Monthly Archives: August 2016

My Review of “Hot Start” by David Freed

David Freed is unusually well equipped to tell tales like the one in his new crime novel, Hot Start. He won a Pulitzer Prize covering the police for The Los Angeles Times, covered war in Kuwait and Iraq, worked for … Continue reading

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Pitch-Perfect Dialogue — My Review of Neely Tucker’s New Crime Novel

Only the Hunted Run is the third Sully Carter novel by Neely Tucker, a veteran Washington Post war correspondent now covering the presidential election for the paper’s Sunday magazine. Unsurprisingly, Tucker’s depiction of how a crack investigative reporter works is … Continue reading

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It Was As If Joe Friday Had Been Stripped of His Badge

An unanticipated disaster struck as I was writing the fourth novel in my hard-boiled series of crime novels featuring investigative reporter Liam Mulligan: The failing Providence, R.I. newspaper he had been working for abruptly fired him, creating a crisis for … Continue reading

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James Grady, One of the Greatest Thriller Writers of All Time, Raves about “The Dread Line”

James Grady, whose novels include Last Days of the Condor and Six Days of the Condor, perhaps the finest thriller ever written, says this about The Dread Line, the new book in my Edgar Award-winning series of crime novels: “With … Continue reading

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Book Tour Schedule for “The Dread Line,” My New Mulligan Crime Novel

I’ll be touring in September, and possibly part of October, talking to readers and signing copies of The Dread Line. The book is the latest in my Edgar Award-winning series of hardboiled crime novel featuring Liam Mulligan. Please come by … Continue reading

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How I Made the Transition From Journalist to Crime Novelist

A lot of people think that daily journalism must be a great training ground for novelists. I tell them that, for the most part, it is not. As someone who worked as a news reporter and editor for forty years … Continue reading

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What’s a Mystery Writer to Do When His Hero Loses His Crime-Fighting Job?

A lot of mystery story heroes used to do something else for a living. For example, Robert B. Parker’s series character, Jesse Stone, was a professional baseball player before he became a police chief. Ace Atkins’s Quinn Colson was a … Continue reading

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An Interview About My New Crime Novel, “The Dread Line”

Brian Feinblum, who runs BookMarketingBuzzBlog, interviewed me about The Dread Line, the latest novel in my Edgar Award-winning series featuring Liam Mulligan. Here is the Q&A, which first appeared on his site. What is your new book about?Since getting fired … Continue reading

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How My Two Huge Dogs Became Characters in “The Dread Line”

I never intended to make Brady, my big lovable Bernese Mountain dog, and Rondo, my huge goofy mutt, characters in one of my hard-boiled crime novels; but when I write, they are always with me, often sitting on my feet, … Continue reading

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“A Scourge of Vipers” — Life Imitates Art

  The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has invalidated a 2014 New Jersey law that would have allowed casinos and race tracks to take bets on sporting events. Chris Christie had pushed it through so that the state could … Continue reading

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