Saturday, September 03, 2011
Make Mine a Mystery II examines works by prominent established authors and includes books from new writers not in the previous edition. Organizing some 700 titles in popular mystery series, the books within are divided into the broader types—amateur, public, and private detective. Each of the selections within these groups is further categorized by the type of protagonist: classic, eccentric, lone wolf, police, lawyer, and so on. The author even notes whether each detective is of the "hardboiled," "softboiled" (cozy), or traditional type, enabling users to easily identify read-alikes for mystery fans. This book will be especially helpful for collection development specialists seeking to create a balanced collection of titles.
Born June 26, 1957, Laurie was the last in an illustrious line of foxy bass players to pass through the Runaways, the legendary all-girl band depicted in the 2010 movie "The Runaways." She joined guitarists-vocalists Joan Jett and Lita Ford and drummer Sandy West in 1978 and performed with the band live, but the Runaways broke up several months later. “Best job ever,” it said on McAllister’s Facebook profile, regarding her Runaways days.
Friday, September 02, 2011
"Ancient and Deadly" originally appeared in THE BLACK MOON, published by Lynx Books. This is the first publication of "Deadly Performance".
Includes a new afterword by the author.
Amazon.com: Little Girl Gone (A Logan Harper Thriller) eBook: Brett Battles: Kindle Store: For fans of Lee Child, John Gilstrap, and Barry Eisler comes a new thriller from Brett Battles, the Barry Award-winning author of the Jonathan Quinn series...
Logan Harper isn't looking for redemption. He just wants to live in peace and forget his troubled past. But one morning his quiet life is upended when he interrupts the attempted murder of his father’s best friend Tooney.
The next thing he knows, Logan is on his way to Los Angeles, searching for Tooney’s missing granddaughter and uncovering a sinister plot connected not only to Tooney’s Burmese past, but also to the boardrooms of corporate America.
As the odds stack up against him, Logan must fall back on old skills from the life he'd rather forget. He’s made a promise, and the only way to fulfill it is to bring the girl home alive.
Just What The Heck Is A Chest Of St. Jakob?
When I originally sketched the story that became Road Rules, I needed what the great Alfred Hitchcock called “the MacGuffin,” the object that causes all the trouble. The MacGuffin is a time-honored tradition in thrillers, crime fiction, mysteries, and the odd comedy. Hitchcock, who coined the phrase, once said you didn’t really even need to know what it was until you almost finished the film.
You can see a classic example of this in the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only. In that movie, one of the best of the Roger Moore films, Bond is chasing a control device for Britain’s submarine-based nuclear arsenal across the Mediterranean, leading to a climactic showdown with the KGB and one of the best lines in a Bond movie: “Détente, General. I don’t have it. You don’t have it.” The thing is, EON Productions had absolutely no idea what Roger Moore was going to toss over the side of a cliff until right before principle photography began. And yet it fit smoothly into the story.
I needed a MacGuffin for Road Rules. I knew early on that the Cadillac would be involved. But a little research revealed that a 1962 Cadillac Coupe deVille would not really warrant the chaos I planned to create. Even making it the limo of a reputed mobster like Sam Giancana or Carlo Gambino wouldn’t help. But what did Cleveland have that could cause so much havoc?
It had St. Stanislaus, the large Catholic Church in the heart of Slavic Village. Which meant Cleveland had a bishop. In fact, at the time I started working on Road Rules, Bishop Anthony Pilla was plotting his retirement, which meant Cleveland would soon get a new bishop. If the bishop had a flair for the theatrical, it might involve a holy relic coming to Cleveland. Given that Cleveland still has a very large Polish community, whose epicenter was St. Stanislaus.
Of course, I didn’t want to misuse St. Stanislaus. Plus a four-hour trip to Cleveland to shoot photos and bug the priests was not really feasible. So I created St. Jakob’s. And since we needed a St. Jakob, I created one, St. Jakob of Danzig. Couple that with a bored Sunday afternoon watching The History Channel, and I was able to see a special on holy relics of the Catholic Church, including the bones of various saints. One in particular, those of Saint Nicholas (Yes, the original Santa Claus), stuck out for me. So, throw the bones in an ornate chest, send it to Cleveland so a new bishop can make a big splash with his new flock, throw in one shady insurance adjuster to steal it, and we’re off to the races.
A race down I-77 to South Carolina, but off to the races just the same.
This selection of key reference books is designed to help beginners and perhaps some advanced collectors too. When it comes to learning about rare books, it is necessary to read more books. We have also included a couple of books that shed a little light on the rare book world itself and give some context to all the terminology.
Thursday, September 01, 2011
TRACTOR GIRL is a brand-new hardboiled crime novel in the classic mold of the 1950s Gold Medals from legendary yarnspinner James Reasoner, author of TEXAS WIND, DUST DEVILS, and DIAMONDBACK. Set in rural Texas in the early Fifties, filled with lust, obsession, greed, and violence and told at a breakneck pace, TRACTOR GIRL is redneck noir at its finest.
Never before published, 36,000 words.
She is aided, and sometimes undermined, by two detective lovers. Sean battles disbelief, treachery, fading loyalty, and scheming liaisons to a discovery that leaves her astonished—and humbly pleased. She is surrounded by people reluctant to reveal their own secrets, but all come unraveled on the way to a perilous climax—and surprising twist.
Jerry Buck was an Associated Press special writer and magazine writer in New York and Los Angeles. He is the author of two published novels and of two on Kindle. Plus numerous obituaries of the famous and infamous.
But mystery remains over the location of Kelly's skull, which was last thought to have sat on the desk of a Victorian state police detective in 1929.
That homeowner says he had to redo all his landscaping, but it's a frustrating situation for many people because the hogs just keep coming back.
That's because the National Hurricane Center uses a roster of names it repeats every six years.
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Attorney Michael Carin said the students were taken to an office where they were handcuffed and told they were going to prison and would never see their parents again.
The Queen Anne's Revenge grounded on a sandbar near Beaufort (see map) in 1718, nine years after the town had been established. Blackbeard and his crew abandoned the ship and survived.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Rather than bore you, I'll say you can either check out the (KUBOA) site for information, here:www.kuboapress.wordpress.com
Or, if you already know about (KUBOA) and have been waiting for this or that title, you can just click from the following list:
CURRENT (KUBOA) CATALOGUE:
NOTE: The 69,70 limited preview will go live, 9/1/11, everything else is running, now
ambient Florida position by Josh Spilker: http://www.smashwords.com/
Grease Stains, Kismet, and Maternal Wisdom by Mel Bosworth: http://www.smashwords.com/
Cienfuegos by Chris Deal: http://www.smashwords.com/
Dirty Old Town by Nigel Bird: https://www.smashwords.com/
Listen: twenty-nine short conversations by Corey Mesler: https://www.smashwords.com/
Hand to Bone by Sarah D'Stair: https://www.smashwords.com/
roulettetown by Sarah D'Stair: http://www.smashwords.com/
they say the owl was a baker's daughter: four existential noirs by Pablo D'Stair: https://www.smashwords.com/
NOTE: This is a collection pf the following four novella: Kaspar Traulhaine, approximate; i poisoned you; twelve ELEVEN thirteen; man standing behind
After killing a man in a drunken brawl, Detective Inspector Harlan Miller loses everything - his wife, his job, his freedom. Soon after Harlan's prison term is over, the dead man's young son is abducted. When the official investigation hits a dead end, the boy's mother turns in desperation to Harlan - a man so eaten up with guilt he's willing to go to the limits of the law and beyond to find her son. So begins a frantic race against time that leads Harlan to a place darker than anything he experienced as a policeman, and a stark moral choice that'll either allow him to retrieve his life completely or completely destroy whatever's left of it.
Set in the hard northern English city of Sheffield, Blood Guilt is a gritty, twisting, fast-paced crime thriller that'll leave you questioning how far you'd go to protect society from the worst perversions of human nature. If you're a fan of David Peace, Stieg Larsson or Dennis Lehane, this action-packed, full-length (93000 word) novel is for you.
Similar robberies have been reported this summer in France and Spain.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Richard “Cactus” Pryor was born in 1923. Cactus Pryor was the very first person to appear on KTBC in 1951 and his career in the capital city spanned decades. He is considered a legend in Texas broadcasting. Cactus was a program manager for Austin’s first TV station KTBC until 1982.
Amazon.com: Memorial Day: A Mick Callahan Novel eBook: Harry Shannon: Kindle Store: Meet Mick Callahan, a former television talk-show psychiatrist foiled by his own ego (and a penchant for liquid refreshment). Now he's earning an undistinguished living as a radio host in Dry Wells, Nevada (a place for which the phrase "small town" is too grandiose). But, several years after his self-inflicted downfall, things are looking up: in a few days, he has an interview for a job that will return him to television. The only roadblock is the potential for scandal surrounding the murder of a young woman caller to his show. Mick needs to find out whodunit before the case can foul up his job opportunity. First-novelist Shannon gives the amateur-detective theme a nice little twist by giving his hero a deadline--and a self-centered one at that. The crisply detailed small-town desert setting adds to the novel's sense of freshness.
This inaugural issue mixes award-winning masters of hardboiled and literary crime fiction Paul D. Brazill, Bianca Bellova, Jean Charbonneau, Tristan Davies, Les Edgerton, Stephen Gibson, Timothy Patrick Gibson , JJ Toner, and Scott Wolven with newer and emerging writers Leah Chamberlain, R.F. Farrell, Kevin Hardcastle, Gerald Heys, Kevin Levites, and. Yewande Omotoso.
It also includes commentary on the state of noir fiction by J. Madison Davis, Alan Ward Thomas, Melodie Campbell, Wendy Reynolds, Ann Littlewood, Ann Cleeves, Linton Robinson, Joe Trigoboff, and Christopher Cook and a Flamenco Noir graphic novel by Jon Danko (writer) and Danda (illustrator).
Art and illustrations by Danda of the Czech Republic and Hamlet Zurita of Equador.
Hayes' behind-the-scenes skills as a fast, meticulous and highly skilled orchestrator for such top composers as Elmer Bernstein, Henry Mancini, Randy Newman, Quincy Jones, Marvin Hamlisch and Burt Bacharach kept him in demand for decades. His last credits were on Michael Giacchino's "Star Trek" and "Up."
Hayes was Oscar-nominated twice, for adapting the musical "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" in 1964 and for contributing to Jones' score for "The Color Purple" in 1985.