The Prophet Playlist

I write to music, and below are some of the songs that made the regular playlist while I wrote The Prophet. Although always influenced by music, I felt this novel was perhaps unusually connected to certain songs, and I’m grateful to the artists who provided them....

Behind the Book: A Look into Private Investigation

My history with this week’s Behind the Book interview goes back to high school — Don Johnson gamely agreed to mentor me in an independent study program in private investigation. Later I began part-time work with him, and when I graduated from college...

Behind the Book: Caving Realities Part 2

After spending so much of LAST WORDS demonstrating what one should not do in a cave, it seemed prudent to speak to an expert about the realities of caving. Anmar Mirza was a generous resource during my research, and his work should make anyone who goes underground...

Behind the Book: Caving Realities Part 1

After spending so much of LAST WORDS demonstrating what one should not do in a cave, it seemed prudent to speak to an expert about the realities of caving. Anmar Mirza was a generous resource during my research, and his work should make anyone who goes underground...

Behind the Book: Hypnotized for the Cause

I love the field research process (it’s the reporter in me that refuses to die) and LAST WORDS led me to some stranger places than even I’d anticipated. The caves, I thought I was ready for. I had not anticipated undergoing hypnosis, however. But the more I read about...

A Letter from Last Words’ Ridley Barnes

Read a letter from LAST WORDS’ Ridley Barnes, a suspect in a 10-year-old cold case, who is appealing to the detective agency that will bring Markus Novak into the game.  A Letter from Ridley Barnes