Tag Archives: Koko Taylor

Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers” Now? It’s Bluesman Tommy Castro!

Fifteen years ago, while visiting Chicago, my wife Patricia Smith and I wanted to take in some live music at one of the city’s remaining blues clubs. We checked the listings and learned that The Tommy Castro Band was appearing … Continue reading

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Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers” Now? Legendary Blues Singer Irma Thomas!

Look who’s reading A Scourge of Vipers, the latest in my Edgar Award-winning series of crime novels. It’s legendary blues singer Irma Thomas, aka The Soul Queen of New Orleans. My wife Patrica and I caught up with her a … Continue reading

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Why I Use Popular Music to Teach Writing

The following originally appeared on the Hardboiled Wonderland website. The languages of writing and music have many terms in common: tone, mood, pacing, style, movement, rhythm, voice . . .  It is only natural, then, that music is central in … Continue reading

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Mulligan, Hero of My Crime Novels, Get’s Interviewed By a Music Magazine

Mark Gould of Sound Waves Magazine got in touch with me the other day and said he wanted to interview Liam Mulligan, the hero of my crime novels, about his taste in music. I can’t speak for Mulligan, I told … Continue reading

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