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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  David Lozell Martin  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1946 in Granite City, Illinois


-- David Lozell Martin on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=david+lozell+martin


Illinois Connection

Martin was born in Granite City and grew up on a farm near Mt. Olive, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Martin was born in Granite City, grew up on a farm near Mt. Olive, Illinois. His previous novels include international bestsellers ''Lie to Me'' and ''Tap, Tap'' and the critically acclaimed ''The Crying Heart Tattoo'', ''The Beginning of Sorrows'', and ''Crazy Love''. Martin currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area.


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Titles At Your Library

Tethered
ISBN: 0030482410

Henry Holt. 1979

The tragically mismatched marriage between a brutal man with a deep need for stability and a romantic woman given to erratic mood swings slowly destroys their son, who rejects their conflicting claims on him

The Crying Heart Tattoo
ISBN: 0030604885

Holt Rinehart & Winston. 1982

Looks at Sonny and Felicity's thirty-six-year love affair that survives Sonny's marriages, absences, and thoughtlessness

Final harbor: A novel
ISBN: 003069504X

Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. 1984

novel

The Beginning of Sorrows
ISBN: 1555840639

Grove Pr. 1987

When Johnny Reace, a drifter and storyteller, wanders into a sleepy midwestern town, he begins a passionate love affair that shatters and changes the community forever

Lie to Me
ISBN: 0394584910

Random House. 1990

Police detective Teddy Camel becomes embroiled in a web of deceit and intrigue while investigating the possible suicide of a beautiful socialite's husband and pursuing a murderous serial killer

Bring Me Children
ISBN: 0394584716

Random House. 1992

John Lyon, a veteran but emotionally unstable newscaster, is drawn into a sinister web of evil in the heart of Appalachia when he investigates a woman's bizarre story about a West Virginia doctor who has been killing babies. 50,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo. BOMC Feat.

Tap, Tap
ISBN: 0679410554

Random House. 1995

Peter Tummelier uses his newfound vampire powers to embark on a bloodthirsty quest for vengeance on the enemies of his childhood friend, Roscoe Bird, and to seduce Roscoe to the vampire life. By the author of Lie to Me. 75,000 first printing.

Cul-de-Sac: A Novel
ISBN: 0679410562

Villard. 1997

suspenseful, frightening, and gripping thriller about a family secret and a wrongly accused murderer from the author of Lie to Me. Here, David Martin brings back his most engaging hero: retired Detective Teddy Camel--a.k.a. "The Human Lie Detector"--on his last case.

Pelikan
ISBN: 0684853485

Simon & Schuster. 1999

Pelikan is one of the rarities of modern fiction: rousing and well written, a book with humor that never insults intelligence even as it outrages propriety. The journey begins when thirty-three-year-old Charlie Curtis travels to New Orleans on a deathbed assignment from his father to find the father's half-brother -- James Joseph Pelikan, who rules the French Quarter from midnight until dawn in places where tourists seldom venture. Charlie is barely off the train when he witnesses the murder of one of Pelikan's cronies by a woman whose only adornment is a fishhook through her lower lip. There ensues a drama, a caper, a quest.

Although unschooled, James Joseph Pelikan delivers outrageous riffs on such topics as the Mississippi River's being America's alimentary canal...and what that makes New Orleans. A pimp who arranges sex parties, he also serves as a paladin for nuns he hustles and scams but will also bathe and feed the most wretched of the homeless cruel and manipulative (he manages to break Charlie's heart and his finger), Pelikan is so obsessed by redemption that he'll use a toothbrush to clean sidewalks outside St. Louis Cathedral. That Charlie would eventually join this seducer in a hurricane-whipped burglary has more to do with loyalty than larceny.

In Pelikan, David Lozell Martin, acclaimed thriller writer and author of a literary classic, The Crying Heart Tattoo, has created something reminiscent of A Confederacy of Dunces with the kind of oddball characters and sense of place found in Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard. Martin combines his skills as a writer of dark suspense (Lie to Me Tap, Tap) and literary novels (The Beginning of Sorrows) to make Pelikan a carnival ride to enlightenment.

Crazy Love: A Novel
ISBN: 1416566635

Simon & Schuster. 2008

David Martin has proved to be an unusually versatile writer, both of acclaimed thrillers like Lie to Me and of love stories like The Crying Heart Tattoo. Now, in Crazy Love, Martin has created remarkable characters and his richest story yet: a chronicle of passion and heartbreak.

Joseph Long, known locally as Bear, is a farmer ridiculed by neighbors for his strangeness. Lonely nearly to the point of madness and so desperate for human touch, he leans against the hands of the barber giving him a haircut.

Katherine Renault is a successful career woman, wondering why, if she has the perfect job and the perfect fiancÚ, does she feel so hollow inside -- even before the illness, the disfiguring surgery.

They should have nothing in common -- though he has a magical touch with animals, he considers them property, while she can't tolerate their mistreatment. She's a sophisticated city dweller who can't abide violence, and he's never traveled beyond the local town and has blood on his hands. But love is crazy, and soon they are rescuing the injured of the world just as they rescue each other. Enduring violence and loss, they live in a domestic bliss wide and deep enough to dilute most of life's dramas, until fate tests them again.

Funny, erotic, emotionally powerful, yet surprisingly unsentimental about our relationships with each other and with animals in our care, Crazy Love will heal broken hearts.

Facing Rushmore
ISBN: 0684853493

Simon & Schuster. 2005

The St. Louis Memorial Arch, 630 feet of gleaming stainless steel, twice the height of the Statue of Liberty, built to withstand earthquakes, has been so severely damaged that it's barely standing. What's even more unsettling to a nervous nation: The arch was damaged and turned black overnight but without apparent cause -- no bombs, no guns, no chemicals.
There are suspects, however. And Charlie Hart, a clean-cut FBI agent in the all-American mode, is on the trail of three: Lakota John Brown Dog, an otherworldly whore, and "the grandfather," who's in contact with a shadowy but powerful group known as the allies.
And matters only get scarier for America after the arch is damaged...the four stone presidents on Mount Rushmore come under an attack that a hundred armed agents and a dozen assault helicopters are powerless to stop...then it's on to a second battle of the Little Bighorn. The white man's civilization ends with a lone wolf howling in the desolate forests of Manhattan.
The force majeure behind these events is ghost dancing, which began in 1890 as a promise to Indians that America's original illegal aliens -- the Europeans and their descendants -- could be eradicated without war, without killing. How this promise can be fulfilled more than a hundred years later, in present-day America, is one of the compelling mysteries at the heart of Facing Rushmore.
Martin's ten novels have given him a cult following. His thriller, Lie to Me, and his eccentric love story, The Crying Heart Tattoo, are adored by fans worldwide. But Facing Rushmore is in a class by itself. The novel's unforgettable characters dare to consider a provocative question in the post-9/11 world: Can the technological power of the United States, a power that has dominated the world, be overwhelmed by a superior spiritual force?
Facing Rushmore will thrill and provoke readers. It's a history lesson, a page-turner, and one hell of a journey. If you're a Martin fan, the good news is: He's back. If this is your first trip with him, get ready for the ride of your life.

Our American King: A Novel
ISBN: 074326732X

Simon & Schuster. 2008

When America fell, she fell hard. Now chaos and calamity fill the vacuum left by a collapsing federal government. The strong and the armed prey on the law-abiding. Only the wealthiest Americans, who have bought up and seized every available commodity, get by unscathed. Protected by the United States Army and their own hired guards, the rich have made their deals.

But no one is making deals on behalf of the Americans who have-not. John and Mary, a long-married couple, are starving to death in a suburb of Washington, D.C. In the delirium of starvation, John becomes convinced that an American king has risen up -- benevolent, uncorrupted, and able to restore faith and prosperity to the nation. Mary walks with her husband into the District of Columbia to see if there's any truth to this madness of an American king.

At the fence bordering the White House, which has been abandoned, overrun, and destroyed, John and Mary find a man who is hanging dead politicians "the way they spoke their words," upside down and backwards. John convinces this man, Tazza, that he can be king and that the people of America will find as much strength and goodness in serving a king as they did in practicing a democracy.

Charismatic, royal, and alpha, Tazza is adored by the American people. He converts marauders to his cause, organizes scavengers to feed the hungry, and seems destined to establish a beloved and benevolent American monarchy. But Tazza cannot escape the inevitability of history, and when the federal government returns, a war ensues that sweeps across America and lasts for decades.

In this conflict between forms of government, in a people's fight for survival, Our American King unearths massive forces and powerful truths and challenges readers with provocative questions: If a calamity destroyed the American government, who among us would survive? Who would die from weakness and fear? What kind of leaders would emerge?

In vintage Martin style, Our American King grabs the reader on page one and never lets go. This is a journey by turns dire and thrilling, authoritative and mythical, heartbreaking and magical. For decades now, David Lozell Martin's novels, including cult favorites Lie to Me and The Crying Heart Tattoo, have set the bar for powerful and eccentric thrillers. This new one is his most powerful yet.


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