The Blind Pool

The nation is being invaded. One giveaway is a simple tattoo on a thug’s middle finger. That clue proves strong enough to direct military vets and investigative partners Dan and Carl to the heart of a global conspiracy.


“Rock-solid and soul-satisfying mystery. A superior story.”

New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart


Meet the Author

Paul McHugh

I am a writer. I am a teller of tales.

I began as poet, but swiftly migrated into other genres. That’s good; had I stuck with poems, I might’ve starved! But I did learn – and yet believe – that the strengths of good poetry can also be the strengths of any good writing. This notion helped me launch into freelance reporting. Journalism next became not only the bread and butter, but also the meat of my long, careening career through many realms of writing. Now, I feel my years spent exploring real issues and real people mired in real situations stands me in excellent stead. It forms a solid foundation for a springboard, as I leap out into the infinite possibilities of fiction. Throughout my efforts, a particular aim has remained a guiding light: my goal always has been to write things that matter.


Recent Posts

Zen of Notebooks

Long before I was ever able to plug a thumb drive into a laptop, I’d plug a pen into a notebook. And, late adopter that I am, I still do this, every single day. Computers certainly have their uses. Until or unless they go dark or haywire in some buggy or malware or ransom-ware fashion, that is.

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Building a True Skill Set

In the 70s, when I was working as a carpenter by day, and writing my first novel, “The Search for Goodbye-to-Rains” during the evenings, hanging out in the coffee shops of Marin County. Nearly got killed on my first carpentry job – two times!

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You May Already Be a Winner

Do you possess, or are you possessed by, a red-carpet dream? For some, the fantasy could be actual stardom. Including, let’s say, acquiring a glittering star on that sidewalk by Hollywood Boulevard. (Just don’t let them stick yours down anywhere near Trump’s star – that wacko wildly swinging a pickax just might accidentally hack yours up, too.)

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Best Mystery , National Indie Excellence Awards

Best in Mystery Genre, Bay Area Independent Publishers Association

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