Semifinalist Best Indie Books of 2012, The Kindle Book Reviews
BookRooster Reviewers' Pick 2013
"Great humor. Great dialogue. Author did a great job of establishing the relationship between Rick and Laura. It never overshadowed the mystery, but it made the book truly multi-dimensional."
~New York Times best-selling author Dorien Kelly
“I loved every single word of The Zen Man!”
~ Delores Fossen, USA Today best-selling author
"A fantastic read from start to finish. Reminded me a great deal of the works of Robert Crais and Robert B Parker."
"This book immediately drew me in. The wonderfully descriptive setting, the quick pace and story that promises to deliver a delicious thrill. Miss Collins has a way of weaving mystery, intrigue, romance and a touch of NOIR that is not often found much less executed this well."
"A brilliant mystery novel...I eagerly await the return of the Zen Man."
~Becky Sherriff, The Kindle Book Review
"What I didn't expect were the touches of romantic language, as delicate and erotic as a glance by Humphrey Bogart from under his hat. I also didn't expect the humorous touches in what is essentially one man's life-or-death fight to save his soul, his business and the love of his life."
~Bonnie Ramthun, multi-published mystery and YA author
"Move over Sam Spade, Nick and Nora; make room for a Denver who-dun-it, Colleen Collins’s The Zen Man. Brilliant and fast-paced writing. I couldn’t put it down."
~ Donnell Ann Bell,
award-winning author of The Past Came Hunting
Just as washed-up criminal defense attorney, life-long Deadhead (nickname “The Zen Man”), and current PI Rick Levine decides to get relicensed as a lawyer, he’s charged with killing one and ends up in the slammer with a half-mil bail.
Released on bond, Rick and his girlfriend Laura have 30 days to find the real killer. In the course of their investigations, they dig for dirt among Denver’s shady legal backrooms to its tony corporate centers. Dodging bullets, a kidnapping, trumped-up charges and the FBI's unwanted intervention, Rick and Laura continue tracking key suspects who have motive...eventually learning that true redemption begins at home.
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"Rick and Laura are incredibly charming and likable...and the book’s mystery is well structured with clues and red herrings doled out steadily to move the plot along and keep things interesting... can’t wait for the return of The Zen Man."
~Book Reviews by Elizabeth A. White
"... excellent writing, a liberal dose of humor, a fast-paced plot, and a sympathetic, wise-cracking protagonist."
~Nancy Wood, author of Due Date
"The Zen Man is an homage and update of Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora Charles, a well-paced mix of banter, action, and New Age philosophizing."
~ Gerald So, owner-moderator of DetecToday for fans of the private eye genre