DVD Review: THE EQUALIZER

THE EQUALIZER Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Director: Antoine Fuqua Cast: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour I was a HUGE fan of this TV series back in the 80s. Robert McCall was cool. He was suave and had skills and when h said I can help you, you damn well believed it. The movie I watched had very little to do with the TV show and it wasn’t until around the last quarter of the movie that there was any similarity. The last 5 minutes did turn around and what I saw was something based on the show. The majority of the movie is basically a prequel setting up Robert McCall to become the Equalizer. For the...

Throwback Thursday Jan15

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday for January 15 2015 looks back on MONKEY’S RAINCOAT. In 1987 Bantam published THE MONKEY’S RAINCOAT by Robert Crais, it introduced Private Detective Elvis Cole. The following year at Bouchercon in San Diego the book won the Anthony award for Best Paperback Original, beating Lilian Jackson Braun, THE CAT WHO PLAYED BRAHMS; Carolyn G. Hart, DEATH ON DEMAND; Conrad Haynes, BISHOP’S GAMBIT, Declined; Lia Matera, WHERE LAWYERS FEAR TO TREAD and Sharyn McCrumb, BIMBOS OF THE DEATH SUN (One of my all time favorite book titles). It also won 1988 Mystery Readers International Macavity Award for Best First Novel;...

Interview With Elizabeth Heiter

1) Tell us about your new book? Eighteen years before VANISHED starts, FBI profiler Evelyn Baine’s best friend, Cassie Byers, disappeared from her bed one night. In her place, a macabre nursery rhyme was left behind, the calling card of the Nursery Rhyme Killer. Cassie was never found, and now another girl has gone missing in Evelyn’s hometown of Rose Bay, South Carolina, and the Nursery Rhyme Killer is taking credit. It’s the case Evelyn has wanted to solve since she was twelve years old – the case that drove her to join the FBI in the first place. Returning to Rose Bay means facing her hometown, where old prejudices simmer into violence...

SAINT ODD and Odd Thomas Plus a Contest for Books!

ODD THOMAS to SAINT ODD I’ve been a fan of Dean Koontz for a long time. He’s one of those authors who actually take up almost three full and wide book shelves in our home. I’ve always enjoyed his way with characters and his books have never failed to keep me on the edge of my seat. To date Koontz has sold over 450 MILLION books world wide. He’s written a larger number of books than some people will read in their life time. The first Odd Thomas book of the series, named ODD THOMAS came out in 2003. It had a little different vibe to it yet because of his ability to write great characters I felt right at home in this world of...

Remembering Barbara Seranella Jan10

Remembering Barbara Seranella

Barbara Seranella wrote a terrific series of mysteries featuring Miranda “Munch” Mancini. Much was a mechanic with a troubled and checkered past. She was a bit of an anti hero but fans couldn’t help but rally behind her. Seranella’s own past wasn’t too different. She ran away from home and ended up living in a hippie commune in San Francisco. She eventually fell in with a biker gang and got into drugs. Along the way she also learned to be a mechanic. By the time she was 21 she had been in jail 13 times for various things. She made the decision to change her life and went to work in Sherman Oaks as a mechanic. There she met the...