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Patricia, See What You’ve Done?

Over the last decade, as the literary awards and the critical acclaim have continued to swell, I’ve repeatedly told my wife Patricia Smith: “This is who you are now.” But she could never bring herself to believe it. Somehow, she … Continue reading

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October New England Author Appearance

I’ll be discussing my 5 hardboiled Liam Mulligan crime novels, fielding questions, and signing copies on Wednesday,  Oct 11th, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm, Queset House, 51 Main Street, North Easton, MA. If you’re in the area, please drop by. Bruce DeSilva’s … Continue reading

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This Is A National Emergency. America’s Brown Shirts Must Be Stopped.

America needs to be clear about what happened in Charlottesville, VA, this weekend, even if President Trump is not. This must NOT be dismissed as a case of dueling protests that turned violent on both sides. This was a planned, … Continue reading

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The Most Disgraceful Week in The History of the Presidency

This week, which is not yet over, may already be the most disgraceful one in the in the 228-year-long history of the American presidency. Considering the ignorance and dysfunction that have characterized every day of Trump’s first six months in … Continue reading

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“Double Wide,” My Crime Novel Review

After an injury blew up his once-promising professional baseball career, Prospero Stark sunk what was left of his money into a ramshackle trailer park just over the mountains from Tucson in the unforgiving Arizona desert. There, he took up residence … Continue reading

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“Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet” — My Review

Since his fiancé Diana was murdered (Debt to Pay, 2016), former pro baseball player turned small town police chief Jesse Stone has spent much of his time pounding a baseball into his glove, staring at his poster of Ozzie Smith, … Continue reading

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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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