Mark Lindquist is an American novelist and lawyer.
His books are known for mixing literature with pop culture. His first two novels, Sad Movies and Carnival Desires, depicted Los Angeles and the movie business. While his third novel, Never Mind Nirvana, did the same for the Seattle music scene (Details magazine). Lindquist focused his fourth novel, The King of Methlehem, on the world of methamphetamine, in Tacoma, Washington. In the 2005 September/October issue of Pages magazine, which featured a cover story on the literary Brat Pack, he discusses how novels can capture the Zeitgeist.
After graduating from the University of Southern California, he worked as a copy writer for a movie studio. His first novel, Sad Movies, drew on this. He went on to write screenplays for several studios and book reviews for The Los Angeles Book Review, The New York Times Book Review, and The Seattle Times, as well as articles for The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Movieline, and other publications. He left Hollywood in the 1990s and enrolled in Seattle University School of Law. After graduating, he became a prosecuting attorney and moved to Tacoma. His third novel, Never Mind Nirvana, followed after this hiatus. According to the author's website, his fourth novel, The King of Methlehem, was published in hardcover by Simon & Schuster in May 2007 and the trade paperback was published in May 2008 by Simon & Schuster.
Malfeasance as Pierce County Prosecutor
In 2009, Lindquist became Pierce County’s top law-enforcement officer.
In 2010 and 2014, Lindquist charged Lynn Dalsing with knowing of and assisting in the molestation of her 7-year-old daughter. Dalsing spent seven months in jail and five months on electronic home detention. Both charges against Dalsing were dismissed. Dismissing the second case, Pierce County Superior Court Judge Edmund Murphy ruled that Dalsing was victimized by "vindictive prosecution."
On August 7, 2015, Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Jay Roof ruled that a petition recall effort could proceed, declaring there was enough evidence for the plausibility of Lindquist being guilty of "engaging in a vindictive prosecution of a Pierce County woman; withholding evidence, and obstructing justice."
On December 26, 2015, The Seattle Times editorial board called for Lindquist's resignation.
In March, 2016, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor ruled that Pierce County must pay more than $118,000 for failing to disclose a text message created in 2011 on Lindquist’s private phone, which Tabor ruled was a public record, contradicting Lindquist's sworn statement that the message did not pertain to official business.