Dr. Mark Murphy’s Savannah roots twist into the dark earth of this fair city as deeply as those of the live oaks that grace Telfair Square. His father maintained a busy surgical practice here for over 35 years, and wife Daphne is a fourth-generation Savannah native. In 1994, Dr. Murphy returned to Savannah and co-founded the Center for Digestive and Liver Health, now the largest and most comprehensive gastroenterology practice in south Georgia. In recent years, he has achieved increasing recognition for his writing. Dr. Murphy’s first novel, The Shadow Man, is being featured at the Savannah Book Festival this season.
The Shadow Man is a fast-paced thriller set in Savannah, whose shady moss-draped environs set the mood for the story. The novel centers around Savannah surgeon Dr. Malcolm King, whose “perfect life” is destroyed as he is named the prime suspect in a serial murder case. But he’s not a killer. Or is he? Who is the Thin Man who lurks at the edges of his vision? Are the flocks of ravens that crowd overhead a warning of impending doom–or do they exist at all? And how can he protect his family from something—or someone—he knows absolutely nothing about?
Dr. Murphy’s writing career dates back to high school, when he served as Editor-in-Chief of an award-winning high school newspaper and won a statewide poetry contest for high school students. A First Honor Graduate of the University of Georgia, an Honors graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, and a former resident and GI Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Murphy has published several medical textbook chapters and journal articles, but creative writing remains his true passion. An alumnus of the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, he has published a short story, The Funeral, writes a regular well-received Op-Ed column for the Savannah Morning News, and has also penned articles for Savannah magazine. For more information, please click here.