From the Editorial Review of "Diversion" by Foreword Clarion Reviews--

“This dramatic thriller reveals many dark truths about the opioid crisis. Fueled by a murder mystery and a missing girl, Tom Collins’s page-turning thriller Diversion explores the opioid crisis and illegal drugs through myriad plotlines…. The book’s many antagonists add intrigue and excitement. Lena and Carlos, two drug-dealing crime lords in Florida’s pill mill enterprise, are crooked and manipulative, and their scheming creates constant uncertainty as to what will happen next. Tom Lewis and Rocco, two other corrupt adversaries, are sleazy and dishonest, and their role in the story results in astonishing developments.” Foreword Clarion Reviews


Author: Tom Collins
Publisher: I 65 North, Inc.
Genres Mystery Thriller
ISBN-13: 978-1-939285-90-4
Publication Date: Sep 29, 2017

Press Release


Contact: M. Thomas Collins
Phone: (615) 948-1544

The Opioid Drug Crisis Dominates Nashville Mystery Writer Tom Collins’s New Book, Diversion, The Fifth Book in his Mark Rollins Adventures Series.

Author Tom Collins new book, Diversion, is the fifth installment in his Mark Rollins Adventure series. The gripping plot unfolds against the backdrop of the opioid drug crisis in rural Middle Tennessee—an anesthesiologist dies, a young girl goes missing, and terrorists plot an attack that could kill thousands or shut down American’s military drones.

The drug crisis is fueled by the diversion of pain medications like Percocet and Fentanyl from their intended medial purpose to recreational use. Pill mills selling prescriptions for cash are showing up in the bucolic area around Manchester and Tullahoma, Tennessee, just outside of music city, Nashville. The area is home to the Bonnaroo Music Festival and the propulsion test facilities at the Arnold Air Force Base that are essential to keep military drones flying in the war against terrorism. Both the Bonnaroo fans and the testing facilities are targets the country’s enemies are willing to die for.

A call for help from an old family friend puts Mark Rollins and his team of high-tech crime fighters squarely in the middle of it all. It was a simple enough request. All Rollins had to do was drive to the jail in Manchester, collect the girl, and take her home to her frantic mother. But, the girl wasn’t there! What had seemed simple quickly became dangerously complicated.

About the Author: Tom Collins resides in the small suburban town of Franklin, on the outskirts of Music City, Nashville, Tennessee. The areas of Nashville, Franklin, and their surrounding middle Tennessee communities serve as the canvas for all Collins’s Mark Rollins Adventure mysteries. Collins is one of the pioneer entrepreneurs of the information technology industry. The London-based publication Citytech called him an "outstanding visionary" when he was named as one of the Top 100 Global Tech Leaders in the legal community. He is also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the publication Law Technology News for his contribution to the use of technology in the legal community. His business successes include Juris, Inc., which was purchased by LexisNexis® in 2007. Tom Collins retired from commercial activity at the end of 2007. Today he writes mystery/thrillers and continues to write and speak in the commercial world about managing for excellence.

Books and Works by Tom Collins Include:

The Language of Excellence
The Claret Murders

Mark Rollins and The Puppeteer
Mark Rollins and The Rainmaker
Mark Rollins’ New Career and the Women’s Health Club
Marion Collins Remembers (Old Sayings and Lessons for Life)
My Journey: Alice Elsie Welch Collins

For more information about the author and his books please visit For interview requests or to review a copy of Diversion, please contact the author directly at

Diversion—the opioid drug crisis, a missing girl, the Bonnaroo Music Festival, and a terrorist plot that could kill thousands or shut down American’s military drones.

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High Honors From The Tennessee House of Representatives

During his most recent business seminar, “Achieving Business Success For The Long Haul,” hosted by the Williamson County Public Library, the Honorable State Representative Glen Casada presented Tom with an official proclamation from the Tennessee House, recognizing his contributions to the literary community in both fiction and non-fiction, his past endeavors as the founder of Juris Inc. and his success in the information technology and legal industries.

“Tom Collins truly has achieved excellence with his past endeavors in the legal world, information technology industry and literary community. We are excited to honor him with this very special proclamation.” – State Representative Glen Casada

The free business seminar included participants from all walks of life as Tom shared his secrets to success. As he described his “formula to attain lasting superior performance” within an organization, attendees received an introduction to his latest literary success, The Language of Excellence.


Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt Event

Great event.  Nashville's local Fox News covered the event. In addition to signing The Claret Murders, I discussed the changing publishing industry and what it means for authors and readers. There were a lot of questions about the writing process. Where do the ideas come from?  Do you prepare an outline, etc?  I think many were surprised to discover that I do not work from an outline.  I start with a couple of ideas and then let the characters take the story where they will.  I expanded that just as a reader has to unravel the mystery, I am doing the same thing as the author--often letting the characters clime out on a limb and then trying to figure out how to get them back down.


High Tea

A tea at Belmont Mansion:  The author joined fifty ladies and gents for tea in the historic Belmont Mansion. In addition to signing his books, Tom Collins read from his latest novel, The Claret Murders, and discuss the changing world of books as well as his conversion from business executive to mystery/adventure author.  Belmont Mansion’s meticulous restoration and unique role in the history of Nashville and the South draws visitors eager to hear its story from all over the country, Canada and the United Kingdom.