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Wayne Zurl



Wayne Zurl retired after working for twenty years with the Suffolk County Police Department, one of the largest municipal law enforcement agencies in New York and the nation. For thirteen of those years he served as a section commander supervising investigators.

In 2006 he began writing crime fiction. Seven of his Sam Jenkins mysteries have been produced as audio books and simultaneously published as eBooks. His first full-length novel, A NEW PROSPECT, traditionally published by Black Rose Writing, debuted in January 2011.

Zurl left New York to live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with his wife, Barbara.

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A NEW PROSPECT was named best mystery at the 2011 Indie Book Awards. Read an except from this and other Sam Jenkins mysteries at

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Current Releases
A stipulation of the Patriot Act gave Chief Sam Jenkins an easy job; investigate all the civilians working for the Prospect Police Department. But what looked like a routine chore to the gritty ex-New York detective, turned into a nightmare. Preli...
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One potential witness said, “Whitey wasn’t the best-liked member of the reenacting community, but who would have thought he’d end up like this?” Prospect, Tennessee Police Chief Sam Jenkins  attends the town’...
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  One of the strangest investigations to come out of Prospect PD The most creative interrogation you’ve ever read           An informant takes Chief Sam Jenkins and Sergeant Stanle...
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Serpents & Scoundrels
  Finding a killer in a small Appalachian community doesn’t look that difficult to gritty ex-New York Detective Lieutenant Sam Jenkins. Adjusting to the culture of rural Tennessee, dealing with shady politicians, powerful rich famil...
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A New Prospect
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When a fourteen foot tall statue of a dairy cow is stolen from a market in Prospect, Tennessee, Chief Sam Jenkins wonders: Cattle rustlers or ancient Greeks looking for a substitute for their aging Trojan horse?   After his TV reporte...
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By The Horns Of A Cow
     Chief Sam Jenkins investigates theft of copper wire and pipe from local construction sites and makes a quick arrest.      Shortly after the thief is released on bail, Sam finds his complainant murd...
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