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November 15, 2019
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Local psychotherapist releases new novel

LA SELVA BEACH — “Blood and Wisdom” by La Selva Beach author Marc Darrow was recently released nationwide. 

Darrow, who goes by the pen name Verlin Darrow, wrote “The Santa Cruz Guru Murders” and “Shrinking the Truth” in the 1990s.

Since then, he’s been working as a psychotherapist, lately at Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Watsonville and Aptos.

“Blood and Wisdom” follows protagonist Karl Gatlin, a psychological-minded PI, who finds himself in highly unusual circumstances when he falls in love with a spiritual-minded client.

The novel is set in Santa Cruz and Big Sur.


Darrow has lived in the area for 30 years. He co-founded the original Folk Arts in downtown Santa Cruz, coached the UC Santa Cruz volleyball team, and was the assistant guru in a small spiritual group, among other things,

His author biography describes him as “a psychotherapist who was patted on the head by Einstein, nearly blown up by Mt. St. Helens, survived the 1985 8.0 Mexico City earthquake, and, so far, has successfully weathered numerous internal disasters.”

“Blood and Wisdom” is published by New York-based Wild Rose Press.

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