Mark Allen Smith is a successful television and documentary film producer and screenwriter. The Inquisitor, featuring the controversial hero known only as Geiger, is his first novel. Mark's experience investigating features for the acclaimed ABC-TV news magazine program, "20/20," planted the seed for his debut thriller when he was involved with a story dating from the 1970s about the remarkably brutal torture and murder of a 17-year-old in Paraguay, the last true dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere. He was further inspired to action by the shocking death of Lisa Steinberg at the abusive hands of her adoptive father; this event uncorked ongoing interest in the corrosive effect of physical and psychological pressure on children and other innocents. His journey of research convinced him that the novel was his best way to bring his story to the largest possible audience. A long-time resident of Westchester County, Mark Allen Smith now lives in New York City’s Harlem with his wife, Cathy, and a blended family of six children. He is presently working on the sequel to The Inquisitor, also featuring Geiger.
Where are you from?
Born in Chelsea, Mass. Living in Herlem, NY.
Who are your favorite writers?
Herman Melville, John Barth, J.P. Donleavy, Harry Crews, Raymond Chandler
Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
Moby Dick, The End Of The Road, The Sotweed Factor, Bartleby The Scrivener, The Ginger Man, The Long Goodbye.
What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Music (listening, playing and composing) and softball.
What is your favorite quote?
"There is nothing to be afraid of."-R.D. Laing
What inspired you to write your first book?
The astonishing depth of man's dark side.
Where do you write?
At home in my office, at my desk on my laptop.
Mark Allen Smith
Henry Holt and Co.
Henry Holt and Co.
A spectacularly original thriller about a professional torturer who has a strict code, a mysterious past, and a dangerous conviction that he can save the life of an innocent child