Saturday, September 6, 2003

It's no mystery who drives this car



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Writer Jeff Marks has a license plate that honors his profession (mystery writer) and his dog (Ellery, named after Ellery Queen). Dogs play a critical role in his novels.
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Mystery writer Jeff Marks drives a 1999 forest-green Jetta with vanity plates reading DOG WRTR. That's partly in homage to his own dog, Ellery (named after Ellery Queen), and partly because he specializes in mysteries in which dogs frequently help solve the crime. His new Atomic Renaissance ($21.95, Delphi Books) came out early last week.

Jim Knippenberg

First car: Marks had a 1976 Mercury Capri that he refers to as a Mercury Crappy - "No get-up-and-go. I got it in high school, kept it three years and bailed out."

Dream car: Anything at all as long as it's "one where someone else drives me around."



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