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Susan's Discussions

Why Hate Women?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by I. J. Parker Jun 29, 2014.

Sex For Sale
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Jul 18, 2013.

Favorite "grabber" title for a crime novel anyone?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Jun 8, 2013.


New Orleans crime thrillers here!

Latest Activity

Susan replied to QualityBookReviews's discussion What are you currently reading?
"Haven't read it yet, but if Maggie's in the book it's sure to be great!"
Nov 16
Susan replied to Cammy May Hunnicutt's discussion Anybody read any of these?
"Glad you enjoyed it, Craig. You echo my sentiments about the book. Particularly interesting that the protag is an author. Now I must read some of his other novels ... ah, so much to read, so little tme!"
Oct 21
Susan replied to Cammy May Hunnicutt's discussion Anybody read any of these?
"Saw the film and read the book. Definitely worth a read. Gillian flynn is a terrific writer,"
Sep 30
Susan replied to Cammy May Hunnicutt's discussion Anybody read any of these?
"Confess I haven't read any since the first one. As one who played many operas, I did enjoy the descriptions of backstage intrigue. "
Sep 8
Susan replied to Cammy May Hunnicutt's discussion Anybody read any of these?
"Yes, I was in East Berlin ... went thru checkpoint Charlie w/friend ... he spoke fluent German had lived in cologne for years. Most impressive sight to me: The bombed out Gedecknis (sp) Kirche on the KUdam, and lots of russian soldiers around with…"
Sep 4
Susan replied to Cammy May Hunnicutt's discussion Anybody read any of these?
"Let me know how you like Leaving Berlin. I think that's his latest, right? The one he talked about at the conference. And yes, Venice can be overwhelmingly beautiful with the light or ... sinister ... Death in Venice? However, Berlin also can…"
Sep 3
Susan replied to David DeLee's discussion HOUSE OF CARDS
"I'm coming in late to this discussion, just discovered Cards on Netflix. Must say I am addicted to it, not quite finished with Season 3 yet. As a writer, I can only admire the constant tension driven plot. Things always go from bad to worse.…"
Sep 2
Susan replied to Cammy May Hunnicutt's discussion Anybody read any of these?
"Hi Craig ... agree that he is great at descriptions. Also at the psychological hangups that drive characters. Since I wrote that post above, I have actually met him. He was a mystery novel panelist at the Tennessee Williams Writer's conference…"
Sep 2

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About Me:
That's me in my New Orleans noir detective hat. Figured I better look the part if I was going to write gritty noir detective novels. Moved to N.O. from Boston in 2001. Great town, great food, beverages (!), art, music and people. Not crazy about the hurricanes. Moved back to Boston area in 2010.
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Books And Authors I Like:
Fiction: Lisa Gardner, John Sandford, Patricia Cornwell, Thomas Perry, Elmore Leonard, Tess Gerritson, Lee Child, John LeCarre, Robert Olen Butler.

Nonfiction: Books I've recently read: Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood; When the Chickenheads Come Home to Roost; God is not great; The Restless Virgins
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Movies: No Country for Old Men; Before the Devil Knows You're Dead; In Bruges.

TV: Without a Trace; Dexter. Book TV on C-Span. NBA basketball so I don't have to watch the political pundits!

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Art heists, murder and revenge

Another art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

In 1990 two robbers stole paintings worth $500 million from the Gardner Museum in Boston. Twenty years later, a ruthless man plans to steal several more. He forces…


Posted on November 2, 2014 at 9:12am

The Butchers of Kansas

In 1870, much of the American "Wild West” remained unsettled. Seeking a better life, pioneers traveled west in horse-drawn wagons, but they faced many hardships.

Some were ambushed and killed by robbers or Indians. Towns were few and far between. The treeless windswept Kansas prairie was particularly harsh: extreme summer heat, frigid winters, disease and grasshopper…


Posted on December 16, 2013 at 10:42am — 2 Comments

Free Beach read!

Just in time for the Beach! My award-winning New Orleans crime thriller, ABSOLUTION, will be free for two days on Wednesday, June 20 and Thursday, June 21. A serial killer preys on young women in New Orleans, where everyone has something to hide ...

Best Mystery-Suspense-Thriller of 2009 -- The Premier Book Awards

"Relentless tempo ... sharp writing." -- Kirkus Discoveries

"A killer thriller!" -- Jan Herman, Arts Journal

"Creole-flavored suspense!" -- The Sun…


Posted on June 20, 2012 at 12:34am

Dimwit Criminals

Okay, folks, my last Renzi Rant was pretty ugly, and I don't want you to think I don't have a sense of humor, so for this one I decided to lighten up. This may come as a big shock, but a lot of criminals do really stupid things. You've heard of stupid pet tricks? Criminals are worse. Hey, if they were smart they'd be making big bucks on Wall Street. For a couple of samples, read on.

 Take my baby, please

 Tanya wanted a gun. Why? Who knows, but I'm guessing it…


Posted on May 21, 2012 at 9:21am

The Perfect Family?

Karen and Richard Sharpe lived in an upscale area of Gloucester, a seaside town in Massachusetts. To the neighbors, they seemed like the perfect couple. They had been married for 27 years and had three children. A dermatologist, Richard taught at Harvard Medical School and his medical practice and other businesses earned him millions of dollars.

But behind the happy facade, bizarre behavior haunted the Sharpe household. For years, Richard had led a secret life. He was a cross-dresser…


Posted on May 13, 2012 at 4:02am

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At 11:30am on November 6, 2011, Raymond Embrack said…
My favorite Elmore Leonard novel is Cuba Libre. What's yours?
At 6:42am on April 22, 2011, J. Gunnar Grey said…

Can't wait to see your updated blog, Susan. Lemme know when you're done, okay?


At 4:43am on March 21, 2011, Copper Smith said…

I don't really to 'talks' per se on my podcasts. Basically I do audio (and sometimes video) versions of my short stories. Check it out:


Uppercut Avenue



At 12:08pm on March 18, 2011, Copper Smith said…
Great to hear from another scribe who once called The big Easy home. Also I envy your ability to rope your musical skills into marketing for your writing. So far my only success at marrying the two has been in strumming my guitar as background on my audio podcasts.
At 3:24am on January 28, 2011, Margy Rydzynski said…
Hi, Susan. My protagonists are amateur sleuths. Not "cozy," definitely, but not noir, either. Some humor and a great deal of wondering about the curve balls life throws at you.
At 3:31am on December 31, 2010, Robert Christopher said…
We do. But I don't have the noir jacket and hat!! ;) Though you have a good city to do noir in.
At 9:13am on November 25, 2010, Robin Jarossi said…
Thanks for prompting me about posting my novel somewhere. I will put the first three chaps on my website and see what the response is. Best, Robin
At 11:58pm on November 14, 2010, Robin Jarossi said…
Regarding Kubrick – last month I went to see 2001 at the Royal Festival Hall with the LSO and choir doing the music. Absolutely amazing. And I will certainly check out Renzi. Regards, Robin
At 9:21am on August 5, 2009, Reece Hirsch said…
Hi Susan -- Thanks for accepting the invite (and for the Coben recommendation). My wife has family from New Iberia (Robicheaux country), and New Orleans is one of my favorite places. Reece
At 11:24am on July 19, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
I don't have an agent, I am working directly with my publisher.

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