CRIMESPREE ISSUE 56 May30

CRIMESPREE ISSUE 56

CRIMESPREE 56 CONTENTS EDITORIAL TALES FROM THE BLUE LINE by ROB RILEY AYO ONATADE—ON SIMON BRETT THE FIVE LIST: KRISTI BELCAMINO FICTION: A SEALED FATE by JERRY SANVILLE COVER STORY: REED FARREL COLEMAN Interview by TOM SCHRECK BEHIND THE BOOK : MERRY JONES BEHIND THE BOOK: JENNY MILCHMAN THE FUNNY SDE OF GORE: NP SIMPSON CATCHING UP WITH MAX ALLAN COLLINS OWEN LAUKKANEN INTERVIEW by KATE AND DAN MALMON ANTHONY NEIL SMITH INTERVIEWED BY KENT GOWRAN BEHIND THE BOOK: KRISTI BELCAMINO ERIN’S READING ROUND UP QUICK FIVE WITH ALEX GRECIAN AUTHOR WORKSPACES—REOBERT CRAIS THE “F” WORD WITH FRANK DE BLASÉ REED MYSTERYTOWN WITH LINDA BROWN AMY...

COURIER by Terry Irving reviewed

COURIER Terry Irving 2014 Exhibit A I am a huge fan of early 1970’s thriller movies, especially the political and espionage movies laden with conspiracies. The minute I saw the description on the back of this book, I knew it would be something I would enjoy. And I did. Rick Putnam is in Washington DC 1972, he’s just back from ‘Nam and has a job as a motorcycle courier.  He gets caught up in a nightmare scenario while delivering some footage for a local news station. The film contains an interview with a government employee and it is breaking news. Within a few hours of the interview being filmed everyone involved is dead, except Rick…. So...

Tales From The Blue Line 24 Jul29

Tales From The Blue Line 24

It had been a busy stretch. An immediate assignment “right out of the barn,” as we used to say, virtually every day. At 4:00 p.m. we’d be running to the squad straight from roll call. Better this than getting some over-the-hill day shift detective’s meaningless follow up, one of my partners used to say. And he was right. Nothing worse than finishing someone else’s work because they wanted to go home on time, or because they couldn’t figure it out themselves. So off to the wild blue we went, laughing at the other guys who had to sit and listen to someone tell them how to finish their assignment. “This one’s a...

John Connolly on his forthcoming WOLF IN WINTER

John Connolly talks about WOLF IN WINTER, his forthcoming Charlie Parker novel. WOLF IN WINTER lands on bookshelves on October 28, 2014.

Pet Spotlight: Connie Knight

Two Cats and a Plot   When I’m working on a book, I stay at home where my cats are my only company. I wander through the house, thinking about things, and looking for my cup of coffee. I might end up in the kitchen to make a fresh cup. My current book introduces a new character in my mystery series. She’s returning to her mother’s home town, but she’s not used to the country. As she drives down old dirt roads, things take her by surprise. She saw…um, something I saw once…a furniture van in a pasture, with two guys herding some cattle in its direction. My young character might realize that a furniture van isn’t right for cattle. Might...

The Innocents: Part Twelve

Click here for previous installments   TWENTY-TWO   “She’s at Guerra’s, dammit. What more do you need?” For an hour they’d kicked it around, Wil thrusting, Epstein parrying. “You know damn well,” Mo came back. “Even if the DA likes it, we have to convince a judge to sign a warrant. And you want Freiman, one of your big fans, to kick it off?” Mo took a swig of High Life. “Terrific. You ever think that maybe Guerra has grandchildren?” “Hard without a wife, Mo, remember? Besides, a grandfather might buy toys. A playpen maybe. But the rest—all at once like that? Give me a break.” “So we check it out.” “And two days later, the little...

A look at upcoming books from Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods will release two new books in the next few months. Out this July is CUT AND THRUST, and being published in October is PARIS MATCH. Both books have as the main character Stone Barrington with a supporting cast of recurring characters. In many ways Paris Match is a continuation of the main plot of Cut And Thrust. Political junkies will love the story in CUT AND THRUST since it is a true “political” thriller. This novel is a realistic glimpse of the behind the scenes wheeling and dealing at a political convention where no candidate has enough delegates to secure the nomination. The First Lady and CIA Director Kate Rule Lee is...

Wayward Pines Trailer

Love the books by Blake Crouch, it’s a fantastic trilogy that I think everyone should read. I’ve been keeping up with the news on the mini series but having just seen this trailer i am even more excited. I can’t wait!  

Flashback: My Favorite Crime Film Jul27

Flashback: My Favorite Crime Film

This originally appeared in issue ten (Jan/Feb 2006) When Jeremy asked me to write about my all-time favorite crime movie, interestingly one of the first films I thought of was Get Shorty. It’s certainly one of the most enjoyable crime movies I’ve ever seen. Director Barry Sonnenfeld captures the humor of Elmore Leonard brilliantly because the actors never play the script for laughs. All of the characters take themselves ultra-seriously which makes the deadpan crime farce even funnier. The whole cast shines, in particular John Travolta as a mobster/Hollywood wannabe, Gene Hackman as the desperately sleazy film producer, and, best of all,...