Posts by M.D. Grayson

Blue Molly

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 | 0 comments

Blue Molly

Release Date: July 25, 2014

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Mona Lisa Eyes Promotion!

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 | 0 comments

Mona Lisa Eyes is free 12/1/14 thru 12/3/14 on Amazon!

Mona Lisa Eyes Version 1

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Logan PI Store Open!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2013 | 0 comments

Many of you die-hard Logan fans have been asking about the store. Well, good news. I finally got around to sitting down and slogging through the learning curve required to get itopen. When you click on “The Store” in the main menu, you’ll be redirected in a new window to the brand new CafePress Logan PI store.

It’s a little rough and a little sparse – I’m starting slowly. There are just a few designs and a limited number of items (shirts/mugs/etc.). But, I’ll be expanding both over time, now that I know what I’m doing (actually, just about enough to be dangerous!).

Hope you like it and – if you have any items you’d like me to include, drop me a note.

M.D.

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Danny Logan/Toni Blair Radio Interview

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 | 0 comments

TRANSCRIPT OF DANNY LOGAN AND ANTOINETTE BLAIR INTERVIEW WITH UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON RADIO STATION KEXP-FM ON JUNE 26, 2013

KEXP Notes: I met Danny Logan and Antoinette “Toni” Blair of the Logan Private Investigation Agency on a warm June afternoon at the KEXP studio on the campus of the University of Washington. Throughout the course of the interview, I was struck by the contrast in the two. Logan is a sandy-haired guy, tall and trim. He wore blue jeans, worn running shoes and a dark-blue faded t-shirt that said “Property of LOGAN PI Athletics”. He seemed laid back and friendly enough, but he has a serious side to him – maybe even a little introverted.

Blair, on the other hand, is a complete enigma. On the one hand, she’s drop-dead, fashion-model beautiful with long black hair, big bangs and deep blue eyes. On the day of our interview, she wore white, knee length shorts and a sleeveless floral blouse–she’d have fit right into any fashion catalog. On the other hand, she’s also a complete Seattle grunge-child: full sleeve tattoo on her left arm, Celtic weave tat on her right, and plenty of piercings to round out the picture. Either way, she’s funny, outgoing and completely charming –a perfect contrast to the reserved, buttoned up Logan.

KEXP: Good afternoon. In keeping with our series of interviews with U-Dub alumni who are working in unique businesses here in the northwest, we’re happy to have in our studio today Mr. Danny Logan and Ms. Antoinette Blair from the Logan Private Investigation firm, one of the best known private investigation agencies in Seattle. Good afternoon to you both.

LOGAN: Good afternoon. It’s good to be here.

BLAIR: Hi.

KEXP: Before we get started, let me just start by saying that neither one of you look like private investigators – at least not the kind we’re used to seeing on TV.

BLAIR (smiles): Thank you.

KEXP: Yeah, definitely. I mean, when you think of a private investigator, I guess we’ve been programmed to think some kind of crusty, old guy in a trench-suit with a cigar. Looking at the two of you, you’re the opposite–both young, both obviously fit.

BLAIR: Danny’s a runner: half marathons, very competitive. He’s a maniac. He runs all the time. Never gains an ounce.

LOGAN: Yeah, right. Toni works out at the martial arts studio three or four times a week. She stays pretty fit herself.

KEXP: That would do it, I suppose. And Toni–it’s okay if I call you Toni?

BLAIR: Certainly.

KEXP: Thanks. I was about to say, you look like a native Seattleite–

BLAIR (smiling): You mean because of these striking tats? [She extends her arm to show off the full sleeve tattoo on her left arm].

KEXP: Yeah, the tats . . . and the piercings. [The day of the interview, Blair was wearing three earrings on each ear, and a small diamond stud in her nose.]

BLAIR: Yeah, well I am–a native, that is. I was born in Lynwood. Went to Lynwood High School. Class of 2003.

KEXP: And you, Danny?

LOGAN: Born right here in Seattle. Grew up in Queen Anne, graduated from Ballard High School in 2000.

KEXP: And I understand that you spent some time in the Army?

LOGAN: I did. A little over seven years. Four in the infantry, three more in Army CID – Criminal Investigation Division stationed mostly at Fort Lewis.

BLAIR: He was a hero. He was in Afghanistan and Iraq. Silver star, two purple –.

LOGAN (softly): Enough. [He shakes his head].

BLAIR (smiles): Oops. [She stops and makes a motion to zip her lips but her grin tells me she’s not really very intimidated].

KEXP: Okay, then. I got it. No questions about the war. Back to the present. What was it that brought the two of you to private investigations?

BLAIR: For me, I wanted to be a police officer. That’s why I got an LSJ degree. That’s where I met Danny.

KEXP: For those listeners who don’t know, LSJ is the University’s equivalent of a Criminal Justice degree. It stands for Law, Societies, and Justice. What was so appealing to you about police work, Toni?

BLAIR (shrugs): Oh, it might sound a little corny, but I think I was always impressed by the way the police mostly seemed to help people. That and the cool uniforms. [Laughs].

KEXP: Uniforms. Got it. So, you two met at school?

LOGAN (nods): We did. I always wanted to be a PI. I come from a long line of Seattle attorneys–

BLAIR: Which he’s dedicated to severing.

LOGAN: Right. Growing up, I got to watch my dad work with PI’s from time to time. I was always impressed by those guys–it seemed like they were able to work in a segment of law enforcement–do some real good, yet at the same time, they weren’t caught up in the political crap you’d find on the police force. Am I allowed to say crap?

KEXP: Feel free.

LOGAN: I guess their independence appealed to me. I entered the army with a deal in place to transfer to CID after my infantry enlistment. I finished up my degree while I was stationed at Fort Lewis. I mostly took night classes. We met when we were both seniors.

BLAIR: That’s right. Since we were seniors, we had a lot of the same classes. We worked on a few projects together in 2007. One night we were working on something and Danny told me his dream was to have his own PI firm. I hadn’t really thought much about becoming a PI before then, but after we talked, I started thinking about it. I mean, it’s not like he offered me a job or anything, but the more I thought about it, the better the idea sounded.

KEXP: Were you two already an item then?

BLAIR (laughs): No-o-o-o. I mean, he was a good looking guy–tall and all buffed out and all, but he was definitely a soldier back then: super short hair, perfect posture – he still stands up perfectly straight all the time. I even think he used to call me ma’am.

LOGAN: (shakes his head): Stop it. I did not.

KEXP: Go on.

LOGAN: Well, I’d noticed her of course. She kind of sticks out, in a good way. But I didn’t think I had much of a shot with someone like her so I kind of pus-chickened out and never even made a move. Anyway, like Toni said, we did a few projects together and we just kind of ended up spending more and more time together.

KEXP: Just friends, though?

LOGAN: Yeah, just friends. Then one day, we had this guest lecturer at one of our classes–a man named Richard Taylor. Richard was a lieutenant for 20-something years on the Seattle Police Department before he started Taylor Private Investigations. I remember after the lecture, Toni and I talked to him for about an hour. It was fascinating– definitely a good talk. Eventually, Richard said that he was looking forward to retiring soon. That got me to thinking and, to make a long story short, I ended up buying Taylor PI from Richard a few months later, right after I was discharged and right after we graduated. Toni, being the shy sort of person she is, kind of hired herself. We started working together from day one. That was in March 2008. We eventually changed the name to Logan PI and we’ve been working together ever since.

KEXP: Outstanding. And since that time, you’ve been involved with a number of high-profile cases in the Seattle area.

BLAIR: We have. We’ve been lucky. We’re pretty busy nowadays.

KEXP: Recently, your cases have been chronicled by the novelist M.D. Grayson, right?

LOGAN (nodding): That’s right. He’s been following us around for over a year now. He takes our most interesting cases and uses them as inspiration for his fiction.

KEXP: Has he been pretty accurate?

BLAIR (shrugs): Mostly. I mean, he tries.

KEXP: And it’s my understanding that most recently he’s written about your most recent case involving Sophie Thoms.

BLAIR: That’s right. The book’s called Mona Lisa Eyes and I think it’ll be released later this summer.

KEXP: What can you tell us about it?

BLAIR: Well, I can say that we’re lucky to get out alive–

LOGAN (cuts her off): Toni–.

BLAIR (shrugs): Guess you’ll just have to read it for yourself.

KEXP: Well, we’ve all read the newspaper accounts of what happened. But I suppose there are things that happen behind the scenes that never make the papers.

LOGAN (smiles): Could be.

KEXP: Right. Okay, then, moving on, a couple of final questions before we go. First, I understand you train with the Seattle Police Department on their firing range?

LOGAN: We train by ourselves actually but they let us qualify on their range, yes.

KEXP: Between the two of you, who’s the better shot?

BLAIR (immediately) I am. [She looks at Logan, who turns and looks at her with an amused look on his face.] Okay. He is. But he’s had more experience.

KEXP: Understandable, with the army and all. Who’s better at hand-to-hand combat?

BLAIR: I am. Definitely.

LOGAN (laughs): Only when she cheats. Which she does all the time.

BLAIR: Crybaby. There are no rules in Krav Maga, remember. Just win.

LOGAN: In combat, okay. In training, though? Really?

KEXP: I can see I’ve touched on a hot spot here. Fair to say that the two of you are competitive?

BLAIR: Yes.

LOGAN (Nods): Definitely. On those two things, mostly. The thing to keep in mind regarding these two particular things – guns and martial arts – they’re not the most important part of our job. Matter of fact, we’ve hardly ever had to even pull our guns. If we do, it probably means something’s gone pretty terribly wrong.

KEXP: What is, then?

LOGAN: People skills, pure and simple. The ability to interact with people, make them comfortable, talk to them. And, at that, I have to admit, Toni’s the best I’ve ever seen. I’m lucky she’s on our side.

BLAIR (smiling): Why, thank you, Danny.

KEXP: Well, I have to say that it’s pretty clear that the two of you have a special relationship. Am I correct in assuming that you’re more than just business associates now?

BLAIR (smiles): You are correct. For a little more than a year now. [Reaches over and pats Logan on the arm]

KEXP: And there you have it. So, what’s next for the two of you?

BLAIR: You mean businesswise?

KEXP: Business, personal, you name it.

BLAIR: Well, speaking in terms of the business, we’ve been working on a case that deals with an iconic landmark in Seattle. We can’t get into details now, but who knows, maybe you’ll read about it one day in one of Mark Grayson’s books.

KEXP: We’ll look for it. Danny? What’s next from your perspective? Personal wise, maybe?

LOGAN (smiles): Personal, huh? You know how to put a guy on the spot, don’t you? [He shrugs]. To be completely truthful, I’ve already done more and survived longer than I expected I would. I’m extremely lucky in so many ways. [He reaches over and squeezes Blair’s hand]. I honestly don’t know what happens next. I guess we’ll just have to see.

–THE INTERVIEW CONCLUDES-

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Mona Lisa Eyes nears completion

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 | 0 comments

Mona Lisa Eyes Version 1I am very happy to report that after many months of work, frustration, starting over, and then more work, Mona Lisa Eyes has finally reached the point where it’s gone to the editors. That’s right, Danny Logan, Toni Blair and the rest of the crew will soon be back in action. Barring some sort of editorial catastrophe, I’m setting an Amazon release date of June 21. My fingers are crossed.

After all the work that Logan #4 took, I’m excited about the way “MLE” turned out. It’s a classic “who-dun-it?” with a bit of a Seattle twist tossed in for good measure.

I like to think that each successive Logan novel has gotten a little better than the ones before – at least in terms of the way the story hits the paper. (I certainly have plenty of room to improve.) Hopefully, Mona Lisa Eyes will meet with your approval.

Between the blog and the posts on Facebook, I’ll keep everyone updated on release date progress.

By the way, let me know what you think of the cover.

Thanks-

Mark (M.D.) Grayson

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