The Edmond Sun

Arts & Entertainment

May 30, 2014

Local author brings familiar setting to mystery

EDMOND — For Edmond author Marcus Brown, his new novel, “The Quiet Game” is a labor of love. Initially, the book didn’t travel the direction Brown expected it to, and he had to set it aside.

“I’d gotten about 80 percent finished with this book, and I just kind of lost the storyline, so I shelved it,” Brown said. “And then about six months ago, I picked this book back up and began a rewrite from the beginning, completely took the ending off, put in my dog as one of the characters, and then the storyline just began to gel and then one weekend it clicked on how I could bring it all together.”

A 1981 graduate of Edmond Memorial High School, Brown has centered “The Quiet Game” around the University of Central Oklahoma and the Edmond area, making the scenes in the book familiar to most local readers.

The main character, Payton Durham, is deaf and has the ability to tell the intentions of those around him. Brown has experience in the deaf community and used that experience to convey the world a character like Payton would know.

“My mother wears a cochlear implant and I wear hearing aids and have for 15 years,” Brown said. “With (Payton) being deaf, he has to have a good sense of humor about it. It poses difficulties in terms of dialog in the story but it was a challenge that was fun to deal with as we were progressing through the story.

“When he went deaf, (Payton) developed an ability to see the disposition of different people. He can glance at someone and know right off a glance what their predisposed behavior would be. Those who are pathological or are prone toward violence, he recognizes them instantly and he keeps track of various guys of that nature in town,” Brown said. “There are about a half dozen people that he is keeping tabs on and then a couple of gals get abducted from UCO and so he tries to narrow down to who could be involved in this.”

“The Quiet Game” is not the end to Payton’s story. Brown is currently working on a sequel that will continue the story of Payton’s attempts to track down his parents’ killers.

“The Quiet Game” is available in print and e-book form at amazon.com. Brown’s other book, a nonfiction work, “God is Greater,” is also available at amazon.com.

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