Power Jun17

Power

Power, money and respect. In the world of organised crime these are the end goals that people pursue, but they are not equal and they don’t walk hand in hand. In crime fiction we’ve spent countless words picking apart and examining the guts of that triangle, as well as how the three sides connect. As with any industry you can have respect without wealth or influence; a hardworking and likable person can be broadly admired without ever rising to consequence just as a rich person can be considered profoundly lazy and hatefully stupid. Respect and money are independent of each other and transient and chased only by those who fail to see the...

Can’t Leave Rachel Out! 

I wrote my first novel—GRAVE DESIGNS—on a dare from my wife. I was a young lawyer in a big Chicago law firm at the time, and I had no grand plan beyond finishing the manuscript and trying to see whether I could interest a publisher. And thus when my agent announced that she’d received an offer from the publisher for the next two books in the series, my puzzled response was, “What series?” “The Rachel Gold series, Mike. She’s a terrific character, perfect for a series.” And so it began. DEATH BENEFITS was the No. 2 in the series, FIRM AMBITIONS No. 3, followed by DUE DILIGENCE, SHEER GALL, and more in the Rachel Gold series. I took a break...

Retro-Review of IN THE ELECTRIC MIST WITH THE CONF...

IN THE ELECTRIC MIST WITH THE CONFEDERATE DEAD James Lee Burke 1993 Hyperion A Representation of Pure New Orleans Literature While filming a Civil War movie in the swamps of Louisiana, the crew stumbles on the skeletal remains of a murder victim. When detective Dave Robicheaux shows up on the set, he immediately recognizes it as the remains of an African American man he saw fleeing white men back in 1957 and becomes fixated on the case at once. However, a criminal element who has been funding the movie has also come into New Orleans and brought with it a host of problems of its own, including the murder of a prostitute. Filled with...

Interview with Haylen Beck / Stuart Neville

Jon: Stuart, this book is really different than anything I’ve read by you. Is that why you are publishing under a pseudonym? Stuart: Yes, but it’s also to do with the American setting. It’s one of the peculiarities of crime fiction that authors tend to become associated with a locale. Ian Rankin is inseparable from Edinburgh, for example. I’ve become associated with Belfast, for better or worse, and only RATLINES varies from that – and even then, Dublin’s only eighty miles away. So to set a book in Arizona was quite a departure in itself. And yes, the style is quite different. It’s a thriller, but it’s more high concept and overtly...

Review of THE SWITCH

THE SWITCH Joseph Finder June 13th, 2017 Dutton Pub. Joseph Finder is the king of the conspirator authors. In THE SWITCH he explores the issues of national security and privacy, where they overlap, and how they affect each other. This plot comes straight out of the headlines, but unlike real life it comes to conclusions and solutions. One bad decision has a consequence on future events, as in a domino effect. Finder noted, “While I was writing this book, all this information was being discussed about Hillary Clinton. I made my senator reminiscent of her, and decided to have a stash of top-secret documents downloaded on the computer, a...