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by Mark Willen



The Question is Murder

In D.C., justice can be in short supply.
Can murder ever be justified? That's the question posed to "Mr. Ethics," aka Sam Turner. Then a terrified woman leads to a dead senator and Sam walks straight into danger. But will he walk back out?

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Hawke's Point

Jonas Hawke may be past his prime but he's still a damned good lawyer. That's why everyone in Beacon Junction turns to him for advice as soon as something goes wrong. And plenty does – murder, adultery, corporate conspiracy – everything you'd expect from a sleepy Vermont town.

Hawke's Return

When a teenager accuses a key official of a local charity of blackmailing her for sex—and then abruptly disappears—a mystery turns into a crisis, raising concerns about the girl's safety, the charity's survival, and the career and reputation of a man who says he is innocent.

Hawke's Discovery

When politics and ethics mix with family ties, Jonas Hawke finds himself on the horns of a dilemma in this page-turning tale of greed and power.


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Mark Willen grew up and attended college in New England before embarking on a journalism career based in Washington. He has been a reporter, editor, producer, columnist, and blogger at The Voice of America, National Public Radio, Congressional Quarterly, Bloomberg News, and Kiplinger. He has published and broadcast hundreds of nonfiction articles from datelines as varied as New York, Concord, N.H., Moscow, Jerusalem, Cairo, Beijing, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, and Cape Town, South Africa.
      Mark retired from full-time journalism in December 2010 to devote his energies to writing fiction. His short stories have been published in The Rusty Nail, Corner Club Press, and The Boiler Review. The Question Is Murder is his fourth novel.
      Mark also leads a writer's workshop for teenagers, and serves as a volunteer tax preparer for elderly and low-income clients. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, Janet.
      Visit Mark's website at MarkWillen.com to learn more about him, to read his reviews of other mysteries and contemporary novels, and to sign up for his newsletter.

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