DC Entertainment: Graphic Novel and DVD/Blu-Ray Sets Aug27

DC Entertainment: Graphic Novel and DVD/Blu-Ray Se...

DC Comics has started to put out some great combo packages combining their wonderful trade comics and the animated moves based on them. I got a copy of JLA EARTH 2 and loved it. The graphic novel by Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly is one of my favorites. I’ve been a fan of the Crime Syndicate going back to my youth and this updated version is so fun. The way the bad guys snark and snipe at each other goes a long way towards developing characters who back in the 60s were very one dimensional. Here they are full blown characters and really disturbed, at least in our world view. The way the Justice League reacts to them is terrific and I love...

Last Days of Mystery One Aug23

Last Days of Mystery One

This coming Saturday Mystery One Books in Milwaukee will open its doors for business one last time. And while the store will live on doing on line sales and occasional events it’s the end of an era. If you love mystery this is a good chance to stop in and pick up some books cheap. There is a whole wall of paperbacks for $1 each and more great bargains. It’s also a chance to wish Richard well and to say thanks. For me it’s going to be really weird not having the store around anymore. When I went in the first time with my mother in 1994 I was still drinking. Over the years Richard and Mystery One were there for a lot of changes in my life....

Mystery One Bookstore in Milwaukee Closing Aug14

Mystery One Bookstore in Milwaukee Closing

Opening in April 1993 Richard Katz’s Mystery One Bookshop has had a 22 ½ year run as an independent mystery bookstore. It’s been an impressive run which has included hundreds of author signings and events. Going over the list of people who have been to the store is like a whos who of the mystery genre with a lot of authors doing signing on their first tours before they became household names. At one point Mystery One had sold more copies of Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais than any other store in the Midwest. On a personal note it was Richard Katz who really pulled back the curtain and introduced me to the mystery community. There are...

Linda Fairstein Interviewed

Linda Fairstein interview from the latest issue of Crimespree Jon: Your fist book came out in 1996 while you were still working for the Manhattan district attorney’s office. Was it hard to juggle both the full time work and writing? Linda Fairstein: Yes, I was a full-time prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office when my first crime novel in the series – FINAL JEOPARDY – was published in 1996. Most writers, especially those starting out, have a ‘day job’, so that part was not unusual. The fact that I ran the country’s pioneering Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit made it especially challenging, I think. My position required 24/7...

The Darkest Heart by Dan Smith Reviewed

THE DARKEST HEART Dan Smith August 2015 Pegasus Crime Escaping the violence that plagues Rio de Janerio’s slums leads Zico, a seasoned assassin, down a path darker than his childhood memories, delivering him to the heart of Brazil’s lawless jungle while wrapping a moral dilemma around the reader’s soul. Author Dan Smith’s fifth crime fiction novel brims with a linear narrative that punctures the psyche, forcing goodness to become inseparable from evil, leaving the reader to question if they’re not one in the same. Zico’s “living nightmare” gasps its first breath when he agrees to slit the throat of human rights activist, Sister Dolores...