Retro-Review of IN THE ELECTRIC MIST WITH THE CONF...

IN THE ELECTRIC MIST WITH THE CONFEDERATE DEAD James Lee Burke 1993 Hyperion A Representation of Pure New Orleans Literature While filming a Civil War movie in the swamps of Louisiana, the crew stumbles on the skeletal remains of a murder victim. When detective Dave Robicheaux shows up on the set, he immediately recognizes it as the remains of an African American man he saw fleeing white men back in 1957 and becomes fixated on the case at once. However, a criminal element who has been funding the movie has also come into New Orleans and brought with it a host of problems of its own, including the murder of a prostitute. Filled with...

Chloe Esposito’s MAD is featured in this week’s giveaway Jun16

Chloe Esposito’s MAD is featured in this wee...

This week,  CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page, are giving away copies of  MAD by Chloé Esposito MAD In this compulsively readable debut, set between London and Sicily over one blood-drenched week in the dead of summer, an identical twin reveals the crazy lies and twists she’ll go through to not only steal her sister’s perfect life, but to keep on living it. Alvie Knightly is a trainwreck: aimless, haphazard, and pretty much constantly drunk. Alvie’s existence is made even more futile in contrast to that of her identical and perfect twin sister, Beth. Alvie lives on social media, eats kebabs for breakfast, and gets stopped at...

Interview with Haylen Beck / Stuart Neville

Jon: Stuart, this book is really different than anything I’ve read by you. Is that why you are publishing under a pseudonym? Stuart: Yes, but it’s also to do with the American setting. It’s one of the peculiarities of crime fiction that authors tend to become associated with a locale. Ian Rankin is inseparable from Edinburgh, for example. I’ve become associated with Belfast, for better or worse, and only RATLINES varies from that – and even then, Dublin’s only eighty miles away. So to set a book in Arizona was quite a departure in itself. And yes, the style is quite different. It’s a thriller, but it’s more high concept and overtly...

Review of THE SWITCH

THE SWITCH Joseph Finder June 13th, 2017 Dutton Pub. Joseph Finder is the king of the conspirator authors. In THE SWITCH he explores the issues of national security and privacy, where they overlap, and how they affect each other. This plot comes straight out of the headlines, but unlike real life it comes to conclusions and solutions. One bad decision has a consequence on future events, as in a domino effect. Finder noted, “While I was writing this book, all this information was being discussed about Hillary Clinton. I made my senator reminiscent of her, and decided to have a stash of top-secret documents downloaded on the computer, a...

DANGEROUS ENDS BY ALEX SEGURA

Polis Books April 11, 2017 In DANGEROUS ENDS by Alex Segura, Pete Fernandez has made a good life for himself in Miami. He’s working full time as a private investigator tracking down deadbeat dads for unpaid child support or catching people committing insurance fraud. The days are long and mundane, but the work is steady. Things have settled into a nice routine. That all changes when Pete’s reporter friend, Kathy Bentley, comes to him looking for help. Kathy has been hired to write a book about former Miami-Dade narcotics officer Gaspar Varela, who had been convicted ten years ago of stabbing his wife to death in their home. Varela’s...

Writer Types: Episode 6 Jun14

Writer Types: Episode 6

Summer is here, and with it comes the mad scramble to figure out what you’ll be reading by the pool, at the beach or on that long plane ride. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of good books coming your way in the next few months. That’s a big focus for Episode 6 of our crime and mystery podcast, Writer Types. We’ve got a fantastic interview with Meg Gardiner about her excellent new release, “UNSUB.” We catch up with genre-bending author John Rector about his latest, “THE RIDGE.” Jordan Harper tells us a little about his highly-anticipated debut novel, “SHE RIDES SHOTGUN.” And we share a brief Los Angeles tour diary from our lost weekend with...

Karen Dionne talks about THE MARSH KING’S DA...

THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER Karen Dionne G.P. Putnam’s Sons Pub June 13th, 2017 THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER by Karen Dionne delves into what life is like for a child of a long-term kidnap victim. Anyone that has wondered about Amanda Berry or Jaycee Dugard should read this story. These women were kidnapped, raped, and bore a child while being interned in a prison of hell. But what happens to the child conceived under these conditions? This is the ultimate love/hate story between a child, Helena, and her parents. By beginning each chapter with a section of the fairy tale, THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER by Hans Christian Anderson,...

Printer’s Row 2017—Bloodshed at the MWA Tent Jun12

Printer’s Row 2017—Bloodshed at the MWA Tent

  You’re dying to know about the bloodshed, aren’t you? I’m sorry to tell you you’ll have to keep reading. I’m burying the lead on that one. Aren’t I the worst? Here’s a chalk outline to keep you until then.           I’ve never had the pleasure to attend Printer’s Row in Chicago before, and it was basically catnip for book lovers. Stalls lining several streets in the shadow of gorgeous art deco buildings where the publishing industry used to reside in downtown Chicago. And those stalls. Publishers and booksellers side by side—it was a dangerous place. I recommend bringing lots of cash—I had to hit the...