Marshall Frank is a retired captain from the Metro-Dade Police Department in Miami, Florida, where he spent the majority of his thirty years investigating murders or commanding those who did.
Born to vaudevillian parents in New York City, Frank moved to Miami, Florida at the age of five in an era when more Seminole Indians strolled Main Street than Cuban-Americans. After graduating high school, he worked various jobs including ballroom dance instruction and symphony violinist before serving a short stint in the United States Marine Corps Reserves.
Thanks to the advice of a notorious Miami Beach bookie, and thoughtful stepfather, he found his niche in law enforcement by joining the Dade County Sheriff s Office in 1960, serving as a road patrolman for three years before rising through the ranks to captain.
Outside of working vice, Frank’s career covered the gamut of high stress police assignments, including Internal Affairs, Criminal Intelligence and sixteen years in Homicide and Crime Scene Investigations, seven years as a detective and nine more in a command status. He also served as captain in charge of Staff Inspections and chief executive officer of a 250 man district station.
His first novel, “Beyond The Call”, published by iUniverse.com, is loosely based on true events and addresses the perennial issue of police abuse of power.
His second book, “Dire Straits: A Miami Novel”, (Harlan Publishers) was released in hard cover in May, 2001. This high-tension story is about a mass murder in a posh Miami subdivision and a stressed out homicide detective who finds himself with a double dose of troubles he hadn’t counted on.
His fourth book, “On My Fathers Grave”, a Mafia mystery, was released by Harlan Publishing in 2003.
His fifth book, “Call Me Mommy” a heart wrenching story of family dysfunction, drug addiction and murder, was released by Harlan publishing in March of 2005.
Released in February, 2006, Frank’s sixth book, “The Latent” tells the story of homosexual serial killings in the Southeast and a distraught homicide detective whose life is wrought with troubles. An unexpected twist coming from CSI nails a most improbable suspect.
Released in July of 2006, and commissioned by a European publisher, Frank’s seventh book, “Militant Islam In America”, is a frightening non-fiction expose’ about the inroads radical Islam is making inside the borders of the United States, with a long range goal of converting this nation into the Islamic Republic Of America.
In addition, Frank is the author of a non-fiction book of short stories and essays, “Frankly Speaking.” Frank is a regular editorial columnist for Florida Today newspaper in Brevard County, Florida and has had over 1,000 articles and short stories published in various newspapers, magazines and blogs..
Frank’s memoirs and eighth book, “From Violins To Violence,” released by Fortis in April, 2007, offers an insight into the private and professional life of one homicide detective, the struggles, the motivations and the impact that a dysfunctional childhood had on his career.
Frank’s newest release is a shocking non-fiction expose’ about the failures of the justice system and what should or could be done about it. Check out “Criminal InJustice In America,” in Books In Print.
He is currently working on a new suspense novel entitled, “The Upside To Murder.”