Wayne Zurl grew up on Long Island and retired after twenty years with the Suffolk County Police Department, one of the largest municipal law enforcement agencies in New York and the nation. For thirteen of those years he served as a section commander supervising investigators. He is a graduate of SUNY, Empire State College and served on active duty in the US Army during the Vietnam War and later in the reserves. Zurl left New York to live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with his wife, Barbara.
Fourteen (14) of his Sam Jenkins mysteries have been produced as audio books and simultaneously published as eBooks. Ten (10) of these novelettes are now available in print under the titles of A Murder in Knoxville and Other Smoky Mountain Mysteries and Reenacting Murder and Other Smoky Mountain Mysteries. Zurl’s first full-length novel, A New Prospect, was named best mystery at the 2011 Indie Book Awards, is currently a short-list finalist for the 2012 Eric Hoffer Grand Book Award, and was nominated for a Montaigne Medal and First Horizon Book Award. His second novel, A Leprechaun’s Lament, is available in hardcover, paperback, and for the Amazon Kindle. A third full-length novel, Heroes & Lovers, is scheduled for release by Iconic Publishing later in 2012.