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Mike Lupica’s First Jesse Stone Novel Disappoints.

Mike Lupica has been entrusted with continuing the main characters in two of the enormously popular and profitable crime fiction series started by the late Robert B. Parker. In his first two attempts, well-plotted yarns featuring Boston private eye Sunny … Continue reading

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My Review of Spencer Kope’s New Thriller, “Shadows of the Dead”

In Shadows of the Dead, the third thriller in Spencer Kope’s “Special Tracking Unit” series, a bound woman is discovered in the trunk of a car. After questioning its deranged driver, the FBI realizes there are more victims out there … Continue reading

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My Review of T. Jefferson Parker’s Latest Roland Ford Detective Novel

With each new book in T. Jefferson Parker’s series featuring San Diego private detective Roland Ford, the less the yarns resemble private eye novels and the more they bring to mind apocalyptic James Bond thrillers. Fans of detective stories are … Continue reading

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My Review of Hank Phillippi Ryan’s “First to Lie”

The first liar we meet in Hank Phillippi Ryan’s The First to Lie is Nora, a pharmaceutical representative whose job is to push a drug that can increase fertility in women who have difficulty conceiving. But once we meet the … Continue reading

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A Tribute to the Great James Lee Burke

Fellow writers, including me and my wife, the poet Patricia Smith, congratulate the great James Lee Burke on the publication of his 40th book, A Private Cathedral. Patricia and I appear about 6:43 into the short video that kicks off … Continue reading

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“The Architect” — Patricia Smith’s Stunning Tribute to Little Richard

Little Richard, who died yesterday at age 87, was approaching 60 when my wife Patricia Smith, one of our greatest living poets, wrote this tribute to him. Please give the stunning audio file a listen: https://soundcloud.com/user-975826890/recording48

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A Tribute to The High School Teacher Who Inspired Brian Dennehy

    I met Brian Dennehy, who died today, about 20 years ago when he accepted my invitation to visit my staff at Associated Press headquarters in New York. He did so reluctantly because his dad had worked at the … Continue reading

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Patricia Smith Performs: Prepare to Be Astounded

Just released recording of my brilliant wife Patricia Smith performing some of her poetry. If you haven’t heard her before, prepare to be astounded. To hear it, click here.  

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My Review of “Broken,” Don Winslow’s New Collection of Propulsive Novellas

Don Winslow, whose work includes a dozen of the finest crime novels written in the last 20 years, displays all of his strengths, including propulsive narration, compelling characters, and a tight, staccato writing style, in Broken, a collection of six … Continue reading

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“Eight Perfect Murders,” An Ingeniously Plotted Homage to Classic Mystery Stories–My Book Review

Several years ago, fictional Boston bookstore owner Malcolm Kershaw wrote a blog post listing the eight most perfect murders in crime fiction–among them: Agatha Christie’s The A.B.C. Murders, James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity and Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train. … Continue reading

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