THE DARKEST HEART By Dan Smith Reviewed

THE DARKEST HEART Dan Smith Aug 8 2015 Pegasus Crime Escaping the violence that plagues Rio de Janerio’s slums leads Zico, a seasoned assassin, down a path darker than his childhood memories, delivering him to the heart of Brazil’s lawless jungle while wrapping a moral dilemma around the reader’s soul. Author Dan Smith’s fifth crime fiction novel brims with a linear narrative that punctures the psyche, forcing goodness to become inseparable from evil, leaving the reader to question if they’re not one in the same. Zico’s “living nightmare” gasps its first breath when he agrees to slit the throat of human rights activist, Sister Dolores...

Film Review: MR. HOLMES Jul24

Film Review: MR. HOLMES

Mr. Holmes Director: Bill Condon Writing: Mitch Cullin (Novel “A Slight Trick Of The Mind”) | Jeffrey Hatcher (Screenplay) Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker Now in his nineties. Sherlock Holmes is mostly focused on the care and study of bees in his home in Cornwall. Bees, and the two cases that came late in his life and that he regards as failures. Oh, and a little boy that shares his aptitude and interest. Most of the people from his youthful years have dispersed or died and he is a lonely man, increasingly showing signs of frailty and dementia. If time and his mind allow, he would like to solve these final...

Shane Kuhn’s HOSTILE TAKEOVER is featured in this week’s giveaway Jul24

Shane Kuhn’s HOSTILE TAKEOVER is featured in...

Crimespree magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is offering you a chance to win a copy of HOSTILE TAKEOVER by Shane Kuhn. HOSTILE TAKEOVER Professional assassin John Lago faces off against his deadliest adversary yet—his wife—in Hostile Takeover, the exciting sequel to Shane Kuhn’s bestselling debut The Intern’s Handbook, which the New York Post called “a sexy, darkly comic thriller.” At the end of The Intern’s Handbook, John tracks down his nemesis Alice but instead of putting a bullet in her head, he puts a ring on her finger and marries her. Together, they execute a hostile takeover of Human Resources, Inc., the...

An Interview with Ingrid Thoft

Brutality begins with soccer mom, Liz Barone, attacked in her kitchen, where she eventually dies from her injuries. Private investigator Fina Ludlow is hired by Liz’s mother to find the attacker. Through her investigation Ludlow finds out that Liz is suing her alma mater for a mild cognitive impairment head injury incurred while she was a player for New England University. Carl Ludlow, Fina’s father, decides to take the civil case as Fina tries to narrow the list of suspects. Elise Cooper: Can you talk about ABC’s option to make a TV series of your Fina Ludlow books? Ingrid Thoft: Last August I was approached and I signed it in the fall. If...

WHAT LIES BEHIND by J.T. Ellison Reviewed

What Lies Behind J. T. Ellison Mira Pub May 26th, 2015 What Lies Behind by J. T. Ellison is a realistic, frightening novel about bio-terrorism. Because the plot takes place in one harrowing day the action never seems to stop. It can be seen as a warning for a terrorist threat that seems to have fallen under the radar. The main character, Dr. Samantha (Sam) Owens, is no longer a medical examiner and is now teaching and working with the FBI. Samantha is 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...

Richard Kadrey: Tour dates for KILLING PRETTY Jul21

Richard Kadrey: Tour dates for KILLING PRETTY

On July 28th, Sandman Slim returns for a seventh time in KILLING PRETTY, the new novel by Richard Kadrey. Richard will hit seven states as he presses the flesh to pimp this killer book. Slim is a hard drinking, smoking badass that seems to constantly be protecting the world, even though most of it’s inhabitants annoy him. Sandman Slim investigates Death’s death in this hip, propulsive urban fantasy through a phantasmagoric LA rife with murder, mayhem, and magic. James Stark has met his share of demons and angels, on earth and beyond. Now, he’s come face to face with the one entity few care to meet: Death. Someone has tried to kill...

SKIES OF ASH by Rachel Howzell Hall Reviewed

SKIES OF ASH Rachel Howzell Hall 2015 Forge There are authors that evoke emotion or a sense of place immediately with their writing. Rachel Howell Hall with her second book has already done this for me, I am transported right into LA when I read her books, I feel the sun on my back and hear the noise of the streets. I feel the frustration of her characters. Elouise Norton, Lou, is a homicide cop in LA and she is working the streets she learned to know growing up. In this second outing Lou and her partner Colin Taggert are investigating a fire that left a family dead, all but the father who seems to have rushed back in to save his family. As...

Don Winslow on Fresh Air

THE CARTEL’s signing tour/media campaign is the biggest of Don Winslow’s career and after two months, he is still going strong. Last week, he appeared on National Public Radio’s FRESH AIR for a feature interview with host Terri Gross. Below is the complete interview. Don talks about many of the same things he did when we talked, but also talks about El Chapo, the Mexican kingpin that recently escaped from a Mexican prison. Here is Don talking about the slave labor that goes into making the pot that so many Americans enjoy: What you have now in the immigrant community are more Central Americans than Mexicans and they make...