June 19, 2020
Today Jeffrey Marshall talks with me about writing techniques, writing style, and his thrilling mystery book - Undetected. This is episode 299 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast.
Jeffrey Marshall has spent many years reporting on facts and truth for various newspapers and publications, including The New York Times and the Associated Press. Once part of a team nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for reporting, he now has turned his attention to fiction and has just released a psychological thriller that involves a narcissist and sociopath and revolves around a family in an affluent community where things are not what they seem. This riveting thriller takes us into the lives of the 1% -- and why their relationships and problems really mirror the 99%.
Jeffrey is a retired journalist and the author of three books, including Little Miss Sure Shot - a historical novel about Annie Oakley. He has been published widely in newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times and New Jersey Monthly, and was at various times a reporter, editor, feature writer, columnist, and book reviewer.
A little about Undetected
Suzy Perry, a lovely, accomplished older woman, has married into a new family in Westchester County, N.Y after being widowed not long before in Atlanta.
Her new husband, Dean Perry, is besotted with her, but his son Alex and daughter-in-law Lisa are troubled by how little they know about her. Who is she?
Little by little, clues and tidbits of information persuade Alex that he needs to know more.
As the questions pile up, Alex, a journalist, elects to hire a private detective to probe Suzy’s past, without informing his father.
Over time, it becomes clear that Suzy changed her name when she moved to Atlanta -- and that she had been married for many years to a car dealer in Missouri who died suddenly shortly before she left.
Is all this innocent, or something more sinister? Once circumstantial, the evidence becomes more concrete -- and then Suzy is on the run.
Jeff has a bachelor's degree from Princeton and a master's in journalism from Northwestern.
His interests include tennis, golf, fly-fishing, travel, hiking and movies. He and his wife, Judy, have two rambunctious dogs, Maggie and Blaze.
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Length - 36:07