About Mark Coggins

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Mark with his photo “Geisha Confidential” at a gallery opening

Born in the Four Corners region of New Mexico, Mark Coggins earned two degrees and a Phi Beta Kappa Key from Stanford University. He has worked for a number of Silicon Valley computer and venture capital firms, including Netscape Communications and Hewlett Packard Company.

While at Stanford, he studied creative writing with Tobias Wolff and Ron Hansen and wrote the first story featuring his series character August Riordan in a class taught by Hansen. This story, “There’s No Such Thing as Private Eyes,” was later published in The New Black Mask, vol. 4, Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich.

His books have been nominated for the Shamus and the Barry crime fiction awards and have been selected for best of the year lists compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Detroit Free Press and Amazon.com, among others.

Runoff and The Big Wake-Up won the Next Generation Indie Book Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) respectively, both in the crime fiction category. The Immortal Game was optioned for a film.

Three of his novels have been translated for foreign markets. His work has been collected for the California History Room at the California State Library, the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley and the San Francisco History Center at the San Francisco Public Library.

Coggins has published short fiction in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and the anthology Masters of Technique, as well as nonfiction in View Camera and Distributed Object Computing magazines.

He is also a photographer. Photos of his have been exhibited across the country, including galleries in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and have been used to illustrate books of other authors, notably Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell (end papers) and A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments by Roland Barthes (cover photo).

(Author photo available here).