An Interview with Tony Schumacher

The Darkest Hour is an alternate history, a psychological study, and a thriller all rolled into one fantastic book. It begins with Germany having defeated Europe and now the occupier of Great Britain in 1946. The protagonist is a London police sergeant, John Henry Rossett, a highly decorated British war veteran, who is assigned to the Office of Jewish Affairs, a branch of the SS. He fools himself into believing the false propaganda that his job is to round Jews up for deportation and send them to France as farm laborers. He is a good man who assists evil until he finds a young Jewish child, Jacob, hiding in an abandoned building. Hoping to...

Interview with J.D. Rhoades

Interview with J.D. Rhoades Jon: So we’ve known each other almost 20 years, going back to when I first started posting on the rec.art.mystery newsgroup. I always knew you as Dusty. What does the J.D. stand for? J.D. Rhoades: My birth certificate name (or as a friend calls it, my “government name”) is Jerry Delano Rhoades, Jr. My grandpa was a big admirer of FDR. So J.D. is the first two letters of that. I’ve been known as “Dusty” all my life, but when I published my first novel, the editor thought “Dusty Rhoades” lacked the gravitas they wanted for a “serious” crime novelist, so we went round and round on that for a while before settling on...

C.J. Box: An interview for ENDANGERED

Endangered, the latest Joe Pickett novel by C. J. Box is, in my opinion, the best yet of the series.  There are all the right ingredients: a realistic plot, well developed characters, a vivid setting, clear prose and ratcheting tension. Box merges vivid descriptions of Wyoming’s landscape, western culture, and the personal drama regarding Pickett’s family into a thrilling action packed novel.   Elise Cooper:  In the beginning of the book, there are some very potent scenes regarding April.  You refer to it as ‘a parent’s worst nightmare.” Please Explain   C.J. Box: This is the first time in the series where one of Joe’s daughters is...

Q & A with Glen Erik Hamilton

Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton is his debut novel starring Army Ranger Van Shaw. It is a book about family and forgiveness, and how circumstances can affect the interaction between people as they embrace and reject their past. Within that story is an action-packed plot that looks at the different aspects of crime. Elise Cooper: Why did you decide to become a novelist? Glen Erik Hamilton: I grew up reading crime thrillers and wanted to write like Dennis Lehane and John D. MacDonald. I always enjoyed writing and knew in my twenties that I would want to write seriously one day. Fast forward to now where I re-evaluated how I would spend my...

The Kristi Belcamino Interview

Congratulations on the launch of your Gabriella Giovanni Mystery series! BLESSED ARE THE DEAD and BLESSED ARE THE MEEK were released in 2014 and your third book, BLESSED ARE THOSE THAT WEEP is slated for release in April 2015. Please tell us more about the inspiration of your heroine, Gabriella Giovanni, and her investigations. Thanks, Kate! As a writer, I write books that I would want to read. One of my favorite writers is Adriana Trigiani. Her books feature Italian-American characters and so I knew a long time ago that if I ever wrote a book I would get in touch with my heritage and write about an Italian-American character. Gabriella...

THE Anthony Schiavino Interview

Dan Malmon: Congratulations on the release of your novel SHOTGLASS MEMORIES! Currently available in print and digital download, SHOTGLASS MEMORIES is a murder mystery set against the backdrop of post-war New Jersey. Tell us more! Anthony Schiavino: Thanks, Dan, and thank you for having me. If Fincher directed Bogie and Bacall in a Hitchcock romance you’d have SHOTGLASS MEMORIES boiled down. It’s 1956 and America has gone through two wars and an economic downturn. Sound familiar at all? Joe Sinclair is a WWII vet with PTSD just trying to get by. He’s also showing symptoms of bipolar and schizophrenia while leaning on his vices. He smokes. He...