Review of THE LAST STAND By Mickey Spillane

THE LAST STAND Mickey Spillane March 2018 Hard Case Crime On March 9th of this year (2018) Mickey Spillane would have been 100 years old. As a fan of mystery novels I think this is reason to celebrate. Apparently, the good folks at Hard Case Crime agree because they are releasing a previously never published book by the master, and also published for the first time, the last novel he wrote complete. In the introduction for this book Max Allan Collins, both a Spillane scholar and friend to the late hard-boiled icon, some of the history is explained. A BULLET FOR SATISFACTION (a novella length story) appeared to have been written around 1952...

Review of WARLOCK HOLMES: A STUDY IN BRIMSTONE

WARLOCK HOLMES: A STUDY IN BRIMSTONE G.S. Denning May 2016 TitanBooks Yes, this is yet another re-working of Sherlock Holmes. As someone who has read many and been disappointed in most, this one charmed me. It stays true to the source material yet massages and prods it at the same time. In this version, Sherlock isn’t Sherlock. And he isn’t quite human, either. Oh, and he isn’t always terribly bright. He is a “consulting magician.” A walking, talking tome of the esoteric. But not what one would call observant. Not one to deduct. For tried and true fans, Dr. John Watson is still at Holmes’ side after his return from the Afghan War. He’s just...

THE ALEXANDER BRASS MYSTERY SERIES reviewed

TOO SOON DEAD and THE GIRLS IN THE HIGH-HEELED SHOES: THE ALEXANDER BRASS MYSTERY SERIES By Michael Kurland Titan Books It seems that the era of the 1930’s is gaining in popularity in the mystery world, and if that particular time period flips your skirt, then the Alexander Brass series is one to add to your wish list post-haste. Alexander Brass is a columnist with an office in the New York World newspaper, although he is syndicated across the country. And his particular brand of journalism is bringing the gossip and glamour of New York City to life for his readers. He’s a shrewd newspaperman, and a smart investigator with a vocabulary to...

GESTAPO MARS by Victor Gischler Reviewed

GESTAPO MARS Victor Gischler September 22, 2015 Titan Books I’m convinced that Victor Gischler could write just about anything and I would read it. No, really. I mean it. In GO-GO GIRLS OF THE APOCALYPSE (my gateway to Gischler), he writes about a divorced insurance salesmen’s adventures through post-apocalyptic America to get to Atlanta for a showdown that may determine the fate of humanity. This summer Gischler released the novel, STAY, about a stay at home dad who has to call upon his Solo Ops officer training to protect his wife and kids. Then there’s the posse of contract killer circus clowns in the comic book CLOWN FATALE. But what...

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Interview on Mycroft Holmes

Erica Ruth Neubauer: I think we can safely assume what you are best known for is your basketball career. How did you make the transition from professional sports to a literary career? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: I’ve been a writer longer than I’ve been a basketball player, so there really wasn’t any transition. In high school, I studied journalism and even got to interview Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After I stopped playing professional basketball, I was still coaching. Yet, even then I was writing books. At first, I wrote about history, which has always been a great passion of mine. Then, as I got more confidence, I expanded to fiction. My...