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...

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!  

Recipe: Kate White’s Olive Cream Pasta Jul22

Recipe: Kate White’s Olive Cream Pasta

Here at Crimespree Castle in lovely downtown Milwaukee we are currently putting together a cook book. Here is one of the featured recipes from the ever amazing Kate White From Kate White, author of Eyes on You: Olive Cream Pasta I love traveling for all the obvious reasons—the pure bliss of being someplace new and exciting, all the sights to be seen and discoveries to be made, and of course the amazing food you can encounter both from smart planning and a bit of sheer luck. But there’s another crazy reason I love to take off for parts unknown. I do some of my best mystery writing when I’m in a new location, particularly if it’s over 80...

Tales From The Blue Line 23 Jul22

Tales From The Blue Line 23

I was initially assigned to the general duty section of the Detective Bureau. We investigated every kind of major felony, but mostly kept track of burglaries in our respective areas. Three of us were assigned to the same unit, to cover the days when one of us was off. We got to be good friends, and socialized a lot. We all had young kids and typical Norman Rockwell type families. We were all married. One of our wives was a registered nurse who worked at a local hospital, the others were homemakers. We were seasoned veterans, but there are always investigations that are beyond one’s ability to anticipate. I believe it’s called...

AUTHOR WORK-SPACES: Burcell, Stanley and Loehfelm Jul19

AUTHOR WORK-SPACES: Burcell, Stanley and Loehfelm

Once again we look into the inner sanctum of authors. Click on photos to see larger.   Robin Burcell: I have two desks. One in the forefront is a treadmill desk (where I will one day install either a standing desk or a properly mounted keyboard. But it works for now!). In the mirror opposite it is my sitting desk. They are literally back-to-back. I move from one to the other quite often during the day. But to make sure that I put in at least a couple of miles walking, my email is only set up on the treadmill desk.     Kelli Stanley: Attached is a photo of a portion of one of my desktops. It requires explanation. My actual...

Tales From The Blue Line 22 Jul16

Tales From The Blue Line 22

The first day that I was assigned to work a one man police squad was – different. Of course I was anxious, as all cops are under that condition. But a short while later my anxiety turned to a sort of bravado. I was young. What did I know? My assignment was in a very quiet area of Milwaukee: The south side. The homes in the area are gorgeous, mostly built in the first half of the twentieth century. Their design was based on the Old world-European style, which still populate most large American cities. Down-to-Earth type people dominated the area. There were some rundown, shanty type homes gathered in the areas where the first family...

Recent Audio Books you Should Check Out Jul14

Recent Audio Books you Should Check Out

Here’s a list of some recent audio books to keep an eye out for (or an ear open for) These have been read in book form or listened to by various Crimespree members and these are all great. ALL DAY AND A NIGHT by Alafair Burke (Harper Collins Audio) Read by Andi Arndt A BETTER WORLD by Marcus Sakey (Brilliance Audio) Read by Luke Daniels BLACKLIST by Jerry Ludwig (Dreamscape Media) Read By John Pruden & Adam Rough THE BONES BENEATH by Mark Billngham (HighBridge Company) Read by Mark Billingham THE BONE ORCHARD by Paul Doiran (Macmillan Audio) Read by Henry Leyva THE CASE OF CHARLES DEXTER WARD by HP Lovecraft (Brilliance Audio)...

Hey Ho Lets Go Jul12

Hey Ho Lets Go

In 1977 I was in the 7th grade and at some point I read an article about a band called The Ramones. It was probably while reading one of my Dad’s copies of Playboy, I actually discovered a lot of music because of the magazine. The write up made me curious and so next time I was at the mall I stopped into a record store called Galaxy Of Sound and bought ROCKET TO RUSSIA. I was almost 14 and had been buying my own music for a little while. I had a broad taste in what I enjoyed. When I put on The Ramones it was unlike anything I had heard before. I noticed twinges of surf music hidden in it, some fifties rock and roll, but mostly what I...

EVERYTHING TO LOSE by Andrew Gross

EVERYTHING TO LOSE Andrew Gross 2014 William Morrow Thriller is a word that is thrown around a lot these days as it has become a favorite of marketing folks (just like noir). What Andrew gross is writing truly is a thriller. He’s got pacing and a sense of urgency running through his books like fire follows gasoline. In EVERYTHING TO LOSE he sets up a wonderful story with Hilary Cantor in what starts out as a blessing is disguise only to discover she may have cursed herself. Hilary’s life has taken a bad turn lately, due in large part to a husband who walks out on her and their son who is suffering from Asperger’s. By sheer chance she...