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A former Air Force fighter pilot, Wolf Wootan spent more than forty years as an entrepreneur in the computer industry. He has written and edited hundreds of documents and books for clients in high-level government positions, as well as for many commercial companies. He?s a member of Private Eye Writers of America.www.wolfwootan.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (September 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595403611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595403615
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,659,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wolf Wootan, an Air Force all-weather fighter pilot (test pilot, instructor pilot, Flight Commander) during the Korean War, has over forty years experience in the computer industry, always at the leading edge of technology. He focused on joining or forming small, innovative teams and enjoyed contributing to and leading such groups into large, successful organizations. He contributed in all areas including programming, design, documentation, management, marketing, financing, and corporate planning. He has extensive experience in dealing with the highest levels of the military, including the Secretary of the Air Force, Army Vice Chief of Staff, and the Chief of Naval Operations (and intelligence organizations such as the DIA, NSA and CIA). Always in a top management position, he acted as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for all documents leaving the company. He has written and edited hundreds of documents and books for clients in high-level government positions and many commercial companies. He lives with his wife in Oceanside, California. Prior to entering the Air Force, he attended the University of California at Berkeley (Mathematics, Astrophysics) from 1947 to 1952 and after the Air Force did graduate work at San Jose State in 1956 and 1957.
A member of Sisters in Crime and Private Eye Writers of America (PWA), Wootan has just completed his first private eye novel, Crown's Law, and is in search of a publisher. He is currently writing the sequel to Edge of Tomorrow -- working title: Return of the Assassin.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roberta M. Austin on October 12, 2006
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Sam Crown enlisted in the Marines in 1970 in a fit of drunken pique. He became a fearless warrior, garnering the nickname of "Crazy Crown" by taking risks fighting the Viet Cong during some of the tough times of the Vietnam War. His valor and bravery earned him the Medal of Honor and a honorable discharge in 1973.

When Sam returned to the States, he went to college and received a degree in Criminal Justice. His "Crazy Crown" tactics came in handy during his tenure with the Orange County Sheriff's Department as a homicide investigator. After some disagreements with superiors and an especially bad domestic incident case, Sam decides to turn in his badge and go the private investigator route. He works for Mickey Malone Investigations, which does a lot of pro bono work for the more upscale Investigations International. There is a running joke about the fact that there is no Mickey Malone.

During his work as a PI, Sam finds Rebecca Rogers aka Becky, after coming upon men assaulting and killing her older sister. Sam and his parents take Becky in and nurture her amazing intelligence. Becky is a math whiz at thirteen, despite her abusive past.

As part of a case, Sam meets Rainbow Trout aka Bo. Bo is an FBI agent who has been wrapped up in her career. She is attracted to Sam, but she is leery of his womanizer reputation.

There is plenty of suspense, action and romance in this latest thriller by Wolf Wootan. The author takes the reader on a break-neck ride to an exciting denouement. Things are nicely tied up, but there is still an opening for a sequel.

Although thrillers are often more plot-based, Mr. Wootan has done a masterful job in developing characters you come to care about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 5, 2007
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Wolf Wootan is a bit of a dude himself, having been an Air Force pilot. He also has more thanforty years as a computer geek. He has written hundreds of articles for government and private industry, and published EDGE OF TOMORROW, a techno-thriller. Wootan has degrees in Mathematics and Astrophysics.

Sam Crown comes from a wealthy family, with a socialite mother and a father who is ex-CIA. Crown joined the Marines on a lark after high school, which pushed him in the direction of law enforcement and private investigation work. He found he couldn't "help people" while being constrained by law enforcement rules and regulations. Sam is connected and well-respected.He is forty-eight and still is the rich playboy, but isn't quite ready for Becky...a genius waif from the streets whose sister is killed by thugs. Sam takes Becky in and his parents quickly becomeco-parents with Sam, as they educate and develop Becky's considerable intellectual talents. Little do they know that Sam's dummy investigation firm, Mickey Malone Investigations, will be the launching point for a murder that leads to International espionage and FBI agent Rainbow "Bo" Trout. Sam's life will never be the same as he and Bo identify the killers:

"'Well, Big Brother does screw up now and then,' laughed Sam. 'But I have a possible solution. You won't tell me anything about your case, so I'll do some guessing. Since you are looking for Mickey, your case must involve that guy Jackson, who was shot-the guy who had Mickey's business care. Since you seem to have been poorly briefed, maybe you don't know that Jackson has been identified as William Winston. The cops here didn't get far on finding his killer because you Feds swooped down and took all the evidence and the case. Now, finally, you show up.
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Reviewed by William E. Cooper for Reader Views (11/06)

Historically, I have not been a big reader of mystery novels. As a career police officer I've often found the portrayal of law enforcement to be, at best, inaccurate and unreliable. As a result I haven't invested much in these types of books. Having read Mr. Wootan's book, I've changed my mind. Not only is this book far more realistic, it's an outstanding read. It is a genuine page turner, and one of the better books I've read in a long time. The book is so well written, the reader can place himself/herself in the shoes of the characters. It mixes suspense with emotion in such a manner that the reader's attention is never lost.

Mr. Wootan takes the characters and develops them and their relationships extremely well and in a most believable sense. The plot of "Crown's Law" is also well developed and unusual. The combination of these elements results in an outstanding book. If Mr. Wootan produces additional Sam Crown mysteries, he can count me as a reader. I've been sold on your work sir. Well done!

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Are you an aspiring detective (in your dreams)? Do you fantasize about an action-packed job with intriguing relations, impending danger, dangerous contacts, and, of course, wild sex. Then, you need to find your favorite imagination spot, pour a drink, and open the pages of Crown's Law. Once again, Wolf Wootan has captured the mind of the reader with the intriguing adventures of an ace detective as he and his family become personally involved in cracking a case involving very powerful influential crooks. The book is based mainly in the OC where Wolf resided for a number of years. This familiarity with settings draws the reader into searches for biker bars in Santa Ana, walks on the beach around Dana Point, and ventures into Little Saigon. I am looking forward to following Sam Crown as he brings out the Walter Mitty in me during the upcoming years of enjoyable reading.
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