Patrick Linder, a resident of Snoqualmie, published a novel, “Ghost Music,” this October.
Linder’s novel was awarded third place for unpublished fiction at this summer’s Public Safety Writers Association conference.
According to his publishing house, Oak Tree Press, Linder is pushing the mystery genre in a more literary direction. He uses the connection between the Pacific Northwest and the World War II internment of Japanese Americans as the backbone for a present-day mystery. As the novel advances, Seattle detective Marcus Brace must confront not just a killer but also his family’s complicated history as he considers how sins of the past echo, like ghost music, in the present.
Linder was born in Wichita, Kan., and moved to the Seattle area in 1997. Awarded a Mellon Fellowship for Humanistic Study, he earned his doctorate in American Literature (with honors) from the University of Washington in 2005. He now works as a communication manager for RootMetrics in Bellevue.
Also an avid runner, Patrick has completed the Portland Marathon twice and likes to run the forest trails with his dog (Baxter the Vizsla).
Visit Linder’s website at www.patricklinderbooks.com.