BEHIND THE BOOK: NICK KOLAKOWSKI

  In my new novel, BOISE LONGPIG HUNTING CLUB, one of my protagonists is an arms dealer; the other is a bounty hunter. The narrative features a lot of guns, to say the least. When researching a new novel, I like as much firsthand experience as possible with whatever my main characters do. In the case of this work, however, the featured weapons far exceeded what you’d find on a typical range—one character uses a rocket launcher, for example. For my descriptions of this kind of heavy-duty firepower, I relied on friends with the right background, all of whom were only too happy to point out where I was being unnecessarily cinematic in my...

Pet Spotlight: A.E. Wasserman and Topper

The Tale of Topper Topper, my Border Collie* muse, can indeed be amusing, but he is also murderous. He entices me to kill people, (in my historical mysteries/thrillers) then promptly helps me solve the deadly crime. He knows where both the bones and the bodies are buried. My muse has his methods. He takes me with him for long mountain hikes on the weekends, up through forests to the high meadows. Away from urban urgencies.  Topper and I follow a trail toward the top of Mount Pinos in the Los Padres National Forest. It’s there that characters enter my head and plots begin to twist and turn as much as the path does through the Douglas Firs....

INTERVIEW WITH IRIS AND ROY JOHANSEN

  Double Blind by Iris and Roy Johansen is a heart stopping story.  This series has a very original premise and this novel, in particular, has a killer that is unique.  Blind from birth, the main character, Kendra Michaels, regained her sight at the age of twenty. Now she is able to use her extensively distinct senses and acute analytical skills to help the FBI thwart bad guys. This case literally came to her after a woman is found dead with an envelope having Kendra’s name on it.  It contains a memory stick of a wedding video.  What soon becomes apparent is that the wedding party has been targeted by a serial killer who strives to get...

INTERVIEW WITH LINDA CASTILLO

A GATHERING OF SECRETS (Kate Buckholder Book 10) Linda Castillo Minotaur Books July 10th, 2018   A GATHERING OF SECRETS by Linda Castillo is a powerful story. From the very first page, when a young Amish woman commits suicide, the plot takes on a dark and gripping tone, a very thought-provoking novel.  Bur readers should not be surprised considering Castillo books are always insightful and riveting. The story begins with Amish teenager Emma Miller hanging herself and then fast forwards six months where Painter Mills police chief Kate Buckholder is called to investigate a body found in a burned barn.  The initial reaction is that it was...

INTERVIEW WITH AMY MYERSON

The Bookshop of Yesterdays Amy Meyerson Harper Collins Pub. June 12th, 2018                The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson is part mystery and part drama involving family dynamics.  It is a shout out to those who love books and bookstores since the main mystery is centered around both, and comes about with riddles from book quotes. Clues to the scavengers’ hunt are found in the classics of the past, The Tempest, Jane Eyre, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Frankenstein, Fear of Flying, Persuasion, The Grapes of Wrath, and Bridge to Terabithia. The story begins with Miranda Brooks’ twelfth birthday party.  Her beloved Uncle Billy...

Fesperman’s SAFE HOUSES is featured in this week’s giveaway Jul13

Fesperman’s SAFE HOUSES is featured in this ...

This week,  CrimeSpree and  Friday Reads Facebook page are pleased giving away copies of SAFE HOUSES by Dan Fesperman “One of the great espionage novels of our time.” –Lee Child In this gripping new work of suspense from the author of The Double Game, a young woman discovers a nefarious truth at the heart of the CIA’s operations in postwar Berlin and goes on the run for her life; years later she’s gruesomely murdered along with her husband, and her daughter begins to chase down these startling secrets from her past. West Berlin, 1979. Helen Abell oversees the CIA’s network of safe houses, rare havens for...

INTERVIEW WITH BEATRIZ WILLIAMS

THE SUMMER WIVES by Beatriz Williams combines romance, secrecy, and suspense.  As with all her books she concentrates on a mystery, the murder of a rich playboy, and social issues, class conflicts. Intertwined within the plot are complex relationships that connect all the characters. The setting plays an important role in this novel, just as it had in William’s blockbuster novel, A HUNDRED SUMMERS. Both take place on an island with an obvious clash between the haves and have nots, where all are determined to keep the outside world from its shores. In this book, Winthrop Island, off the New England coast, is the summer retreat for the old...

BOOK REVIEW: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

DARK SIDE OF THE MOON Alan Jacobson Open Road Media Pub June 19, 2018             DARK SIDE OF THE MOON by Alan Jacobson is another “OPSIG Team Black” adventure.  This story will literally take people to a new dimension.  Readers will feel they are on a journey on F-18 fighter planes and a trip to the moon while combating espionage, the dark secrets of the moon, and kidnapping. Jacobson commented, “After reading this article about Apollo 17 bringing back moon rocks I had an idea that maybe they could be used for military purposes. Since I do not write science fiction I needed to do a lot of research and worked...