Greener, Richard 1941-

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Greener, Richard 1941-

PERSONAL:

Born 1941, in New York, NY; married; wife's name Maria; children: four.

ADDRESSES:

Home—Atlanta, GA.

CAREER:

Writer. Former broadcast industry executive.

AWARDS, HONORS:

CEBA Award for excellence in business.

WRITINGS:

"LOCATOR" SERIES; MYSTERY NOVELS

The Knowland Retribution, Midnight Ink (Woodbury, MN), 2006.

The Lacey Confession, Midnight Ink (Woodbury, MN), 2006.

SIDELIGHTS:

A series of heart attacks in the 1980s sidelined former broadcast industry executive Richard Greener, and over the next decade his health deteriorated to the point that he was confined to bed and named to a heart transplant list. The desire to write fiction came out of a need to alleviate the boredom of bed rest and the pain associated with his heart condition. "I was able to sit at my computer, particularly at night, and avoid chest pains by sitting up straight and writing, it was a great help," Greener told ForeWord Magazine editor Cymbre Foster. In 2006, his brother-in-law sent Greener's manuscripts to some agents, and within nine months a publisher agreed to print two completed novels. It was around this time that Greener's transplant came through, and he was able to celebrate his books' publication with a new heart.

Greener's first novel, The Knowland Retribution, introduces a crime solver nicknamed the "Locator" because of his uncanny ability to uncover people that no one else can find. Booklist reviewer David Pitt described the book as "a rip-roaring thriller" and the protagonist as "an appealing series lead." Greener next offered The Lacey Confession, in which the Locator is commissioned to find a missing man who may hold the key to solving a Presidential assassination. Alan Paul Curtis wrote in a review for Who Dunnit: "Mr. Greener's ability to combine historical fact with fiction produces a stunning type of reality unseen in most mystery books…. The result is an action-packed thriller combining historical significance with politics, fame, and stardom."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Booklist, March 15, 2006, David Pitt, review of The Knowland Retribution, p. 31.

ONLINE

ForeWord Magazine,http://www.forewordmagazine.com/ (June 7, 2006), Cymbre Foster, "Have a Heart."

Who Dunnit,http://www.who-dunnit.com/ (February 27, 2007), Alan Paul Curtis, review of The Lacey Confession.