The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Stay Connected - Val­ley au­thors pen mys­tery, chil­dren’s books BY ASH­LEIGH PANOO [email protected]­

Au­thor: Mark S. Ba­con, who is a Fresno State jour­nal­ism grad­u­ate Descriptio­n: Nos­tal­gia City ex­ec­u­tive Kate Sorensen finds the body of a me­chanic crushed un­der an au­to­mo­bile hoist in the theme park’s garage. Is it an ac­ci­dent or mur­der, and how will it im­pact Kate’s de­ci­sion to be­come an ad­viser for one of two cam­paigns to le­gal­ize mar­i­juana in Ari­zona?

When the death is ruled a homi­cide and the DEA stages a sur­prise raid, park cab driver Lyle Dem­ing is re­cruited to help solve the mur­der and find out if the park’s garage is be­ing used to smug­gle drugs. The anx­i­ety-rid­den ex-cop is soon pok­ing around a Mex­i­can bor­der town look­ing for a park con­trac­tor who might be a drug mule. Or he might be dead.

Mean­while, Sorensen, a 6-foot-2 for­mer col­lege bas­ket­ball star, is dragged into a dan­ger­ous, high­stakes race to con­trol the le­gal pot mar­ket in Ari­zona. Amid set­backs and threats, she and Dem­ing sort through in­ter­wo­ven crimes, a tan­gle of ev­i­dence, and dark suspects.

Then there’s an­other mur­der.

“The Mar­i­juana Mur­ders” is the third novel in this mys­tery se­ries set in Nos­tal­gia City, a theme park that recre­ates a small town from the 1970s. (Black Opal Books, 291 pages.)

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Black Opal Books

Fresno State grad Mark Ba­con’s “The Mar­i­juana Mur­ders” is the third novel in a mys­tery se­ries.

CARLA STONER-BRITO Spe­cial to The Bee

Fresno chil­dren’s book au­thor Carla Stoner-Brito will hold a read­ing at Gillis Branch Li­brary on April 20.

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