The Last Resort

ABOUT Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson
Mark Allan Johnson--an unrepentant New Dealer and undaunted optimist who was born in Port Angeles, Washington and presently lives in another old mill town of Everett, Washington with his wife, Judy. He is a Cultural Irish Catholic who finds wisdom in Pope Francis, Buddha, Franklin and Tedd More...



Patrick Curran works the nightshift at Havenwood, a State facility for the intellectually challenged on the outskirts of Seattle in the newly incorporated City of Bitter Bay. He feels sheltered under the cover of darkness until the morning one of his residents discovers a skeleton in the crawlspace of an abandoned cottage slated for demolition. State Senator Mason Manning is campaigning to close Havenwood as a costly and obsolete institution. He also wants to be governor. Unfortunately for him, the skeletons in his closet include the one found under Ash Hall where he worked the summer between high school graduation and college entrance. Jillian Danvers, lawyer and legal guardian for her brother Danny, who lives at Havenwood, receives a letter from his housemate, Grady Hayward, claiming he can identify the skeleton, sending Patrick and Jillian on a perilous hunt with her crisis-craving law partner, Lisa Adler. On the treacherous trail to the Quileute Reservation town of La Push, they are pursued by deceitful handymen and unskilled kidnappers before teaming with Tribal Police Officer, Andrew Jackson, who harbors a great distaste for casinos, smoke shops and bodies washing up to defile his holy beach. This unlikely company of strangers discovers a truth that refuses to remain buried.

on September 1, 2014
I have never read a plot like Mr. Johnson's. The setting among the handicapped was an eye opener and I didn't just enjoy the story , I came away with an appreciation of those who give of themselves in service to others. His poets heart was so evident in the way he constructed his sentences...instead of racing through the story I often slowed down to just enjoy how he painted with words.

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