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A Word About the Author

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Mike Walsh attended Boston University, where he became a staffer for the Daily Free Press and earned a degree in journalism. His first professional job was at a public relations and advertising firm, writing press releases that appeared in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and New England Journal of Engineering. He later became a technical writer, writing and editing jet engine manuals, and relocated to Cincinnati and Florida, where he currently resides. He’s written and studied fiction for years at BU, the University of Cincinnati, and now Jacksonville, where he won the First Coast Writers Festival short story contest and had work published in the UK’s Twisted Tongue and Askew Reviews. He’s an active member of the Bard Society, Florida’s longest-running writers’ workshop.

His five novels and dozens of short stories, most of them richly-layered mysteries, take place in New England. Mike and his wife Jean live in Florida with their three sons.

The Origin of the Title Ocean Park

On May 21, 1852, the northern, more affluent section of Lynn, Massachusetts seceded and became Swampscott. After the split, each carved out their own respective niches in the economy: Swampscott took a path as the country's first upscale resort town, while Lynn became host to a broad range of businesses based around the new concept of rapid production through machines.

Despite industrial expansion in the early 20th century, Lynn began to decline in the latter half of the century, leading to a rise in crime and a well-known reputation as a depressed urban area.This trend earned Lynn the still-infamous taunt:

"Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin, you'll never come out the way you went in, what looks like gold is really tin, the girls say 'no' but they'll give in, Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin."

In a 1997 effort to escape association with this couplet, city solicitor Michael Barry proposed to rename the city "Ocean Park", but this initiative was withdrawn after receiving widespread ridicule (opponents came up with a new rhyme, "Ocean Park, Ocean Park, you'd better get out before it gets dark").