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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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C.J. Box’s New Joe Pickett Novel, “Open Range” — My Book Review

In Open Season, the 20th novel in C.J. Box’s series featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett, Joe comes to the rescue when his old pal Nate Romanowski is accused of a series of sniper shootings. The result is a fast-paced, … Continue reading

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My Review: P.I. Leonid McGill returns in `Trouble Is What I Do’

Many years ago, a Mississippi bluesman named Catfish Worry had an affair with the daughter of a wealthy white banker. Their dalliance produced a son who could pass for white. That son is now a wealthy banker himself. He is … Continue reading

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My Review of “Salt River,” the New Doc Ford Crime Novel by Randy Wayne White

Thirty years have zipped by since Randy Wayne White first introduced readers to Doc Ford and his pals in Sanibel Flats, and from time to time the mostly solid crime fiction series seems to falter. Salt River, the 26th Ford … Continue reading

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Audio of a Poem By, and an Interview With, Award-Winning Poet Patricia Smith

The Brooklyn Poets website features a poem by–AND a great interview with– Patricia Smith, one of the world’s most honored poets. She is the author of eight books of poetry, including Incendiary Art, winner of the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Award, … Continue reading

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My Review of Joanna Schaffhausen’s “All the Best Lies”

In All the Best Lies, Joanna Schaffhausen’s third crime novel featuring police woman Ellery Hathaway and FBI agent Reed Markham, the writing is crisp, the suspense is intense and the tale ends with a twist no one is likely to … Continue reading

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