Author Gary Evans

Gary Evans has turned his passion for novel writing into a post-retirement career. He has written five mystery novels that are based on true cold case files near his home in the Midwest. Follow Gary's blog and sign up for his newsletter for updates and articles.

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When Al Rouse and Charlie Berzinski, fresh from stopping moonshine and cattle rustling crimes, take on a cold case that has laid dormant for more than 40 years, they quickly become involved with sex-trafficking crimes that lead them far from their home base in West Central Wisconsin.

Assuming that success was uncertain, the two law officer pals quickly discovered a modern-day angle to what had been assumed to be a kidnapping. The chase led them quickly from their home area to the urban areas of Milwaukee and Chicago, involvements with organized crime, and ultimately to the Caribbean islands and Central American countries.

From dealing with the local machine to outrunning the mafia in Panama, Al and Charlie cover thousands of miles trying to find their elusive subject.

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Moonshine Melody

Brothers David and Justin Freeman stumbled into success by turning their Moonshine hobby into a profitable enterprise. In fact, sales of their illicit booze have made millions for their partners in rural Wisconsin. But just as things start going a little too well La Crosse Detective Allan Rouse gets wind of the crimes. Rouse pursues the brothers through an underground chase, and the Moonshine business isn't the only thing left crumbled in ruins. A stand-alone book, author Gary Evans brings another cold case file to life in this thriller based on conversations with his father.

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Death by payback

The third and last book in Gary's Death By series is an AMAZON BEST-SELLER! After confessing to killing fourteen young men in La Crosse,Wisconsin, sultry serial killer Genevieve Wangen escapes custody for the second time. Aided by her Mafia contacts, she settles in at a remote cabin in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana. Now, safely hidden behind her new identity as Samantha Walters, she happily continues her deadly work for the Carbones. But Detective Al Rouse and Deputy Charlie Berzinski are bent on locking her away for good. When they finally catch up to her, as she is about to wed her latest debonair lover, Genevieve finds that she must escape more than just the law!

ENDORSEMENTS for death by payback

If you loved the first books in this series, you won't want to miss the third.

"Readers are left breathing heavily, wondering if Evans can top this one...

"A high-speed, high-octane third thriller in Gary Evans' 'Death By'... series. If you haven't been smitten by his murder mysteries, you'll say 'wow' with this hit. Death by Payback follows the frustrations of Wisconsin detectives chasing an 83-year-old female killer of 14 young men, leading them across the globe in hot pursuit. This page-turner is filled with mob intrigue, a captivating love story, and a surprising conclusion." - Rollie Wussow, New Mexico, an avid Evans reader

"Wow! Intriguing, racy, sexy page turner." - Shelley Olsen, Owner, Paperbacks and Pieces Bookstore

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death by poison

Beautiful assassin Genevieve Wangen continues to work on her deadly concoctions from her secret lab in the woods, far from the prying eyes of the law. But just as soon as she has love and a new life in her sights, Genevieve is pulled into a far more dangerous high-stakes game of cat and mouse. She already upended her life and identity once. How far will she need to go this time to stay alive?​

ENDORSEMENTS for death by poison

"Make sure you set aside extra time, cancel any appointments and don't plan on sleeping! Once you start reading this book you will not want to put it down until you have finished it. Gary definitely has a way with words. His writing flows and is filled with great lines and an even greater story. He is a natural storyteller. This second book in the series is even better than the first." - Shelley Olsen, Owner, Paperbacks and Pieces Bookstore

"A major eureka page-turner, Evans has spun an original web of intrigue . . . that will be eagerly shared by murder mystery readers!" - Rollie Wussow has Midwest roots and is a semi-retired healthcare executive in sunny New Mexico

“As a journalist and author (and especially over a glass of wine), Gary has always been a master storyteller with a rich eye for the humorous and the ridiculous. Death by Poison features wonderful characters, rich dialogue, and a compelling tale. Like Gary, it’s great fun.” —Rusty Cunningham, Executive Editor, La Crosse Tribune

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Debut Novel: Death by Drowning

When Shawn Sorenson drowned in 1987, no one in La Crosse, Wisconsin, took much notice. They thought it was simply another drunken accident. When another student, Tad Schwartz, drowned a year later, the residents began to suspect foul play. Why else would a healthy young man drown? Even so, the police had no leads or clues to suggest anything other than a tragic accident. Were these truly accidental deaths? Suspicion became reality one fateful morning in 2011 when Police Detective Allan Rouse, Sheriff's Deputy Charlie Berzinski, and pathologist Rick Olson pulled the 15th victim from the river. The body had a tale to tell.

Dr. Olson, physician Patricia Grebin, and researcher Sarah Giles discover an obscure piece of evidence. It leads Berzinski and Rouse down a tangled trail of clues before reaching a mind-boggling conclusion. Will Berzinski and Rouse catch the killer before it's too late? Filled with intrigue, betrayal, and gut-twisting suspense, Death by Drowning will draw readers into a Midwestern town full of secrets and clues as breathtaking as the Mississippi River.

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Gary Evans

Gary Evans has turned his passion for novel writing into a post-retirement career, with book four soon to be released, and book five already in the works. Evans spent 30 years in Midwest newsrooms as an award-winning writer, editor, and publisher. He spent 12 years as vice president at Winona State University. He ended his career as the president and CEO of Hiawatha Broadband Communication, one of the nation’s first alternative entrant telecommunications firms, after 15 years. Married to Ellen, they have two grown children, Gregory and Natalie.