My friend Jordan Dane has been recommending Crimespace for a while. Jordan is not only a wonderful author, she's nearly always right.

I finally set aside a bit of time, and--like Dorothy--just clicked my heels together three times. Bingo! Guns, booze and crime. So much better than Oz!

Speaking of fantasy, I finished Harry Potter 7. No worries, I won't spoil it. But the world, admittedly, seems a little dimmer without another HP book on the horizon. Rowling managed to cross a lot of genres in her epic ... classical odyssey, Arthurian quest, horror, fantasy, and mystery/detective fiction. As someone who is trying to merge two unexpected subgenres into one--the historical mystery and hardboiled noir--I tip my fedora to the lady, for her formidable accomplishment, unprecedented success, and resuscitation of reading.

People may quibble over her strengths and weaknesses as a writer (and God knows we've all got 'em), but the world is a different place because of her. That's one hell of an accomplishment.

Well, I'm heading to the bar for a drink. Whiskey sour, probably, unless the specialty of the house sounds tempting.

Thanks for reading. I look forward to meeting you ... and all the denizens of Crimespace.

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