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Martin J. Smith

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Author Martin J. Smith was editor-in-chief of the monthly Orange Coast magazine from 2007 to 2016, and a former senior editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine. He wrote three crime novels, "Time Release," "Shadow Image," and the Edgar Award-nominated "Straw Men," before turning his writing energy to nonfiction books, including "Oops: 20 Life Lessons from the Fiascoes That Shaped America," "Poplorica: A Popular History of the Fads, Mavericks, Inventions and Lore That Shaped Modern America" (both with co-author Patrick J. Kiger), and "The Wild Duck Chase," upon which the award-winning documentary film "The Million Dollar Duck" is based. Diversion Books published his fourth series novel, "The Disappeared Girl," in March 2014, and released his ...more

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Time Release

3.71 avg rating — 223 ratings — published 1997 — 6 editions
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The Wild Duck Chase

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The Disappeared Girl

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Shadow Image

3.81 avg rating — 68 ratings — published 1998 — 5 editions
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Straw Men

3.50 avg rating — 56 ratings — published 2001 — 5 editions
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Combustion

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I scroll through the nearly 1,300 names in my smartphone’s contact list around this time each year, with an eye toward editing. That’s when I’m haunted by the dead.

At present, there are 15 friends, colleagues, and kin who have passed from this life to whatever waits beyond. Seeing their names always gives me pause—a smile, a twinge, a pang. Deleting them would seem an affront, somehow disrespec... Read more of this blog post »
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Giving My Self to the Wind by Kathryn Atkins
"GIVING MY SELF TO THE WIND by Kathryn Atkins is a zesty medley of short stories, poems, and essays. The title is apt – her imagination charts a wild ride. Her words are at times spicy, snappy, honeyed, pungent. I devoured each story, ready for mor..." Read more of this review »
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The Wild Duck Chase by Martin J. Smith
" This is a phenomenally written book. Smith's amazing ability with the written word, created a great read that anyone can pick up an enjoy. Collectors, conservationist(s), hunters, birders, and even the common person would enjoy the historical nat..." Read more of this review »
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The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
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Combustion by Martin J. Smith
"Really enjoyed Combustion. The protagonist, Detective Ron Starke, is well drawn, believable, and a character I would follow in future reads. The main additional characters, Shelby Dwyer, her husband and murder victim Paul Dwyer, and Starkes boss D..." Read more of this review »
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“Barbara Mitchell of the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office and F. James Gregris, former deputy coroner of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, were”
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“Marjorie Luesebrink of Irvine Valley College convinced me I could write fiction at a time when, in retrospect, it’s clear”
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“conduct of a publicly funded morgue. Pittsburgh Detective Rich Meister shared his insights, and Lynne Cox taught me about the mental challenges and physiological”
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