AUTHOR WORK-SPACES: George Pelecanos, Frank Bill

This is our fourth  in a series of author’s sharing photos of where they work when they create the great books we love to read. I find it interesting that the work spaces seem to be a different at the writing styles. If you click on the photos you can see them larger.

An Interview with Max Allan Collins

Back in issue 21 of Crimespree we talked to Max Allan Collins about a project he was undertaking. The project was taking the books that Mickey Spillane had started but not finished and get them into print. Some were more done than others but Al has been working away at it along with writing his own books. We thought we’d check I with Mr. Collins to see how the work is going. Jon: We talked about this project at Love Is Murder back in 2007. So now about 7 years later, how far along are you into getting the books finished and to publishers? Max: I would say I’ve completed the first, most important phase, which was to complete the manuscripts...

First poster for THE EQALIZER

The folks at Columbia Pictures have released the first poster for director Antoine Fuqua’s THE EQUALIZER, starring Denzel Washington in a big screen version of the CBS series featuring Edward Woodward. Washington headlines as McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are...

Harold Adams: The Man Who Came to Our Party and Ate All Those Cookies Apr16

Harold Adams: The Man Who Came to Our Party and At...

Harold Adams died on April 4, 2014. He was 91. In all, Harold wrote an impressive sixteen mystery novels in his depression era South Dakota “Carl Wilcox” series, plus two novels featuring Kyle Champion. He was a three-time nominee for The Private Eye Writers of America “Shamus Award”, winning for The Man Who Was Taller Than God. We first met Harold way back in 2003 when we were organizing our first “Write of Spring” author party. Fortune had smiled on us—we had just found out that Five Star was publishing a new Harold Adams book, The Fourth of July Wake. It was his first book in three years, and his second Kyle Champion (When Rich Men Die,...

Five Songs that Inspired and Influenced Blessed ar...

I cannot imagine writing a novel that doesn’t have music mentioned in it. My debut mystery, BLESSED ARE THE DEAD, also mentions the theme song for the Cops TV show, but that probably doesn’t count. I include music in my novels to not only set a mood, but, also, sometimes, to make a subtle statement. Here are my five songs in the order they appear in Blessed are the Dead. 1. UB40’s “Red, Red Wine” My character, Italian-American newspaper reporter Gabriella Giovanni has pushed back her own personal tragedy for years but in this book she’s going to have to confront that dark past. Driving home one night, she has the first premonition of this...

EVERYTHING TO LOSE by Andrew Gross Apr15

EVERYTHING TO LOSE by Andrew Gross

EVERYTHING TO LOSE Andrew Gross April 22nd 2014 William Morrow Thriller is a word that is thrown around a lot these days as it has become a favorite of marketing folks (just like noir). What Andrew gross is writing truly is a thriller. He’s got pacing and a sense of urgency running through his books like fire follows gasoline. In EVERYTHING TO LOSE he sets up a wonderful story with Hilary Cantor in what starts out as a blessing is disguise only to discover she may have cursed herself. Hilary’s life has taken a bad turn lately, due in large part to a husband who walks out on her and their son who is suffering from Asperger’s. By sheer chance...