Riordan's Desk

Mark Coggins

Crime fiction by Mark Coggins featuring private investigator August Riordan. Each season is a one chapter/one episode reading of a Riordan novel by the author. Season 1 is THE DEAD BEAT SCROLL, a book the New York Journal of Books called a “Glorious potpourri of violence, black humor … sex, and a hunt for a lost manuscript.” Note that the podcast is intended for mature audiences and includes curse words, violence and sex.

All Episodes

In this audio fiction presentation of the novel The Dead Beat Scroll, private investigator August Riordan returns to San Francisco to avenge the death of his friend and one-time partner, Chris Duckworth. Duckworth has taken over Riordan’s old business, his old office, and even his old apartment, and Riordan suspects Duckworth’s death is linked to the missing-person case he was working when he died.An alluring young woman named Angelina hired Duckworth to look for her half-sister, but what Riordan finds instead is a murderous polyamorous family intent on claiming a previously unknown manuscript from Beat writer Jack Kerouac.Following clues from Duckworth and a trail of mutilated bodies left by the family, Riordan soon realizes that avenging his partner will first involve recovering the manuscript—then saving Angelina and himself from kidnap, torture, and death. As the bodies pile up, Riordan must work with old allies and enemies to untangle Duckworth’s last case before time runs out.In Chapter 1, Riordan makes a late-night visit to a massage parlor.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

May 2020

15 min 10 sec

Riordan goes back to his old San Francisco office to compare notes with his ex, Gretchen Sabatini.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

May 2020

16 min 46 sec

Riordan goes to Berkeley to talk to Ivy, the sugar baby who hired Duckworth.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

May 2020

18 min 42 sec

Riordan visits Ivy's sugar daddy.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

May 2020

14 min 46 sec

Riordan meets Angelina, Duckworth's actual last client.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

May 2020

18 min 1 sec

Riordan makes another late night visit to Golden Fingers.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

May 2020

19 min 50 sec

Riordan makes an unsettling discovery.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

May 2020

16 min 41 sec

Riordan updates Angelina on developments in the case.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

May 2020

17 min 41 sec

Riordan gets his hair cut--and makes an important discovery as a result.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

May 2020

19 min 3 sec

Riordan has a literary experience.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Jun 2020

16 min 22 sec

Riordan visits a rare book dealer.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Jun 2020

11 min 38 sec

Riordan gains important insight into the origin of the mysterious scroll thanks to research by GretchenSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Jun 2020

14 min 40 sec

Riordan gets schooled on Beat Generation writers.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Jun 2020

23 min 7 sec

Riordan meets with Kittredge to compare notes.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Jun 2020

13 min 51 sec

Riordan meets Kim and learns a thing or two more about the birds and the bees.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Jun 2020

19 min 6 sec

Riordan goes to see Kim's friend Tuyen.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Jun 2020

14 min 3 sec

Riordan learns more about what happened to Tuyen and goes to see Angelina.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Jun 2020

17 min 26 sec

Riordan meets the leader of Wo Hop To.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Jul 2020

18 min 37 sec

Riordan receives an unexpected visitor from Palm Springs.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Jul 2020

13 min 40 sec

Riordan gets an important message from an old friend.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Jul 2020

15 min 50 sec

Riordan goes to see the son of Mrs. Kongsangchai.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Jul 2020

17 min 6 sec

Riordan goes to a special sort of party.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

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Jul 2020

24 min 22 sec

Riordan has a conversation with Jeff.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

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Jul 2020

15 min 28 sec

Riordan and Kittredge watch a video.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Jul 2020

19 min 10 sec

Riordan has a confrontation with number one son.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Aug 2020

12 min 39 sec

Riordan has a sit down with big daddy. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

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Aug 2020

17 min 5 sec

Riordan, Gretchen and Ray meet to strategize.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Aug 2020

15 min 44 sec

Riordan and Ray spring their trap.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Aug 2020

22 min 52 sec

Riordan, Gretchen, Ray and Kim attend Chris's wake.Links mentioned in the episode: DBS on GoodReadsDBS on AmazonDBS on iTunesTaste of Honey Performance on YoutubeSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Aug 2020

18 min 2 sec

Riordan reaches out to Wong.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Aug 2020

18 min 59 sec

Randal Brandt, Curator of the California Detective Fiction Collection at the Bancroft Library, interviews Mark about THE DEAD BEAT SCROLL.Links mentioned in the episode:Golden Gate MysteriesA David Dodge CompanionJoe Gores on The Maltese FalconFirst Edition of The Immortal GameChapter Photographs for The Dead Beat ScrollSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Aug 2020

58 min 33 sec

Meet Winnie, the female protagonist of No Hard Feelings.Winnie doesn’t remember the last time she felt anything below her neck. Her spine is severed at the seventh vertebrae, but thanks to implants from a sabotaged biomedical start-up, she has regained mobility. She is a prototype: a living, breathing—walking—demonstration of revolutionary technology that never made it to market.Her disability has become her armor. Because she doesn’t register fatigue, she has trained relentlessly. Her hand, arm, and leg strength are off the scales for a woman, and she has honed self-defense techniques to channel that strength. She’s a modern-day Amazon who feels no pain.When the sociopath who torpedoed the start-up sends killers to harvest the implants from her body, Winnie must team up with broken-down private investigator August Riordan to save both their lives—and derail sinister plans for perverse military applications of the technology.In Chapter 1, Winnie makes an important decision while standing on the walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

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Aug 2020

22 min 13 sec

Winnie finds Riordan in Palm Springs.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Aug 2020

7 min 30 sec

Riordan and Winnie get reacquainted. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Aug 2020

18 min 46 sec

Winnie and Riordan get a windfall.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Sep 2020

13 min 39 sec

Winnie meets Ray, who lends her a hand.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Sep 2020

17 min 3 sec

Ray thinks fast to deal with a threat from an unexpected source.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Sep 2020

9 min 24 sec

Winnie, Ray and Riordan share a pancake breakfast.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Sep 2020

10 min 17 sec

Ray has a brainwave.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Sep 2020

10 min 56 sec

The Winemaker reflects on his stay in prison. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Sep 2020

7 min 19 sec

Winnie and Riordan attempt to ensnare The Winemaker's men.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Oct 2020

20 min 48 sec

Winnie and Riordan search the motel rooms of The Winemaker's men.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Oct 2020

18 min 25 sec

The Winemaker muses on the history of his involvement with NeuroStimix.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Oct 2020

8 min 46 sec

Winnie and Riordan visit the Bridle Bit Ranch.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

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Oct 2020

26 min 11 sec

Winnie has a chat with a techie named Oz.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Nov 2020

19 min 48 sec

Winnie makes a Skype call.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Nov 2020

14 min 31 sec

Winnie and Riordan question Starlet.And, by the way, Riordan's Desk was selected for the list of Top 30 Thriller Book Podcasts by Feedspot. See the full list here: https://blog.feedspot.com/thriller_book_podcasts/.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Nov 2020

16 min 34 sec

Riordan does a little doctoring on Winnie.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

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Dec 2020

18 min 39 sec

Winnie and Riordan share a moment.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

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Dec 2020

10 min 14 sec

Winnie and Riordan face off with the men who set Destiny and Jasmine in motion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/MarkCoggins)

Dec 2020

15 min 33 sec