Mark Lindquist

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Mark Lindquist (born March 10, 1959) is an American lawyer and author.

Prosecutor career[edit]

Lindquist served as the elected prosecutor of Pierce County, Washington, for nine years through 2018;[1] the Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously against Lindquist's claim that personal communication devices are exempt from public record disclosure,[2] and two Superior Court judges contradicted his sworn statements that specific messages on his personal device were not public records.[3][4] His statements on a national television program about a defendant during a trial earned an admonishment from the Washington State Bar Association, he stated the error was unintentional.[5] A judge found adequate grounds to believe Lindquist had engaged in prosecutorial vindictiveness toward a woman, jailing her for eight months without evidence, and obstructing justice, charges he denied;[6] the County Council paid two sheriff's deputies nearly $1.6 million dollars to settle claims that Lindquist and his subordinates retaliated against them.[7][8][9][10] Lindquist said he was unaware of decisions to exclude one deputy and discard evidence she gathered from interviews with child victims of sexual assault.[11]

Writing career[edit]

He is the author of four novels published by Simon & Schuster, Random House, and Atlantic Monthly Press.

  • Sad Movies, 1987
The review in the New York Times described the book as a "fatuous piece of juvenilia".[12]
  • Carnival Desires, 1990[13]
Publishers Weekly summarised its qualities as: "Lindquist's hip, lean dialogue and litany of dutiful debaucheries amuses, along with flashes of behind-the-scenes Hollywood. But the novel, like its 20-something cast, floats on surface ennui."[14]
"A former star of Seattle's legendary grunge scene is forced to grapple with his past in this poorly imagined novel," according to Publisher's Weekly.[15] While Kirkus reviews stated it was "quite amusing" with particular praise for its "first-rate cynical witticisms".[16]
  • The King of Methlehem, 2007[17]
Publishers Weekly wrote that "the quality writing and flashes of gallows humor raise this above the usual tale of good guys vs. bad guys."[18][19]


  1. ^ "Robnett defeats Lindquist in Pierce County prosecutor race". Tacoma News Tribune.
  2. ^ "Lindquist text message case: Still going, defense bills exceed $584,000". Tacoma News Tribune.
  3. ^ "Judge rules against prosecutor in expensive public-records case". KIRO 7.
  4. ^ "Judge orders Pierce County to pay $118,000 in Lindquist text message case". Tacoma News Tribune.
  5. ^ "Prosecutor Lindquist admits wrongdoing, staving off disciplinary hearing". Tacoma News Tribune.
  6. ^ "Recall petition against Mark Lindquist can move forward, judge says". Tacoma News Tribune.
  7. ^ "Pierce County pays deputy $950,000 over ex-prosecutor lawsuit". KOMO News.
  8. ^ "County settles another Lindquist-related bill, pays sheriff's deputy $950,000". Tacoma News Tribune.
  9. ^ "Court rules more of Pierce County prosecutor's texts are public record". Seattle Times.
  10. ^ "Pierce County approves $650,000 to settle last outstanding Lindquist-related lawsuit". Tacoma News Tribune.
  11. ^ "New claim seeks $6.5 million from Pierce County, cites retaliation by Lindquist's office". Tacoma News Tribune.
  12. ^ Schiff, Stephen (December 13, 1987). "His Get-Up-and-Go Got Up and Went". New York Times. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  13. ^ Smith, Carlton (9 September 1990). "L.A. is stage on which novel `Carnival Desires' barely flickers (book review)". San Diego Union.
  14. ^ "Carnival Desires". Publishers Weekly. January 1, 1990. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Never Mind NIRVana". Publishers Weekly. May 1, 2000. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  16. ^ "Never Mind Nirvana - Kirkus Review". Kirkus reviews. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  17. ^ Baker, Jeff (27 May 2007). "Being hooked on crime provides a window on meth (book review)". The Oregonian.
  18. ^ "The King of Methlehem". Publishers Weekly. May 1, 2007. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  19. ^ Kulish, Nicholas (26 August 2007). "Creatures of Habit (book review)". New York Times. Retrieved 16 December 2018.

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