Carnival Desire by Mark Lindquist, German Edition
Carnival Desires, German Edition

Thanks to German novelist Alice Winter for this cool spring shot of the German edition of Carnival Desires. The English version is available on Kindle. Vanity Fair called it a “witty, minimalist epic.” Details magazine said it was “great postmodern literature.” It chronicles the adventures of a group of twentysomething friends in eighties Hollywood. I thought my life was pretty adventurous back then. And it was. It is more so now.

I’ve been in Indonesia and Chicago working on our case against Boeing. “‘Liability will not truly be in dispute here. Boeing is at fault. Their equipment failed. Their planes crashed twice,’ Mark Lindquist, an attorney with the Herrmann Law Group who is representing the families of 26 victims of the Lion Air crash, told Yahoo Finance.” HLG does good work.



Lawyer Mark Lindquist in Indonesia
Lion Air Lawsuit

I recently returned from another trip to Indonesia. We now represent 26 of the victim families in the Lion Air crash. Our case continues to gain strength.

On the other side of the globe, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crashed on a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. There were numerous similarities with the Lion Air Crash: same Boeing plane, same problems with the new MCAS computer system, same fatal dive. You can read more about the cases at Herrmann Law Group. I am pleased to connect with these grieving families who need legal support. I am grateful to be doing this work.

In my travels, I’ve been reading. I downloaded the new Bret Easton Ellis book “White.” I’ll post a short review next month. P.S. Photo is from my Instagram.

Herrmann Law sues Boeing in Lion Air Crash
Herrmann Law Group Sues Boeing

On behalf of the families of 17 victims of the Lion Air crash in Indonesia, we filed a lawsuit against Boeing. You can read about it on our firm website or Tacoma Weekly or watch Q13 coverage. These families are heartbroken and need vigorous representation.

In short, our lawsuit alleges two main points. One, Boeing equipment failed. Two, Boeing neglected to properly inform and train pilots about a new, automated system installed on the plane. Pilots were not even aware of the existence of the new system.

Pilots are fired up. Captain Chesley Sullenberger, the airline pilot who was played by Tom Hanks in the movie “Sully,” said to the LA Times, “Pilots are not being told or taught everything they need to know about their airplanes.”

Author and lawyer Mark Lindquist joins the Herrmann Law Group
Splendid Moments, Memorable Adventures

“This is a brief life, but in its brevity it offers us some splendid moments, memorable adventures.” Rudyard Kipling

I’ve written a few words about my Indonesian work adventure on my Medium page. And I’m continuing to add photos to my Instagram, which is now my primary social media.

Anticipating a return to Indonesia, I’ve  been reading James Michener’s memoir, The World Is My Home. I think I’m going to break out Melville’s Typee next.

Meanwhile, you can find me at either the Seattle or Tacoma offices of Herrmann Law Group. I appreciate all the plaintiff attorneys who have welcomed me, thank you.

American novelist Mark Lindquist reading Indonesian novelist Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Back In the USA

Back in the U.S. after more than a month working in Indonesia. I documented the adventure on my Instagram.

In January I joined the Herrmann Law Group. Great people, cool cases, good causes. We are representing a large number of family members who lost loved ones in the crash of Lion Air 610 out of Jakarta. My commitment to justice, accountability, and the public good continues.

Oh, and yes, I have been reading and writing more, too. I’m currently reading Indonesian novelist Pramoedya Anata Toer. I even listened to a podcast, finally. For a literary eighties flashback, check out the Bret Ellis podcast interview with Jay McInerney.

Mark Lindquist wishes readers a happy new year.
Happy New Year 2019

Happy new year!  “And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done.”

Here is my 2018 year-end list of books and movies. These are not necessarily the best. These are not necessarily even from 2018. Instead, these are just books and movies I got around to recently and recommend. Christopher Robin, a wonderful movie about the creative process and the Zen of Winnie the Pooh. “Sometimes doing nothing leads to the very best something.” Ego is the Enemy, by Ryan Holiday, a smart book about doing your best work. “Impressing people is utterly different from being truly impressive.” Mastery, by Robert Greene, a mentor to Holiday. “You must value learning above everything else.”

Never Mind Nirvana, a novel by Mark Lindquist
Sometimes in Winter

Wherever I go I feel at home when I see my books or my friends’ books on the shelves.

Books are the best gifts and that’s what I’m buying this holiday season. My recommendations include anything by Ryan Holiday, particularly The Obstacle is the Way and Trust Me, I’m Lying, a timely “cult classic that predicted the rise of fake news – revised for the post-Trump, post-Gawker age.”  Also, former Seahawk running back Curt Warner has a book out, which he co-wrote with his wife and local novelist Dave Boling, The Warner Boys: Our Family’s Story of Autism and Hope.

As for novels, Today Will be Different by Maria Semple is a good one to read at the end of the year or the beginning of next year. Whatever you read, thanks for reading.

Novelist Mark Lindquist blog entry about gratitude, holidays, and his novel Carnival Desires
Mahalo and Carnival Desires

Happy Thanksgiving and Mahalo!

As Maya Angelou said, “Be present in all things and grateful for all things.”

Back from a holiday in Hawaii, the Lindquists are feeling the Mahalo spirit. You can see more pictures on my Instagram.

I’ve updated my Medium page and included a review of Carnival Desires, my second novel. It’s structured around holidays and other rituals. While reading, like gratitude, should be practiced year round, holidays in particular are a time for stories. I wish you all many blessings and books.

Thank You

I’m grateful for the support, assistance, and friendship through three elections.

I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’ve kept my faith that public service and politics are a noble endeavor. I’m proud of the campaign we ran and the contributions our supporters made, bringing much needed graciousness and good will to the civic dialogue.

You can read my entire gratitude note on my Facebook page, Instagram account, Medium page or other website.

As U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Hubert H. Humphrey said, “The greatest gift of life is friendship and I have received it.”

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Trees are bending, leaves are flying, election season is ending. I appreciate everyone who stepped up to help our campaign.

We focused on public safety and public service and had a good time. At our last event of the ’18 season at the Swiss in Tacoma, I played “Wild Thing” and “Twist and Shout” with our unofficial campaign band, The Beatniks. I proved, once again, I’m a better writer and prosecutor than I am guitar player.

John F. Kennedy said, “If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place to live.” Whether you’re an artist or not, we need more humanity in our politics. Time to step up. #Vote.

Kennedy Brothers on Mark Lindquist blog
Writers and Public Officials

This week I spoke at the City Club of Tacoma.   My closing was atypical in that I focused less on public safety and more on public affairs. In my opening, I discussed our innovative initiatives to make the community safer and reform the justice system, but in closing I told three quick stories relating to my themes of safety and civility.

Some say I stay too far above the fray, that I should get my hands dirty. I say you can rebut misinformation without slipping into the mud. That’s the semi-lofty goal, though it can be a high-wire act. In this, writers and public officials are similar: we live, as Karl Wallenda put it, on the wire. And, as the Posies sang in 1990, “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

This picture from the 1960 presidential campaign is my favorite shot of JFK & RFK.

Author Mark Lindquist and actress Molly Ringwald in the New York Post
Transgressive Fiction

Here’s a new literary website for you: transgressivefiction. It’s cool.

People sometimes ask if I read a piece about myself or my work and the answer is always, “No.”  When I was a young novelist, my editor advised me against reading my reviews or profiles, good or bad. Eventually I understood the wisdom of this. I read emails from readers and constituents. I read blogs by readers and writers. I might read a tweet, but I do not read reviews or any other kind of press if I’m the subject. This is a good rule for artists and public officials. Never read about yourself. If you slip, which happens, you won’t learn anything about yourself or your work. You’ll only learn about the person writing about you. As Anais Nin noted, “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.”

Author Mark Lindquist daughter Sloane wearing a Keep Our Prosecutor t-shirt
August Activities

The events are endless, from street fairs to community celebrations, but for Sloane it is always about face painting. Chelsea and I appreciate all of you who greet us, share stories, and encourage us to keep up the good fight. We are grateful for the volunteers who continue to step up. Let us know if you want to join us, thank you.

I do not have much time for reading these days, but I did finish The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday and it’s still on my nightstand next to Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. Ryan was kind enough to send me his other books, too. I’ll report on those later. “Wherever we are, whatever we’re doing and wherever we are going, we owe it to ourselves, to our art, to the world to do it well.”

Keep Our Prosecutor Mark Lindquist

It’s summertime, and the livin’ is busy.

Chelsea, Sloane, and I have been all over the county, from the Gig Harbor Maritime Parade to Meeker Days in Puyallup to the Buckley Log Show. We appreciate seeing friends everywhere we go. Pierce County is big, diverse, and friendly. I appreciate every opportunity to communicate with the community we serve in the Prosecutor’s Office.

You can learn more at or follow on Facebook. We can always use more volunteers, yard sign locations, and, of course, donations. Thank you!

#KeepOurProsecutor #KeepOurCommunitySafe

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist family
Keep Our Prosecutor

Keep our community safe, keep our prosecutor.

That’s what good people in Pierce County are saying this year. I’m a career Prosecutor going into my tenth year. Time does fly. I’ve been appointed, elected, and re-elected. Now I’m running again to keep serving.

Our public safety successes have been remarkable — protecting elders, reducing gang violence and other crime, diversion programs for those with mental health issues or drug addiction, and our new lawsuit I filed against Big Pharma to hold them accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic. You can join our team of people committed to a safe and strong community by visiting

Mark Lindquist Kickoff Concert with The Beatniks
Kickoff Concert with The Beatniks

The Keep Our Prosecutor Kickoff Concert with The Beatniks is Saturday, April 14, at 6 pm. Join us, thanks!

Tacoma Mayor Woodards will welcome the crowd, Detective Ed Troyer will serve as Emcee, and The Beatniks will rock the Landmark Temple Theatre in Tacoma! We expect musical guest stars as well.

You can learn more at our Facebook event page. #KeepOurProsecutor #KeepOurCommunitySafe

Thanks, see you Saturday night!

Mark Lindquist - superhero
Happy New Year 2018

Happy new year!

I’ve updated my “Have a Pleasant New Year” article, a precursor to my “Zen Lawyer” column. I hope you experience plenty of pleasantness this year.

Chelsea, Sloane and I are always enthusiastic about the spirit of adventure and growth inherent in a new year. Possibilities.

If you are the sort who believes in New Year’s resolutions, here is a thought from Marcus Aurelius: “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive — to breath, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

Mark Lindquist's daughter dancing on the beach
Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! “Gratitude is not only the greatest of all the virtues, but the parent of all others.” Marcus Cicero

Ladenburg, Strickland, Lindquist. Sounds like a law firm, but it’s actually the co-authors of this editorial on Tacoma, the city we are grateful for. We compare Tacoma’s past reputation with today’s reality. The future is bright.

I recently opened a account. This will serve as a one-stop shop for my beliefs on “leadership, life, literature, and public safety.” In other words, random dispatches from this endless contest of lightness versus darkness, truth versus lies, good versus bad. I’ll try to make sense of the rancorous chaos out there. #InterestingTimes


Mark Lindquist commencement speech
Commencement Speech

I was happy to honor the 2017 graduates of Clover Park Technical College as their commencement speaker. There was a contagious spirit of initiative, adventure, and accomplishment in the Tacoma Dome. Here is the text of my speech, which was titled #fivehashtags. In an early draft, I included one of my favorite Zen stories, but it didn’t make the final cut. Here it is from my first Zen Lawyer column.

In other news, we recently won two awards in the Prosecutor’s Office: Outstanding Community Service and Boss of the Year. You can read the article from the Tacoma Weekly and other public safety news at #KeepOurCommunitySafe

Enjoy your summer. #LiveWithGratitude.

Mark Lindquist second novel Carnival Desires
Carnival Desires Redux

In June of 1992, Atlantic Monthly Press published my second novel, Carnival Desires. Details magazine called it, “Great postmodern literature. Romantic and cynical, true and original, full of modern ideas and seductive moments … ” Vanity Fair called it, “a witty minimalist epic.” Now I’m older and it’s available on kindle.

In the future book category, here is the finale of “Zen Lawyer,” Chapter 18. For more updates, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram, thanks.

Meanwhile, here’s my “fair share” Op-Ed about one of the many things we are doing in the Prosecutor’s Office to make our community safer. #ProtectingOurCommunity


Prosecutor Mark Lindquist and family
Happy New Year

Happy new year! “Tomorrow is the first page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” Brad Paisley, a country music star, wrote this. My musical taste generally runs a different direction, but I like this line.

I wrapped up my “Zen Lawyer” column for Pierce County Lawyer this year. After a long career of published novels, articles, essays, and book reviews, I received the most face-to-face feedback from this column, which I appreciated. I’ve sent the stories to my agent for a possible book. Meanwhile, here is a seasonal riff on friendship, Chapter 12.

You can connect with me on LinkedInInstagramTwitter, Facebook, Facebook and Facebook. I hope to connect with you somewhere this year, maybe even in person.

Never Mind Nirvana by author Mark Lindquist
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Signed Books and Spirits Auction

Please join us November 17, 2016, at Kings Books in Tacoma, 7pm, for our 8th Annual Signed Books and Spirits Auction. #KeepOurProsecutor

Guest star auctioneers will be auctioning off signed books from Governor Jay Inslee, U.S. Representative Denny Heck, and, of course, me. New York Times bestselling authors Maria Semple and Garth Stein have also donated books as have Tacoma authors Jack Cameron and William Turbyfill. For more information, check our Facebook event page, our Facebook group page, or

I’m nearly done with my Zen Lawyer columns, which will be eventually collected into a book. Meanwhile, Chapter 8, a riff on opinions, facts, and the truth.

Mark Lindquist playing guitar with Peter Buck of R.E.M. and the Beatniks
So You Wanna Be

Highlight of 2016 — so far — was playing guitar with Peter Buck of R.E.M. and the Beatniks at our summer celebration.  A great time was had by hundreds. You can find pics and vids at or my Facebook page.

Our next event will be the 8th Annual Signed Book and Spirits Auction at Kings Books in Tacoma, Nov. 17, 7 pm. Chelsea and I are particularly looking forward to this evening as Nov. 17 is our wedding anniversary!  RSVP at the Facebook event page, thanks.

Meanwhile, I’m on LinkedIn now as well as Instagram and Twitter. I also occasionally post on the Support Our Prosecutor Facebook Group. Please join me there, thanks.

The Beatniks and Peter Buck play at Mark Lindquist fundraiser
Happy Mid-Year

Happy mid-year! If you’re in the NW, please join The Beatniks and surprise guests at our family-friendly summer celebration at Ruston Plaza, Saturday, July 30, 2 pm. For more details, go to our Facebook Event page, thank you.

Zen Lawyer, Chapter 13, features one of my favorite riffs about integrity and quality from Steve Jobs. I’ve been reading my daughter “Racing in the Rain,” the YA version of “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein.

Meanwhile, you can find me on my personal FB page, my public FB page, Twitter, Instagram, or working on community safety as your Prosecutor.

Zen Lawyer by Mark Lindquist
Zen Lawyer and Meditation

My Instagram account just went public.

Zen Lawyer, chapter 10, features a crash course on one-minute meditation. Try it.

I continue to write book reviews for the Seattle Times, including, most recently, “Breem Gives Me Hiccups & Other Stories” by Jesse Eisenberg, star of “The Social Network.”

In the never ending endeavor of making our community safer, I finished a murder trial this month, convicting a defendant who had a wife, a finance, and a girlfriend. He divorced the wife and shot the fiancee so he could be with his girlfriend. You can read about it on my Facebook page.

Author Mark Lindquist's daughter
Zen Lawyer Maybe

Closing out a good 2014, looking forward to a good 2015.

In addition to various community and family activities, I was re-elected with more than 96% of the vote, I successfully tried another murder case, made progress on a new novel, wrote book reviews for The Seattle Times, and continued my Zen Lawyer column for the Tacoma Pierce County Bar News.

The first chapter, published in March/April 2014, was an introduction with a Zen story about life and luck, “Maybe.”  The sixth chapter, which will be published in January/February 2015, features a Zen story about anger and gratitude, “Heaven and Hell.

Mark Lindquist kickoff concert
Kickoff Concert

I’m running for reelection. We have everything you would want in a campaign, except an opponent. Robert F. Kennedy said, “About twenty percent of the people are opposed to everything all of the time,” but I still picked up more than 96% of the vote in the primary.

The kick-off party featured musical guest stars Molly Ringwald, Peter Buck of R.E.M., and local greats The Beatniks. You can see pictures at I also posted some on my semi-new Facebook page.

Meanwhile, I’ve updated this site with more book reviews, including one of my favorite non-fiction books of the year, Walter Kirn’s Blood Will Out, and James Ellroy’s new crime fiction, Perfidia.

Sports, Law, and Life Lessons

John McGrath wrote a good story about an unusually entertaining Continuing Legal Education class featuring sports, law, and life lessons. In summary, be cool.

Mary Ann Gwinn, the blessed Books Editor for The Seattle Times, put together an honorable tribute for the 40th Anniversary of Elliott Bay Books in Seattle.  I weighed in along with my friend Garth Stein and others.

I’m working on a new novel, slowly. I never mind being asked about it as it reminds me I have work to do.

Author Mark Lindquist and actress Molly Ringwald
interview with Molly Ringwald

“When it Happens to You,” Molly Ringwald’s “novel in stories,” is out in paperback.

I interviewed Molly for The Oregonian.  We talked music, books, and the Bad Old Days.

Speaking of the Bad Old Days, in 2001 I interviewed Peter Buck for the Hartford Courant. We talked music, books, and the narrative of growing older.

In the picture on the left, I believe I was 30. I thought I was getting old.

Author Mark Lindquist blog
Welcome to My Blog

Welcome to my updated website, 2013 version.  Thanks for visiting.

I’m more active on Facebook than here, and I have a website as Prosecutor.

I am going to use this blog to post links to reviews and articles I’ve written or enjoyed reading. I will also comment occasionally on books, movies, crime, life and so on.

“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” — Albert Camus

Thanks for reading.