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Mark Griffin - Author

About the Author

Mark Griffin began his writing career when he was a teenager, with three successive years of gold medal awards in the Hampshire Writing Festival. In 1996 he moved to Los Angeles, where he turned his attention to acting, script writing and development. After returning to England, Mark continued in this profession, and in April 2017 was shortlisted in the top five out of 3500 entrants in a national crime thriller writing competition sponsored by Random House Publishing and the Daily Mail for his debut, When Darkness Calls. When Darkness Calls is the first book in his crime thriller series starring criminal psychologist Holly Wakefield and DI Bishop of the Met Police.

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When Angels Sleep

When Angels Sleep

Author: Mark Griffin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

'A thrilling new talent' PETER JAMES 'Dark, compelling . . . one of the best police procedurals I've read for a long time' M. W. CRAVEN On a cold winter's morning, the body of a young boy is discovered in Epping Forest. The body is pristine and peaceful, his head resting gently on a pillow, an angel pendant clenched in his small fist. It is a murder as carefully planned as it is brutal, and there's one person DI Bishop needs back on his team to help solve such a calculated crime. Holly Wakefield, criminal psychologist for the Met Police, is better than anyone Bishop knows at getting inside the brains of psychopaths. But with the body count rising, it's going to take all their strength and resolve to stop the serial killer before any more angels are put to their rest . . . The second gripping serial killer thriller in the Holly Wakefield series, perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Stuart MacBride, Robert Bryndza and TV crime series Luther. What readers are saying about When Angels Sleep: 'Wow . . . An astonishingly gripping novel that grabbed me by the throat from the get-go' 'Awestruck, I finished this book with shaking hands and a pounding heart. Edge-of-your-seat stuff. Simply brilliant' 'A dark, riveting and absolutely compulsive must-read' 'I read it in one sitting as I couldn't wait to find out how it would end' 'Absolute must read . . . you won't be disappointed' 'Total page turner from start to finish' 'An immensely satisfying read and an absolutely gripping thriller' 'Unputdownable . . . would highly recommend' 'Amazing . . . I read it in a day' 'What a brilliant read, full of tension as the investigation gains pace, great characters, dark humour, and grips you right from the start to the end' 'Mark Griffin strikes again. Phenomenal' 'The writing is more expertly crafted, drawing you deeper into the darkness and walking with the characters as the desperate events unfold' 'Another masterpiece from Mark Griffin' 'Such a thrilling read that I couldn't put it down' 'Tightly plotted, intricate twists and turns, very human characters'

All That Heaven Allows

All That Heaven Allows

Author: Mark Griffin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2019

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE The definitive biography of the deeply complex and widely misunderstood matinee idol of Hollywood's Golden Age. Devastatingly handsome, broad-shouldered and clean-cut, Rock Hudson was the ultimate movie star. The embodiment of romantic masculinity in American film throughout the '50s and '60s, Hudson reigned supreme as the king of Hollywood. As an Oscar-nominated leading man, Hudson won acclaim for his performances in glossy melodramas (Magnificent Obsession), western epics (Giant) and blockbuster bedroom farces (Pillow Talk). In the '70s and '80s, Hudson successfully transitioned to television; his long-running series McMillan & Wife and a recurring role on Dynasty introduced him to a whole new generation of fans. The icon worshipped by moviegoers and beloved by his colleagues appeared to have it all. Yet beneath the suave and commanding star persona, there was an insecure, deeply conflicted, and all too vulnerable human being. Growing up poor in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was abandoned by his biological father, abused by an alcoholic stepfather, and controlled by his domineering mother. Despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Hudson was determined to become an actor at all costs. After signing with the powerful but predatory agent Henry Willson, the young hopeful was transformed from a clumsy, tongue-tied truck driver into Universal Studio's resident Adonis. In a more conservative era, Hudson's wholesome, straight arrow screen image was at odds with his closeted homosexuality. As a result of his gay relationships and clandestine affairs, Hudson was continually threatened with public exposure, not only by scandal sheets like Confidential but by a number of his own partners. For years, Hudson dodged questions concerning his private life, but in 1985 the public learned that the actor was battling AIDS. The disclosure that such a revered public figure had contracted the illness focused worldwide attention on the epidemic. Drawing on more than 100 interviews with co-stars, family members and former companions, All That Heaven Allows finally delivers a complete and nuanced portrait of one of the most fascinating stars in cinema history. Author Mark Griffin provides new details concerning Hudson's troubled relationships with wife Phyllis Gates and boyfriend Marc Christian. And here, for the first time, is an in-depth exploration of Hudson's classic films, including Written on the Wind, A Farewell to Arms, and the cult favorite Seconds. With unprecedented access to private journals, personal correspondence, and production files, Griffin pays homage to the idol whose life and death had a lasting impact on American culture.

When Angels Sleep

When Angels Sleep

Author: Mark Griffin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2019

'A thrilling new talent' PETER JAMES 'Dark, compelling . . . one of the best police procedurals I've read for a long time' M. W. CRAVEN 'Creepy, twisted and gripping' Sun 5-star review On a cold winter's morning, the body of a young boy is discovered in Epping Forest. The body is pristine and peaceful, his head resting gently on a pillow, an angel pendant clenched in his small fist. It is a murder as carefully planned as it is brutal, and there's one person DI Bishop needs back on his team to help solve such a calculated crime. Holly Wakefield, criminal psychologist for the Met Police, is better than anyone Bishop knows at getting inside the brains of psychopaths. But with the body count rising, it's going to take all their strength and resolve to stop the serial killer before any more angels are put to their rest . . . The second gripping serial killer thriller in the Holly Wakefield series, perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Stuart MacBride, Robert Bryndza and TV crime series Luther. Praise for the Holly Wakefield thrillers: 'Mightily impressive . . . Deviously plotted' DAILY MAIL 'Meticulously plotted and devious in its execution . . . utterly compelling' LESLEY KARA 'Wow . . . As many twists and turns as a rollercoaster!' AMY LLOYD 'Absolutely gripping . . . It reminded me of Thomas Harris' TOBY FABER 'Deftly plotted, propulsive, psychologically astute . . . totally horrifying' DOMINIC NOLAN 'Dark, observant and addictive' CAROLINE ENGLAND

All That Heaven Allows

All That Heaven Allows

Author: Mark Griffin Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/12/2018

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE The definitive biography of the deeply complex and widely misunderstood matinee idol of Hollywood's Golden Age. Devastatingly handsome, broad-shouldered and clean-cut, Rock Hudson was the ultimate movie star. The embodiment of romantic masculinity in American film throughout the '50s and '60s, Hudson reigned supreme as the king of Hollywood. As an Oscar-nominated leading man, Hudson won acclaim for his performances in glossy melodramas (Magnificent Obsession), western epics (Giant) and blockbuster bedroom farces (Pillow Talk). In the '70s and '80s, Hudson successfully transitioned to television; his long-running series McMillan & Wife and a recurring role on Dynasty introduced him to a whole new generation of fans. The icon worshipped by moviegoers and beloved by his colleagues appeared to have it all. Yet beneath the suave and commanding star persona, there was an insecure, deeply conflicted, and all too vulnerable human being. Growing up poor in Winnetka, Illinois, Hudson was abandoned by his biological father, abused by an alcoholic stepfather, and controlled by his domineering mother. Despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Hudson was determined to become an actor at all costs. After signing with the powerful but predatory agent Henry Willson, the young hopeful was transformed from a clumsy, tongue-tied truck driver into Universal Studio's resident Adonis. In a more conservative era, Hudson's wholesome, straight arrow screen image was at odds with his closeted homosexuality. As a result of his gay relationships and clandestine affairs, Hudson was continually threatened with public exposure, not only by scandal sheets like Confidential but by a number of his own partners. For years, Hudson dodged questions concerning his private life, but in 1985 the public learned that the actor was battling AIDS. The disclosure that such a revered public figure had contracted the illness focused worldwide attention on the epidemic. Drawing on more than 100 interviews with co-stars, family members and former companions, All That Heaven Allows finally delivers a complete and nuanced portrait of one of the most fascinating stars in cinema history. Author Mark Griffin provides new details concerning Hudson's troubled relationships with wife Phyllis Gates and boyfriend Marc Christian. And here, for the first time, is an in-depth exploration of Hudson's classic films, including Written on the Wind, A Farewell to Arms, and the cult favorite Seconds. With unprecedented access to private journals, personal correspondence, and production files, Griffin pays homage to the idol whose life and death had a lasting impact on American culture.

When Darkness Calls

When Darkness Calls

Author: Mark Griffin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2018

'A thrilling new talent' Peter James 'Utterly compelling' Lesley Kara 'Wow . . . As many twists and turns as a rollercoaster!' Amy Lloyd 'Mightily impressive . . . Deviously plotted' Daily Mail *LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 CWA DEBUT DAGGER AWARD* The first thriller in the gritty and gripping Holly Wakefield series, perfect for fans of Val McDermid, Angela Marsons, Stuart MacBride and the TV's Luther and Line of Duty. Holly Wakefield works for the NHS as a criminal psychologist specialising in serial killers. She has particular reason to be good at her job - but she keeps that to herself. When DI Bishop from the Met Police approaches Holly to investigate a recent killing, Holly is horrified by the dismembered bodies and the way they have been theatrically positioned. More shocking still is when the pathologist reveals this is not the first time she has seen these mutilations. It means a serial killer is out there, and they're going to kill again - soon. Holly is used to chasing serial killers. But this killer has something in common with Holly that she's kept hidden for as long as she can remember. And for the first time since she was a child, Holly is forced to face the darkness of her past . . . What readers are saying about When Darkness Calls: 'Gripping, shocking, nail biting!' Reader review, 5 stars 'A must read book!' Reader review, 5 stars 'Outstanding!' Reader review, 5 stars 'A moving, intense rollercoaster!' Reader review, 5 stars 'You have to read this book!' Reader review, 5 stars 'Dark, twisty and disturbing' Reader review, 5 stars 'Brilliant . . . you won't want to put it down' Reader review, 5 stars 'Compulsive' Reader review, 5 stars 'One of the very best books I've read' Reader review, 5 stars 'Couldn't put it down!' Reader review, 5 stars 'I was glued to this cover to cover' Reader review, 5 stars 'Absolutely loved this . . . It had me completely engrossed' Reader review, 5 stars 'Captivating, thrilling and brilliant' Reader review, 5 stars 'I lost count of how many times I held my breath - fantastic twists and turns' Reader review, 5 stars 'A fast-paced, page-turning thriller' Reader review, 5 stars 'So gripping, so cleverly written' Reader review, 5 stars 'An amazing storyline that kept me hooked' Reader review, 5 stars ***Pre-order the second Holly Wakefield thriller, When Angels Sleep, now***

Cathar Prophecy

Cathar Prophecy

Author: Mark Griffin Format: eBook Release Date: 13/03/2013

They had no holy book, they had no church, they worshipped in fields and forests, men and women were treated as equals, and though they were known as 'perfects', the Cathars were hunted to extinction in the name of God. In the winter of 1243 the last two hundred perfects were forced to retreat with their treasure to their final sanctuary and the seat of their Church of God, the impregnable castle in the foothills of the Pyrenees called Montsgur. The Cathar Prophecy tells the extraordinary story of their last stand. It tells of Arnaud de Blanchfort, the dispossessed Knight of St John who stood with them and the 'perfects' who changed his life forever.

Hundred or More Hidden Things

Hundred or More Hidden Things

Author: Mark Griffin Format: eBook Release Date: 09/03/2010

He was the acclaimed director of such cinematic classics as Meet Me in St. Louis, An American in Paris, and Gigi, and equally well known for his tumultuous marriage to the legendary Judy Garland. But to say that Vincente Minnelli's conflicted personal life informed his films would be an understatement. As Mark Griffin persuasively demonstrates in this definitive biography of the Academy Awardwinning director, Minnelli was not only building a remarkable Hollywood legacy, but also creating an intriguing autobiography in code. Drawing on more than 100 interviews with such icons as Kirk Douglas, Angela Lansbury, Lauren Bacall, Tony Curtis, and George Hamilton, Griffin turns the spotlight on the enigmatic ';elegant director,' revealing long-kept secrets at the heart of Minnelli's genius.

Logan County

Logan County

Author: Mark Griffin Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/2006

Logan County

Logan County

Author: Mark Griffin Format: eBook Release Date: 08/11/2006

As one of Kentucky's oldest counties, Logan County has a colorful history. Residents found religion at the Red River Meeting House during the Second Great Awakening. However, the land once known as Rogue's Harbor has been wrought with lawlessness. Visitors to the county today can tour the bank in the county seat of Russellville where the infamous Jesse James started his robbing spree in 1868. Tourists and residents alike are regaled with stories of a dueling Andrew Jackson and countless corrupt elections. Four men went on to become governors, while a fifth attempt fell short despite an infamous campaign. All of these things are documented in Images of America: Logan County along with the less controversial events in history: the everyday farmers who raised their cash crop of tobacco to contribute to a growing community and the establishment of the most southwestern of the Shaker communities at South Union.

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