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Northern Illinois
About Me:
I live in the Chicago area, and design
integrated circuits. My stories have been published in
science fiction, mystery, and mainstream magazines and
anthologies. My first novel, a science fiction, noir mystery
crime novel, Walking Shadow, has been released by
Grand Mal Press.

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Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
The books and stories I reread are by Chandler.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Foyles War is my current favorite. I like Netflix -- it makes all these series available as you want them.

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With all the other things going on, I forgot all about Crimespace.  I plan to take another look around the neighborhood.

Posted on April 1, 2012 at 8:31am


I just finished reading "The Judas Pair," the very first Lovejoy novel by Jonathan Gash. This is great stuff. I'd read one of the series years ago and liked it, but a friend just loaned me the whole series, so I'm reading them from the start. This first book is a bit rough, not as smooth and pleasing as they are later in the series, but its got a good sense of humor and it's also instructive about the antiques industry and the scams that go on. It should not have taken me so long to get back…


Posted on February 17, 2008 at 5:55am

The Best American Mystery Stories

I finished reading "The Best American Mystery Stories" (2005) today. OK, so I have a large reading pile, and it takes me a while sometimes. What struck the most about this anthology is that very few of the stories actually have a mystery in them. Most were criminals going about their business, or people who were related to criminals going about their business or even police going about their business, but they were, in general, not solving or intrigued by, any mysteries. I've read…


Posted on January 21, 2008 at 10:17am — 1 Comment


I just finished The Blight Way by Patrick McManus. I've always enjoyed McManus' humor essays. The are funny all the way down to your toes. His humor isn't as thickly spread in his mystery novel, but it has the same assured voice and a pretty good plot. Mosly I liked the characters -- I think it's what McManus does best. Still expected Rancid Crabtree to show up somewhere along the way.


Posted on November 30, 2007 at 1:47pm

Does the Author's opinion matter?

So Rowling outed Dumbledore. This post isn't really about that though.

This post asks the question; does the author's opinion matter any more than anyone else's once the story is out?

Since the last book has been written, there is only the written evidence to go by. If Rowling thought of Dumbledore as gay while she wrote the stories, that's fine, but hardly relevant. I think the real issue is, if the reader thinks of him a gay, then he is. If not, then he's not. The…


Posted on October 23, 2007 at 2:17pm

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At 12:45pm on October 25, 2007, Clifford Royal Johns said…
If you want a different twist on one of his books, get it in audio and listen to it on a road trip. When you listen to every word spoken, you realize how strong and lean his dialog and narrative were. It's a subtly different story when you hear it.
At 11:42am on October 25, 2007, Shannon Chenoweth said…
Welcome! I too love Chandler, he truly was and is one of the greatest.
At 8:48am on October 22, 2007, Linda L. Richards said…
Welcome, CRJ! And thanks for the comment on my post on Chandler's The Simple Art of Murder. I'm with you: Chandler stands up to re-reading. In fact, it seems to me it's impossible to squeeze all of the nuance out of his work on the first reading. (Though you can tell I'm a fan!)

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