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Mark is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Quincy University in Illinois and a Master’s degree from Washington University before going to Thailand as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He returned to the U.S. to earn a doctorate at the University of Hawaii. Mark and his wife live in College Station, Texas where Mark is on the staff of Texas A&M University.

Mark Troy is the author of Pilikia Is My Business, a private eye novel published in 2001 and republished in 2010. Pilikia was nominated for a Shamus Award by the Private Eye Writers of America for Best 1st P.I. Novel. Game Face, a collection of short stories featuring P.I. Val Lyon, was published in 2011. The Rules, the first story in the Ava Rome series, was published as an ebook and audiobook in 2013.

Mark is a past president of the Brazos Writers in College Station/Bryan. He is an active member of The Private Eye Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Short Mystery Fiction Society.

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Splintered Paddle, The

Fiction, Police Crime, Suspense, Thriller

Waikiki, Hawaii.

Golden sunshine.

Waving palm trees.

Sparkling blue water.

Private eye Ava Rome's calling is to protect the defenseless. She takes on the cases of Jenny Mordan, a working girl who is being harassed by a police detective, and Cassie Sands, a teenager who is mixed up with a marijuana grower.

Norman Traxler did ten years in San Quentin nurturing his hatred of Ava Rome, the young MP who took him down for assaulting a prostitute.

When Traxler, the detective and the grower join forces against her, Ava's calling, protecting the defenseless, becomes a fight for her life.

This dark thriller takes you on a tour of paradise tourists never see.

Waikiki, Hawaii.

Dark clouds of revenge.

Twisted motives. A bloody finale.

Sample Chapter