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My Review of “Just Watch Me” by Jeff Lindsay

Riley Wolfe, the anti-hero of Jeff Lindsay’s  Just Watch Me,  gets his kicks executing spectacular robberies that no one else would even contemplate. His victims are always the super-rich, whom he despises as “smug, do-nothing, self-loving leeches.” The plot combines … Continue reading

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Pelosi Calls for Impeachment Articles. My Suggestions:

With Nancy Pelosi now calling for impeachment articles to be drafted, I’d like to give her a hand.  She wants to keep the number of articles short, so forgive me for leaving a lot of stuff out. Resolution to Impeach … Continue reading

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My Crime Novel “Rhode Island” Makes Best of Decade List!

Thank you to Crimreads.com for including one of my novels, Rogue Island, on its list of the best crime novels of the last decade. Here’s is a photo my wife Patricia took of actor John Lithgow reading the paperback edition.

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A Brilliant Talk About the Writing Craft by the Great Patricia Smith

Please check out this video about the craft of writing by Patricia Smith. (I’d think it was brilliant even if I wasn’t married to her.)

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A Photo From the Estate of Gilded Age Robber Baron Jay Gould Finds It’s Way Home

This daguerreotype, which I just sold on eBay, has a penciled note inside the case identifying it as coming from the estate of notorious Gilded Age robber baron Jay Gould. The buyer says: “I believe the baby is my great … Continue reading

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My Review of “Blood in the Water,” a New Thriller Set in Boston

Jack Flynn does a fine job developing complex characters while keeping the tension high in Blood in the Water, his fast-paced yarn of intrigue, violence and personal betrayals. His prose, for the most part, is tight and precise. And his … Continue reading

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The Vicious Cycle of Homelessness in America

We are repeating vicious a cycle that is as old as the settlement of America. In colonial times, people who couldn’t take care of themselves, including homeless children, the mentally ill, old folks suffering from dementia, and those we used … Continue reading

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Julia Keller’s Heartbreaking Blues Song of a Novel–My Review

Julia Keller’s eighth yarn featuring West Virginia crime fighter Bell Elkins is a heartbreaking blues song of a novel, employing beauty to evoke despair while reminding readers that even in the darkest of days, there might also be light. The … Continue reading

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Tensions Run High in C. J. Box’s New Cassie Dewell Thriller

After losing her law enforcement job following a tumultuous serial killer investigation in Paradise Valley, Cassie Dewell resurfaces as a struggling private detective in C.J. Box’s new crime novel, The Bitterroots. Hired to examine what appears to be an open … Continue reading

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Another Fine Private Eye Novel by T. Jefferson Parker

In T. Jefferson Parker’s new Roland Ford thriller, The Last Good Guy, the search for a missing girl leads the private eye to a mysterious date farm with military-grade security, a security firm owned by a racist billionaire, a decommissioned … Continue reading

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