INTERVIEW WITH MAX ALLAN COLLINS

GIRL MOST LIKELY by Max Allan Collins is more of a police procedural than a thriller. What makes this plot unique is the relationships.  In this book, the police chief is the daughter and she enlists her father’s help to find a killer. Krista Larson has recently lost her mother.  She is worried about her father, Keith, who appears suicidal from his grief.  Deciding a change of environment is best for him, Krista moves him in with her to a small town in Illinois. Galena is in northwestern Illinois that is close to Dubuque and not too far from Chicago. It is the birthplace of US Grant. While trying to make her father feel at home...

INTERVIEW WITH ALFRED GOUGH AND MILES MILLAR

DOUBLE EXPOSURE by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, the creators of the TV series, “Smallville,” brings to life a unique storyline. Set in the 1960s to make the story believable, they explore the question, what if Hitler did not die in the bunker, and is still alive? The plot begins with a KGB Russian agent, turned CIA asset, smuggling a film canister over the Berlin Wall.  Because the East Germans shot the agent as well as the canister the CIA now needs help in attempting to repair it.  They turn to David Toland, a decorated Korean War veteran, who wanted to leave his combat days behind him. Now the Director of Preservation for the...

REVIEW OF WOLF PACK

Edgar-winner C.J. Box maintains his platinum level of excellence in WOLF PACK, his 19th novel starring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett (after 2018’s THE DISAPPEARED). When fellow game warden Katelyn Hamm observes a herd of elk being stampeded by a drone, she enlists Joe’s aid in tracking down the owner. The perp turns out to be Bill Hill, a recent arrivee from the East who lives with several bodyguards in a state of the art compound. After Hill scoffs at Joe’s threat of a fine for tormenting the elk, Joe tries to research him online–and finds Bill Hill to be entirely devoid of any background. Joe’s old friend...

MURDER-A-GO-GO’S: CRIME FICTION INSPIRED BY THE MU...

Down and Out Books March 23d, 2019 Edited by Holly West The short story can be one of the most enjoyable storytelling vehicles for any genre. Add a little violence here, a little revenge there, and you have a crime story that can fit comfortably into any genre. That’s the beauty of crime fiction: by changing the set design, a crime story can take a reader into any type of story they like. As much fun as short stories are to read, outlets for this kind of writing have been slowly disappearing in recent years. This is a real shame, since short stories are one of the chief ways readers can discover their new favorite authors. With...

INTERVIEW WITH LAURA GRIFFIN

Stone Cold Heart (Tracer book 13) Laura Griffin Pocket Books Pub March 26th, 2019 Stone Cold Heart by Laura Griffin brings suspense to the forefront, sprinkled with some romance. The Tracer series shows the different aspects of CSI investigators, where each book highlights the approach to solving a crime. Sara Lockhart is a forensic anthropologist with the Delphi Crime Center in Texas. She is called in after human bones are found in a park by police detective Nolan Hess. He wonders if these are the bones of a local teenage climber who vanished a year ago. The mystery ratchets up when more remains are found.  After more bones are...

INTERVIEW WITH IRIS JOHANSEN

DARK TRIBUTE by Iris Johansen shows why she is such an amazing author.  The story has a riveting plot, very likeable protagonists, and a completely evil antagonist.  Fans of Johansen finally get their wish. This book highlights Cara Delaney, whose guardians are forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and Atlanta Police Detective Joe Quinn. Now as a grown woman she desires to pursue her love of playing the violin with her love of longtime friend, Jock Gavin. He was solely her protector when Cara was younger, but throughout the years the bond between them has only strengthened and their feelings for each other have increased. Yet, Jock is afraid to act...