Meet Mark Stevens

September 1, 2012

book review

Mark Stevens worked as a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor in Boston and Los Angeles, covering a variety of events and issues from the economy, commercial fishing, the environment, politics and all the colorful people and events of southern California. Following a move to Denver, he worked for The Rocky Mountain News, covering City Hall for three years.

When he learned that The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour was expanding its production he was lucky enough to be invited to join the team – they were actually looking for somebody with no television experience, which suited him perfectly. For six years, he produced field documentaries across the United States and Latin America. He covered the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, NASA’s space shuttle disaster, a volcano eruption in Colombia, political upheavals in Nicaragua, and mudslides in Puerto Rico. His “master of disaster” title, he was told, referred to the stories he covered, not the quality of the reports.

After tending bar for a year on a self-financed sabbatical (and to write fiction), he joined The Denver Post to cover education. Those five years of reporting led to a position as Director of Communications with Denver Public Schools, where he worked for 11 years and then with the Greeley school district (one year) and the state department of education (four years) as director of communications. He now runs his own public relations and strategic communications business.

Mark Stevens is also the author of the popular Allison Coil Mysteries:  Antler Dust and Buried by the Roan, which was a Finalist in both the 2012 Colorado Book Awards and the Colorado Authors League. What I enjoy most about Mark’s books is they are set in the Flat Tops Wilderness, a place I know and love. His familiarity with and love for the Flat Tops really shines through his writing. Truly enjoyable reading.

Mark Stevens will be appearing soon at the Parachute Library!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Parachute Branch Library
244 Grand Valley Way
Parachute, Colorado
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Buried by the Roan
By Mark Stevens
People’s Press
August 2011
340 pages

Bad water, a dead hunter, and a mysterious cave man – hunting guide Allison Coil has her hands full on this Flat Tops Wilderness expedition. It should have been an easy trip with a bunch of locals looking for some time away from home. But back home, in the tiny town of Meeker, nestled in the White River Valley, the advent of oil and gas drilling has stirred up ranchers, environmentalists, business people, and politicians. The controversy follows them right on up to their hunting camp. The dead hunter also happens to be a local rancher. While Allison gets caught up in the investigation, she is unwittingly dragged into the fracking debate. That’s when things really get complicated and she is hot on the trail of a major whodunit.

Buried by the Roan has the look and feel of an avant-garde western. From cowboys to villains, the characters are as quirky as they come. The feuds run deep and everyone’s looking for his pot of gold. Stevens’ guided tour through the trails, cliffs, and caves of the Flat Tops Wilderness lures readers into a complex mystery where nature and heavy industry meet face-to-face and worlds collide. ~ Copyright (c) 2012 by Peggy Tibbetts

Mark Stevens website

Blog: Don’t Need a Diagram
Book reviews by Mark Stevens. Mostly mysteries. Some other fiction and non-fiction, too.

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