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A New Prospect Paperback – January 20, 2011

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Editorial Reviews


The voice and style read effortless and consistent.

Dispensed with laid-back ease, the pace is a quick draw and the plot doesn't step out of sync.

Plotted well through and through.

--Ephraim Rodriguez on (Harper-Collins' author's site)

Sam Jenkins has just become a favorite character of mine. I generally have a weakness for cops but Sam is not your ordinary hero. --You Gotta Read Reviews

From the Author

A NEW PROSPECT won 1st Prize for a mystery at the 2011 Independent Publisher's Book Awards. In March 2012 A NEW PROSPECT was named a finalist in the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Awards and was nominated for a Montaigne Medal. Results to be published May 2012.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Black Rose Writing (January 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935605720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935605720
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #951,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Wayne Zurl worked for twenty years as a police officer in New York before retiring to the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. For thirteen of those years he served as a section commander superivsing investigators. Prior to his police career, Zurl served in the US Army during the Vietnam war and continued on in the Reserves. Before all that, he worked in the fledgling business of computers--when they were seven feet tall. Somewhat disenchanted with the IBM/data processing business, Zurl decided computers were nothing but a passing fad--something that would never replace humans, and he scrapped reentry into that world after returning from his stint with the Army overseas, and collected unemployment insurance until he was offered the only job somewhat compatable with his military background. In 2006 he began writing police stories. His premier novel, A NEW PROSPECT, won Indie and Eric Hoffer Book Awards for best Mystery and Commercial Fiction respectively. Zurl has also been named as a finalist for a First Horizon Book Award and a Montaigne Medal. He currently has twenty mystery novelettes being sold or about to be published as audio books and/or Kindle books.

For more infromation about Wayne, visit where you can find a list of available books, photos, other writing available only from the author, special messages, and several recent interviews with the media. Sign up for eMail notifications about new releases or follow Wayne via his Facebook and Twitter links on the web site.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Author/Reviewer Geri Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
Sam Jenkins worked for the New York Police Department for twenty years, then retired and moved to Tennessee. Naturally, after retirement, he didn't plan on joining the Police Force once again, but the urge came upon him and he acted on it. His new position as Police Chief in Prospect began with a mission to solve a homicide, investigate the suspects, and make sure justice is served. However, he had to deal with political influence and extreme pressure from people who didn't want him to take the case. What kind of reputation did Cecil Lovejoy have, and who killed him? What kind of relationship did he have with his wife? Was Sam's best friend the number one suspect? Was Pearl satisfied with Sam, or did she go over his head to push him away? Time is running out, and the clock ticks fast as Sam tries to fit the pieces into the puzzle. I highly recommend this book to all mystery lovers, who enjoy an intriguing story filled with suspense, interesting characters, and humor. Wayne Zurl uses his expertise as a professional in criminal justice as he becomes a Master storyteller in a setting that fits like a glove as he creates a gripping story with intense suspense, page-after-page. The characters with their Southern accent come to life, the twists-and-turns make the reader crave for more, and the author's imagination and creativity become addictive. The story is intelligent, interesting, and enjoyable. Will the crime be solved as New York meets Southern society? Will greed, hatred, and bribery be swept from under the carpet? Will the wealthy and powerful win the game, or the war? Who are the innocent, and will the guilty be convicted? "A NEW PROSPECT: City Limit" contains as much Yankee charm as MY COUSIN VINNY, is as suspenseful as THIRTEEN DAYS, and is as dramatic as PRESUMED INNOCENT, with Harrison Ford.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brenda C on July 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
Are you a fan of small town mysteries set in the south? If so then your in for a real treat because Wayne Zurl gives us just that! This one is set in the tiny town of Prospect, TN. Sam Jenkins had been retired from his job as a New York police detective for 14 years when he decides to apply for the job of Police Chief in Prospect, after the former chief was forced into an early retirement for uhh hum illegal activities. Who would have ever guessed that one the first day of Sam's job a murder would take place, I mean after all murder never happens in Prospect!!!Turns out during a car show, Sam and his partner for the day are called to a local car show to take care of a disorderly drunk. The drunk turns out to be Cecil Lovejoy one of the towns most prominent citizens, whom most people really didn't like. Later in the day they are called back to the car show because of a murder, and guess what the murder victim is none other than Cecil. Sam decides because of his former experience with the NYPD his office will take care of the murder investigation but soon it become obvious that Cecil's family wants him off the case; but Sam doesn't let that stop him from trying to solve the case!

I loved this one! When a book starts out with someone having a life altering experience in the Walmart you just know its going to be a good read! This is one of those books that really grabbed me from the first pages and held me through out. I actually read it in one sitting. The writing is smooth and really captures the flavor of the south, I could even hear the southern dialogue in my head while reading! I love the laid back style of Sam Jenkins, not to mention his often sarcastic sense of humor.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By betty l. dravis VINE VOICE on October 7, 2011
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When Sam Jenkins, an experienced cop from New York, retires and moves to Tennessee to get away from violent crime, what does he do after he gets there? He takes the position as police chief of Prospect, of course!

So much for retirement...

Can't blame the poor guy for getting bored, and he IS under the impression this will be an easy job; nothing like the "mean streets" of New York! Yeah... right! Well...ordinarily Prospect is a quiet, peaceful town, but just Sam's luck to have a homicide as soon as he starts the new job!

To further complicate things, the murder victim Cecil Lovejoy was one of the richest (and most despised) men in town. Lovejoy's political influence places extreme pressure on the new chief by people who don't want him to take the case.

Who are these people who want him off the case? Why does his best friend come under suspicion? Why does the victim's widow Pearl go above Sam's head to sabotage his case? How does Sam get along with his staff? Who becomes his faithful ally? But most important, does Sam solve the murder in time to save an innocent person?

Since author Wayne Zurl is a retired police officer in real life, he's well-equipped to make this book realistic and he does just that. He answers all the above questions and more... As for the criminal aspect of this story, Zurl is spot on with the appropriate procedures; as for his characters, I feel like I know them personally, and I'm sure you will. They're so human, they could be anyone's next door neighbors and/or friends and family members.

I fell in like with Chief Jenkins because he's an honorable man and a skilled investigator who doesn't let obstacles stop him. In addition he's a fair man with a keen sense of humor and a likeable, yet sarcastic, manner.
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