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Christopher Valen

Christopher Valen is the award-winning author of seven novels featuring Homicide Detective John Santana. He is also the author of the fictional historical murder mystery City Of Stones and the literary novel All The Fields. The inspiration for Detective John Santana was conceived during many visits to Colombia. He resides in Minnesota and Arizona with his Colombian-born wife, Martha. For more information visit his website at

Brian Lutterman

Brian Lutterman is the author of five mystery-thrillers featuring paraplegic attorney Pen Wilkinson. Lutterman, a former trial lawyer and corporate attorney, writes cutting-edge corporate thrillers, bringing to life the genre's outsized conflicts and characters. A graduate of the University of Minnesota and Georgetown University Law Center, he lives with his family in the Twin Cities. For more information visit his website at

Steve Thayer

Steve Thayer was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California. After seven years as a struggling actor in Los Angeles, he returned home to St. Paul to write. He is The New York Times bestselling author of The Weatherman, Silent Snow, and The Wheat Field, as well as Saint Mudd and The Leper. His latest book is titled Ithaca Falls. He lives in Minnesota. For more information visit his website at

Chuck Logan

Chuck Logan is the acclaimed author of eight novels including Homefront which became a major motion picture in 2013. His latest stand alone novel is Broker. He is a Vietnam veteran who lives in Stillwater, Minnesota with his wife and daughter.  For more information visit his website at

Richard A. Thompson

Richard A. Thompson is the author of several short stories and four novels, one of which, Big Wheat, won the 2012 Minnesota Book Award.  A former fine arts major at Macalester College, he is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, a registered Professional Engineer, a Minnesota Building Code Official, and a veteran of the US Coast Guard.  He lives in St. Paul.

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