Paul D. Marks

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Introduction Paul D. Marks is the Shamus Award-winning author of the noir-thriller White Heat, which Publishers Weekly calls a “taut crime yarn.” And Midwest Book Review says “White Heat is a riveting read of mystery, much recommended.” It was chosen One of the Best Fiction Books of 2012 by Rosa St. Claire of Examiner.com. Paul’s story Howling at the Moon is short-listed for both the 2015 Anthony Award and Macavity Award for Best Short Story. It was published in the November 2014 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and came in #7 in their Reader’s Poll Award. His work has appeared in various anthologies and magazines, including Dime & Hardboiled, as well as having done film work. And he has the distinction, dubious though it may be, of being the last person to have filmed on the fabled MGM backlot before it bit the dust to make way for condos. According to Steven Bingen, one of the authors of the well-received book MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot: “That 40 page chronological list I mentioned of films shot at the studio ends with his [Paul D.Marks’] name on it.”
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Favorite Movies Casablanca, In a Lonely Place, Ghost World, Sideways, Double Indemnity, Out of the Past, Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), The Big Sleep, LA Confidential, Godfathers I, II and even III (if not for Sofia it would be pretty good), Chinatown, And Now My Love
Favorite Music Beatles, Ramones, Doors, Kinks, Dylan, Stones, baroque, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Leonard Cohen, The Dark Shadows (not the movie or TV show), Nick Cave, The Motels
Favorite Books The Razor's Edge, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Tartar Steppe, Tapping the Source, Double Indemnity, The Long Goodbye, Ross MacDonald (all), Raymond Chandler (all), Journey to the End of the Night, Bonfire of the Vanities, Monte Walsh