Ten Writing Lessons From Krav Maga

When I started taking Krav Maga my writing pal James Queally asked if I was taking it because I wanted to more accurately write about throwing a punch. I told him, no, that’s ridiculous. I was doing it because I was afraid of my daughter. She’s two and a half now. It’s like living with Leatherface. Peril in every direction. I’ve been doing it for a year and passed the test for P1 (there are five practitioner levels). Not to say I’m proficient in any of this—a lot of the time I still feel like Bambi slipping on the ice, sliding into a snowbank. Turns out though, James was on to something—I’ve discovered a couple of writing lessons courtesy...

PREVIOUSLY, ON LOST… (OR, WHO IS ASH McKENNA...

I was such a big fan of Lost. So huge I can forgive that they didn’t entirely stick the landing on the last episode.   (I respect the creators for finishing the show on their own terms, and I would be happy to discuss the importance of character arcs over larger mysteries, on the condition there were some adult beverages involved…)   Sorry, tangent. Point is, that phrase “Previously, on Lost…” conjured so much excitement, especially when the show was at it’s peak. Because you’d spend those thirty seconds or minute or whatever it was scouring the collection of clips that was meant to catch you up, but really were littered...

SOUTH VILLAGE By Rob Hart Reviewed

Polis Books October 11, 2016 Ash McKenna has become a traveling man. SOUTH VILLAGE is Rob Hart’s third novel starring the unofficial private investigator who would rather hit a problem then talk out his feelings and motivations. Hitting problems is much easier than talking about them. A lifelong New Yorker who was forced to leave the only home he’s ever known at the conclusion of NEW YORKED, Ash next found himself working as a bouncer at a vegan strip club in Portland in CITY OF ROSE. Seeking an even greater change of scenery, Ash is now working as a cook on a commune in Georgia while waiting for his passport to arrive so he can head off to...

City Of Rose by Rob Hart Reviewed Some More

CITY OF ROSE Rob Hart February 2016 Polis Books Fans of Rob Hart’s NEW YORKED won’t be disappointed by the return of Ashley “Ash” McKenna, the good hearted but admittedly damaged, sometimes dangerous, clever but not always smart private investigator (sort of) who always controls his anger, except when it controls him. CITY OF ROSE is set in Portland, Oregon, where Ash has relocated after leaving New York in search of new beginnings, and away from those who may feel New York City isn’t big enough for their peaceful coexistence. In Portland, Ash is a bouncer and janitor at a fledgling strip club, Naturals. He is keeping to himself, trying to...

CITY OF ROSE By Rob Hart Reviewed

CITY OF ROSE Book Two in the Ash McKenna Series Rob Hart Polis Books February 2016 It’s unfair to compare someone’s follow-up book based solely on the preceding work. Each instalment should be judged on its own merits, but in the case of Rob Hart’s sophomore effort, CITY OF ROSE, all I could think about was, “How is this going to work?” The answer of course is, “Very well.” In NEW YORKED, Hart introduced us to Ash McKenna, a self-styled “blunt instrument” who operates as an unlicensed private investigator who does favors for friends in need. Ash sets out on a violent mission of vengeance when his one true love is found murdered. The reader...