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The author is a Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of California's Medical School at Davis, near Sacramento in Northern California. 

Jerry, a two-time winner of The Indie Book of the Day Award, writes fast paced “tweener” mystery books (tough mystery stories that follow the cozy conventions of no graphic sex and no cussing), all published as e-books on Amazon Kindle with three also published as paperback versions.  Several of the books introduce the readers to South America, a region where he has lived and worked that is a long way from home for most English speakers. 

He and his wife Elaine lived previously in Salta, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay.  Jerry and Elaine breed prize-winning German shorthaired pointer dogs; Elaine also provides technical advice for Jerry’s dog-related novels like The Deadly Dog Show and Hunter Down, as well as editing for all of the books. 

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Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from California?  I’m from Northern California, where we’ve lived for more than half my life.  I don’t know if proud is the right word but I enjoy sharing my experiences with my readers, whether they are places I’ve lived and visited, or what I’ve learned from my wife and dogs about German shorthaired pointers.

What or who inspired you to become a writer?  I’ve enjoyed reading what are usually called California mysteries, especially private eye novels, all my life.  I think Perry Mason was my first hero, with Philip Marlowe close behind.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage?  Yes.  I’ve lived and worked in South America, especially Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile, which serve as the backdrop for several of my books.  And, did I mention, my wife Elaine has been breeding and showing German shorthaired pointers for as long as I’ve known her?

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published?  I started writing my first mystery novel about five or six years ago.  I’ve also published about 250 papers in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, as well as editing quite a few books and journals.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process?  The people I’ve met---real and virtual---fellow writers, readers, Facebook and other social media friends.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey?  Probably discovering the world of independent publishing, especially via Amazon Kindle and Createspace.

How many published books do you have?  I currently have eight novels, three novellas, and an anthology of shorter stories, all featuring private eye Roger Bowman and his scientist wife, Suzanne Foster Bowman as the protagonists.

Please list the titles of all your books: 

Novels:
Rum, Cigars, and Corpses
Hunter Down
Unbearably Deadly
The Origin of Murder
The Deadly Dog Show
The Matador Murders
The Surreal Killer
The Ambivalent Corpse

Novellas
The Body in the Bed
The Body in the Alpaca Pasture
The Body in the Parking Structure

Anthology:
Five Quickies for Roger and Suzanne

*****There’s also an Omnibus Volume of two of the novels and a novella: Science Can Be Murder.  All of these books are available from Amazon Kindle; the two dog-related novels and the Cuban novel are also published in paperback versions on Createspace.

Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript?  Usually before, but I’ve done it both ways.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre?  My preferred genre is Mystery/Thriller/Suspense; often (but not always) International Mystery.  The genre has been my favorite as a reader all my life.

Which book title would you like featured in this interview?  “Rum, Cigars, and Corpses”

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for?  Taking a people-to-people tour of Cuba last year.  We toured more than half the island, as well as spending several days seeing Havana.  I saw it as the perfect setting for a murder mystery.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors?  Keep writing.  You learn by doing.

Who is your favorite author and why?  Robert B. Parker or Ross MacDonald.  I have enjoyed reading all their books.  They create worlds I can believe and become immersed in set against localities (Boston, Southern California) I’ve lived in and know well.

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Rum, Cigars, and Corpses
(Roger and Suzanne Mystery Series Book 13)
by Jerold A. Last

Roger and Suzanne have to solve a cold, but still hazardous, case in a hot climate. Roger’s newest client was fired after leading a disastrous tour to Cuba during which a tourist died in a devastating accident. Our detective couple joins a subsequent identical tour of Cuba to seek evidence the catastrophe was murder, not an accident.

There’s no shortage of suspects in this perilous case, including the Cuban Intelligence Services, the CIA, a sprinkling of additional spies waiting for them in Havana, and several suspicious characters traveling on their tour. Danger lurks as they investigate the nightmare scenario that the victim was targeted by a deadly terrorist conspiracy. The author recently visited Cuba on a similar person-to-person tour, so all of the details about locations are authentic and the background is real.

This book is part of the Roger and Suzanne Mystery Series (all books can be read in any order)

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Hunter Down
(Roger and Suzanne Mystery Series Book 12)
by Jerold A. Last

The long-awaited seventh novel in the popular Roger and Suzanne mystery series is the second novel starring prize-winning dog Juliet as a featured character. Suzanne, with a lot of help from Bruce, enters Juliet and her puppy Romeo in several local hunt tests. Naturally, Suzanne finds a dead body at the hunt test venue her first time handling Romeo. Roger, recruited at the scene by an old friend from the local Sheriff’s Department, is asked to help in the murder investigation. It looks like an impossible case to solve.

Roger launches a complex, multifaceted investigation, picks up a couple of paying clients and a new detective for his agency, and gets to learn all about canine hunt tests. There’s plenty of suspense as we join the dogs and the detectives hunting their prey while also peeking into the Southern California social scene and lifestyle. A must for German shorthaired pointer and other hunting dog owners, breeders, and handlers, dog lovers in general, and mystery fans. All of the books in this series can be read as standalone entries or in series order.

This book is part of the Roger and Suzanne Mystery Series (all books can be read in any order)

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The Deadly Dog Show
(Roger and Suzanne South American Mystery Series Book 6)
by Jerold A. Last

The sixth book in the popular Roger and Suzanne mystery series finds Roger and Bruce hired to go undercover impersonating the owner and handler of a Champion German Shorthaired Pointer named Juliet to investigate certain irregularities that might be occurring at dog shows in California.

To complicate this case the bodies of dead judges start popping up and Suzanne picks up a mysterious stalker sending her most unwelcome gifts. Throw in drug cartels and corrupt cops and it sounds like a typical job for our detective couple. The Deadly Dog Show can be read as a stand-alone novel. Fans of the series should enjoy reconnecting with characters they’ve met in the previous books.

This whodunit novel should appeal to mystery fans, dog lovers, and anyone who wants to learn more about the world of dog show conformation competition.

This book is part of the Roger and Suzanne Mystery Series (all books can be read in any order)

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The Origin Of Murder
(Roger and Suzanne South American Mystery Series Book 8)
by Jerold A. Last

The Origin of Murder is a fast paced whodunit mystery that brings Roger and Suzanne back to South America. The couple are on a luxury cruise through the Galapagos Islands when Suzanne finds a woman’s body with a couple of bullet holes in it floating in the Pacific Ocean.

There’s a ship full of suspects, including a shady DEA agent and two nubile sisters from San Francisco, with more dead bodies to come. The supporting cast includes their young son Robert, Bruce the nanny, and Paraguayan policeman Eduardo Garcia.

Join our detectives on a visit to the Galapagos Islands as Charles Darwin might have seen them on his historical voyage on HMS Beagle, and visit the ancient Incan city and capital of Ecuador, Quito, high in South America’s Andes Mountains. Series fans and new readers will enjoy this exciting mystery novel, which can be enjoyed as a standalone entry to the series.

This book is part of the Roger and Suzanne Mystery Series (all books can be read in any order)

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Unbearably Deadly
(Roger and Suzanne South American Mystery Series Book 9)
by Jerold A. Last

Roger and Suzanne take a working vacation at Denali National Park, six million acres of natural wilderness in northern Alaska, to investigate the deaths of a couple they had previously met in Peru and Chile.

The FBI investigation concludes the couple was killed during an accidental attack by a wild bear. But Roger’s partner Vincent Romero has reasons to doubt whether the official conclusion is correct. Roger and Suzanne find themselves stalking a wily killer, who is in turn stalking them.

Who murdered the couple and why were they killed?

Far from their usual haunts for investigations, South America and California, can Roger and Suzanne figure out whodunit in a case they begin with absolutely no clues, no suspects, and a crime scene larger than the entire State of Massachusetts?

This book is part of the Roger and Suzanne Mystery Series (all books can be read in any order)

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The Surreal Killer
(Roger and Suzanne South American Mystery Series Book 2)
by Jerold A. Last

A serial killer is leaving a trail of dead women across Chile, Peru, and Bolivia.

The gruesome corpses all seem to have died in exactly the same macabre way. There may be a link to a small group of scientists who meet annually in different locations in the region. Roger Bowman and Suzanne Foster are asked by the local police to attend this year’s meeting of the group in Lima, Peru to try to find out who was present at the previous meetings when the murders occurred. And the reader is off on a fast paced pursuit of the killer through Lima, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu in Peru and Chile’s Atacama Desert.

This is a true whodunit mystery novel set in an unusual and exotic locale.

This book is part of the Roger and Suzanne Mystery Series (all books can be read in any order)

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At 5:20pm on June 9, 2016, Mary Deal said…

Aloha Jerold,

Welcome to Cold Coffee Cafe. Looking forward to reading more about your books when you get your page finished.

Mary

At 3:55pm on June 8, 2016, Dutch Rhudy said…

Hi Jerold

Welcome to Cold Coffee Café.

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Dutch

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Are You A Published Author?
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How Many Published Books Do You Have?
13
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The Surreal Killer
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