Five albums and books that changed my life: M.P. C...

Purple Rain: PURPLE RAIN was the first R-rated movie I snuck into. I had to—I had listened to the album endlessly and needed to see Prince perform. Prince had already blown the minds of me and my Catholic junior high school friends—we parsed the lyrics to “Little Red Corvette” endlessly—but the songs on Purple Rain cut through my teenage existence like a buzzsaw, giving me an awareness of things that I couldn’t yet name: failure followed by triumph, fractured families, and desire. I still listen to it regularly 30 years later, my current favorite song being “The Beautiful Ones”. Sue Grafton’s C IS FOR CORPSE: With Sue Grafton, I didn’t...

FLAME OUT by MP Cooley Reviewed

FLAME OUT M.P. Cooley May 2015 William Morrow While out on patrol, June Lyons stumbles on a fire at the abandoned Sleep-Tite factory. As the fire starts to rage, she realizes there is a woman inside—and on fire. June manages to get the badly burned woman out, but the building is beyond saving. Sorting through the charred remains, a false wall is found with barrels of toxic chemicals hidden away behind it. Work for the EPA, not the cops—except one of the barrels holds the mummified remains of a woman. Could it be the body of the previous owner’s wife, murdered thirty years ago and never found? Or one of the young women who went missing...