September 2013 Blog Posts (38)

Review: "Beat To A Pulp: Hardboiled 2" Edited by David Cramner and Scott D. Parker

Reviewing short stories either as a single or in a collection or anthology is always a bit tough as one does not want to give away too much. Books, such as this one, where every single story has plenty of twists and turns make it easy. What you have below is just the barest beginnings of these very complicated tales.

 

Beat To A Pulp: Hardboiled 2 opens with “The Takedown Heart: A Charlie Byrne Grind” by Kieran Shea in a claustrophobic gym office.…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 29, 2013 at 5:46am — No Comments

Review: "Long Fall From Heaven" by George Wier and Milton T. Burton

Cueball Boland, owner of NiteWise Security Company as well as a couple of other things in Galveston, Texas has a very unpleasant task when he knocks on Micah Lanscomb’s trailer.  Cueball needs Micah’s help because a fellow guard, Jack Pense, is dead. Jack was on the job in the Demour warehouse when somebody hit him on the head, tied him up, and then beat him to death.  Cueball wants Micah to go have a look at the crime scene before they have to call the cops.

 

Jack Pense died…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 29, 2013 at 12:57am — No Comments

Review: "Storm Front: A Virgil Flowers Novel" by John Sandford

Virgil Flowers is on a case about fake antique lumber when his boss Lucas Davenport calls him with another assignment. An Israeli investigator is on the way and needs to talk to a professor who lives in the area. In addition to being a professor the man, Elijah Jones, is also a Lutheran minister. The investigator wants to talk to the professor who apparently stole an important artifact from a dig in Israel and smuggled it back home.

 

The investigator, Yael Aronov, isn’t…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 29, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

JOE R. LANSDALE - THE THICKET

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Jack Parker thought he’d already seen his fair share of tragedy. His grandmother was killed in a farm accident when he was barely five years old. His parents have just succumbed to the smallpox epidemic sweeping turn-of-the-century East Texas—orphaning…

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Added by Colman on September 28, 2013 at 4:33pm — No Comments

J. SYDNEY JONES - RUIN VALUE

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Nuremberg is a dead city. In the aftermath of World War II, two-thirds of its population has fled or is deceased, with thirty thousand bodies turning the ruined industrial centre into a massive open grave. Here, the vilest war criminals in history will be tried.…

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Added by Colman on September 27, 2013 at 7:22pm — No Comments

Around the Globe with ELISE WARNER

Yes, it's back! Once again, I get to dust off the transporter's controls and visit with another series of authors to discuss writing, books, and a few surprises along the way.…

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Added by Stephen Brayton on September 27, 2013 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Investigating the Psychological Autopsy

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One of the most interesting aspects of studying criminal behavior and criminology is finding out why and how criminals commit a specific crime.  It’s really the complicated and daunting task of finding out what makes an individual tick and hopefully learning more about their criminal pattern of behavior in the process. …

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Added by Jennifer Chase on September 27, 2013 at 5:42am — 1 Comment

BLACK KARMA - Seeking reviewers

Will send a free review copy to interested reviewers. BLACK KARMA is the 2nd Mike Gage Thriller and is available in both print and Kindle editions. Check it out at this link:…

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Added by William G. Davis on September 27, 2013 at 5:15am — No Comments

Last chance to win a copy of "Never Meant to Be"

You have until Monday to enter the giveaway for my latest novel, "Never Meant to Be." It tells the story of Cynthia Kenyon, a young woman from 21st Century America, who has an accident with H.G. Wells' time machine and winds up in London, 1882. It is not long before she becomes enmeshed in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, and where she has to face a number of choices, not the least of which is whether what she does changes history, and how her actions affect those she…

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Added by Stephen Seitz on September 27, 2013 at 1:41am — No Comments

Review: "Like A Bone In The Throat" by Lawrence Block

There is no question that William Charles Croydon did, with malice aforethought, abduct Karen Dandridge, repeatedly sexual assault her as well as cause her death by manual strangulation. A brutal crime made worse by the defendant’s claim to not remember the actual murder and his insistence that Karen had enthusiastically participated in the sexual acts and had supplied the drugs that led to her untimely death.

 

The fact that the evidence clearly showed otherwise brought…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 27, 2013 at 12:51am — No Comments

Review: "Hell Up In Houston: A Jack Laramie Beat" by Garnett Elliott

Private Detective, Jack Laramie, is back in another gritty fast moving tale that is also very good. First seen in The Drifter Detective Jack makes his money by drifting from city to city across Texas doing work as a private detective while living out of the horse trailer he tows with his Desoto. Having wrapped up the current case after discovering the real truth of the matter the grandson of legendary US Marshal Cash Laramie is headed to Galveston to deal with a client as…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 26, 2013 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Review: "Keller On The Spot" by Lawrence Block

Somewhere in the Dallas, Texas area is the setting in this tale that opens with Keller at a party.   Not that Keller is the party type by any stretch of the imagination. Keller is on a reconnaissance mission because, though he had seen a picture when he got the assignment in the old man’s study back in White Plains, he needs to see the target where he lives. The mission has to be done correctly or folks start losing confidence in him and that would be a bad thing.

 

So, that…

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Added by Kevin R. Tipple on September 26, 2013 at 11:08pm — No Comments

BILL JAMES - NOOSE

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Britain, 1956. A young actress seemingly tries to commit suicide over a tangled love affair, but is taken to hospital and her life saved. The story is just the sort of thing that journalist Ian Charteris likes to…

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Added by Colman on September 26, 2013 at 6:12pm — No Comments

SANDRA BRANNAN - NOAH'S RAINY DAY

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Newly minted Special Agent Liv Bergen races against time to solve a child kidnapping--which could take a fatal turn--with the help of her gifted nephew Noah

From birth, Noah Hogarty has lived with severe cerebral palsy. He is nearly blind,…

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Added by Colman on September 25, 2013 at 6:55pm — No Comments

Well— This Video Cracked ME Up...

In this brief "video trailer"for our new, author-centric radio show... uh... I did include my name, as well as the show name, a ...uh... couple of times in the video for "The Book, With Earl Merkel."



Most egregiously, in the closing credits.



In my defense, it is for "branding."



Which I no doubt richly deserve, with a very hot iron.



(Click …

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Added by Earl Merkel on September 24, 2013 at 11:46pm — No Comments

KIRK KJELDSEN - TOMORROW CITY

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After an armoured car robbery goes horribly wrong and leaves four people dead, young ex-con Brendan Lavin flees New York City and attempts to start over again in Shanghai. But twelve years later, after opening a bakery under an assumed name and starting a…

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Added by Colman on September 24, 2013 at 6:34pm — No Comments

JESS WALTER - BEAUTIFUL RUINS

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The No. 1 New York Times Bestseller

 

Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins is a gorgeous, glamorous novel set in 1960s Italy and a modern Hollywood studio.

 

The story begins in 1962. Somewhere on a rocky…

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Added by Colman on September 23, 2013 at 6:29pm — No Comments

CAROLYN HART - DEATH BY SURPRISE

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A woman is out to clear her cousin of murder charges after a blackmailer targeting the wealthy Carlisle family turns up dead.

 K.C. Carlisle and her cousin Kenneth Carlisle both grew up rich. Kenneth is a corporate lawyer in an…

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Added by Colman on September 21, 2013 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Death in The Age of Gold

Hmm...I may just have hit the nuclear self destruct button.  I have asked amazon to publish my second historical novel, title above.  Sadly, it is not a "whodunnit" but an action thriller "whodidit".  I do hope that the solitary reader of my last effort is not disappointed by this murderous romp through New Kingdom Egypt...…

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Added by Andrew Drummond on September 21, 2013 at 10:34am — 1 Comment

THOMAS PERRY - THE BOYFRIEND

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Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator, comfortable chasing down routine cases while visiting his 24-year-old daughter, Holly, who has Down Syndrome. But when the parents…

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Added by Colman on September 20, 2013 at 10:03pm — No Comments

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