This Day In Crime: IRON LAKE Aug01

This Day In Crime: IRON LAKE

On this day, in 1999, William Kent Krueger released IRON LAKE, his debut novel. Lake introduced the world to Corcoran “Cork” O’Connor, a former sheriff that, at the time of the novel, is separated from his wife and children and in a bit of a mid-live crisis. Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, Corcoran “Cork” O’Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota (population 3,752). Embittered over losing his job as a cop and over the marital meltdown that has separated him from his wife and children, Cork gets by on heavy doses of caffeine, nicotine, and guilt. Once a cop on Chicago’s South Side, there’s not much that can...

THE DARK NET BY BENJAMIN PERCY

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt August 1, 2017   Change or die. Everything gets updated. We don’t do it that way anymore. We’ve all heard this before. Who remembers phone numbers anymore? Not me. They’re all in my phone. Remember calling a number for the weather report? Not anymore. There’s an app for that. And for banking. And for checking in for your flight to visit your Aunt May. And so on. And so on. But some things never change. Being a good person. Taking care of your family. Protecting the world from the forces of Darkness. Benjamin Percy, author of the stunning RED MOON as well as GREEN ARROW and TEEN TITANS for DC Comics, now gives...

Ten Best Cop Shows EVER

Ten Best Cop Shows EVER Honorable Mention: THE SHIELD DRAGNET SOUTHLAND CRACKER CRIME STORY Number Ten: MIAMI VICE Original Run: 1984-1990 Creator: Anthony Yerkovich, Andres Carranza Sure aspects of the show feel dated but it’s a time capsule look at the eighties and it’s highly entertaining. It was also ground breaking in a lot of ways that still influence television today not least of which was the use of music. Iconic and wonderful.         Number Nine: BARNEY MILLER Original Run: 1974-1982 Creators: Danny Arnold and Theodore J. Flicker This one is a comedy but it also is a great cop show. Funny as hell, even today...

Lori Rader-Day’s THE DAY I DIED is this week’s giveaway Jul28

Lori Rader-Day’s THE DAY I DIED is this week...

This week,  CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page, are giving away copies of THE DAY I DIED by Lori Rader-Day From the award-winning author of Little Pretty Things comes this gripping, unforgettable tale of a mother’s desperate search for two lost boys Anna Winger knows people better than they know themselves with only a glance—at their handwriting. Hired by companies seeking trustworthy employees and by the lovelorn hoping to find happiness, Anna likes to keep the real mess of other people’s lives at arm’s length and on paper. But when she is called to use her expertise on a ransom note left behind at a murder scene in the small town...

K.J. Howe discusses THE FREEDOM BROKER Jul27

K.J. Howe discusses THE FREEDOM BROKER

The Freedom Broker, K. J. Howe’s debut novel introduces Thea Paris, an elite kidnap and ransom specialist. Shortly after returning from saving a hostage Thea must face her most challenging rescue when her oil-magnate father, Carlos, is kidnapped on a yacht where very few clues are evident. To make matters worse the kidnappers won’t negotiate and only leave cryptic messages in Latin. In search of her father she travels to Africa, Greece, and Turkey and comes into contact with dubious players such as warlords and the Chinese. As the body count rises, the clock for rescuing is ticking down for Thea and company. Elise Cooper: How did you get...

Behind the Book David E. Grogan

  I have always loved veterans’ stories. My dad was an Air Force fighter pilot in the 1950s, so there was no shortage of military tales to go around. Some of my favorites involved pilot candidates washing out of flight school because they passed out while getting their shots; an Air Force dentist reading instructions out of a manual while another dentist carried out those instructions on my dad’s teeth; and my dad dropping my mother off at the base hospital to deliver me because he had just returned from a training mission (he did come back after a nap). On a more somber note, he told us how his F-89 Scorpion carried nuclear tipped...

MEDDLING KIDS by Edgar Cantero

MEDDLING KIDS Edgar Cantero July 2017 Doubleday Honestly, Cantero had me at “Meddling Kids.” As a child who grew up on Scooby Doo (I used to measure units of time in Scooby Doo episodes, according to my parents.) I was both excited and leery that this book may or may not pay off. I was pleased when it did. The Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in Oregon’s Zoinx River Valley….get it, you guys? ZOINX?) solves their last case in the summer of 1977, literally unmasking an old man who had been causing trouble. The only thing is, the supernatural things happening couldn’t be explained—and certainly couldn’t have...

Review of Archie: the Crossover Collection

There have been many crossovers with the famed Archie and his gang; and many pop culture symbols, icons, and stars. From Sesame street to the Punisher, Archie’s gang has seen it all. This collection features, the Ramones, Michael Strahan, George Takei, Lady Gaga, and Mark Zuckerberg. Each comic has its own character from Archie’s universe to focus on alongside their stars. The Archies team up with the Ramones to solve their rock and roll problems with a helping hand from Sabrina. Michael Strahan encourages Moose to break his idol’s record in football, his idol being Michael Strahan. In a clash of intellectual titans, Zuckerberg and Dilton,...