Sam Jenkins, the retired New York detective who became a police chief in the small Smoky Mountain city of Prospect, Tennessee: Mark Harmon. It’s tough finding a sixty-year-old actor still good-looking enough to attract the ladies. And Mark does a good job with police work on his series, NCIS. I assume he could put on a slight New York accent and portray the sharpest real cop around.
Kate Jenkins, Sam’s wife of many years: Patricia Richardson. I loved the way she played Tim Allen’s wife on HOME IMPROVEMENT. Like Kate, she’s attractive, smart and always ready with a clever remark. But she’ll have to let a little gray hair show.
Special Agent Ralph Oliveri: Michael Imperioli. I needed the quintessential Italian-American cop for this ex-New Yorker. Imperioli is a fine actor who does all the right facial expressions at the right time.
Rachel Williamson: Sasha Alexander has all the right stuff to play the beautiful news anchor at WNXX TV in Knoxville and friend of Chief Sam Jenkins. And I’ve been in love with her for years. But if Sasha wants the job, she’ll have to go back to her natural dark brown hair.
Sgt. Bettye Lambert. This book is littered with pretty and smart women and Bettye is a top example. I’d like to see Canadian actress, Jessica Steen play her—she’s got the perfect look for a hot female cop.
Bridget Dwyer. Where do you find a thirty-five-year-old beautiful redhead with an Irish accent that could melt the Mendenhall Glacier? How about MAD MEN’s Christina Hendricks and hope she can do the accent, but really not care.
Sgt. Stanley Rose: Henry Simmons. Stan is a big, tough, and smart street cop. Henry was impressive and realistic as Det. Baldwin Jones on NYPD BLUE.
ABOUT A LEPRECHAUN’S LAMENT
A stipulation of the Patriot Act gave Chief Sam Jenkins an easy job; investigate all the civilians working for the Prospect Police Department. But what looked like a routine chore to the gritty ex-New York detective, turned into a nightmare. Preliminary inquiries reveal a middle-aged employee didn’t exist prior to 1975.
Murray McGuire spent the second half of his life repairing office equipment for the small city of Prospect, Tennessee, but the police can’t find a trace of the first half.
After uncovering nothing but dead ends during the background investigation and frustrations running at flood level, Jenkins finds his subject lying face down in a Smoky Mountain creek bed—murdered assassination-style.
By calling in favors from old friends and new acquaintances, the chief enlists help from a local FBI agent, a deputy director of the CIA, British intelligence services, and the Irish Garda to learn the man’s real identity and uncover the trail of an international killer seeking revenge in the Great Smoky Mountains.
ABOUT WAYNE ZURL
Wayne Zurl grew up on Long Island and retired after twenty years with the Suffolk County Police Department, one of the largest municipal law enforcement agencies in New York and the nation. For thirteen of those years he served as a section commander supervising investigators. He is a graduate of SUNY, Empire State College and served on active duty in the US Army during the Vietnam War and later in the reserves. Zurl left New York to live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with his wife, Barbara.
Twelve (12) of his Sam Jenkins mysteries have been produced as audio books and simultaneously published as eBooks. His first full-length novel, A NEW PROSPECT, was named best mystery at the 2011 Indie Book Awards. A new novel, A LEPRECHAUN’S LAMENT, is on the coming soon list at Iconic Publishing and will be available in print and eBook in April 2012.
For more information on Wayne’s Sam Jenkins mystery series see www.waynezurlbooks.net. You can read excerpts, reviews and endorsements, interviews, coming events, and even see photos of the area where the stories take place.