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Don’t Let The Palm Trees Fool you…Ten of the best Hollywood Crime Novels…

Don’t Let The Palm Trees Fool you…Ten of the best Hollywood Crime Novels… GET SHORTY by Elmore Leonard Take a Miami wise guy and drop him into Hollywood development hell. Not only does Chili Palmer raise hell, but he finds traction wheeling and dealing with Hollywood players. It is all not much different from his […]


The Hardest Trick of Them All... Creating characters readers love to care about.The Hardest Trick of Them All… Creating characters readers love to care about.

The Hardest Trick of Them All… Creating characters readers love to care about.   Have you ever finished a book and immediately regretted that you were done? That you wish you hadn’t read so fast and could open the pages once more and there would magically be another chapter you didn’t realize was there? An […]


Pistols and Petticoats: Eight Crime-Fighting Female Protagonists of the Old WestPistols and Petticoats: Eight Crime-Fighting Female Protagonists of the Old West

Pistols and Petticoats: Eight Crime-Fighting Female Protagonists of the Old West   When it comes to crime fighters in the Wild West of yore, I’ll bet you a dollar to a dime the image that most commonly springs to mind is some version of a steely-eyed gent with a Stetson on his head, boots on […]


James Crumley in Print (and Now on Screen?)James Crumley in Print (and Now on Screen?)

James Crumley in Print (and Now on Screen?) The recent rumors that Mel Gibson is looking to adapt James Crumley’s 1983 novel Dancing Bear for television is exciting news. Gibson, the force behind 2016’s Hacksaw Ridge, is in talks with Chinatown (1974) screenwriter Robert Towne and Black Swan (2010) producer Mike Medavoy to bring one […]


DVD Review– Murder on the Orient ExpressDVD Review– Murder on the Orient Express

DVD Review– Murder on the Orient Express   (NOTE: This review will contain major spoilers for the 2017 movie Murder on the Orient Express.)  “I have lived long enough to know what I like. What I dislike, I cannot abide.”  The above quote is from Michael Green’s screenplay for the 2017 film adaptation of Murder […]


Unraveling the Mystery of Crime ReadersUnraveling the Mystery of Crime Readers… Crime readers don’t like crime at all. What they like is justice.

Unraveling the Mystery of Crime Readers: Crime readers don’t like crime at all. What they like is justice… Item: A well-dressed woman sips tea—one fashionable leg crossed over the other, a heeled shoe bouncing on her toe—as she casually reads about the coroner extracting seaweed from the rotting flesh of a bloated corpse too long submerged […]


DVD Review– Going in Style and Golden Years

DVD Review– Going in Style and Golden Years   The movies Going in Style and Golden Years both center on a nearly identical premise. What happens when a group of cash-strapped senior citizens, reeling from the unexpected and unjust loss of their pension income, decide to rob a bank? Both films appear to have gone […]


My Obsession With Missing PersonsMy Obsession With Missing Persons

My Obsession With Missing Persons My mother read me Miss Nelson is Missing! before I achieved literacy. The story is about a good, sweet, conventionally pretty teacher whom the children she teaches all take for granted. Then she goes missing and a cruel, ugly substitute teacher named Viola Swamp shows the children how easy they […]


Surprise Endings in Great Crime Novels....Why Didn't I Think of these?Surprise Endings in Great Crime Novels….Why Didn’t I Think of these?

Surprise Endings in Great Crime Novels….Why Didn’t I Think of these?   I doubt I’m the only writer who opens a new book with trepidation and winces as I see a plot that I wish I’d thought of! Just reading the blurb on the back of a novel can be enough to start me off. […]


Michael Connelly, Anthony Horowitz, and Attica Locke headline the nominees for the Strand Critics Awards, and J.A. Jance and Lovejoy author Jonathan Gash receive Lifetime Achievement Awards and Tom Doherty receives the Publisher of the Year Award…

Michael Connelly, Anthony Horowitz, and Attica Locke headline the nominees for the Strand Critics Awards, and J.A. Jance and Lovejoy author Jonathan Gash receive Lifetime Achievement Awards and Tom Doherty receives the Publisher of the Year Award… Recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction and publishing, the annual Strand Critics Awards are judged by […]


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