About the Author...
The Other Side, a contemporary mystery novel, is the crime fiction debut from Mark Leichliter. Writing as Mark Hummel, he is the author of the contemporary literary novel In the Chameleon’s Shadow and the short story collection Lost & Found. His fiction, poetry, and essays have regularly appeared in a variety of literary journals including such publications as The Bloomsbury Review, Dogwood, Fugue, Talking River Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, and Zone 3.
A former college professor and writing program director, he has also served as a teacher in an independent high school, directed a writers’ conference, worked as a librarian, and taught on the faculty of several writers’ conferences. He is the founding editor of the nonfiction magazine bioStories.
A native of Wyoming, Hummel lives in Montana’s Flathead Valley.
About the Book...
The Other Side (June 2021)
How do you start an investigation when you have no evidence that a crime has been committed?
When a seventeen-year-old girl abruptly disappears, the ensuing investigation probes dead-ends seemingly as deep as Montana’s Flathead Lake—the geographic and investigative center of The Other Side. The search to find her unearths crimes but none that can explain her disappearance, and when Detectives Steven Wendell and Stacey Knudson grow suspicious that Britany Rodgers has been murdered, they have scant evidence and no body. Their investigation takes readers into starkly contrasting environments—inside spectacular lakefront mansions and within gritty trailer parks—and into the lives of those who exhibit motivations as murky as the fog-choked Montana woods and mist-shrouded Flathead Lake bays. The Other Side offers readers a tense crime novel with a literary heart in the spirit of Tana French and Laura McHugh.
New and Reviews...
“The Other Side is a haunting procedural propelled by a smartly-developed cast of characters and rich descriptions of unforgettable landscapes. When Detective Steve Wendell tries to find a missing teen-ager, he must navigate the small, tourist-ridden towns of Northwest Montana to discover what happened to her while proving he’s a resourceful and conscientious hero with a heart. You won’t want to miss this perfect blend of atmosphere, mystery, and a protagonist you won’t forget.”
- Christine Carbo, award-winning, best-selling author of the Glacier Mystery Series
"A chilling story, surprising twists...everything you'd want in a great crime novel."
— Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of The Good Liar and Hidden
"Mark Leichliter’s writing is strong and lyrical without calling attention to itself, brave and at the same time showing an admirable amount of restraint. He creates characters who captivate the reader. They surprise us, but in a way that ultimately feels right, inevitable."
— Barry Kitterman, author of From the San Joaquin, Fiction Editor of Zone 3
"Mark Leichliter’s writing is clean, crisp, entertaining at all times . His characters fascinate, the plot charges ahead, he makes the reader think without hammering a point of view into your head. He is a writer to be savored."
— Tim Sandlin, author of Rowdy in Paris and Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty
"Mark Leichliter is an accomplished novelist who portrays the breadth of human experience with intelligence and grace. His deeply affecting prose immerses readers in the lives of the lovelorn, the seeking, and the lost. His remarkable fictional worlds, diffuse with mystery, address the larger questions of life with beauty and sensitivity."
— Marcelle Heath, author of Is That All There Is? (forthcoming from Awst Press 2022)
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