Interview with J.D. Rhoades

Interview with J.D. Rhoades Jon: So we’ve known each other almost 20 years, going back to when I first started posting on the rec.art.mystery newsgroup. I always knew you as Dusty. What does the J.D. stand for? J.D. Rhoades: My birth certificate name (or as a friend calls it, my “government name”) is Jerry Delano Rhoades, Jr. My grandpa was a big admirer of FDR. So J.D. is the first two letters of that. I’ve been known as “Dusty” all my life, but when I published my first novel, the editor thought “Dusty Rhoades” lacked the gravitas they wanted for a “serious” crime novelist, so we went round and round on that for a while before settling on...

TEN COUNT by Tom Schreck

TEN COUNT Tom Schreck 2014 After the brutal murder of a high school coach, Duffy Dombrowski becomes the grief counselor for the kids. Normally, this would be a run of the mill sort of situation for him, but a few days earlier, one of his patients had described the exact way the coach died. Quickly, he finds himself neck deep in a secret sex culture buried just beneath the surface of the small town. If he ever wants to figure out the truth, he will have to navigate the high school scene, a vixen vice principal, and a world of BDSM that he never thought he would encounter. Who is Duffy? Well, one of the characters in the book describes it...

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...