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Wayne Zurl

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Lieutenant Wayne Zurl (ret.), Suffolk County Police Department, retired in 1992 after 20 years of law enforcement service as a Section Commander “where he gained investigative and supervisory experience. For thirteen of those years, he served as a section commander. During the Vietnam War, Zurl served on active duty with the U.S. Army and later went into the Reserves.  He was separated from the US Army at the rank of Captain.

He graduated from Uniondale High School in New York and Empire State College at the State University at Stony Brook, New York. Thanks to the G.I. bill he later studied everything from sociology and public administration to celestial navigation. After retiring from the police service, he and his wife, Barbara, moved to Tennessee where he volunteered at The Fort Loudoun State Historic Area and dealt with publicity for their living history program. The volunteer position inspired him to study more and write about the French and Indian War era of colonial history. Over two dozen of his articles have been published in magazines.

In 2006, Wayne Zurl began writing his Sam Jenkins Crime Stories. Jenkins is an ex-New York police officer now employed as the chief in Prospect, a fictional small East Tennessee city. Zurl says Jenkins and he share similar experiences, probably sound the same, and both enjoy good Italian food.” Recently he had four of his police procedural novelettes purchased by Mind Wings Audio to be produced as audio-books. The first, A Labor Day Murder debuted on November 22nd and is currently on sale. The others, A Murder in Knoxville, Bullets Off-Broadway, and Scrap Metal and Murder are under contract.  They are all part of the copyrighted Sam Jenkins Crime Stories series which features an ex-New York detective lieutenant who retired and took a chief's position in the fictional city of Prospect, Tennessee.


According to the book A Labor Day Murder, “Chief Sam Jenkins learns of an illegal card game and the sale of moonshine at the Iron Skillet restaurant and decides to raid the premises. Police confiscate untaxed liquor, cash proceeds, and a revolver. That looked straight forward until a firearms examiner linked the confiscated handgun to an unsolved homicide. Jenkins encounters political corruption, domestic abuse, and a cover-up in his pursuit to solve the murder.”

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