KILLER FACTS AND FICTION Mar28

KILLER FACTS AND FICTION

One of the best and most familiar pieces of advice given to aspiring authors is to “write what you know.” So when I began to think about the plot of a new novel involving a serial killer, my mind went back some four decades to the only time I’ve been close to a real-life murder investigation. The case was among the most notorious in the history of the British criminal justice system. The so-called “Yorkshire Ripper” was a sadistic psychopath who killed thirteen women over a five year period up to his arrest in 1981. Most of his victims were prostitutes, and nearly all the murders were committed around the red-light districts of Leeds,...

Review of REVOLVER by Duane Swierczynski Jul18

Review of REVOLVER by Duane Swierczynski

REVOLVER Duane Swierczynski July 19, 2016 Mulholland Books A policeman gunned down in a bar. A homicide detective stalking an ex-con. A forensic scientist who can’t let the murder go. All members of the same family separated by 50 years and compelled by a murder that that has ripped through the generations. In 1965, Stan Walczak is gunned down with his partner in a neighborhood bar in Philadelphia. In 1995, his son is compelled to stalk the man who has long been suspected as the murderer following his release from jail on an unrelated murder. In 2015, his granddaughter returns home from college where she is studying forensic science...

Greed Is God

Greed stalks desperation. The desire to exploit can slither down through the cracks and find people hidden from sight and in the greatest need. In an industry driven by greed, the desperate are fodder. That moment, where greed finally catches up with desperation, is where so much great crime fiction resides. The heist happens because characters like Richard Stark’s Parker are greedy. Parker wants to live an easy life on his terms, long spells between jobs where he doesn’t have to worry about money, and so he steals. Any target is acceptable, so long as it’s profitable. He is a man prepared to kill and kill again to achieve this, inured to...

THE KILLING KIND BY CHRIS HOLM

THE KILLING KIND Chris Holm September 15, 2015 Mulholland Books The world needs more novels from Chris Holm. For those in the know, Holm has been telling some of the most intelligent urban fantasy stories since forever with his wonderful Collector series from Angry Robot Books. Thoughtful and well thought out tales that perfectly blend fantasy elements with a pulp sensibility.  Now, Mulholland Books is putting out the latest work from Holm, THE KILLING KIND, and readers everywhere have reason to cheer. Leaving the fantasy elements behind, THE KILLING KIND is a straight shot of adrenaline to the heart, wrapped in the dust jacket of a...

Richard Montanari is featured in this week’s giveaway May01

Richard Montanari is featured in this week’s...

Crimespree magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is offering you a chance to win a copy of THE DOLL MAKER by Richard Montanari THE DOLL MAKER by Richard Montanari Detectives Byrne and Balzano return to the streets of Philadelphia to put an end to a macabre succession of murdered children. A quiet Philadelphia suburb. A woman cycles past a train depot with her young daughter. There she finds a murdered girl posed on a newly painted bench. Beside her is a formal invitation to a tea dance in a week’s time. Seven days later, two more young victims are discovered in an abandoned house, posed on painted swings. At the...