Tag Archives: Spenser

“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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Who’s Reading “The Dread Line” Now? Best-Selling Mystery Writer Ace Atkins!

Ace Akins is the New York Times best-selling author of 19 novels. Among them are two current series: one featuring former Army ranger Quinn Colson and the other the Boston-based Spenser novels, a series he picked up from the late … Continue reading

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Best-Selling Crime Novelist Ace Atkins says “The Dread Line” Is Highly Recommended!

Thanks to Ace Atkins, New York Times best-selling author of the fine Colin Quinn crime novels and the writer who has taken over Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series, for this shout-out about The Dread Line, the latest in my series … Continue reading

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How I Made the Transition From Journalist to Crime Novelist

A lot of people think that daily journalism must be a great training ground for novelists. I tell them that, for the most part, it is not. As someone who worked as a news reporter and editor for forty years … Continue reading

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Revised Top 10 List: Best Crime Novels of 2012

When I first posted my list of the ten best crime novels of 2012, I forgot to include one of my favorites, Joseph Olshan’s brilliant literary tale, Cloudland. I don’t have the heart to delete any of the others to … Continue reading

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Reviewing the New Novel by Ace Atkins, a Writer on a Roll

The Lost Ones, the second novel in Ace Atkins series featuring former U.S. Army Ranger Quinn Colson, finds him serving as the newly-elected sheriff of his native Tibbehah County, Mississipi. Given the rural county’s legacy of lawlessness and political corruption, … Continue reading

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Ace Atkins Brings Back Robert B. Parker’s Iconic P.I., Spenser

A few months after Robert B. Parker died of a heart attack at his writing desk in January of 2010, his publisher, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, approached Ace Atkins with a proposition. Parker’s family wanted Spenser, one of the most … Continue reading

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An Interview With David Freed, Author of “Flat Spin”

A few months ago, David Freed sent me his first novel and asked me if I would read it and write a few words of praise for the book jacket. I had several reasons to say no. At the time, … Continue reading

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Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone is Still With Us — Sort of

After the great Robert B. Parker died, his widow and his publisher selected two authors to continue writing books featuring his two most popular characters. The first of them to appear is “Killing the Blues,” a Jesse Stone novel written … Continue reading

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Dancing With Myself

Nigel Bird’s website, “Sea Minor,” has writers interview themselves. Here’s the Q&A I wrote for him: You quit a secure senior editing job at The Associated Press to try to make a living writing crime novels. Are you nuts? Secure? … Continue reading

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