In Conversation with Dennis Palumbo about HEAD WOU...

Mike Barson: HEAD WOUNDS is the fifth novel in your series about psychologist Daniel Rinaldi, who consults with the Pittsburgh police. Unlike some authors, you do not write a new book every year… Is that because you spend a lot of time doing research for each new entry? Dennis Palumbo: Research is always an important aspect of each novel, but the primary reason for the gap between books is that I have a full-time private therapy practice (35-40 patients a week). So my writing time is pretty much limited to lunch hours and the weekends. I’d love to put out a new book every year, but given my current clinical schedule, it’s...

2018 BARRY AWARD NOMINATIONS

The Barry Award winners will be announced September 6, 2018 at the St. Petersburg Bouchercon Opening Ceremonies. Anyone who subscribes or reads Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine is eligible to vote.  The Deadline for votes is August 6, 2018.  One vote per category for a total of four possible votes.  You may vote by e-mailing your choices to george@deadlypleasures.com   Best Novel THE LATE SHOW, Michael Connelly (Little, Brown) THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER, Karen Dionne (Putnam) EXIT STRATEGY, Steve Hamilton (Putnam) THE FORCE, Don Winslow (Morrow) PRUSSIAN BLUE, Philip Kerr (Putnam) MAGPIE MURDERS, Anthony Horowitz (Harper)   Best...

Interview with Nick Petrie, author of LIGHT IT UP

LIGHT IT UP: Peter Ash Book 3 Nick Petrie Jan 16, 2018 G. P. Putnam’s Sons LIGHT IT UP by Nick Petrie is the third installment of the Peter Ash series. It is a fascinating story, but what makes this book special are the many layers. It has an action-packed plot intertwining guns, drugs, and money. But it also probes the subject of returning soldiers. People might think of Peter Ash as a clone of Lee Child’s character Jack Reacher, but in actuality the only similarity is that both are wandering characters. Ash’s military life and his current status as a veteran with PTSD are thoughtfully explored and unlike Reacher Petrie’s character has...

Interview with T.R. Ragan

HER LAST DAY T.R. Ragan Jessie Cole Book 1 Thomas & Mercer October 24, 2017 HER LAST DAY is the first novel of a new series by T.R. Ragan. She is known for writing riveting thrillers whose antagonist always seems to be a gruesome serial killer. The three sub-plots throughout the story are brilliantly weaved together. The plot has Sacramento, California private investigator Jessie Cole drawn to detective work after her sister Sophie disappeared ten years ago. Reporter Ben Morrison who wants to write a series of articles on the still-missing Sophie approaches her. He feels somehow connected to Sophie after seeing her on a TV show about...

Behind the Book: Five Locations in Manhattan Where...

Everyone who writes anything about the history of New York quickly comes to realize that the city has not always been about office towers and skyscrapers. New York, in the half-century from 1880 to 1930, was distinctive among American cities for the beauty of its architecture but tragically, in the rush to build bigger and higher, the majority of its most striking buildings have disappeared. The destruction of Penn Station in 1963 remains the most notorious demolition of a landmark building but there have been many others. Here are five Manhattan buildings, all associated in some way with crime and criminal justice; two have survived and...

Behind the Book – Bill Rapp Jan15

Behind the Book – Bill Rapp

There are several stories behind THE HAPSBURG VARIATION. The first is that this novel is a continuation of the tale told in the preceding book, TEARS OF INNOCENCE, which introduced the main character, Karl Baier, at the beginning of his career in the world of intelligence. It was career that began as the United States was emerging as the world’ s foremost power and just beginning to come to grips with the challenges that would present, particularly in war-torn Europe. Having spent  a great deal of time in Berlin–first as a student of European History, then later as a diplomat at the US Mission in West Berlin when the Wall...