Rick Levine
Created by Colleen Collins

Things to do in Denver when you're a Deadhead...

Slacker former defense attorney and current Colorado eye RICK LEVINE's plans to get clean, stop inhaling and grow up seemed like a good idea at the time. But after five years of living the straight and narrow, his attempts to get himself re-licensed as an attorney go seriously astray -- he's charged with murder. And the half-million dollar bailbond doesn't help much either.

Fortunately, Rick's girlfriend Laura has a heart of gold, a gift for gab and the Dinosaur Foot Bed and Breakfast and Hot Springs to put up for his bond. When he's sprung, the two make like a 21st century Nick and Nora bouncing all over Denver in a frantic race to find the real culprit before the bond runs out. That's the scenario in Rick and Laura's debut, The Zen Man (2011), an impressive kick-off that may occassionally play a little cute ("Rick and Laura" --get it?), but delivers enough wit and occasional grit to make this series one to watch.

Colleen Collins is a Colorado-based author, writing instructor and working private eye whose work includes several romance novels, as well as a couple of pretty useful guides to writing detective fiction: How To Write a Dick, co-authored with Shaun Kaufman, and How Do Private Eyes Do That?

The Zen Man, the debut of a proposed new series, is her first full-length P.I. novel. When not sleuthing, Colleen's working on a time-traveling PI series, co-teaching Writing PIs in Novels with her investigative business partner, and envisioning how Nick and Nora would behave in the 21st century.

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Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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