Rick Helms

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About me

Gender MALE
Industry Education
Occupation College Professor (Psychology)
Location Back In The Trees, North Carolina, United States
Introduction I am a retired forensic psychologist, now employed as a college psychology instructor. I have nine books in print, and two out of print. I have been nominated three times for the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award, twice for books in my New Orleans-based Pat Gallegher series, and once for my Eamon Gold series set in San Francisco. I am the only author ever to have won the Short Mystery Fiction Society Derringer Award twice in the same year.
Interests Writing, Reading, Gourmet Cooking, Woodworking (including building guitars and dulcimers as well as Arts and Crafts furniture), Astronomy, Carolina Tarheels and Panthers Football, Auto Racing, New Media Publishing, Forensic Profiling
Favorite Movies The Usual Suspects, Citizen Kane, The Big Sleep, Lawrence of Arabia, Gone With The Wind, The Right Stuff, The Seven Samurai, The Godfather (but just parts One and Two), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Nights of Cabiria, The Maltese Falcon, Out Of The Past
Favorite Music Crosby Stills and Nash, The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Janis Ian, The Doobie Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band, Heart, Kansas, Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Larry Coryell, Jim Hall, Chick Corea
Favorite Books Pillars of the Earth, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, The Road, The Big Sleep, The Maltese Falcon, The Grapes of Wrath, The Octopus, The Old Man and the Sea, Look Homeward Angel, Robert B. Parker's Spenser series, James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux series, Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series, P.J. Parrish's Louis Kincaid series, Reed Farrell Coleman's Moe Prager series, S.J. Rozan's Bill Smith and Lydia Chin series (as well as her standalone novels ABSENT FRIENDS and IN THIS RAIN), Robert Crais' Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series.

You've successfully slain the dragon! How will you toast your marshmallows?

With a fine '63 Dom Perignon.