BREAKING CREED by Alex Kava

Breaking Creed Alex Kava Putnam Pub. Jan. 27, 2015 Breaking Creed by Alex Kava is a fascinating mystery based around a serial killer who is being chased by an FBI agent and a retired Marine. In this new series Ryder Creed uses the dog handler skills he learned as a Marine in his current civilian job. Her other series has FBI behaviorist Maggie O’ Dell investigating horrid crimes. Creed was introduced in Stranded, a book from Kava’s other series whose main character is FBI behaviorist Maggie O’ Dell. Although the Creed series is being billed as new, it is actually a spin off of the O’ Dell books. Kava noted that her two series, the O’ Dell...

Home Entertainment Release Recap for January 27th,...

Brad Pitt’s FURY and Robert Downey Jr’s THE JUDGE are the biggest names coming out this week, but Warner has JUSTICE LEAGUE: Throne of Atlantis, the latest direct to video release in the DC universe. BIG DRIVER (2014) Maria Bello, Ann Dowd, Will Harris, Joan Jett, Olympia Dukakis. Formats: DVD. (Lionsgate). Based on a story by Stephan Kind, A famous writer, on a long drive home following a book signing, gets stranded and is relieved when another driver stops and offers assistance … until she discovers her savior is actually a serial killer who repeatedly assaults her. After her ordeal, she becomes determined to find her...

Nominees for 2015 Left Coast Crime awards Jan26

Nominees for 2015 Left Coast Crime awards

The folks behind Left Coast Crime have announced the nominees for the awards that will be handed out at this year’s event. The awards will be voted on at the convention and presented at a banquet on Saturday, March 14, at the Doubletree by Hilton Portland. The award nominees have been selected by convention registrants. The Lefty for the best humorous mystery novel: • The Good, the Bad, and the Emus, by Donna Andrews (Minotaur) • Herbie’s Game, by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Crime) • January Thaw, by Jess Lourey (Midnight Ink) • Dying for a Dude, by Cindy Sample (Cindy Sample) • Suede to Rest, by Diane Vallere (Berkley Prime Crime) The...

Q&A with Sophie Hannah

The Carrier by Sophie Hannah is an intense psychological thriller. It can be considered a love story and a gripping mystery, a “who done it” of sorts. Released earlier this month in the US, it has already won the 2013 Crime Thriller of the Year at the UK National Book Awards. Elise Cooper: Other than Gaby, and possibly Lauren, the other characters are not very likeable. Did you do that intentionally? Sophie Hannah: Yes. I wanted Gaby’s character to stand out. My intention was for Gaby to be the heroine and the one who the readers will identify with. She finds herself in a situation where almost everybody she comes into contact with is...

Q&A with Jack Higgins

Elise Cooper: Both books deal with the IRA. What point were you trying to make? Jack Higgins: They were fighting for the position of Ireland in the British Empire. They wanted independence as a country. In the end they achieved something of the kind. EC: In Rain On The Dead you imply that the IRA fights for independence while the Muslim terrorists fight to impose their will. Do you agree? JH: Yes. I see what you mean. Both groups are fighting a new type of war and do not wear a uniform. It becomes very difficult for the authorities to recognize the enemy. It could be anyone in the street. At least with the Irish, they had a genuine desire...