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Dick Peterson

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in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, The United States




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Dick Peterson spent his first 42 years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1992, employment moved him to the Kansas suburbs of KCMO. He now describes himself as a Kansan by residence, a Missourian by retirement, a Louisianan by birth, Southern by the grace of God, and a Tybee Islander at heart.

No longer hiding out in a bank on weekdays, you can often find him hanging at coffeehouses using their eclectic patrons as models for characters in one suspenseful chapter after another. There's also plenty of time for reading, bicycling, golfing, keeping tabs on a lifetime collection of friends through Facebook, enjoying Words with Friends, and hanging out with his wife, Suzie, with whom a few games of Shut the Box is an after meal ritual. They love to tra

I composed much of By the Light: A Novel of Serial Homicide up an iron spiral staircase in the loft at the City Market Coffeehouse in downtown Kansas City. I usually occupied a table by one of the windows that overlooked the main floor. It was a great place from which to observe behavior. The watched people usually didn't realize I was there. This was beneficial to my writing process.

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John Grisham rose to the top of his own heap with this one. One of if not the best he's done. Captivating complexity in this story of my favorite fictional county in Mississippi. We did it as an Audible during segments of a trip from Fairway, Kansas, ...more
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Dick Peterson is 20% done with The Death Factory: This e-novella from the man from Natchez is but an appetizer preceding the 29-Apr release of Natchez Burning, the 800-page first novel in a trilogy of new Penn Cage novels. It has been nearly five years since Iles last dropped a book. My eyes sighed with pleasure to get reacquainted with Greg's words.
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Jennifer Shirk Thanks for friending me! The Poet is my favorite Michael Connolly book!

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Justin Hello Dick.

Thanks for the invite and the suggestions! I shall look into them. I look forward to seeing some of your stuff.


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M.T. Albright Hello Dick,
Thanks for the friend invite, and for the book suggestion. I'm interested in reading your book as well... (I like the context - the coffee shop - in which it was written.) I once took a greyhound to Kansas City and stayed long enough for a party. Great town.

message 12: by Tracey

Tracey Garvis-Graves Hi Dick,

Thank you for your friendship request and book recommendations. The Watchers by Dean Koontz is one of my very favorite books! I also love Stephen King and Pat Conroy. Your recommendations were very spot-on for me!



message 11: by Helen

Helen Hanson Hi Dick,

I appreciate the friending and the link. Select has been a real boon to some writers. Amazon announced the Select program just after I released a novel in November, but I may try it with my next novel. Thanks for the kind words about my blog. All the best to you!


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L.J. Kentowski Thanks for the add Dick!

Mahsaa hi thanks for accepting

message 8: by Sara

Sara Townsend Thanks for the add, Dick! Read both The Poet and The Stand - buth great books! Haven't read any Dean Koontz for years, so might check out your suggestion.

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Kate Thanks so much for the friend add and reading recommendations! I can't wait to check them out.

Megs ♥ Thanks for the add and recommendations! I will definitely check them out. :)

Kelly/yllektra Thanks for adding me! :)

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Debra Goldstein Thanks for the friend request. Looking forward to checking out your writing and favorites.

message 3: by Dani (last edited Sep 30, 2011 01:43PM)

Dani Thanks for the suggestion. I haven't read Maximum Ride yet, but it's on my To Read list. I will keep your suggestion of When the Wind Blows in mind!

CaliGirlRae Thanks for the reading suggestions and the friendship, Dick! I keep hearing how good Sandra Brown is. I'm definitely going to have to pick up her books to read!

Hope you have a great week!

Natasha Thanks for the friend request! I'll check out her and of course our own work!

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