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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

Good to the Last Death by Alan Cook
When Carol Golden’s husband, Rigo, disappears, she not only has to look for him but also elude the FBI at the same time since there is evidence she may have been involved in his disappearance. She doggedly follows a faint trail, keeping her location a secret from everybody except her friend, Jennifer, a spy-in-training, who takes time off from her top-secret job to help Carol. What they find out i...
  

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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....



Poetry

Berlin Wall (1961-1989)
 by Alan Cook
Watch and listen to a Berlin Wall graffiti animated version by Reallusion on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E9C9NXXcxQ ...


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?...



Articles

Grief: Why Writers Get it Wrong
 by Alan Cook
Writers, especially television writers, often have their characters say the wrong things to people who have just lost a loved one....


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...



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....


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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