Blue Room Books is proud to announce we have signed Lynn Hesse to our author lineup. We will be publishing “The Forty Knots Burn” in January/February of 2022.

Lynn Hesse won the 2015 First Place Winner, Oak Tree Press, Cop Tales, for her mystery, Well of Rage. Her novel Another Kind of Hero was a finalist for the 2018 Silver Falchion Award and won the International Readers’ Chill Award in 2021. Her short story “Jewel’s Hell” was published September 2019 in Me Too Short Stories: An Anthology by Level Best Books and edited by Elizabeth Zelvin. Her short story “Bitter Love” was accepted for publication in Crimeucopia’s October 2021 issue for Murderous Ink Press, United Kingdom.

Her short story about a domestic homicide, “Murder: Food For Thought”, published in the anthologyDouble Lives, Reinvention & Those We Leave Behind, 2009 by Wising Up Press was adapted in the play, We Hunt Our Young,produced at Emory University Field Showcase and Core Studio Luncheon Time Series, 2011.Excerpts from the play “Unacceptable Truths” was performed on the Atlanta BeltLine in 2013.

An interview concerning Lynn’s role as a police officer, “Blue Steel,” is in The Women’s Studies Archives, The Second Feminist Movement, Georgia State University. She performs in several dance and theatrical troupes in Atlanta, Georgia. The dandelion is one of her performance personas. 

Lynn Hesse was a Peace Officer Standards and Training, POST certified state officer in 1977 for Georgia State University and graduated in 1980 from the 15th DeKalb County Police Academy with academic honors. In 1997 she received the Larry Quinn Award for academic excellence and service in law enforcement. As a detective in the Traffic Specialist Unit she handled death notifications, crime scene documentation, and criminal prosecution of offenders.

She was part of a seven-woman coalition who sued and forced DeKalb County (Georgia) to allow women to make rank. She was part of a team who rallied for peer counseling and the Employee Assistance Program. As a sergeant she developed a squad to answer domestic violence 911 calls in the highest crime area of the county. While a lieutenant, she supervised approximately thirty patrol officers and a Mobile Crisis Unit, consisting of a nurse and an officer who answered calls involving the mentally ill.