Title: Candy from Strangers (August Riordan #3) (...
Publisher: Bleak House Books; Madison, WI
Publication Date: 2006
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Bleak House Books. Madison, WI. 2006. SIGNED FIRST EDITION HARDCOVER in FINE Condition in FINE Dustjacket. INSCRIBED & dated in year of publication on title page: "Dr. D. . --This isn't a book that should be tossed aside lightly-- it should be thrown w/ great force!--Best, Mark Coggins-- 11/25/06," otherwise book unmarked, tight, pristine. Unread. Carefully shipped in secure parcel. #3 in the August Riordan Series. Bookseller Inventory # 509070
Synopsis: Caroline Stockwell has a secret: she and her best friend Monica are "cam girls." Soliciting cash donations and gifts via Amazon.com wish lists from anonymous admirers, the young women have put up a web site featuring still photographs, video and web diaries (aka blogs) to help pay their way through art college. But when Caroline goes missing and her mother Ellen engages jazz bass-playing PI August Riordan to find her, Riordan discovers her secret and it appears to everyone that someone she met through the web site is responsible for her disappearance.
Set against the real-world backdrop of Internet predators using social networking sites like MySpace.com to find and ensnare their victims, Candy from Strangers is the first novel to explore the phenomenon of teenagers and young adults displaying themselves online in exchange for material favors--often without their parents' knowledge--which some are calling the newest form of prostitution.
About the Author:
Born in New Mexico in 1957, 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, VeriSign, Hewlett Packard Company and three (other) software start-ups.
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 first novel, The Immortal Game, was nominated for three mystery book awards and was selected for a number of respected "best of the year" lists, including those put together by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Detroit Free Press and mystery maven Otto Penzler. His second novel, Vulture Capital, was recognized as a defining portrayal of the dark side of Silicon Valley. CNBC said of the book, "a truer picture of Silicon Valley can't be found," and Salon.com, "Vulture Capital gives us Northern California in the 21st century, as noir as it ever was."
His third novel, Candy from Strangers, was published in the Fall of 2006 by Bleak House Books. Coggins has published other short fiction in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and is the author of several nonfiction articles, including a profile of photographer Mark Citret in View Camera magazine.
He's been the keynote speaker at computer software conferences and an invited instructor at writers' conferences, including The Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference. He's appeared on television and radio to discuss his work as well as the real world events and issues that inform it, such as Silicon Valley culture and venture capital.
He lives in San Francisco with his wife Linda and their cat Taki, and is currently at work on his fourth August Riordan novel, Runoff.
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