Meet mystery novelist at Woodinville Library

Mystery writer Earl Emerson will be at the Woodinville Library.

mystery writer If reading crime fiction sends your pulse racing and raises the little hairs on the back of your neck, come to the Woodinville Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, to hear a master of the genre.
   Local private eye mystery writer Earl Emerson is making a return appearance at the Library to lead a discussion on writing and publishing mysteries. His visit is sponsored and hosted by the Woodinville Friends of the Library.
   Emerson is a lieutenant in the Seattle Fire Department who lives in North Bend with his wife and two children.
   He also is the author of 11 mystery novels and has spent most of the past six weeks on a promotional tour for The Vanishing Smile, the eighth book in his series featuring Thomas Black, an ex-cop turned private investigator in Seattle.
   In this latest installment, Black takes over an amateur sleuth's investigation and finds himself tangled in an AIDS-related web of shady characters, including an unknown assailant with a baseball bat.
   Other Thomas Black mysteries include Rainy City, Nervous Laughter, Fat Tuesday, Deviant Behavior, Yellow Dog Party, The Portland Laugher, and Poverty Bay, for which Emerson was nominated for both Edgar and Anthony awards and won a Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America for best novel.
   Emerson also has written another series of mysteries featuring Mac Fontana, an ex-big city firefighter who becomes fire chief and sheriff in the fictional small town of Staircase, a setting based on Emerson's hometown of North Bend. The Mac Fontana mysteries include Black Hearts and Slow Dancing, Help Wanted: Orphans Preferred, and Morons and Madmen.
   Emerson was born in Tacoma and decided at age 19 that he wanted to be a writer, but wrote for 16 years before his first novel was accepted for publication.
   In addition to his job as a firefighter, he writes 1,500 words a day and bicycles, rollerblades, and skis cross-country to relax and keep in shape. He has a reputation as an engaging speaker who is open to questions about his novels and about writing in general.