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Merle Temple

Merle Temple earned a Masters in Criminal Justice Management at Ole Miss, and was Class President of the New England Institute of Management. He is the author of the Michael Parker series: Deputy: Once Upon A Time in Mississippi, A Ghostly Shade of Pale, A Rented World, and The Redeemed: A Leap of Faith.

The novels are written as fiction but drawn from his experiences as a deputy sheriff, an agent in the first “drug wars,” the first captain in the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, a manager in the corporate world, and a campaign chairman.

He was held hostage by drug dealers, hit men tried to kill him, and Merle and his team of agents were ambushed by a sniper. He found that organized crime figures, who tried to kill him in the drug enforcement days, were just choir boys compared to the political criminals he encountered, as he confronted the unholy trinity of politics, crime, and business.

Merle signed books for the cast of Criminal Minds in Hollywood, met with producers, and dined with Morgan Freeman. X-G Productions has now taken an option on the books for a proposed TV series based on a life story that epitomizes the saying, “Truth is stranger than fiction.”

The President of X-G Productions, Jim Clemente, said, “The books chronicle a series of stranger than fiction historical events that only Merle could write about with such authenticity, because he lived them. His writing is so cinematic that a movie or TV series leaps off the pages as you read the books. We can’t wait to bring these riveting stories to life.”

His books are used in many high school and college English classes. A Ghostly Shade of Pale is the all-time bestselling novel at the Barnes and Noble store in Tupelo, Mississippi, and his books are favorites in many church libraries, used in shelters and prisons across the country, and are now available in Jerusalem at the Emmanuel Bookstore.

Merle signs books across America, and speaks to churches, schools, civic clubs, book clubs, and library groups. He has interviewed on radio and TV stations across the country and around the world to warn of the dangers and darkness of this rented world and to recount his life story, which some liken to a modern day Pilgrim’s Progress.


Merle Temple

Books Written:

  • Once Upon A Time in Mississippi
  • A Ghostly Shade of Pale
  • A Rented World
  • The Redeemed: A Leap of Faith