Biography of Alan Cook
After spending more than a quarter of a century as a pioneer in
the computer industry, Alan Cook is well into his second
career as a writer. He has written 2 children's/YA books
and many mystery suspense novels. In addition, he has
written a book about walking adventures and a book with
quotations about freedom by famous people.
Alan's short story, "Checkpoint Charlie" appears in the anthology,
Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue
from the Cold War (whew), edited by Jeffery Deaver and Raymond
Benson, and containing stories by your favorite mystery writers.
Hit that Blot
The fourth Carol Golden novel finds Carol encountering the seamy world of tournament
backgammon (who knew?) and trying to solve two murders while being a good wife to
Rigo, who is now her husband. Appendices give tips on improving your backgammon
A 7-continent suspense novel.
In the third Carol Golden novel, Carol becomes involved with shady government operatives
who need her help in locating an old boyfriend she doesn't remember (because of her
amnesia). He is accused of plotting the downfall of the Western World. Carol begins to
wonder whether the world is really black and white as she tries to separate the good guys
from the bad guys. In a story eerily similar to recent headlines, we all have to question
whether government is helping us or enslaving us.
The second Matthew and Mason adventure sends the boys into the land of a painting on their wall,
where all is not peaceful and serene as suggested by the painting. It is a dystopian world
that has been taken over by tyrants. The boys have to set it right with the help of Amy,
a girl in the picture.
Dancing with Bulls
In Alan's first young-adult/children's book--
Matthew and Mason are on vacation in Greece with their parents. While exploring the ruins
at Knossos Palace on the island of Crete, they wander off and suddenly find themselves at
Knossos in its prime, 4,000 years ago, when the Minoans were in power. Captured by guards,
they barely escape execution and are forced to join a team of slaves who are training as
bull dancers. That means they have to dance with a live bull in front of Minoan royalty.
Mason is picked to be a bull leaper along with a girl named Bracche. They have to leap onto
the bull's back and off again without getting gored. Will they be able to survive this ordeal,
and is there any chance they can escape and take the other members of their team with them?
In the second Carol Golden mystery, Carol has regained her identity if not
most of her memory. She sets out to find some of her cousins, only to
discover that they seem to be marked for murder. On top of that, her
grandmother has Alzheimer's and has been targeted by the Grandparent
scam. One of her cousins may be involved in a Ponzi scheme. In California
Carol has a close call and realizes that she may be one of the targets.
She has to go to Edinburgh and back to get to the bottom of what's going
on, watching her back at all times.
Forget to Remember
Carol Golden isn't her real name. She doesn't remember her real name or
anything that happened before she was found, naked and unconscious, in a
Dumpster on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California.
After giving her some initial medical assistance, government at all levels
officially declares her a non-person and won't have anything more to do
with her. She can't get a job because she doesn't have a Social Security
number. She can't get a Social Security number because she doesn't have a
birth certificate. She can't drive because she doesn't have a driver's
license and she can't legally fly because she doesn't have a government-
issued I.D. And oh yes, whoever threw her in the Dumpster and left her
for dead may be coming back to finish the job.
Run into Trouble
Silver Quill Award from American Authors Association
and named Best Pacific West Book by Reader Views.
Drake and Melody are teamed up to run a race along the California Coast
for a prize of a million dollars—in 1969 when a million is worth something.
Neither knows the other is in the race before it starts. They once did
undercover work together in England, but this information is supposed to be
top secret. The nine other pairs of runners entered in the race are world-class
marathoners, including a winner of the Boston Marathon. If this competition
isn’t enough, somebody tries to knock Drake out of the race before it
begins. But Drake and Melody also receive threats calculated to keep them
from dropping out. What’s going on? The stakes increase when startling events
produce fatalities and impact the race, leading them to ask whether the Cold
War with the USSR is about to heat up.
Honeymoon for Three
Silver Quill Award from American Authors Association
and named Best Mountain West Book by Reader Views.
Suspense takes a thrill ride. 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 who has a bellybutton fetish. The suspense crackles
amid some of the most scenic spots in the western United States,
including Lake Tahoe, Reno, Crater Lake, Seattle, and in Glacier,
Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks, as well as the
redwood trees and rocky cliffs of the northern California coast.
The Hayloft: a 1950s mystery, takes us back
to 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
auditorium balcony, or was he pushed? Had he found a diamond necklace,
talked about by cousins newly arrived from England, that was
supposedly stolen from Dutch royalty by a common ancestor and lost for
generations? What about the principal with an abnormal liking for
boys? And are Ralph’s ex-girlfriends telling everything they know?
Hotline to Murder, his California mystery, takes place
at a listening hotline in beautiful Bonita Beach, California.
Tony Schmidt and Shahla Lawton don't know what they're getting
into when they sign up as volunteer listeners. But when Shahla's
best friend is murdered, it's too late for them to back out.
Alan's Lillian Morgan mysteries, Catch a Falling Knife and
Thirteen Diamonds, explore the secrets of retirement
communities. They feature Lillian, a retired mathematics
professor from North Carolina, who is smart, opinionated,
and skeptical of authority. She loves to solve puzzles,
even when they involve murder.
Alan’s short story, “Hot Days, Cold Nights,” appears in the
Mystery Writers of America anthology, A Hot and Sultry Night for Crime,
edited by Jeffery Deaver.
Aces and Knaves, available digitally, is a California
mystery for gamblers and baseball card collectors.
Alan splits his time between writing and walking, another
passion. His inspirational book,
Walking the World: Memories and Adventures,
has information and adventure in equal parts. It has been named
one of the Top 10 Walking Memoirs and Tales of Long Walks
by the walking website, Walking.About.Com . He is also the author of
Walking to Denver, a light-hearted fictional account of a walk he did.
Freedom's Light: Quotations from History's Champions of Freedom,
contains quotations from some of our favorite historical
figures about personal freedom. And The Saga of Bill the Hermit
is a narrative poem about a hermit who decides that the single
life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Alan lives with his wife, Bonny, on a hill in Southern California.
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