Books by Mark Frost

THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS by Mark Frost
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Like The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer (1990) and The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper (1991), this ambitious project will be less-than-essential for newbies but better than a damn good cup of coffee to members of the cult."
An exquisitely curated gift to superfans of the TV cult classic Twin Peaks. Read full book review >
ALLIANCE by Mark Frost
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"This muddled adventure won't leave readers impatient for Book 3. (Adventure. 12-16)"
Will West faces old and new adversaries during summer vacation in this sloppy sequel to The Paladin Prophecy (2012). Read full book review >
THE PALADIN PROPHECY by Mark Frost
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"Superficial adventure with arbitrary authorial intrusions at every plot twist. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
New school and new mental powers meet ancient mysteries and ancient war. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Fans won't argue the game's significance to the sport, but Frost's narrative is over-the-top and gushing, making it strictly for baseball die-hards."
A pitch-by-pitch account of the game best known for the image of the hopping, waving, ecstatic catcher Carlton Fisk, whose 12th-inning home run won the game for the Boston Red Sox. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"An intriguing tale, capably written, but lacking a greater sense of significance, either to golf or to professional sports in general."
The latest from novelist and golf writer Frost (The Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golf, 2004, etc.) examines a historic match, when legendary professionals Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson squared off against top amateurs Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi. Read full book review >
THE SECOND OBJECTIVE by Mark Frost
Released: May 15, 2007

"It doesn't spoil the suspense of this historical fiction to know which side wins."
Germany makes a last-gasp attempt to defeat the Allies and change the course of history, in the latest from Frost (The Six Messiahs, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 2002

"Captivating entertainment. (26 b&w photos, throughout)"
An award-winning TV writer (Hill Street Blues) turned novelist Frost (The Six Messiahs, 1995, etc.) proves just as skilled at nonfiction in his affectionate recreation of the dramatic 1913 US Open Golf Championship. Read full book review >
THE SIX MESSIAHS by Mark Frost
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1995

Another vastly entertaining outing for Arthur Conan Doyle, whom Frost (The List of 7, 1993) seems bent on starring in lurid adventures to rival those of the Scottish physician's own storied hero, Sherlock Holmes. It's 1894, and Doyle (a successful author at 35) is off to tour the US, where Holmes is wildly popular with the reading public. On the boat coming over, with younger brother Innes in tow, he renews acquaintances with Jack Sparks (one of Queen Victoria's more secretive agents and a Holmesian avatar) in the course of investigating an attempted theft made even more intriguing by subsequent killings. Once in the New World, Doyle and Sparks (thought to have perished in a fight to the death at, yes, Reichenbach Falls in the Swiss Alps) join forces to track down the villains who have been stealing treasured books from great religions (the Church of England's Vulgate Bible, India's Upanishad, Jewry's Tikkunei, etc.). In the course of their inquiries, they cross paths with six visionaries, including a homicidal Japanese monk and a gifted Native American woman (called Walks Alone), who have all dreamed of a black tower rising in the desert. The trail eventually leads to New City, a closed community outside the aptly named Phoenix in the territory of Arizona. Here, a bogus reverend (known to his cult as A. Glorious Day) keeps a well-armed band of disciples in thrall to an unholy creed of his own devising. Day (the current alias of Alexander Sparks, Jack's Moriarity-like brother) is indeed building an ominous black tower in which he plans to stage an apocalyptic burning of the sacred works purloined by his operatives. With an assist from a local gunslinger, Doyle & Co. arrive in time to tip the balance in the Sunbelt's bloody version of Armageddon and consign the Antichrist to whatever fate holds for him on the other side. Haute folderol from a master of the game. Read full book review >
THE LIST OF 7 by Mark Frost
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 1993

History has it that Arthur Conan Doyle based Sherlock Holmes on his med-school teacher Dr. Joseph Bell. Not so, imagines Frost (co-creator of Twin Peaks) in his exhilarating, exuberantly melodramatic first novel: Holmes's real template was one Jack Sparks, Queen Victoria's most secret agent, who enlisted Doyle as his Watson to combat a conspiracy aimed at nothing less than incarnating Satan in human form. Doyle's a young M.D. and writer when he gets an anonymous letter imploring him to save ``an innocent's life'' from ``fraudulent'' practitioners of the ``spiritual arts''—a letter couched in the same Victorian language that Frost uses to tell his tale, and one appealing to the doctor's interest in psychic phenomena. It's this interest that has prompted Doyle to write about a ``Dark Brotherhood'' in a novel that's attracted the attention of the ``7,'' a real-life cabal of the black arts. The letter, sent by the cabal, takes Doyle to a sÇance where a demon manifests and several are slain, and from which Doyle escapes with the help of a mysterious dynamo who calls himself Jack Sparks- -though, for his deductive powers, violin playing, and cocaine addiction, he might just as well be called ``Holmes.'' Sparks tells Doyle of the 7 and of their leader, Alexander Sparks, Jack's own brother and nemesis, the crime lord of London (i.e., Moriarity). The game is afoot—and wearing running shoes—as Sparks and Doyle race from one cliffhanger to the next, mixing it up with zombies, villains, giant leeches, and femmes fatales; exploring secret tunnels and a walled castle; crossing paths with Bram Stoker, Madame Blavatsky, Jack the Ripper, and Victoria Regina—even as The Dweller on the Threshold awaits his borning.... Unabashedly corny, and lifting ideas from a dozen sources, including Nicholas Meyer (whose new Holmes pastiche, The Canary Trainer, p. 821, it far outclasses)—but a jolly good adventure yarn for that. (Film rights to Universal) Read full book review >