Flashback: Electric Cars, Electric City, Electric People Nov03

Flashback: Electric Cars, Electric City, Electric ...

The question I most often get asked at Q & A sessions is why I chose the early electric car industry as the backdrop for my historical mystery The Detroit Electric Scheme. I spent three months researching Detroit and the business prior to beginning the novel, and every day I got more and more excited about the prospects. I wanted to write a good mystery, but I like historicals because they also give me the opportunity to learn about something interesting. I found the early electric car industry, the city of Detroit in 1910, and the historical characters in the city at the time to be fascinating. Here are a few of the facts I discovered:...

Crimespree Issue 53 Cover Reveal

Going off the the printer this week.

Flashback: THE SHADOW by Tom Jenkins Sep22

Flashback: THE SHADOW by Tom Jenkins

THE SHADOW by Tom Jenkins Originally published in Crimespree issue 5. An urbanized latter-day Scarlet Pimpernel to the rescue. Suddenly from out of the darkness, a cloaked figure begins to take shape from only a blur in the shadows to become a mysterious and dominating presence with piercing eyes,a hawk-like nose, a haunting laugh and the proverbial blazing guns. It was 1932, the appearance of a new hero in an unprecedented series of suspense novels, the beginning of the exploits of a crime fighter who rescued the doomed and subdued the evildoers and then vanished back into the darkness, leaving both baffled as to his real identity. This...

Flashback: AN APPRECIATION OF ROSS THOMAS Sep08

Flashback: AN APPRECIATION OF ROSS THOMAS

This article originally appeared in issue 4 of Crimespree. If someone asks me who my all-time favorite crime writer is, usually I demur and sheepishly try to evade the question. “Too many to list,” is one answer I use. “If I narrowed it down to one, I’d have a lot of writer friends who’d get mad at me,” is another. But if the pressure’s really on, or if I’m stuck on a desert island with only the complete works of one writer to entertain me, then my choice would have to be Ross Thomas (1926-1995), the author of twenty novels under his own name (plus five using the nom de plume of Oliver Bleeck.) I haven’t read all of his books yet—I’m trying...

Flashback: Eating Well is the Best Revenge , If You Can Find It Sep01

Flashback: Eating Well is the Best Revenge , If Yo...

From issue 3 (October 2004) I’m jet-lagged. I forgot to pack my favorite perfume. Julia and I took a wrong turn a half-hour ago and now we’re lost in rush-hour traffic, wondering if we’ll make the reading on time. And what if no one shows up? At least we’ll eat well. We’re in Kansas City, Missouri, where the smell of barbeque permeates the very air. After the reading, we’ll feast like Southern royalty. I can already feel my teeth sinking into a pulled pork sandwich. Dream on, sucker! The sad truth about book tours is that it’s really hard to eat well, or healthily. Now, I’m not a foodie by any means, and trendy expensive restaurants annoy...