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...

Shortlists for 2015 DAVITT Awards Aug02

Shortlists for 2015 DAVITT Awards

The shortlists have been announced for the 2015 Davitt Awards. The Davitt Awards highlight female crime writers and are presented by  Sisters In Crime Australia. The Short List for the 2015 awards: Adult Novels · Honey Brown, Through the Cracks (Penguin Books Australia) · Ilsa Evans, Forbidden Fruit: A Nell Forrest Mystery (Momentum Press) ebook · Sulari Gentill, A Murder Unmentioned (Pantera Press) · Annie Hauxwell, A Morbid Habit (Penguin Books Australia) · Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies (Pan Macmillan Australia) · Malla Nunn, Present Darkness (Xoum Publishing) Young Adult Novels · Christine Bongers, Intruder (Woolshed Press – a Random...

Terrence McCauley: A Lesson from Hopeless

My first cat was named Hopeless. My father gave her that name because of the long, lamenting meow she had when we brought her home from the pet store. Even as a three month old kitten, she had a hell of a pair of lungs on her. Hopeless was a small gray and white tigress who really didn’t like to do much. She didn’t play or run around or get into mischief like most cats do. She didn’t even like to eat a whole lot. She was a timid, nervous cat who preferred my mother’s company and could care less about my father or me. When we brought her to the vet for her first check-up, they told us she probably wouldn’t live very long. She was small and...

Paul Levine Grills Jake Lassiter about BUM RAP Jul30

Paul Levine Grills Jake Lassiter about BUM RAP

Jake Lassiter, the linebacker-turned-lawyer, first appeared in “To Speak for the Dead” in 1990. Twenty-five years later, he’s still defending murder trials and busting heads in his latest adventure, “Bum Rap.” This time, he teams up with Victoria Lord to represent her law partner Steve Solomon, who’s charged with killing a Russian mobster. Author Paul Levine interviews his shady hero with predictably hilarious results. Paul: In “To Speak for the Dead,” you were 40 years old. In “Bum Rap,” 25 years later, you’re 48 and still ruggedly handsome. How do you do it? Jake: Being fictional helps. By the way, you look like gator crap. Paul: You’re...

Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year shortlist Jul29

Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year shortlist

The shortlist for the fourth annual Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year has been announced. The award, formerly the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year, recognizes excellence in Scottish crime writing, includes a prize of £1000 and nationwide promotion in Waterstones. PATHS OF THE DEAD, Lin Anderson DM FOR MURDER, Matt Bendoris DEAD GIRL WALKING, Chris Brookmyre THIN AIR, Ann Cleeves THE GHOSTS OF ALTONA, Craig Russell DEATH IS A WELCOME GUEST, Louise Welsh The overall winning book will be announced at our gala dinner on Saturday 12 September as part of the Bloody Scotland festival programme. The previous winners are Peter May with...

An Interview with J.T. Ellison

What Lies Behind begins with Dr. Samantha (Sam) Ownes awakened by a police investigation in her Georgetown neighborhood. Her friend, homicide detective Darren (Fletch) Fletcher, asks her to look over the evidence and help solve the murder/suicide case. Instead, she discovers hidden toxic substances, which turns the case upside down. As they try to figure out what is happening Fletch and Sam are summoned to the State Department. In typical Washington DC fashion, they find themselves up against red tape, smoke and mirrors, and a one-sided discussion. Sam and Fletch must navigate between the different agencies to thwart the terrorists and find...