Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States
Harvard University where Peter Heck received his Bachelor of Arts degree.
3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, United States
Johns Hopkins University where Peter Heck received his Master of Arts degree.
107 S Indiana Ave, Bloomington, IN 47405, United States
Indiana University Bloomington where Peter Heck completed his doctoral study.
(A trip to sunny Florence provides some much-needed rest a...)
A trip to sunny Florence provides some much-needed rest and relaxation for Mark Twain's assistant, Wentworth Cabot until a woman he fancies disappears along with a Raphael masterpiece. Can Mark Twain save the day?
(On a lecture tour, Mark Twain is reunited with Tom Blanke...)
On a lecture tour, Mark Twain is reunited with Tom Blankenship, his boyhood pal and the model for Huck Finn. When Tom is charged with murder, it's up to Twain to be as good a lawyer as he is a friend.
(So with his new secretary, Wentworth Cabot, Twain caught ...)
So with his new secretary, Wentworth Cabot, Twain caught a steamboat bound for New Orleans. On board were all matter of people - wealthy tourists and old river rats, literary amateurs and high-stakes gamblers and a determined killer whose only goal was to bring Mark Twain's celebrated career to a stop.
(A beautiful city with ugly traditions of corruption and r...)
A beautiful city with ugly traditions of corruption and racism. A black man set to hang for a murder he didn't commit.
(Working with the great Mark Twain is a job Wentworth Cabo...)
Working with the great Mark Twain is a job Wentworth Cabot relishes especially when it includes a first-class boat trip, a visit to Europe, and a steady paycheck. But Cabot hopes his third adventure with the renowned author won't involve any murders.
(Mark Twain is in merry old England to see his family. Wen...)
Mark Twain is in merry old England to see his family. Wentworth Cabot, Twain's assistant, is looking forward to seeing the sights, and hopefully finding some peace and quiet -- when not helping his boss with a new lecture series. But peace is the last thing they find when they bump into Slippery Ed, a con man from New Orleans and an acquaintance of Twain's.
Peter Heck studied at Harvard University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. At Johns Hopkins University, he got a Master of Arts degree. He also completed a doctoral study at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Before becoming a writer and editor, Peter Heck worked at Sam Ash Music in Long Island as a sales manager, then as a manager of an air freight company. He was an educator at Temple University and at Harvard University as well.
From 1990 till 1992 he worked as an editor at Ace Books in New York City and created the science fiction newsletter Xignals and its mystery equivalent Crime Times for the Waldenbooks chain. As a reviewer for Asimov's Science Fiction, Heck has written the On Books review column since its June 1994 issue. He has also contributed to Locus and The New York Review of Science Fiction.
Heck's The Mark Twain Mysteries began from the book Death on the Mississippi (1995). Hereafter, he published five books featuring the famous author Mark Twain.
Heck collaborated with Robert Lynn Asprin on four volumes of the latter's Phule's Company series of Military SF/Space Opera romps, beginning with Phule's Company #3: A Phule and His Money (1999). He was also one of the many collaborators on the spoof Atlanta Nights (2005) as by Travis Tea.
In 2007, Heck began working as a reporter at the Kent County News in Chestertown, where he and his wife moved. His work for the paper includes articles on local government and history and coverage of the arts.
He also wrote the 36th chapter of Atlanta Nights, a book meant to ruin PublishAmerica's reputation.
(Working with the great Mark Twain is a job Wentworth Cabo...)1997
(So with his new secretary, Wentworth Cabot, Twain caught ...)1995
(A beautiful city with ugly traditions of corruption and r...)1996
(Mark Twain is in merry old England to see his family. Wen...)1999
"I wanted to be a writer at an early age, but (like most others, I think) had no idea how to become one. My parents encouraged me to read, and I did: Poe, Twain, science fiction, Hemingway, and the Beats - who gave me an image of the writer pouring out his soul onto paper, like a jazz musician in- anting a solo. It wasn’t until much later that I earned I couldn’t work that way."
"Editing a regular newsletter (interviewing more than a hundred authors in the process) gave me the tools and discipline to become a professional writer."
"The freelance life is inherently unstable, but I remain optimistic that I’ve finally figured out a way to earn a living by my wits."
Peter Heck is a member of Science Fiction Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.
Peter Heck plays guitar and banjo in a local band, Col. Leonard's Irregulars. He is also an avid spork collector, with over 500 in his collection.
In 1966 Peter Heck married Flora Metrick. They have a child, Daniel. In 1988 they divorced. On December 29, 1989, he married Jane Jewell.