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...

Q & A with Ted Bell

Best-selling author Ted Bell’s latest book Warriors delves into the dangers of an emerging China. This spy thriller brings back his main character, Alex Hawke who is not the ordinary super spy. In this novel Hawke plays a supporting role to the gripping plot, which Bell uses as a sounding board to wake-up Americans. Readers will find Warriors a gripping and realistic plot with likeable main characters. It is a very entertaining novel that balances the character’s lives with a fast-paced action story. Elise Cooper: It seems that authors are writing short stories. You entered this novella genre with What Comes Around. Why? Ted Bell: These...

Ten Essential Private Eye Skills + An Interview wi...

By: Stephen Graham Jones From Philip Marlowe to Magnum PI, private eyes pretty much know what’s going to be part of this case they know they shouldn’t have just taken: their client’s lying to them, they’re going to be set-up and framed at every step, they’re going to get no help from the police, somewhere along the way they’re going to be left for dead, maybe even in a grave they had to dig themselves, and, to cap it all off, they’re going to be cheated out of not just a payday—their code won’t allow them to cash in—but they’re not even going to get their fee. Private eyes, what makes them special, it’s that they take case after case in...

The Owen Laukkanen Interview with Dan (and Kate)

Dan (& Kate): Congrats on your latest novel KILL FEE hitting area bookshelves this month! What can fans of Stevens and Windermere expect with this, the third entry in their series? Owen Laukkanen: Thanks! KILL FEE finds Stevens and Windermere on the hunt for the sociopathic mastermind behind an online contract killing website. The chase takes them from the streets of Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Miami, Manhattan and Las Vegas, before culminating in an explosive finale in…well, I can’t tell you where. Suffice it to say, it’s a fun, fast-paced read (if I do say so myself), and readers who have been following along from the beginning will be...

Interview with Dan Goldman

Dan Goldman took some time out from his schedule and answered some questions for us. I love his RED LIGHT PROPERTIES and recommend it. Jon Jordan: Dan, I’ve just read the first RED LIGHT PROPERTIES collection and I have to say it is a really original idea. What made you think to combine real estate and ghost busting/exorcism ? Dan Goldman: It’s confluence of a few things: I grew up in South Florida in the ‘80s, and my mother was a realtor. She’d pick me up from school and tell me all sorts of crazy behind-the-scenes tales of her work, sometimes I’d even sit around her office after school while she finished paperwork. It was like a hen-house...

Q&A with Owen Laukkanen

Owen Laukkanen’s latest book, Kill Fee, combines societal issues with a thrilling plot. It once again reunites FBI special agent Carla Windermere with Minnesota State police investigator Kirk Stevens who attempts to find those responsible for an Internet killer for hire plot. What becomes apparent is the person in charge has turned young war veterans into unemotional killers through complete control, as he transforms them into broken human beings who are obedient and lethal. Elise Cooper: How did you come up with the plot line? Owen Laukkanen: I had read a book called McMafia by Misha Glenny, which is about the globalization of crime and...