About Mark Lindquist

Biography of author and lawyer Mark Lindquist

Welcome to Mark Lindquist's author website. He also has a personal injury attorney website.

Sad Movies

Author and attorney Mark Lindquist was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He attended the University of Washington, then transferred to the University of Southern California.

After graduating, he worked as a copy writer for a movie studio. His first novel, Sad Movies, was based on this experience. Newsday called it, "Perceptive and hilarious ... one of the best sketches about a young man's attempt to find himself since The Graduate."

Sad Movies became a bestseller for Atlantic Monthly Press. It was published in seven languages.

While living in Los Angeles he wrote screenplays for several studios, and book reviews for The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The New York Times Book Review, The Seattle Times, and The Oregonian. He also wrote articles for Details, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Movieline, and other publications.

You can read some of his reviews and articles in the Links section.

Sad Movies by author Mark Lindquist
Carnival Desires

Mark's second novel, Carnival Desires, published in 1990 by Atlantic Monthly Press, chronicled his Hollywood years when he was working as a screenwriter, script doctor, book reviewer, and general freelance writer.

You can read some of his work from this period in the Links and Miscellaneous Materials section of this site.

Details magazine called Carnival Desires, "Great postmodern literature. Romantic and cynical, true and original, full of modern ideas and seductive moments... as of its time as such classics as Day of the Locust and The Last Tycoon."

Vanity Fair called it a "witty minimalist epic" with "the smart, spare prose only an outsider on the Hollywood inside can afford." It's available on Kindle at Amazon.

Carnival Desires by author Mark Lindquist
Never Mind Nirvana

Mark moved back to the Northwest and went to law school in 1992. Three years later, while still working as an author, he became a deputy prosecutor in Pierce County, Washington.

In July of 2000 People magazine named Mark as one of the "100 Most Eligible Bachelors" in the country.

That same year his third novel, Never Mind Nirvana, was published by Random House/Villard. It was subsequently published in five other languages.

Bret Easton Ellis wrote, "One of my favorite writers is back with a beautifully paced, original novel which moves so fast that once you start reading it becomes impossible to stop.... I totally welcome his return."

Peter Buck of R.E.M. wrote, "Hip deep in music, Never Mind Nirvana is a telling inside view that perfectly captures the rhythms and sights of late-nineties Seattle."

NMN was well reviewed everywhere from the New York Times Book Review to the Washington Post to the Detroit News to the LA Weekly.

Never Mind Nirvana by author and attorney Mark Lindquist
The King of Methlehem

In 2004 Mark became the trial team chief of the drug unit for the Prosecutor's Office and focused on aggressively prosecuting methamphetamine labs. Meth labs were reduced by over 95% in Pierce County.

He has successfully prosecuted murder, rape, drive-by shootings, child abuse, domestic violence and many other crimes. His high-profile convictions included the Tacoma Mall Shooting.

Casey Corr wrote a Washington Law & Politics article about Mark's work as an author and a prosecutor and how his writing and trial work merge. "It's a scene ripped from the pages of a legal thriller: the tough, tall, good-looking prosecutor making his closing argument in a murder trial."

Mark's fourth novel, The King of Methlehem, was published by Simon & Schuster in May of 2007. The Los Angeles Times said, "Lindquist once again has a view of the zeitgeist."

By the end of the month, King of Methlehem was on the Pacific Northwest Bestseller list. The paperback was published in May of 2008.

The King of Methlehem by author Mark Lindquist
Zen Lawyer

He also wrote a column, Zen Lawyer, for the Tacoma Pierce County Bar News. You can read some of the chapters in the blog section of this site. Chapter 10, for example, features a crash course on one-minute meditation.

On September 1, 2009, when Mark was serving as Chief Criminal Deputy, he was appointed as Prosecutor by an unanimous and bipartisan vote of the County Council. In 2010, he was elected to a four-year term. In 2014, he was elected to another four-year term with 96% of the vote.

As the elected District Attorney, he continued to personally prosecute significant cases, including the conviction of Tyler Savage in the rape and murder of a Special Olympian.

Under his leadership, the office made the community safer with a successful Elder Abuse Unit, Gang Unit, and High Priority Offender program, an objective, data-driven program that focuses resources on career criminals.

Mark was the first county Prosecutor in the state to file a lawsuit against Big Pharma to hold them accountable for their role in the opioid crisis.

The office also ran innovative alternative courts for drug addiction, mental health issues, and veterans. Under his leadership, the office was a leader in the state on multiple issues.

And, as the Tacoma Weekly summed it up, "On top of this, be brought bipartisanship, civility and integrity to the job."

For more information, visit his "Lawyer Mark Lindquist" site.

Mark Lindquist on Bangka Island, Indoesia
Personal Injury Attorney

In January 2019, Mark joined the Herrmann Law Group, a personal injury law firm with an emphasis on aviation disasters and civil rights. He is continuing his commitment to justice, accountability, and the public good. His focus is on aviation and wrongful death cases, especially those involving government negligence.

Through much of 2019, Mark worked in Jakarta and on Bangka Island, Indonesia, representing forty-six victim families from the Lion Air crash. In March, they filed a lawsuit against Boeing. Those cases were successfully resolved in 2021.

He still has a pending case arising from the crash of Ethiopian Airlines ET 302. Mark appeared on 60 Minutes Australia, among other international news outlets, to comment on the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft that crashed in both Indonesia and Ethiopia.

He also represents 27 victim families in the crash of Sriwijaya Flight SJ 182. In 2021, he visited clients in Borneo.  For a summary of his transition from local safety to global safety, you can read the Tacoma Weekly front page coverage. Mark discusses the article in a recent blog post.

You can learn more about his experiences and observations at his lawyer website and his Medium page. He posted photos on Instagram, his primary social media account. He also has a lawyer Facebook page and group.

In late 2019, Mark filed the first vaping lawsuit in Washington with Herrmann Law Group. You can read about it in his latest blog post, "Vaping Daze."  If you or someone you know was injured from vaping, you should contact Mark at HLG.

More recently, Mark and HLG associated with famed civil rights attorney Ben Crump to represent the family of Kevin Peterson Jr. who was shot and killed by deputy sheriffs in Clark County, WA. Hundreds of people have participated in protests and the case is being covered by multiple outlets, including this article in the New York Post where Mark is quoted. "Nobody should die over a fistful of Xanax." The victim was shot 34 times from behind as he attempted to run away.

Mark also represents the family of Jenoah Donald who was stopped by Clark County Sheriff's Deputies for a "defective tail light." Officer escalated the questionable stop into a fatal shooting. Jenoah was unarmed and never threatened the officers. Oregon Public Broadcasting reported there was no weapon in the car, but there was a screwdriver and a cordless drill. "A cordless drill isn't a weapon except in the movies," Mark said.

In addition to wide local media coverage, the case was featured in The New York Times. The Clark County Sheriff's Department has a disturbing pattern of misusing deadly force , including a recent incident where a Clark County Sheriff's Deputy shot and killed an off-duty Vancouver Police Officer. The same deputy was involved in the Kevin Peterson shooting.

Mark's other wrongful death cases include cases against the City of Seattle, most recently a tragic incident where a 13-year-old boy called 911 when his father was having heart issues. Medics delayed entry toe the residence as they waited for a police escort because the city mistakenly listed the victim on a "blacklist" as combative with first responders. In fact, it was the previous tenant who was on the list. The city's negligence cost the victim his life.

Whether it's an international aviation disaster, a local wrongful death, or any kind of serious injury, Mark is ardently and uniquely dedicated to justice for his clients. Please visit his lawyer website.

 

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Author and Reader

As an avid book reader, Mark writes reviews for a variety of publications.

His blog, Miscellenous Mischief, is focused on book, movie, and music recommendations, along with miscellaneous updates and life lessons learned on a long, strange trip.

With four published novels over the course of 20 years, including three bestsellers, he is working on his fifth. He has the stories. He just needs the time. You can read about the latest progress in his blog post "Gratitude."

Mark has another blog on his lawyer website, which includes updates on his high-profile cases as well as community activity. He also has a Facebook Group and Instagram.

Mark lives with his wife and daughter in the Pacific Northwest, alternating between cities and Seabrook. He enjoys reading, movies, music, and going to the ocean with his family. One of his favorite quotes is from John F. Kennedy:

"We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came."