Tales from the Thin Blue Line 27 Oct21

Tales from the Thin Blue Line 27

Reporting on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman crime incident began with the exact same elements as all inter-racial confrontations in this country: People in control of the information highway instantly get in front of the telling of the story. It is well understood that contentious people who insist on getting their own way can be anarchic and brutal in their methods. It’s the main, monstrous, by-any-means-necessary tactic, where you develop a campaign of misinformation and spread it at light speed to the masses. I saw it throughout my police career of more than 30 years, and having worked on some delicate investigations, I...

Pet Spotlight: Spencer Quinn

Here’s my crack research team, Audrey the golden retriever/Bernese mix, and Pearl, purebred golden of the very light-complected variety. Audrey’s almost nine, a wonderful watchdog and a very outdoorsy type. Pearl’s three, getting by on looks alone, and is the indoorsy type – think Zsa Zsa Gabor on a particularly lazy day. They’re both totally lovable, and the Chet and Bernie books would not have been possible without them. They show up every day, work for treats, and have no comprehension of royalties – probably ideal for the post-Bezos world of publishing. Audrey and Pearl remind me that there’s a...

Paul Charles: Tour dates for DOWN ON CYPRUS AVENUE tour Oct19

Paul Charles: Tour dates for DOWN ON CYPRUS AVENUE...

U.S. fans of British crime fiction have a treat coming. Acclaimed British writer Paul Charles will be doing a 7 state tour to support DOWN ON CYPRUS AVENUE. Some of these dates will see Charles team up with John Connolly and Stuart Neville.  In the first of a new series, McCusker, a retired RUC policeman originally stationed in Portrush on the north-west coast of Northern Ireland, returns to work as an agency cop—A Yellow Top—following his wife’s flight to America with their nest egg. On his first major case in Belfast he partners with DI Lily O’Carroll to locate the two missing sons of a wealthy business man. But before that...

THE WIRE: Watch the entire Paleyfest reunion

The cast and crew of THE WIRE, a show I consider to be the best drama in the history of television, reunited to talk about the show and their experiences. With a few notable exceptions, most of the primary players were on hand at Paleyfest to look back at the iconic HBO drama. Alan Sepinwall (of HitFix) led a lively panel that included creator David Simon, executive producer Nina Noble, Wendell Pierce (Bunk), Sonja Sohn (Kima), Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar), Seth Gilliam (Carver), Jim True-Frost (Prez), John Doman (Rawls), Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (D’Angelo), and Jamie Hector (Marlo), plus video messages from Dominic West (McNulty) and Idris...

Michael H Rubin is featured in this week’s g...

Crimespree magazine,  in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page,  is offering you a chance to win  a copies of THE COTTONCREST CURSE by Michael H. Rubin THE COTTONCREST CURSE The bodies of an elderly colonel and his comely young wife are discovered on the staircase of their stately plantation home, their blood still dripping down the wooden balustrades. Within the sheltered walls of Cottoncrest, Augustine and Rebecca Chastaine have met their deaths under the same shroud of mystery that befell the former owner, who had committed suicide at the end of the Civil War. Locals whisper about the curse of Cottoncrest Plantation, an...

SAUL’S GAME by Andrew Kaplan Oct16

SAUL’S GAME by Andrew Kaplan

Andrew Kaplan William Morrow October 7th, 2014 Saul’s Game is an original novel of the Homeland series written by best selling author Andrew Kaplan. It is a prequel that takes fans of this series back to 2009 and before. The plot includes the backstory on many of the characters and what influenced their current attitudes. The story has Saul Berenson and Carrie Mathison returning to the Middle East, Syria and Iraq in particular. They are trying to find the al Qaeda terrorist Abu Nazir and instead come across different plots that would threaten the American forces and involve Arab tribal differences. Kaplan’s experiences have greatly...

FULL MEASURE by T. Jefferson Parker

FULL MEASURE, by T. Jefferson Parker, is a departure from the crime novels he has written in the past. This book is about the bond between siblings as well as those connected through military service. It puts a potent face to the names and numbers of those serving as they transition from war to peace, and from serving in the military to becoming a civilian. It is a novel that touches on many issues from PTSD to the plight of an agricultural family. The plot focuses on the experiences of those soldiers returning home. It also has sub-plots of political/controversial issues about governmental overreach and the right to bear arms. Although...

John Connolly: Dates for THE WOLF IN THE WINTER tour Oct15

John Connolly: Dates for THE WOLF IN THE WINTER to...

Haunted P.I. Charlie Parker returns, on October 28th, in John Connolly’s THE WOLF IN THE WINTER. The community of Prosperous, Maine has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children’s future secure. It shuns outsiders. It guards its own. And at the heart of Prosperous lie the ruins of an ancient church, transported stone by stone from England centuries earlier by the founders of the town… But the death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw the haunted, lethal private investigator Charlie Parker to Prosperous. Parker is a dangerous man, driven by compassion, by rage, and by...

Behind The Book: Michael H Rubin Oct15

Behind The Book: Michael H Rubin

Behind the Book: Why I Write Writing a thriller that gets positive reviews from magazines, journals, and best of all, readers, is the ultimate thrill for me. It’s a fantastic adrenaline rush, not that my life has been lacking in rushes. I’ve been a professional jazz pianist in the New Orleans French Quarter. I’ve been a TV announcer and radio host. I’m a public speaker and humorist who has given over 400 talks across the U.S., as well as in Canada and the U.K., to groups as large as 1,500. And I’m a lawyer who is often on the front line, representing my clients in major trials and appellate cases where bet-the-company issues are at stake....

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR DVD set for November ...

Robert Rodreguiz and Frank Miller have finally re-teamed and returned to the noir world of SIN CITY. A Dame To Kill For did not thrill audiences like the first film, but I still totally dug the style. Scandal, murder, betrayal and mystery surround the lives of several people who are swept up in a crime-filled underworld. Dwight McCarthy aides his former love interest, Ava Lord, to leave her abusive husband only to find himself caught up in a sinister plot. Meanwhile, a young man named Marv wakes up on a highway surrounded by dead bodies, with no memory of how he got there. In a nearby casino, a gambler named Johnny finds his luck takes a...