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Hello Everyone,

My name is Christopher Valen. I write a mystery/police procedural series featuring Colombian-born, St. Paul Homicide Detective John Santana. "White Tombs," the first book in the series was released in 2008. "The Black Minute" came out in 2009. Both books won the Reader Views Best Mystery of The Year Award. "Bad Weeds Never Die" will be released in September 2011. I look forward to chatting with authors and members of Kindleboards.

 

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Hello, Christopher, and welcome to KB.  Wishing you the best of luck with your books.  Glad to have you with us.

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Welcome to the KB

You will find lots of friendly folks offering advice and encouragement

Good Luck with your books
 

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Hey Christopher,

Greetings from another Minnesota writer, sending this from Washington State. I'm from St. Paul actually, so I think your stories' setting would be of interest to me.

Good luck with your books, and welcome to Kindle Boards!
 

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Do or should the books be read in order?

(Another Minnesotan.)
 

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medicalhumor said:
Welcome Christopher,

Do you ever use medical humor in your writing? Do you ever read Ann Rule?

Mike Cyra
Mike,

There is one particular ME joke in "White Tombs," and the ME in the novels, Reiko Tanabe, does have a sense of humor, although the Santana series is pretty serious in nature.

I read Ann Rules "The Stranger Beside Me" years ago and thought it was a terrific book. I always remember how she worked nights at a suicide hotline with Ted Bundy, and how he would walk her to her car at night to make sure she was safe.
 

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MichelleR said:
Do or should the books be read in order?

(Another Minnesotan.)
MichelleR,

Each book stands on its own, although readers often tell me they like to start with the first book, "White Tombs." There is a more detailed back story in that book describing what happened to Santana's family and why he was forced to flee Colombia when he was only sixteen. Thanks for asking.

Chris
 
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