TALES FROM THE THIN BLUE LINE 10 Apr22

TALES FROM THE THIN BLUE LINE 10

Some called him Le Roy, others called him Elroy. I called him both names, depending upon my mood and state of sobriety. But being called more than one name suited him: Le Roy/Elroy was a multiple kind of guy, who’d go anywhere and do anything By the way, neither name was his real one. But we settled on Le Roy and the bosses loved to give him assignments. He didn’t wait to get informants, he’d go out and hit on dopers and drug dealers wherever he found them. (There were times when we didn’t want to know.) And he made lots of cases. It was personality, not police work, but it didn’t matter. He locked ‘em...

AUTHOR WORK-SPACES: George Pelecanos, Frank Bill

This is our fourth  in a series of author’s sharing photos of where they work when they create the great books we love to read. I find it interesting that the work spaces seem to be a different at the writing styles. If you click on the photos you can see them larger.

Throwback DVD Review – ZODIAC

Zodiac 2007 Paramount Directed by David Fincher and based on Robert Graysmith’s non-fiction book Zodiac Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr. Based on Robert Graysmith’s book of the same name, Zodiac is a psycho- sociological exploration of the investigation surrounding the serial killer in 1960’s San Francisco Bay area. The film explores interactions the killer had with the media while moving from a fast paced storyline of murder and first-hand accounts, to an unresolved cold-case, into a disheartened picture of the ways people coped with the heightened reality created by the Zodiac murders. However, the mystery is...

An Interview with Max Allan Collins

Back in issue 21 of Crimespree we talked to Max Allan Collins about a project he was undertaking. The project was taking the books that Mickey Spillane had started but not finished and get them into print. Some were more done than others but Al has been working away at it along with writing his own books. We thought we’d check I with Mr. Collins to see how the work is going. Jon: We talked about this project at Love Is Murder back in 2007. So now about 7 years later, how far along are you into getting the books finished and to publishers? Max: I would say I’ve completed the first, most important phase, which was to complete the manuscripts...

EVERYTHING TO LOSE by Andrew Gross Apr15

EVERYTHING TO LOSE by Andrew Gross

EVERYTHING TO LOSE Andrew Gross April 22nd 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...

TALES FROM THE THIN BLUE LINE 9 Apr15

TALES FROM THE THIN BLUE LINE 9

Heavy raindrops beat the roof of the unmarked squad car I was riding in like a tom-tom. I didn’t like it. No one did. We detectives would see each other on the street or at various precincts, and stop to whine about it. As one could figure, those nights were slow for cops; everyone stayed inside. Of course, that didn’t happen on every chilly, rainy springtime night. Some of those nights were notoriously busy. One of those nights was a nightmare for every human being who was forced to be at a particular crime scene in one of thousands of neighborhood blocks in the city. A dispatch came over the main police radio – the high ban,...

Why we love C2E2 (April 25th-27th)

We’ve been going to C2E2 since the first one and every single year we have a great time. For me the minute I walk in the building it starts, you hear a buzz that gets louder as you approach the exhibitor hall. You start to see more and more people, some dressed up in cosplay gear, some just wearing t-shirts with their favorite geeky stuff on it. The thing that stands out the most is that everyone looks happy. They are all excited to be there, We make a whole weekend out of it, we drive down with other members of our Crimespree crew, we stay with some really good friends in Chicago and we look forward to it all year. When we hit the...

AUTHOR WORK-SPACES: Burke, Lindsay, Mina, Freeman

This is our third in a series of author’s sharing photos of where they work when they create the great books we love to read. I find it interesting that the work spaces seem to be a different at the writing styles. If you click on the photos you can see them larger. Alafair Burke; I am a neat freak in almost every respect, except when it comes to my workspace. In my office, I have a tendency to make piles of books, bank statements, legal research, dog toys — just about anything that can be piled — until said piles eventually tip into a heap. I know where everything is, though, and Double (see dog in motion) gets to leave...

TALES FROM THE THIN BLUE LINE 8 Apr08

TALES FROM THE THIN BLUE LINE 8

Abraham Lincoln was, by all accounts, a genius. He specialized in the law and was considered to be brilliant. He understood the law, and how it needed to operate and be enforced. He was also the 16th president of the United States. But he made his bones, as they say these days, through his experiences as a lawyer. That said, many, many places of glory in America have been named after him, from The Land Of Lincoln (Illinois) to streets and bridges in virtually every municipality. Among the sacred places named for him are schools. There is one high school in Milwaukee named Lincoln High School. It was built in the 1930s in one of...

AUTHOR WORK-SPACES: Andrew Gross

Photos of my workspace, complete with mess and typical diversion on the computer screen. ~ Andrew Gross                               The new book from Andrew Gross is EVERYTHING TO LOSE and it comes out on April 22nd! A determined, down on her luck, mom caring for her handicapped son becomes entangled in a murderous conspiracy to keep a twenty year-old secret buried in this blistering thriller, set during the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.   This is part of a new on going feature with authors sharing photos of where they work. Some will have...