The Mark Rollins Series By M. Thomas (Tom) Collins
The Mark Rollins series of mystery adventures features an ex-technology entrepreneur turned amateur sleuth. He is joined by a host of interesting supporting characters, most notably his colorful cohort Mariko Lee.
My goal as the author of the Mark Rollins' Adventures series is to write the kind of fast reading experiences I enjoyed on my frequent business trips to just about every major city in this country and several beyond its shores —waiting in airports, passing time at 30,000 feet, and before turning off the lights in hotel rooms.
The latest Mark Rollins mystery adventure was released in July of 2012. It is The Claret Murders. The story takes place during the Nashville history-making flood of 2010 and as the title implies it involves wine to kill for.
The adventure series begins with my first book, Mark Rollins’ New Career & The Women’s Health Club, published in 2008. In it, Rollins investigates a missing person against the backdrop of daily life in his fitness club for socially elite, wealthy women of Nashville, Tennessee, and becomes the target of an international crime boss.
My second book deals with murder and mayhem in the law firm. In Mark Rollins & The Rainmaker someone is trying to kill a prominent Nashville attorney. Rollins and Mariko go undercover and discover that the same seeds that cause many law firms to break up can also provide a motive for murder.
Mark Rollins and the Puppeteer, the third book in the series, is another story of murder among lawyers. Mark Rollins’ friend, a prominent attorney and rising political figure, is gunned down in Nashville’s notorious Printers Alley—killed by the stray bullet of a drunken reveler’s celebratory shooting spree. They say the dead man was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. But Rollins wasn’t buying it! His search for answers yields a plethora of avenues that could have led someone to commit murder, and there is no shortage of candidates—a CPA weak on principles, a mortgage company CEO facing ruin, a law firm mole, a party-going administrator dipping into the till, an unfaithful wife, a womanizing lawyer with gambling debts, or the dead man’s longtime law firm partner. To unmask the killer, Mark Rollins must unravel the mystery’s strings, twisted and tangled by a scheming puppeteer. While the story is fiction the law firm and managment issues it deals with are real—embezzlement, compensation plans, technology, and surviving during an economic downturn.
The fourth Mark Rollins Adventure is The Claret Murders. Some call it a 500-year event. For three solid days, it rained. It rained like it had never rained before. It was a pounding, unrelenting rain—a rain that turned Nashville roads into streams and turned its rivers and creeks into raging killing zones. For the first time, Mark Rollins’ technology was failing him. He was supposed to be keeping Ann Sims safe; but, blinded by the massive storm, he couldn’t even find her when he needed to most. There was something different about Ann Sims. She wasn’t just beautiful; her figure was like those of the women in pictures men painted on their war planes and pasted inside their lockers. She was smart, a lawyer, about to inherit a fortune, married to an abusive husband that she wanted to divorce—and she had a secret. So did the old decaying mansion that she, as a lawyer, was preparing to auction off for its heirs. The secrets were deadly—the kind that gets people killed. A gorgeous lawyer, a deadly secret, and wine to kill for—The Claret Murders, a Mark Rollins mystery adventure.
The fifth Mark Rollins adventure is Diversion a mystery adventure with the opioid crisis as the back drop.
The drug crisis is fueled by the illegal use of pain medications like Percocet and Fentanyl. Until recently, pill mills in Florida were where you went for a prescription. Now those drugs are moving to rural Middle Tennessee.
In the story the bucolic area around Manchester and Tullahoma, Tennessee, has become infested with pill mills selling prescriptions for cash. That area is home to the Bonnaroo Music Festival and the propulsion test facilities at the Arnold Air Force Base that are essential to keep military drones flying in the war against terrorism. Both the Bonnaroo fans and the testing facilities are targets the country’s enemies are willing to die for.
A call for help from an old family friend puts Mark Rollins and his team of crime fighters squarely in the middle of it all. It was a simple enough request. All Rollins had to do was drive to the jail in Manchester, collect the girl, and take her home to her frantic mother. But, the girl wasn’t there! What had seemed simple quickly became dangerously complicated.
Diversion—the opioid crisis, illegal drugs, murder, a missing girl, Bonnaroo, and a plot to shut down American military drones.
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