Alan Cook

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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.

FORGET TO REMEMBER is an amnesia mystery.  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.

RUN INTO TROUBLE features a footrace along the California coast for a prize of a million dollars--in 1969 when a million is worth something. This is during the Cold War--but is the Cold War about to heat up?

HONEYMOON FOR THREE, which has received the Silver Quill award from the American Author's Association and been named the best Mountain West book by Readers Choice, is his second Gary Blanchard mystery. It takes place in 1964 in some of the beauty spots of the western United States . The first Gary Blanchard mystery, THE HAYLOFT, takes place ten years earlier in a high school setting, and features bobby sox, slow dancing, bomb shelters, the communist conspiracy, and murder.

HOTLINE TO MURDER takes place at the Central Hotline in sunny Bonita Beach, California. After a listener is murdered, it becomes apparent that the voice on the line may be that of a killer.

His 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.

Alan is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters In Crime, and the Authors Guild. He is past president and newsletter editor of his local writer's group, Southwest Manuscripters.

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, 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 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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