BEING A FAN Jul29

BEING A FAN

BEING A FAN My earliest memory of being a fan of something goes back to when I was around 5, I read PEANUTS every day in the paper and watched Batman every day on TV. I was (and am) a fan. In September I turn 53 a week before Bouchercon (The World Mystery Convention don’tcha know) where Ruth and I will be Fan Guests of Honor. In the 48 years between I’ve become a fan of a lot of things.     I hear people talk about guilty pleasures. Let me tell you something, as long as what gives you pleasure is legal and doesn’t hurt anyone else there is nothing to feel guilty about. I have always loved comic books and have never been...

The Law of Zombies Jul26

The Law of Zombies

Zombies had grabbed the attention of lawyers and judges centuries before The Walking Dead premiered on AMC. I refer to a special species of zombies—the ones introduced in Chapter 7 of my newest Rachel Gold mystery, THE DEAD HAND: Their lawyers call them, “high net-worth individuals prepared to shoulder the responsibility for providing wealth for future generations and essential funding for important causes even after they are no longer with us.” Benny calls them zombies. And since zombies are already dead, they’re hard to kill. Let me explain: As a lawyer by day, I try to feature one curious legal concept in each of my novels. Past examples...

Books ON WISCONSIN

When I was in second grade, I had a teacher who used history class to teach us about Wisconsin. We spent the school year learning cool stuff about our state. We were lucky enough to have lots of field trips to all sorts of historical places and important Wisconsin places. It was that school year when I learned about the Milwaukee Historical Society and the Wisconsin Historical Society. Even at that age I thought it was great that a group would take over buildings and preserve them so future generations could learn from them and appreciate them. The Wisconsin Historical Society also publishes books and sponsors other media to help people...

DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch Jul25

DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch

You would be misinformed if I claimed to be an unbiased reader in reviewing Blake Crouch’s DARK MATTER but I am a forever reader and for ABANDON was a first reader. So if nothing else, I know this man’s word play, meter and voice. Only I don’t. But I do. I circled around DARK MATTER for a couple of months. Daniel of Boswell Books in Milwaukee proclaimed it “book of the year.” And so I went home and did my second dusk to dawn reading of the year. Imagine a mystery? Imagine that mystery taking place in multiple time lines with infinite conclusions? Imagine reading a story and being absolutely certain you know who...

Review of THE GATES OF JANUS by Ian Brady

THE GATES OF JANUS Ian Brady 2015 Feral House You are reading this review in CrimeSpree Magazine, which means I’m into crime. I find crime fascinating. However, my wheelhouse is Organized Crime. Serial killers were never a thing I found myself drawn to in the past. When it comes to killing, there are things I understand and things I don’t. When I read something like, “Ralphie was shot 2x in the head and was left in the trunk of a car. The boss ordered it because Ralphie was skimming drug profits,” – that I understand. It’s business. When it comes to torture there are things I understand and things I...

J.C. Lane’s TAG YOU’RE DEAD Reviewed

TAG YOU’RE DEAD J.C. Lane Poisoned Pen Press July 5th, 2016 Tag You’re Dead By J.C. Lane, a pen name for Judy Clemens, is a riveting thriller. She takes the playground game and evolves it to fit into today’s technology-oriented society. Readers might relate to this as a darker version of the very popular new game, Pokeman Go. This is a game where the stakes could not be any higher, considering the runners’ lives are at risk. It will play into people’s worst fears since it seems very plausible how someone can be kidnapped and forced to run for their life by some mysterious person in the Internet age. In this story there are three...