Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Interview on Mycroft Holmes

Erica Ruth Neubauer: I think we can safely assume what you are best known for is your basketball career. How did you make the transition from professional sports to a literary career? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: I’ve been a writer longer than I’ve been a basketball player, so there really wasn’t any transition. In high school, I studied journalism and even got to interview Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After I stopped playing professional basketball, I was still coaching. Yet, even then I was writing books. At first, I wrote about history, which has always been a great passion of mine. Then, as I got more confidence, I expanded to fiction. My...

Interview With Rob RIley

Rob Riley has a collection of stories based on his years on the police force, TALES FROM THE BLUE LINE, it’s out now from Down and Out Books. Jon caught up with Rob and asked some questions…. Jon: 32 years with force. How did things change while you were there? Rob: The mood of the country was quite different in 1969 when I joined the Milwaukee Police Department as a police aide. Tensions were high with the combination of enormous groups of protesters in the streets on virtually a daily basis. There were many causes – the Vietnam war, racial issues, the way the government was handling things, and so on. Veteran officers told me...

NEMESIS by Catherine Coulter Reviewed

Nemesis Catherine Coulter P. Putnam July 7, 2015     Catherine Coulter’s 19th FBI thriller, NEMESIS, keeps the reader turning the pages between two fast-paced and complex plots. This is the first thriller where husband and wife team Sherlock and Savich are separated, each working their own case. Coulter wanted to explore “how each would react when they are not together, including the fear, and helplessness of being kept in the dark.” The most interesting and realistic of the two storylines involves FBI Agent Lacey Sherlock.  While in a security line at JFK Airport a man pulls out a grenade and captures a hostage.  His plan...

BRUTALITY by Ingrid Thoft Reviewed

Brutality Ingrid Thoft P. Putnam June 23rd, 2015   Brutality by Ingrid Thoft is a captivating crime novel.  Besides the mystery of a “who done it murder,” the author raises questions about sports brain injuries.  This plot explores the theoretical and practical, the balance between loving the sport, in this case, soccer, and the compelling evidence of the dangers involved in playing it. The story has soccer mom Liz Barone attacked in her kitchen, where she eventually dies from her injuries.  Private investigator Fina Ludlow is hired by Liz’s mother to find the attacker. Through her investigation Ludlow finds out that Liz is suing her alma...

Clare Mackintosh visits BBC Breakfast Jul26

Clare Mackintosh visits BBC Breakfast

Earlier this month, Clare Mackintosh visited the set of BBC America to talk about I LET YOU GO, her debut novel, and talked a bit about what comes next. ILYG is currently available in the U.K. and will be released in the U.S. in 2016. A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn’t have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray’s world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed...

THE DARKEST HEART By Dan Smith Reviewed

THE DARKEST HEART Dan Smith Aug 8 2015 Pegasus Crime Escaping the violence that plagues Rio de Janerio’s slums leads Zico, a seasoned assassin, down a path darker than his childhood memories, delivering him to the heart of Brazil’s lawless jungle while wrapping a moral dilemma around the reader’s soul. Author Dan Smith’s fifth crime fiction novel brims with a linear narrative that punctures the psyche, forcing goodness to become inseparable from evil, leaving the reader to question if they’re not one in the same. Zico’s “living nightmare” gasps its first breath when he agrees to slit the throat of human rights activist, Sister Dolores...