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About Me:
Crime fiction writer, going to the dark side.My 7th novel, SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE, a stand alone thriller that goes back, in part, to the late Sixties, was released December, 2010.
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Writer, Editor
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Everyone on this list, of course.
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TV: 24, The Shield, Desperate Housewives, Weeds, Damages
Movies: My favorite all time 5 are Citizen Kane, The Godfather, Battle of Algiers, Chinatown, and Casablanca...

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A Pox Upon Your Newspeak

I was about half-way through a blog about the collapse of Chicago’s plan to provide wireless internet service throughout the city – and I still wonder whose greed scuttled what could have been a noble effort to empower citizens -- when I ran across something, that, for lack of a better cliché, makes my blood boil.

See, I was also going to talk about the issue of Net Neutrality. For those who aren’t familiar with it, it seems as if communications giants like AT&T, Comcast, Verizon,… Continue

Posted on September 8, 2007 at 6:22am

Vonnegut, Propaganda, and Fox

As writers we know the power of words. We choose them carefully – rooting around sometimes for hours or days just to find the right verb or adjective. We respect the differences and shadings, however minute, that specific words connote. We understand that the right words create a mood or perception in which the whole is bigger than the sum of its parts.

We also recognize when others do it effectively. When novelists do it well, it’s called good fiction. But when the guardians of the… Continue

Posted on April 25, 2007 at 2:48pm — 6 Comments

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At 5:23am on August 31, 2009, Adam Bourgoin said…
Hey Libby! Thanks for accepting my request. See you on The Outfit.
At 3:51pm on August 5, 2008, Luis said…
Hello, I'm glad that you accepted my request. I look forward to discussing non-fiction crime with you and learning about fiction from you!
At 5:41am on June 14, 2008, Dana King said…
I just saw your interview on New Mystery Reader. As the father of a 17-year-old daughter, part of me wants to read EASY INNOCENCE right away, and part of me says I won't sleep if I do.

I love that you shifted protagonists because you thought it would be too hard to keep finding credible murder situations for Ellie; I wish more crime fiction writers took that into consideration. I've don e over sixty reviews for NMR, and I can't remember the nuber of books where I thought, ten pages in, "Nope. That wouldn't happen." Of course, that's probably why I can't remember the books.

Looking forward to saying hello again at Bouchercon. Best wishes for the book.
At 1:56am on April 14, 2008, Dana King said…
I finished CHICAGO BLUES last night, not a weak story in the bunch, though I thought The Outfit, along with Stuart Kaminsky and Max Allan Collins were the headliners. As irony would have it, I read most of the book on a plane flying to and from Chicago, or in my hotel during a business trip this past week. Kind of set the scene for me.
At 11:56pm on April 1, 2008, Dana King said…
It was a pleasure to meet you last night at the Pikesville library. I enjoy your and Cara's comments, and I'm looking forward to reading CHICAGO BLUES,as well as EASY INNOCENCE, though that one may have to wait for my TBR pile to reach manageable proportions.

I'm looking forward to seeing you again at Bouchercon.
At 8:31am on March 30, 2008, Dana King said…
Hi, Libby. I'm going to try to get to your signing in Pikesville, MD on Monday, if I can get out of work on time. Good luck, whether I do or don't.

Hope to see you there.

At 10:41pm on November 29, 2007, Allan E. Ansorge said…
Congratulations on your presentation. It was as crisp and concise as you write. As yousaid you don't recomend books on how to write but you sure as hell could write one.
At 4:38am on October 17, 2007, Dana King said…
I just saw a nice plug for CHICAGO BLUES on the Crime Fiction Dossier blog. Good to see the word is getting out, and continued success with this project.
At 9:59am on October 9, 2007, Dana King said…
No, I didn't know you grew up in DC. I think of you as Chicago, through and through. (Trust me, as a Pittsburgh native who lived in Chicago for three years between DC stints, thinking you're a Chicagoan is high praise.) Thanks for the friend invite, and I'll look forward to seeing you here and on The Outfit.
At 12:47am on September 2, 2007, David L. Hoof said…
What am I doing in Washington. I'm drawn to the response to that question made by Jake Giddis (Jack Nicholson) in Chinatown: "As little as possible." Given that my humorously former fraternity brother Steve Hadley is now National Security Advisor I can probably get away with joking "Plotting the overthrow of the government" -- hi, Steve, I know you're listening in -- but this particular government is doing too good a job of plotting its own downfall, so why waste the effort? No, I am but a humble writer who had just finished a 188,000 word novel. As they say in press conferences here, "Next quesiton." It goes from me to you Why did you leave Washington. Your answer these days is "Why wouldn't anyone leave Washington." No? goesuuqvKnowst ;oologcofgono< S'tg ttionanuy jjiomit dline

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