In Praise of James Ellroy, 2015 Grand Master Mar04

In Praise of James Ellroy, 2015 Grand Master

From the latest issue of Crimespree on James Ellroy’s Birthday we give to you:   In Praise of James Ellroy, 2015 Grand Master By Craig McDonald A few days back, the reminder came from Mr. Jon Jordan the time had arrived for another Crimespree column. I was also kindly extended the offer to chip in my picks for year’s favorites in books, films, comics and the like. That second is a real struggle for me this round. I didn’t put my foot into the comic pool much at all this year, other than to sample an issue of the new Justice Inc. title to see if someone would finally deliver a compelling comic version of Doc Savage (I can’t say...

Giving Up On An Author Feb26

Giving Up On An Author

When is enough enough? I was in a Target not too long ago and as I am prone to do I wondered through the books. A woman was talking to a friend and holding up the latest Patricia Cornwell novel and actually said: ” I didn’t like the last five so I’m hoping this one is good”  Five books in a row she read by the same author, not liking any of them and yet she is still buying the new one in hardcover. Points added to her score for being a loyal fan, points deducted for being foolish with her money.   I’ve said it before and I will say it again (and again), LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO READ BAD BOOKS.   The sheer...

THE EVIL DEEDS WE DO by Robert S Levinson Reviewed

THE EVIL DEEDS WE DO (Five Star) by Robert S. Levinson is the full package, great characters, a superbly twisty plot and pacing that makes it a true page turner. Lainie Gardner was big time in the music industry and her past is catching up with her. Legal problems involving a deceased husband, an ex- boyfriend with a less than legal solution, but maybe the only one.  Complicating things are problems with Sara, Lainie’s teenage daughter who ends up in the middle. I love the way Levinson builds the mystery and suspense, it’s subtle and while reading you find yourself getting more anxious because the he keeps upping the ante of the story and...

Long Beach Comic Expo – Crime Fiction Panel Feb23

Long Beach Comic Expo – Crime Fiction Panel

Long Beach Comic Expo is hosting a crime/ mystery novel panel. The panel will be held on Sunday, March 1st at NOON. 12:00-1:00 Blood on the Keyboard: A Crime Fiction Panel Mary McCoy, Tod Goldberg, Marc Guggenheim, Richard Lange Join crime writers Tyler Dilts (A COLD AND BROKEN HALLELUJAH: LONG BEACH HOMICIDE) ,Tod Goldberg (GANGSTERLAND), Marc Guggenheim (OVERWATCH), Richard Lange (SWEET NOTHING) and Mary McCoy (DEAD TO ME) for a riveting panel about mystery and crime novels. Mary McCoy: My novel comes out two days after LBCE, so not only is this my first comic convention as a panelist, it’s my first book event period. It’s...

Milwaukee Author Publishes Crime Novel With Local Inspiration Feb18

Milwaukee Author Publishes Crime Novel With Local ...

Some people embark on a life of crime, some on a life of crime writing. Milwaukee writer Jon Kolb took up the latter years ago when inspired by the bizarre crossbow assassination of the owner of Van Trier’s restaurant on the east side of Milwaukee. “I was in a writing group at the time,” Kolb explains, “and we challenged each other to try and capture that strange, tragic event in a novel. I finished a draft and then went on to write a follow-up story that eventually became the basis for my crime book, The Summer of Rain: Odyssey of a Young PI. The Summer of Rain follows the adventures of a young private investigator...