Created by Mark Coggins
San Francisco private eye AUGUST RIORDAN was once a private eye in Phoenix, Arizona, way back when he first appeared in a novella entitled "There's No Such Thing as Private Eyes" in 1986. He returned 12 years later in his first novel, The Immortal Game (1999), now relocated to San Francisco. He lives in an apartment on the corner of Post and Hyde, and works out of an office in the Flood building. He plays jazz bass on a semi-professional basis, and he has this peculiar superstitious habit of knocking on the Samuel's Jewelers clock on Market Street on his way into and out of his office, and he can be pretty damn cynical and irreverent. And direct.
Riordan's bio is more or less revealed in these two excerpts The Immortal Game. He's being interviewed by a client:
Later, he is questioned about the episode featured in "There's No Such Thing as Private Eyes":
And so it goes. Coggins has followed up The Immortal Game with three more novels, the latest being Runoff in 2007, a "cautionary tale about a mayoral election in San Francisco where the security on e-voting machines is defeated to change the outcome of the race." How timely?
Mark keeps a log of the domains of visitors to his my web site, and since Runoff came out, one domain has been appearing consistently: diebold.com.
Born in New Mexico in 1957, Mark Coggins earned two degrees and a Phi Beta Kappa key from Stanford University. He has worked for a number of Silicon Valley computer and venture capital firms, including Netscape Communications and three (other) software start-ups. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Linda and their cat Taki, and takes a lot of great photographs.
-- Megan Abbott
-- Loren D. Estleman
-- James Crumley
-- Publishers Weekly on Runoff
The official site for the author, done by computer whiz Mark himself, with plenty of interactive links, and some great photos. There are also several excerpts from the books.
The author's blog, good for writing tips, and a conspiracy theory or two.
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