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              Books by E. E. doc Murdock

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              My Vietnam War
               

              My Vietnam War (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Murdock, E. E. doc

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              Writers have been writing about war since the siege of Troy, but few, if any, have captured the first-person experience of war as deeply as My Vietnam War. Set in 1967 (the deadliest year of the Vietnam War), this memoir-style novel depicts the psychological journey of a young ma...n whose carefree days of studying philosophy at the university are ended by the draft. The story follows him from his initial rear-echelon assignment in Saigon, where he falls for a mysterious storytelling bar girl, to his eventual posting at an isolated front-line firebase in one of the deepest parts of the Vietnam jungle. While recovering from a leg wound (he is hit by a piece of bone from a fellow soldier who stepped on a booby trap mine), he becomes the assistant medic and sees the horrors of war close up. The experience begins his steady spiral down into PTSD. After he is seriously wounded, he ends up back in Saigon where, after an old friend from Arizona gets him involved in the underground drug trade, the mysterious bar girl may be his only hope for salvation. It is a powerful story, well-written, with vivid detail that you will never forget.
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              ISBN 9780923178239
              Released NZ 12 Aug 2013
              Publisher H O T Press
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              The Storyteller of Cottage H
               

              The Storyteller of Cottage H (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Murdock, E. E. doc

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              A young psychology student goes into a 1970's mental hospital as part of a university independent study course. He meets an old German patient who likes to tell Grimms-like tales of horror and murder. But is it possible the old man's tall tales are actually true stories? And what... role did the old German man play during World War Two? Was he nothing more than a low-level guard in an art museum, as he claims, assigned to guard art treasures stolen from Jews by the Nazis? Or was he actually a high-level official in a nearby Nazi extermination camp? Either way, what is he doing acting like a patient in an American mental hospital?Just when you think you know where the plot is taking you, it changes and takes you down an unexpected path. Is it a murder mystery, a romance, a study of psychological practice and mental health treatment in a bygone era, or is it a historical account of Nazi war crimes? Actually, it's all of the above.
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              ISBN 9780923178376
              Released NZ 20 Mar 2020
              Publisher H. O. T. Press
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              Crueltown: A Drew Steele Los Angeles-Las Vegas Mystery
               

              Crueltown: A Drew Steele Los Angeles-Las Vegas Mystery (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Murdock, E. E. doc

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              LA detective, Drew Steele, takes on a new case while still recovering from life-threatening wounds he suffered in an IED explosion in Iraq where he was working for the company as a private contractor. The doctors told him he would never walk again, but he proved them wrong. After... multiple surgeries, he is able to walk again using a high-tech prosthetic foot (which provides a convenient place to hide a tiny gun). Although he walks with a limp, don't call him a cripple; he's still one of the most successful and sought-after detectives in LA. His first case back in LA seems routine - a missing Las Vegas casino boss - and unrelated to what he was doing in Iraq, but the case turns decidedly dangerous when the missing man turns up dead with a strange message burned into the flesh of his forehead. When the autopsy reveals a grisly surprise in the dead man's stomach, Steele suspects it was put there to suggest the murder is somehow connected to drug trafficking in Crueltown, the criminal hideout in a toxic swamp near the LA-harbor where police are not allowed. But is Crueltown really at the center of this mystery, or is it one of his old enemies trying to draw him into a deadly trap? Crueltown is a Noir murder mystery that pits two brilliant minds against each other in a life and death struggle against a backdrop of the darker side of LA and Vegas.
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              ISBN 9780923178208
              Released NZ 9 Feb 2013
              Publisher Hot Press Books
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Drew Steele Mysteries
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              A Psalm for Cock Robin: A Harp and His (Dead) Mother Mystery
               

              A Psalm for Cock Robin: A Harp and His (Dead) Mother Mystery (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Murdock, E. E. doc

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              A Psalm for Cock Robin is the most innovative murder mystery you will ever read. It features a gentle young man named Harp who lives under the Santa Monica pier after he was accidentally released from a mental hospital. When he wakes up one morning to find another homeless man ly...ing dead right next to him, he runs away but soon becomes the main suspect in the murder. Harp must find the killer before the police find him. Sound like a familiar murder mystery plot? Not really. Harp is clearly not much of a detective, but his caustic, sarcastic, Bible-quoting mother is. The only problem is she's dead. But when Harp gets into trouble, she comes into his head to guide him (and harass him) as he searches among a wild assortment of Venice Beach crazies for clues about who the murderer might be. She becomes a sort of second protagonist, always there in Harp's head to keep him on the straight and narrow (often by quoting the grimmest of Grimm's fairy tales, the only thing she let Harp read when he was a child). As weird as this book may sound, it's actually very funny. You'll find yourself laughing out loud, whether you want to or not. It's a classic murder mystery, with a postmodern twist, one you'll never forget.
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              ISBN 9780923178215
              Released NZ 27 Feb 2013
              Publisher Hot Press Books
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              Series Harp and His (Dead) Mother Mysteries
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              The Pain Artist: An American Hikikomori
               

              The Pain Artist: An American Hikikomori (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Murdock, E. E. doc

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              The Pain Artist is a dark psychological novel about a young man who, after being abandoned and left homeless, is forced to move in with his invalid grandmother who lives in a gang-infested neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles. Crippled and in constant pain, he becomes a self...-described Hikikomori (a Japanese term for young men who withdraw from society to live mostly on the internet). The novel explores the horrific challenges of today's inner-city youth. From the chilling opening, to the existentially alarming conclusion, the reader is carried along with the protagonist on his journey of learning and self discovery.
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              ISBN 9780923178253
              Released NZ 8 Mar 2015
              Publisher H. O. T. Press
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              Who Owns Arizona?: A Drew Steele Civil War Mystery
               

              Who Owns Arizona?: A Drew Steele Civil War Mystery (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Murdock, E. E. doc

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              Who Owns Arizona is a murder mystery set in the American West during the traumatic post-Civil War period. This fast-paced story has more twists and turns than a runaway river in flood stage. It begins in San Francisco when Drew Steele, a Civil War-veteran turned detective, is hir...ed by newspaperman John Rudd to go to the Arizona territory to find a long-lost Spanish land grant that supposedly lays claim to the entire Arizona territory. Murders ensue, and Steele suspects the motive may be related to the missing Spanish land grant. Steele confronts hired gunslingers, marauding Indians, and of course, a number of beautiful, but dangerous, women as he searches for an illusive and exceptionally clever serial killer. Who Owns Arizona is a murder mystery in the classic mold.
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              ISBN 9780923178161
              Released NZ 24 Jan 2013
              Publisher Hot Press Books
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              Series Drew Steele Civil War Mysteries
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              The End of the Civil War: A Drew Steele Civil War Mystery
               

              The End of the Civil War: A Drew Steele Civil War Mystery (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Murdock, E. E. doc

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              The End of the Civil War is a fast-paced western/murder mystery/war story that plays out in the American West soon after the supposed end of Civil War. It asks the question, what would happen if some Confederates had refused to give up and instead moved West to form alliances wit...h anti-American militants? The story begins when a Confederate general known for his ruthless tactics in the war suddenly appears in the West along with his loyal company of men. When the general begins to wreak havoc in California and Arizona, famous San Francisco detective, Drew Steele, is hired to be a go-between negotiator. The cat-and-mouse game that ensues leads from California, through Mexico, and into the mountains of Arizona. It pits two brilliant minds against each other in a life and death struggle against a backdrop of spectacular Western scenery.
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              ISBN 9780923178178
              Released NZ 29 Jan 2013
              Publisher H O T Press
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              Series Drew Steele Civil War Mysteries
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              How to Write Fiction: Tools and Techniques
               

              How to Write Fiction: Tools and Techniques (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Murdock, E. E. doc

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              In this book, Professor Murdock, an award-winning California State University teacher, has developed an innovative method to teach writers how to use the fictional tools and techniques available to them to create powerful stories that will engage readers from beginning to end. Us...ing a step-by-step approach, Dr. Murdock takes writers through the creation of three example stories, stopping to discuss each writing decision as it occurs and explaining how each approach works to keep readers vicariously involved in the progression of the story. This is a book that will help writers understand how the choices they make affect readers in different ways. Even if you are not a writer, you will enjoy the three example stories, and you may find yourself intrigued to learn how stories are created.
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              ISBN 9780923178277
              Released NZ 18 Jan 2016
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              God's Messenger - God's Victim: A Bildungsroman Stockholm Syndrome Novel
               

              God's Messenger - God's Victim: A Bildungsroman Stockholm Syndrome Novel (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Murdock, E. E. doc

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              God's Messenger - God's Victim is a Bildungsroman Stockholm Syndrome Novel in which three young people come under the control of a homeless woman whose self-serving gift of gab makes her a clever con artist. One of the youths is a young girl that seems to be autistic, but may be ...more capable than she seems. A second is a teen-aged boy who knows nothing about the world except what he was taught by his Bible-quoting prostitute mother before she overdosed. The third is a thirteen-year-old girl who also knows little about the world; she is kidnapped from a Southern Utah polygamist community. The three youths cling together as they learn about life, belief, and sexuality. The tragic ending is surprising and shocking, but logical given the situation.
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              ISBN 9780923178338
              Released NZ 7 Feb 2018
              Publisher Hot Press Books
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