a vacation at Knossos Palace in Crete, Matthew and Mason are spirited back 4,000 years ago to the Minoan civilization where they have to dance with a bull...
  

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Forget to Remember: A Carol Golden Novel by Alan Cook
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. ...
  

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Relatively Dead: A Carol Golden Novel by Alan Cook
The second Carol Golden mystery. (Forget to Remember is the first.)...
  

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Dangerous Wind: A Carol Golden Novel by Alan Cook
Amnesia victim Carol Golden has to help find a boyfriend she doesn't remember who is trying to cause the "downfall of the Western World."...
  

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Aces and Knaves by Alan Cook
Karl Patterson is surprised when his father, founder of a successful software company comes to him for help, and he doesn't realize what he's getting into....
  

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Run into Trouble by Alan Cook
Winner of 2009 Silver Quill award from the American Authors Association and named best Pacific West book by Reader Views. Drake and Melody are one of 10 teams entered in a race along the coast of California for a prize of a million dollars--in 1969 during the Cold War. But is the Cold War about to heat up? Watch the video trailer here: (eBook)
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Hotline to Murder by Alan Cook
“I like the characters…as well as the Hotline for the setting. This is a great mystery.” 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 Sh...
  

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Honeymoon for Three by Alan Cook
Winner Silver Quill award from American Author's Association and Best Mountain West book from Readers Views. 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...
  

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The Hayloft: a 1950s mystery by Alan Cook
Bobby sox, slow dancing, bomb shelters—and murder. Within two weeks after starting his senior year of high school in the 1950s, Gary Blanchard finds himself kicked out of one school and attending another—the school where his cousin, Ralph, mysteriously died six months before. Ralph’s death was labeled an accident, but when Gary talks to people about it, he gets suspicious. Did Ralph fall from the...
  

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Thirteen Diamonds by Alan Cook
Retired math professor Lillian Morgan gets suspicious when a fellow resident of her retirement community drops dead at the bridge table with an unbelievable hand of 13 diamonds....
  

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Catch a Falling Knife by Alan Cook
When her granddaughter's boyfriend gets accused of sexual harassment during his first teaching job, retired math professor Lillian Morgan springs to his defense....
  

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Walking the World: Memories and Adventures by Alan Cook
Named one of the Top 10 Walking Memoirs and Tales of Long Walks, by walking.about.com “As Tolkien said, not all who wander are lost. Alan Cook is a walker who is always on the Road to Somewhere. (He) inspires us walkers to get moving on our own adventures. My chief reaction to the book is jealousy. I want to lace up my walking shoes and go exploring.” —Wendy Bumgardner, Walking Guide at wa...
  

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Freedom's Light: Quotations from History's Champions of Freedom by Alan Cook
Quotations from the world's leading champions of freedom, including the founders of the United States of America....
  

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Short Stories

Honey's Murder
 by Alan Cook
When Sylvia's granddaughter asks her about an old notebook with newspaper clippings, it takes her back to her reporter days in the free-for-all sixties....


Glow of Christmas--Matthew and Mason Mystery
 by Alan Cook
What if the glow of Christmas comes from your neighbor's house that's on fire?...


Freedom Sneezes--Matthew and Mason Mystery
 by Alan Cook
What kinds of freedoms are guaranteed by the Bill of Rights? See quotations in my book, "Freedom's Light: Quotations from History's Champions of Freedom."...


Antietam Adventure--Matthew and Mason Adventure
 by Alan Cook
Matthew and Mason trace the route of their ancestor at the Civil War battle of Antietam, not knowing that they will be called upon to save his regiment from disaster....


Echo's Story--Matthew and Mason Adventure
 by Alan Cook
Echo tells what happened between her, Zeus, Hera and Narcissus. See also "Echo and Narcissus" under Poetry....


Dam, The--Matthew and Mason Mystery
 by Alan Cook
M&M Mystery #3. When Mason's friend who has cerebral palsy disappears, Mason thinks he may have an idea as to what happened to her....


Case of the Missing Presidents, The--Matthew and Mason Mystery
 by Alan Cook
M&M Mystery No. 1. When money disappears from the school cafeteria cash register, Mason discovers a clue and gets help from Matthew to solve the case....


Secret of Nim--Matthew and Mason Mystery
 by Alan Cook
M&M Mystery No. 5. When Mason sees Sue Ellen disappear from the school yard, he and Matthew are off on the adventure of their lives, with a mathematical twist. (Appendix on winning at Nim at the end.)...


Homerun--Matthew and Mason Mystery
 by Alan Cook
M&M Mystery No. 2. Matthew helps Tank Thompson get the baseball with which he set a homerun record, so when it disappears, Matthew feels obligated to help find it....


Over the Cliff--Matthew and Mason Mystery
 by Alan Cook
M&M Mystery #4. Matthew discovers a boy clinging to the side of a cliff and learns that he was pushed....


Cashbox--Matthew and Mason Mystery
 by Alan Cook
M&M Mystery No. 6. What would you do if you found a box full of money?...


Schedule C
 by Alan Cook
An IRS mystery....


Little Willie Chews the Scenery
 by Alan Cook
Little Willie poems were written long ago and tell about gruesome happenings. Does life imitate art here?...


Hollywood's Burning
 by Alan Cook
It's 1961 Los Angeles and people are dying by the ocean--and then there are the photographs and the fire. Although this is a work of fiction, the fire was real....


Have a Nice Knife
 by Alan Cook
Jamie Stern, cub reporter for the Palos Verdes Press, is lucky enough to be close by when billionaire Stephen Mack's body is discovered in his mansion. With the help of Arthur Brandon, the mystery wr...


Red Dress
 by Alan Cook
When Priscilla looks for a fellow hedge fund trader who is missing, she finds out he may be the victim of a sex scam she is well familiar with....


Freeway Exit
 by Alan Cook
Oh, those Los Angeles freeways. What a way to go!...


Moon Over Murder
 by Alan Cook
A teenage boy in the 1950s gets a dream summer job working in a restaurant beside a lake, owned by his aunt and uncle. It doesn't hurt that three pretty female cousins are waitresses and that they li...


Hot Days, Cold Nights
 by Alan Cook
Originally published in the Jeffery Deaver anthology, "A Hot and Sultry Night for Crime."...


Good Woman, A
 by Alan Cook
John Webster doesn't think he's a stalker. He's just in love. But after he appears in court, strange things start to happen....


Human Touch, A
 by Alan Cook
Let's hope the future isn't like this....


Chemist and the Farmgirl, The
 by Alan Cook
Two struggling graduate students meet at the University of Michigan during the depression. For more on Gerhard and Lura, see "How My Parents Got Rich--And How You Can Too" in Articles....


Murder in Lingerie
 by Alan Cook
Aura isn't expecting any excitement during her shift working at an upscale department store, but......


First Kiss
 by Alan Cook
When you're a junior in high school, everybody assumes that you've kissed a girl--even in the fifties....


Compute This
 by Alan Cook
Return with us now to those days of big computers in icy rooms with raised floors. But wait--something is terribly wrong......



Poetry

Berlin Wall (1961-1989)
 by Alan Cook
Watch and listen to a Berlin Wall graffiti animated version by Reallusion on YouTube. Link below poem. ...


Librarian
 by Alan Cook
Winner of the President's Award for the Torrance, California Shakespeare competition 2013...


Limericks--Lady from France
 by Alan Cook
Limericks are 5 line poems, usually racy. Here are some about the lady from France....


Minotaur, The
 by Alan Cook
For a different take on life in ancient Crete, see my young adult beautifully illustrated book, "Dancing with Bulls."...


Bull Leaper
 by Alan Cook
Also see my young adult beautifully illustrated book, "Dancing with Bulls."...


Witchcraft
 by Alan Cook
Who among us has not been under the spell of another?...


Mermaid
 by Alan Cook
Haven't we all been seduced by an impossible vision?...


Poet's Lament
 by Alan Cook
There are more poets in the world than there are people who read poetry. What can we do about it?...


Amy Anne Diane
 by Alan Cook
A poem about my ancestor....


Clarence High School Alma Mater
 by Alan Cook
I wrote the alma mater for my high school in 1951. Entered and won a contest for the words--got $10. Still the alma mater....


Corporal Ed Lincoln, 23rd New York
 by Alan Cook
My great grandfather, Lansing Edgar Lincoln (1842-1916), fought in the Civil War. Also see my adventure story, "Antietam Adventure."...


Can-Can
 by Alan Cook
I first saw Can-Can on Broadway with the original cast, including Gwen Verdon and Lilo (whew!). Saw a revival recently in which we were asked to make up our own lyrics. Here are mine....


Eyeful
 by Alan Cook
The 2 sections of this poem are based on actual media reports. One I believe was the subject of a letter to Ann Landers....


Olympians, The
 by Alan Cook
A salute to the athletes who particpate in the Olympic Games...


Hugs
 by Alan Cook
This is the hugging generation. Enjoy!...


Echo and Narcissus
 by Alan Cook
The Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus. For Echo's side of the story, see also, "Echo's Story" under Stories....


Holy Summer Day
 by Alan Cook
Watch out for those trainee priests!...


Old Codger
 by Alan Cook
We all grow older, but we don't have to grow older gracefully....


Risk
 by Alan Cook


Ratings
 by Alan Cook
We've all done it....


Your Smile
 by Alan Cook


Freedom Goes Softly
 by Alan Cook
Like the frog in the pot of water slowly being heated, we may not realize what's going on until it's too late....


Keep on Truckin'
 by Alan Cook
Written before "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell, but I think it expresses one of his themes quite nicely....


Global Warming
 by Alan Cook


Topless Lass
 by Alan Cook
Well, what would you do?...



Articles

A Blog on a Blot: Backgammon Anyone?
 by Alan Cook
My new mystery/suspense novel, "Hit that Blot," has a backgammon theme. Does anybody still play the game?...


Are We in Dystopia Yet?
 by Alan Cook
Does my new book, "Pictureland," sound like the world we're living in?...


Are You Normal? Do You Want to Be?
 by Alan Cook
What is the meaning of the word "normal?" Do you want to be normal?...


James Bond and Me--and a Few Other People
 by Alan Cook
My story is included in the anthology, Ice Cold , along with 19 best-selling authors....


Blaze a Trail: Do Something Nobody Else Has Done
 by Alan Cook
What have you done that nobody else has done?...


Internet Backgammon (9 of 9) Glossary
 by Alan Cook
Glossary of backgammon terms...


Internet Backgammon (8 of 9) Playing the Microsoft Computer Backgammon Prog
 by Alan Cook
How to beat the Microsoft Computer Backgammon Program...


Internet Backgammon (7 of 9) Psychology
 by Alan Cook
Make your opponent think you're going to destroy him....


Internet Backgammon (6 of 9) Using the Doubling Cube
 by Alan Cook
You can gamble without risking a cent....


Internet Backgammon (5 of 9) Bearing Off
 by Alan Cook
Get those checkers off the board before your opponent does....


Internet Backgammon (4 of 9) Game Strategy
 by Alan Cook
Playing to win...


Internet Backgammon (3 of 9) Making the Odds Work for You
 by Alan Cook
You don't have to be a math wizard to play backgammon....


Internet Backgammon (2 of 9) Opening Moves
 by Alan Cook
Starting your attack...


Internet Backgammon (1 of 9) Introduction
 by Alan Cook
It's fun to be addicted to Internet backgammon...


What You Eat May Be Killing You
 by Alan Cook
If you're suffering undiagnosed symptoms, you may have food allergies....


Greek Myths--the Making of Dancing with Bulls
 by Alan Cook
When I wrote my children's adventure book, Dancing with Bulls, I wanted to make it realistic enough so that it might have happened....


James Bond and Me (and a few others)
 by Alan Cook
Ice Cold , an anthology about the Cold War, edited by Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson, is full of great stories....


Women in Business--Breaking the Glass Ceiling
 by Alan Cook
How my wife made it easier for today's women to succeed in business...


Arizona Wildfire
 by Alan Cook
A wildfire has burned much of Yarnell, Arizona. I walked through Yarnell on my Los Angeles to Denver walk....


When Fiction Becomes Reality
 by Alan Cook
I wrote "Dangerous Wind" as fiction, but reality is getting uncomfortably close to it....


Circling the Globe--Travel in a Suspense Novel
 by Alan Cook
My suspense novel, Dangerous Wind , takes place on all 7 continents....


Relatively Dead: Alzheimer's, Ponzi Schemes and the Grandparent Scam
 by Alan Cook
"Relatively Dead" is the second Carol Golden amnesia mystery. Carol looks for her cousins who seem to be targeted for murder, and encounters Alzheimer's, a Ponzi scheme and the Grandparent scam....


Writing a Mystery Set in the Fifties
 by Alan Cook
I didn't have much trouble writing a mystery set in the fifties--"The Hayloft"--because, you see I was there....


Amnesia Mysteries--What it's like to have amnesia
 by Alan Cook
I have written 3 amnesia mysteries in the Carol Golden series. Two of them are published. Another to come in 2013....


Sex, Girls and Me in the Fifties
 by Alan Cook
If you think there wasn't any sex in the fifties, you're right--at least as far as I was concerned. See my mystery novel, "The Hayloft" for more stories about high school in the fifties....



News

11 books at .99 on Kindle
 by Alan Cook
Now 11 books on Kindle....


My books can be borrowed from Amazon Kindle
 by Alan Cook
You can now borrow my e-books on Amazon Kindle....


Now 10 E-books for .99
 by Alan Cook
I now have 10 e-books available on Amazon Kindle, Nook Book and other places for .99. ...


Amnesia Mystery Catching On
 by Alan Cook
My new mystery, "Forget to Remember," is finding an audience among mystery lovers and genealogists....


9 E-books for $.99
 by Alan Cook
Nine of my books are available as e-books for $.99, 7 of which are mysteries....


My Books on Smashwords
 by Alan Cook
My books are on Smashwords....


Awards for Run into Trouble
 by Alan Cook
What's better than winning a book award? Winning 2 book awards in the same month....


Article in Palos Verdes Peninsula News
 by Alan Cook
Newspaper Article...


Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
 by Alan Cook
I will be signing my books at the LA Times Festival of Books, April 25, 4-6 p.m., Sisters in Crime Booth #355 in front of Royce Hall....


Amazon Kindle Books on iPhone, iPod
 by Alan Cook
Amazon Kindle books are down downloadable to iPhone and iPod....


Run into Trouble published
 by Alan Cook
Run into Trouble, my new mystery/suspense novel has been published....


Links

Alan Cook, Mystery and Walking Writer
Information about my books, including reviews, sample chapters and where to purchase them.


Smashwords
Download my books as e-books in many different formats.

Amazon Kindle
Download my books from Amazon Kindle

Berlin Wall
Watch and listen to a Berlin Wall graffiti animated version of my poem, "Berlin Wall" by Reallusion on YouTube.


Additional information

Books: Children's books: "Pictureland," "Dancing with Bulls"; Carol Golden mysteries: "Hit that Blot," "Dangerous Wind" "Relatively Dead" and "Forget to Remember"; "Run into Trouble"; Gary Blanchard mysteries: "Honeymoon for Three" and "The Hayloft: a 1950s mystery." Also: "Hotline to Murder," and "Aces and Knaves" California mysteries; Lillian Morgan mysteries: "Catch a Falling Knife" and "Thirteen Diamonds." Walking book: "Walking the World: Memories and Adventures," with walking stories and inspiration. Books are available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble as e-books and through Smashwords.com

 
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