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Look Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers.” It’s Blues Legend Magic Dick!

Magic Dick, aka Richard Salwitz, is best known as one of the founding members of the J. Geils Band. His brilliant harmonica playing on unforgettable cuts like “Whammer Jammer”  led The Rolling Stone Record Guide to proclaim him perhaps the … Continue reading

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Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers” Now? Blues Sax Player Keith Crossan!

Keith Crossan is one of the best blues sax players in creation. I first became aware of him during the years he played with Tommy Castro, but these days he’s got his own band and recently cut a new record. … Continue reading

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Who’s Reading “A Scourge of Vipers” Now? Bluesman Jonathon “Boogie” Long.

Yes, that’s blues singer and guitarist Jonathon “Boogie” Long with my most recent crime novel,  A Scourge of Vipers.  Boogie is a young guy who’s starting to make his mark on the blues scene, and I really dig him. If … 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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