Created by Mark Troy
VAL LYON is a Honolulu private eye who gets around. She's an ex-cop, an ex-con and an ex-pro basketball player, and she isn't afraid of a little fun. She participates in ocean canoeing competitions, she's taking skydiving lessons, and she's still a hotshot on the court. She's also headstrong and competitive, and has a little problem with authority figures. An appealing, younger addition to the ranks of female eyes with, as Jude Peters puts it, "killer legs, killer blues, and killer smarts."
The first few Val Lyon stories popped up in small magazines and online zines, but it's Pilikia Is My Business (2001), the first novel featuring Val, that's really worthy of note. It was first released, way back in the day, as an e-book by LTDBooks of Oakville, Ontario, and was delivered on get this! a floppy disk. It was also released in paperback.
Author Mark Troy looks to be about as restless at his P.I. hero. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he's also lived in Pitsanuloke, Thailand, Honolulu, Hawaii, and College Station, Texas. He began writing in earnest as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English in Thailand, but put fiction writing on hold while completing a doctorate at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. A move to Texas proved to be a turning point. There he met Joe R. Lansdale in a writing workshop and, with Lansdale's encouragement he began concentrating on hardboiled private eye fiction with a female protagonist. Troy share's Ken Kesey's view that writers should not write what they know, because what they know is boring. They should write what they don't know. They should trust their imagination and take risks. Mark currently lives in Texas with his wife and son where he conducts educational research at Texas A&M University. Lately he's started another series, featuring personal security agent Ava Rome.
-- Jude Peters, author of Guilty Employers
Collects all eight Val Lyon stories
Mark Troy's newest cyber hangout: a fun, irreverent page devoted to mysteries and mystery writing. And cocktails.
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