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My Review of Paul Doiron’s New Crime Novel, “Knife Creek”

In Knife Creek, Paul Doiron’s eighth crime novel featuring Maine game warden Mike Bowditch, the characters are so well-drawn that you can reach out and shake their hands, and the rural landscape is so vividly portrayed that you can smell … Continue reading

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Timothy Hallinan’s Wildly Inventive New Simeon Grist Novel

Simeon Grist, the hero of six gritty Los Angeles private eye novels by Timothy Hallinan, is about to get a hell of a shock in Pulped, the latest book in this fine series. He’s going to find out that he … Continue reading

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A Very Tardy Review of Jon Talton’s Gripping Newspaper Mystery, “Deadline Man”

Several years ago, after one of my book signings at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ, the proprietor, Barbara Peters, gave me a copy of Deadline Man, a stand-alone crime novel by Jon Talton published by her independent publishing … Continue reading

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My Review of Don Winslow’s “The Force”

It’s a thing now–books, movies, and TV shows that ask us to sympathize with, and even root for, dirty cops. Of course, we’ve long been accustomed to characters like Dirty Harry, Martin Riggs and John Luther, fictional cops who broke … Continue reading

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Our Remarkable Friend, Benjamin Busch

Our multi-talented friend Benjamin Busch dropped in on us toting bags of groceries last night and proceeded to spend two hours whipping up a fantastic meal while singing along to Van Halen, Ratt, Guns N’ Roses, and Night Ranger at … Continue reading

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Trump’s Budget Proposal Represents An Unprecedented Threat to Public Health and Safety.

While Americans are preoccupied with the battle over the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, many of us are overlooking the fact that the Trump administration’s budget outline presages an even greater threat to the public’s … Continue reading

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The Harvard Review Says “Incendiary Art” Is “Brilliant,” “Necessary,” and “Urgent”

The Harvard Review lavishes praise on “Patricia Smith’s brilliant and urgent new book of poems, Incendiary Art, her sixth collection. In it, Smith demands that readers recognize the racism and brutality that have always been part of American history before … Continue reading

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Timothy Hallinan’s Wildly Inventive New Simeon Grist Novel

Simeon Grist, the hero of six gritty Los Angeles private eye novels by Timothy Hallinan, is about to get a hell of a shock in Pulped, the next book in this fine series. He’s going to find out that he … Continue reading

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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? Acclaimed Children’s Author R.L. Stine!

R.L. Stine’s books have sold more than 350 million copies worldwide, making him one of the best-selling children’s authors of all time. I snapped this photo of him at a writing conference last fall. You can learn more about him … Continue reading

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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? Chicago Bluesman Lil’ Ed!

Lil’ Ed (last name Williams) is the singer-songwriter and guitar-playing frontman for one of the last authentic Chicago blues bands, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials. My wife Patricia and I met him on a Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise … Continue reading

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