THE USUAL SUSPECTS:  Meet the Writers

Be sure and read Bruce Robert Coffin's debut mystery novel, Among The Shadows, first in the Detective Byron Mystery Series from HarperCollins.

Also, look for his short story Fool Proof in Level Best Books, Best New England Crime Stories 2016: Red Dawn, and in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's, Best American Mystery Stories 2016, scheduled for release October 4th. 


Bruce Robert Coffin is a former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law
enforcement. At the time of his retirement, from the Portland, Maine police department, he
supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine’s largest city. Following the
terror attacks of September 11th, Bruce spent four years working counter-terrorism with the FBI,
earning the Director’s Award, the highest honor a non-agent can receive.

Bruce is the author of the Detective Byron Mysteries from HarperCollins. The debut novel in the
series, Among the Shadows, was recently released to rave reviews. His short stories have been
featured in several anthologies including the 2016 Best American Mystery Stories.  He lives and writes in Maine.


Roger Johns is a former college professor and corporate lawyer. He has law degrees from Louisiana State University and Boston University. During his nearly two decades in the academy, he served on the editorial staffs of several publications and he won numerous awards and recognitions for his teaching and his scholarly writing. He grew up in Louisiana and now lives, with his wife, in Georgia. His first novel, Dark River Rising, forthcoming from Minotaur Books/St. Martin’s Press in August 2017, is a crime thriller set in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, featuring female police detective Wallace Hartman.

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Ben Keller built a successful PI firm primarily serving the Gulf Coast area, investigating a variety of cases including corporate fraud, missing persons, homicide/violent crimes, and political corruption.  Keller now leads an international team of investigators and security consultants for a Fortune 250 company and splits his time between New York, New Orleans, and an endless succession of airports.

​In addition to advanced training in subjects like Interrogation and Threat Assessment, Keller received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, studying Criminal Justice, English, and Psychology.  His continuing education efforts include study at Georgetown University and Northwestern University, and training from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.

Murder Book: (n.) the packet or file compiled by a detective during the course of a homicide investigation



Mark Thielman is a criminal magistrate working in Tarrant County, Texas (Fort Worth). Formerly, he spent 27 years as a prosecutor for the Tarrant and Dallas County District Attorney’s Offices. During his time as an assistant district attorney, Mark oversaw the Child Abuse Division, served as chief prosecutor in felony courts and worked as a supervisor in the Misdemeanor Division. He has written and spoken at prosecutor trainings.

Mark has a law degree from the University of Texas in Austin as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Liberal Arts degrees from Texas Christian University. Mark’s published short fiction includes a Black Orchid Award-winning novella.


Brian Thiem is the author of Red Line, Thrill Kill, and Shallow Grave (2017) (Crooked Lane Books). In his previous life, he spent 25 years with the Oakland Police Department, working Homicide as a detective sergeant and later as the commander of the Homicide Section. In addition to homicide, he worked patrol, vice narcotics, and special operations (SWAT), retiring as a Lieutenant. He’s also a veteran of the Iraq War, and retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after 28 years of active and reserve duty. He has an MFA in Creative Writing and lives in South Carolina.


Crime fiction from guys who know.