Cynthia Robinson is the author of the darkly comic Max Bravo novels. The series follows the reluctant adventures of Max Bravo, an opera singer whose real life adventures are even more dramatic than his stage roles.
In the debut Max Bravo novel, The Dog Park Club, Max becomes involved with a set of regulars at a Berkeley, California dog park. When one of them—a beautiful and beguiling young woman—disappears and is presumed dead, Max and the gang pursue her killer with equal parts zeal and zaniness. In the sequel, The Barbary Dogs, an old friend of Max’s takes a leap off the Golden Gate Bridge, and he is forced to investigate San Francisco’s foggy underworld of artistic manias, crackpots, and vengeful ghosts to find out why.
The third Max Bravo novel, The Last Matador takes Max on an Quixote-esque mission through France and Spain in search of his missing ex-wife Connie. He’s sent stumbling through Connie’s world; a foreign terrain peopled with a controlling life coach, Balkan gangsters, Eurovision song contestants, and a matador whose suit of lights has lost its shine. The Last Matador will be available in 2016.
Cynthia Robinson has an M.A. in history from University of British Columbia and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco where she also taught the art of fiction. She lives in San Francisco, California and Madrid, Spain.