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Five things I learned while writing PARAISO

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Five Things | 0 comments

Five things I learned while writing PARAISO

This book is the second with the same editor. The first, Full Fathom Five, was non-fiction, Paraiso is fiction. I found that the same editor was much more invasive and persnickety with fiction, even down to punctuation. I happen to love ellipses (…) and he hates them. In revisions he’d take most of them out, and I’d put them back in again when the ms was returned. This kind of thing never happened with the non-fiction book. The novel went through four or five proofs, the non-fiction work through only two that I can remember. The editor took...

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Review of Rough Trade by Todd Robinson

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 1 comment

Review of Rough Trade by Todd Robinson

ROUGH TRADE Todd Robinson August 8, 2016 Polis Books Todd Robinson has an odd way about him. When you begin a “Boo and Junior Gig,” the world doesn’t seem quite real. Certain dialogue is unlikely. Certain characters could never exist in our world. Yet, it works. By page 30, the surreal nature of it all has become common place. By page 100, you believe it all. It all really happened. Maybe not exactly the way you are hearing it…but you know you are hearing it the best way possible. When reading THE HARD BOUNCE, I couldn’t figure out how the...

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Review of Please Kill Me

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

Review of Please Kill Me

PLEASE KILL ME Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain Grove Press 1996/20th Anniversary Edition 8/6/2016 I remember the exact first time I saw this book. It was 1996 and I had cut school and gone to Harvard Square. This filthy gutter punk girl was sitting outside the T station and reading it. I remember the contrast between the dirt on her skin to the pristine white cover of the hardcover edition. I asked her about it and she let me look at the book. She said she stole it from Newbury Comics. I found out years later that that girl died of a heroin...

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Andrew Gross Interview about THE ONE MAN

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Books, Interviews | 0 comments

Andrew Gross Interview about THE ONE MAN

Interview with Andrew Gross Jon Jordan: Andrew, what was the genesis of Nathan Blum and the story you’ve told with him? Andrew Gross: My father-in-law came to this country in April of 1939, six months before the war. He never knew the fates of any of his family. As it turned out, he was the only one in his entire family to survive. He never talked about his life back in Poland. My wife knew nothing of her family history, even of her own grandparents. Like a lot of survivors, he carried a mantle of sadness and guilt around with him his whole...

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Why We Love Bouchercon

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Events | 6 comments

Why We Love Bouchercon

I asked a bunch of folks one question, Why do you love Bouchercon. Here’s what they said. Because not only do I get to see many of my colleagues that I wouldn’t otherwise get a chance to see, but because I love the interaction with the fans and readers. The convention is for them and I try to remember that. Reed Farrel Coleman It’s like a family reunion. All your friends are coming, there are lots of very good panels for excitement, and if boring Uncle Joe shows up there are enough people around to dodge him. You have a...

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Woody Allen’s CAFE SOCIETY Reviewed

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Films | 1 comment

Woody Allen’s CAFE SOCIETY Reviewed

Cafe Society Directed and Written by Woody Allen Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Blake Shelton It is the 1930s yet again and Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) travels from New York to Hollywood to make his fortune under the tutelage of his uncle, a Hollywood agent (Steve Carell). Not knowing what to do with his young nephew, Carell puts him the tutelage of his assistant, Vonnie (Stewart). Of course, Bobby falls in love with her, but she is having an affair with someone else and puts him off. A third tier film in the...

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The latest from David Krugler and Linda Fairstein are featured in this week’s giveaway

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Giveaway | 0 comments

The latest from David Krugler and Linda Fairstein are featured in this week’s giveaway

This week CrimeSpree Magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is giving away copies of THE DEAD DON’T BLEED by David Krugler and KILLER LOOK by Linda Fairstein.   THE DEAD DON’T BLEED by David Krugler In a gripping World War II mystery set in Washington, D.C., a young naval intelligence officer goes undercover to solve a murder and prevent the Soviets from stealing the secrets of America’s atomic bomb project. Washington D.C., 1945. Victory in the war looms, but a new fear transfixes the wartime capital. Fear of...

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Review and Q and A With Linda Castillo

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

Review and Q and A With Linda Castillo

AMONG THE WICKED Linda Castillo Minotaur Books July 12th, 2016 AMONG THE WICKED by Linda Castillo is the latest in a series of books with a unique premise. It is no wonder this has made the New York Times Bestseller list with glimpses into the Amish life, well-developed characters, and a gripping plot. In this book her main character, Police Chief Kate Burkholder, goes undercover as an Amish woman, essentially heading back to her roots. She is forced to confront her past life in a community that isolates itself, and within an unfamiliar...

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Books that scared the bejeebies out of me

Posted by William Lashner on Aug 3, 2016 in Five Things | 1 comment

Books that scared the bejeebies out of me

This is not my list of best all-time crime books, or a list of my favorites, but instead this is a list of those books that, for whatever reason, ended up scaring the bejeebies out of me. 1. I THE JURY by Mickey Spillane (1947) – I picked this up in a used bookstore in Jerusalem, decades ago.  It was a raw looking pulp paperback with a dame on the cover. (She is always a dame in a Mike Hammer novel.)  I stayed up with it late into the night and as the murder count rose I grew ever more terrified.  Bodies were falling every which way and...

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HOW TO KILL FRIENDS AND IMPLICATE PEOPLE BY JAY STRINGER

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

HOW TO KILL FRIENDS AND IMPLICATE PEOPLE BY JAY STRINGER

  Don’t tell my hardboiled friends, but I think I’m getting soft in my old age. No, really. It’s true. Because when I was reading HOW TO KILL FRIENDS AND IMPLICATE PEOPLE, the new crime novel by Jay Stringer, I was more invested in the budding romance between Sam and Fergus than the sprawling underworld storyline that the romance is set against. I’ll explain. After the events of WAYS TO DIE IN GLASGOW, Samantha (Sam) Ireland and her brother Phil have set up shop as a fulltime bike messenger service and part-time private investigators....

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