Upcoming Meetings

RMMWA meets the 2nd Thursday from September – May,  7:00 pm
at the Denver Press Club.

Next meeting: October 13!

Here There Be Monsters: Hunting for Criminals in the Virtual Sea

With Gary Dawson, Senior Deputy, 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Gary will cover:

Gary will cover:

  • Pardon me Stewardess, I speak Geek·
  • Evidence is Everywhere Online·
  • Online Luring
  • Identification Through the Internet
  • Exploitation
  • Now How Did That Get There? Common Defenses to Incriminating Evidence Found on a Computer
  • P2P Networks
  • Cellphones/ The Cloud

Gary Dawson has been a prosecutor his entire legal career.  From 1996 through 2008 he was a prosecutor in the St. Lawrence County (Canton, NY) and the Onondaga County (Syracuse, NY) District Attorney’s Office.  He became a member of the Onondaga County DA’s Office Special Victims Bureau in 2001.   He was promoted to Deputy Bureau Chief of Special Victims in 2006, and then Bureau Chief in 2008.   This bureau specialized in prosecuting some of the most sensitive of all crimes –those involving children, child and adult sexual assaults, and domestic violence.  He has also handled numerous computer-related cases against children and was appointed a Special United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York for prosecutions of child pornography.   He joined the 18th Judicial District DA’s Office in October of 2008, and was a Senior Deputy in the Special Victims Unit from April 2009 through December 2015.  He now is a Senior Deputy in the general felony docket.

He has spoken to numerous public, service, and law enforcement agencies on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and criminal law.  Over his career, in addition to SVU cases, he has prosecuted cases covering virtually all facets of criminal law, including homicides, narcotics, fraud, DUI, and arson.

Gary created the RISK program while in Syracuse and it has gone on to educate over 11,000 parents and kids in New York.   The program was highlighted on a December 2007 Fox News segment on internet safety.  Since 2009, RISK has already succeeded in reaching over 14,000 parents and students in Colorado.

A native of Southern California, he tries to cope with the lack of gridlock traffic (which he misses so very much), and the lack of smog, earthquakes, mudslides, Kardashians, and the astronomical cost of housing in Los Angeles by downhill skiing, following the Yankees, hiking,  drawing cartoons, being one of those insufferable CrossFit people, and keeping up with his three dogs.

October 13, 2016 Meeting

Member News

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Signings and sightings


September 15, 2016
Margaret Mizushima
“Scooby Snacks: Mysteries with Canines”

September 16, 2016
Barb Nickless
“Dirty Boulevard” hardboiled panel

September 23, 2016
Manuel Ramos
Jaipur Literature Festival
Boulder Public Library

September 24, 2016
Margaret Mizushima
Launch event
Stalking Ground
Barnes &  Noble Booksellers
4045 S. College Ave.
Fort Collins

September 25, 2016
Mark Stevens
Shannon Baker
Kevin Wolf
Mystery writers’ panel
Englewood Public Library
1000 Englewood Parkway

September 29, 2016
Manuel Ramos
Student workshop and presentation
Chicano Noir and crime literature

October 4, 2016
Margaret Mizushima
Author talk &  signing
Clearview Library District
720 3rd Street
Windsor, Colorado


October 13, 2016
Margaret Mizushima
Book signing with Shannon Baker
The Poisoned Pen
4014 N. Goldwater blvd., Ste. 101
Scottsdale, Arizona

Congratulations and good luck to Jedeane Macdonald, whose cozy mystery, “Deadly Prose,” is a finalist in Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold contest. Winner will be announced at RMFW’s Colorado Gold conference banquet on September 10.

Killing Trail_FrontBARK, the dog culture magazine, has named Margaret Mizushima’s Timber Creek K-9 mystery series on its list of favorite summer reads. The item lists the second in the series, Stalking Ground, but shows the cover of the first, Killing Trail.  Here.

Kate Lansing is excited to announce that she’s now represented by Pamela Harty of The Knight Agency.

Deep_Quarry_John  Stith - front_cover_600highReAnimus Press is re-releasing nine titles by John E. Stith during 2016 and 2017 in paperback and ebook.  Some of the titles have been unavailable in paperback for more than a decade  The first title is Deep Quarry (July 1), which follows a private eye who uncovers a buried starship still occupied by nasty aliens. Deep Quarry won the Colorado Authors’ League Top Hand Award. Sign up for giveaways at www.neverend.com.

BadBloodCover2Suzanne Proulx has reissued Bad Blood, the first book in her Vicky Lucci hospital risk manager series, as an ebook. Link.




Book shelf: members’ cover art

New Releases

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Blood on the Tracks

October 2016
Barbara Nickless

Nickless-BloodontheTracks-222036-CV-FT-finalA young woman is found brutally murdered, and the main suspect is the victim’s fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man. But railroad police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell, brought in by the Denver Major Crimes unit to help investigate, can’t shake the feeling that larger forces are behind this apparent crime of passion.

In the depths of an icy winter, Parnell and her K9 partner, Clyde―both haunted by their time in Iraq―descend into the underground world of a savage gang of rail riders. There, they uncover a wide-reaching conspiracy and a series of shocking crimes. Crimes that threaten everything Parnell holds dear.

As the search for the truth puts her directly in the path of the killer, Parnell must struggle with a deadly question: Can she fight monsters without becoming one herself?

The Homeplace


The newest winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize (for best debut mystery set in the Southwest) is a gripping crime story set in the wide open spaces of Colorado. THE HOMEPLACE by Kevin Wolf introduces readers to Chase Ford, a man returning, under an ominous cloud, to the town where he was born. Ford left Comanche County in Colorado when the NBA offered him a contract and a shot at sports stardom. But a host of problems including a bad knee put an end to that dream. Now Ford has come home. His friends are right there waiting for him. And so are his enemies.

Around the same time that Ford returns, the police discover a field in which four bison have been shot—along with Jimmy Riley, the town’s greatest high school basketball star since Chase’s heyday. And when another death is discovered—one that also shares unsettling connections to him—attention turns towards Chase, causing him to wonder just what he came home to.

Stalking Ground

September 2016

Margaret Mizushima

Stalking Ground coverStalking Ground: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery is scheduled for release via Crooked Lane Books on September 13, 2016. This second book in the series features Deputy Mattie Cobb, her dog Robo, and Cole Walker, DVM, as they investigate what happened to Deputy Ken Brody’s missing sweetheart; but the hunters become the hunted when they find themselves caught in a killer’s stalking ground. “Mizushima’s sophomore outing proves that her acclaimed series debut, Killing Trail, was no fluke…dog lovers will want to read this thriller.” – Library Journal


Check out the full Articles Archive.

RMMWA April meeting: Threats in the wilderness

Patrolling the prairies or traipsing through mountains while wearing a badge evokes images of Marshall Dillon facing down a gunslinger on the dusty streets of Dodge or posses chasing Butch and Sundance through the San Juans. While these can still be elements of... read more

RMMWA March meeting: Dissecting Noir

Denver author Z.J. Czupor cast light on a dark subject—noir literature—at the March 2016 meeting of the Rocky Mountain chapter of Mystery Writers of America. What is and isn’t noir is a surprisingly contentious subject lately. James Ellroy famously (and somewhat... read more

Author Marketing—Building a Platform That Fits on a Tail

by Mike McClanahan On January 14, RMMWA’s own Liesa Malik taught a roomful of writers how to develop a successful marketing program by building an Author Platform and offered practical ways to use it to market their work. Liesa is a long-time marketing consultant as... read more

Podcast Teasers

Check out some podcast teasers. Members receive access to the full podcast.

4-9-2015 — David Morrell
3-12-2015 — Jane Cracraft PI
2-12-2015 — Sami Jo Lien Publicity 101

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