THE ONION is featured in this week’s giveaway Nov21

THE ONION is featured in this week’s giveawa...

Crimespree magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is offering you a chance to win a copy of THE ONION MAGAZINE: THE ICONIC COVERS THAT TRANSFORMED AN UNDESERVING WORLD THE ONION MAGAZINE: THE ICONIC COVERS THAT TRANSFORMED AN UNDESERVING WORLD Covers That Matter For People Who Don’t From America’s Finest News Source comes a compilation of the most important, most influential, and glossiest magazine covers ever produced by the hand of humankind. Seen by tens of billions worldwide, these are the unforgettable Onion Magazine covers that altered the course of human history and radically redefined your trivial life...

BBC’s LUTHER to return in 2015

BBC America has announced that Idris Elba’s troubled, but brilliant DCI John Luther will be returning in late 2015. LUTHER’s return will consist of 2 sixty minute episodes, with filming taking place in March. Golden Globe®-winner Idris Elba stars in the two-part event from award-winning creator Neil Cross The highly acclaimed London set crime mini-series is written and created by award-winning and Emmy-nominated writer Neil Cross. Luther is made by BBC Drama Production, co-produced with BBC AMERICA. When asked about the much anticipated return of the hugely popular show, Cross said: “Ever since we said goodbye to John Luther on...

BROKEN TRUST by Shannon Baker

BROKEN TRUST Shannon Baker 2014 Midnight Ink The title is a double entendre as the heroine, Nora Abbott, works for an environmental non-profit Trust. Actually, she’s just started the job, left vacant when the former finance director was murdered by a few shots in the back. Set in Boulder, Colorado, one of the villains, Sylvia LaFever, is working on a climate control machine (which exists in reality) to get rid of a fast-multiplying and devastating beetle. But Sylvia is going to use it for another purpose, however, we don’t know what it is, nor does anyone else except her rich lover. She is arrested for the murder of Darla because Sylvia...

Tales From The Blue Line #29 Nov18

Tales From The Blue Line #29

Few things are as demeaning to a modern day law enforcement officer than being called a “Wyatt Earp.” Depending upon the circumstances, the officer will laugh it off, or be a bit insulted. This is not news – it has long been a rib tickler thing for cops – but of course sometimes it’s true. That goes without saying. When an individual cop steps outside the law, he/she must face appropriate consequences. There is compelling information that the OK Corral incident and followup was not properly handled. That unauthorized gun slinging ruled the day.   The Gunfight at the OK Corral was a watershed moment for America’s police type...

Lee Crawford Nov17

Lee Crawford

Yesterday, former Crimespree contributor Lee Crawford passed away. He was 66. Lee was indicative of Crimespree in many ways: He was intelligent, marched to the beat of his own drum, had a deep passion for the things he cared about (Books, films, music) and was just odd enough to be interesting. While most of the Crimespree family put books from and center, Lee’s main passion was music. He spent many hours with an acoustic guitar in his hands. In his reckless youth (1960s), he played in a number of rock bands. I met Lee in the real world at a former job. We quickly hit it off and realized that we had many in common, among them being...

STONEWALLED by Sharyl Attikisson

Stonewalled Sharyl Attkisson Harper Collins Nov. 4th, 2014 Sharyl Attkisson’s book, Stonewalled, is a must read for all Americans. Her book reads like a mystery straight out of a John Grisham or Vince Flynn novel. Unfortunately the bad guys are not Islamic terrorists but those in government today. Instead of using guns and bombs they use intimidation and harassment. She covers a wide range of issues from cover-ups of Benghazi, where four Americans were killed by Libyan terrorists, to Fast and Furious where guns were sold to the Mexican drug cartels. However, the mystery of the book comes about when she is targeted by a government agency or...

2014 Anthony Award winners

Tonight, the 2014 Anthony Awards were presented, at Bouchercon, in Long Beach. Best Novel William Kent Krueger, Ordinary Grace (Atria Books) Other nominees Robert Crais, Suspect (Putnam) Sara J. Henry, A Cold and Lonely Place (Crown Publishers) Hank Phillippi Ryan, The Wrong Girl (Forge Books)) Julia Spencer-Fleming, Through the Evil Days (Minotaur Books) Best First Novel Matt Coyle, Yesterday’s Echo (Oceanview Publishing) Other nominees Roger Hobbs, Ghostman (Alfred A. Knopf) Becky Masterman, Rage Against the Dying (Minotaur Books) Kimberly McCreight, Reconstructing Amelia (HarperCollins) Todd Robinson, The Hard Bounce (Tyrus Books)...

2014 Shamus Award winners Nov15

2014 Shamus Award winners

Last night, at Boucheron, the Private Eye Writers of America handed out the 2014 Shamus awards   Best Hardcover P.I. Novel: THE GOOD COP, by Brad Parks (Minotaur) Other nominees LITTLE ELVISES, by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Crime) THE MOJITO COAST, by Richard Helms (Five Star) W IS FOR WASTED, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) NEMESIS, by Bill Pronzini (Forge) Best First P.I. Novel: BEAR IS BROKEN, by Lachlan Smith (Mysterious Press) Other nominees A GOOD DEATH, by Christopher R. Cox (Minotaur) MONTANA, by Gwen Florio (Permanent Press) BLOOD ORANGE, by Karen Keskinen (Minotaur) LOYALTY, by Ingrid Thoft (Putnam) Best Original Paperback...

Vahram Muratyan’s ABOUT TIME is featured in this week’s giveaway Nov14

Vahram Muratyan’s ABOUT TIME is featured in ...

Crimespree magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is offering you a chance to win a copy of ABOUT TIME by Vahram Muratyan. ABOUT TIME  Take it, make it, lose it, have it, kill it, spend it, save it, forget it, break it, set it, repeat it, keep it: time flies and time crawls. This might be your first time, your last time, or you may be stuck in your routine. How we experience time shapes our relationships, memories, dreams, and nightmares. And only with time can possibility become reality. From the acclaimed illustrator and author of PARIS VERSUS NEW YORK comes a visual memoir inspired by Muratyan’s travels across...

Five artists: Matt Cairns

      Five artists who have helped shape the course of my life   C.S.Lewis (deceased), author of children’s dreams As a kid, I couldn’t get enough of the Narnia Chronicles. I owned the entire series, reading each book more than once. Monsters, magic, mythical creatures, with real human kids in amongst it. Real human kids! (You have no idea how many wardrobes I climbed into, and how gutted I was when the back wall was, well, a back wall.) And then there was Aslan, the talking Lion. How cool was he? Everyone had their favorites. Mine was The Voyage of the Dawntreader. I can’t quite remember why (old age does that), but I think it...