Saturday, March 10, 2012
The investigation grinds to a halt when he discovers that the young murderers have fled to Somalia to fight in the rebel army. He's at his wits' end when the father of one of the boys, an ex-gang leader named Mustafa, comes looking for answers, wanting to clear his son's name and refusing to take no for an answer.
Bleeker and Mustafa form an uneasy alliance, teaming up to help bring the boys back home to stand trial. But little do they know what Somalia has in store for them.
Murder, warfare, piracy, love, betrayal and revenge. ALL THE YOUNG WARRIORS is an epic thriller that will have you white-knuckling your eReader all through the night.
8700 words. Originally published in RETRO PULP TALES, Joe Lansdale, ed., Subterranean Press, 2006.
He drew for more than 50 years, under various names, but was most widely known as Moebius.
He was popular in the US and Japan, working with legend Stan Lee and manga artists, as well as in his homeland
He also worked on design concepts and storyboards for a number of top science fiction films, including Alien, Tron, The Abyss and The Fifth Element.
Hat tip to Jeff Segal.
Friday, March 09, 2012
Amazon.com: Cat's Claw (A Pecan Springs Mystery) (9780425245279): Susan Wittig Albert: Books: Police Chief Sheila Dawson believes the death of Pecan Spring's computer guru, Larry Kirk, to be a suicide, perhaps triggered by his painful divorce. Further investigation reveals that Kirk's death wasn't self-inflicted. And the truth is reinforced by her friend China Bayles' news-Larry recently asked her for legal advice in regards to a stalker.
As a police chief in a male-dominated force, Sheila meets many challenges, especially when her theories rock the boat in high profile cases like that of George Timms. He was caught breaking into Larry's computer shop to steal his own computer back because of dangerous personal information it contained. Now that Larry is dead, she's sure it's connected to the burglary. And she's also sure she'll get plenty of resistance on her assessment...
Timms's time to turn himself in to the police comes and goes, and he's nowhere to be found. In her investigation, Sheila uncovers secrets, terrible secrets that would drive anyone to kill. So who then? It's up to Sheila to prove she's got what it takes to hunt down the predator that's loose on the streets of Pecan Springs...
David Turner of Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home in Rock Hill, S.C., said the frontman for The Trammps died Thursday at a nursing home in the city. A cause of death was not immediately known.
The Trammps released "Disco Inferno" – the song with the popular refrain – in 1976. The song was featured in the iconic movie "Saturday Night Fever," its soundtrack winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978. "Disco Inferno" soared up to No. 11 on Billboard's Hot 100 on May 27, 1978.
Hat tip to Todd Mason.
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The Sheriff's Office insists in court documents that the use of a tank, a bomb robot and 40 deputies was part of its normal course of duties.
Forgotten Books: The Mammoth Book of New World Science Fiction: Short Novels of the 1960s -- Presented by Isaac Asimov
The little snowman on the back cover is a sticker someone put on this used copy that I bought a good while ago, in case you were wondering.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Link via Jayme Blashke.
Q. PARTY DOLL is the ninth adventure for private eye Bubba Mabry. Why bring back Bubba now?
Couple of reasons: 1) My wife and I recently moved back to Bubba's stomping grounds -- Albuquerque, NM -- after nine years in Northern California, so it felt good to get back in the swing of things here via a Bubba story, and 2) I wanted to drive traffic to the other Bubba books, which are all now available as e-books.
In PARTY DOLL, Bubba is hired to search for a missing stripper who goes by the stage name Joy Forever. But his investigation uncovers the sort of public corruption which regularly make headlines in New Mexico.
Q. Why a novella?
I set out to write a short story, but the story kept growing and getting more complicated, and it eventually weighed in around 37,000 words. That's about half the length of a regular Bubba novel. Thanks to e-books, there's a market again for novellas, so I published it at a price of $1.99.
Q. You seem to have embraced self-publishing on e-books. Why is that?
My traditional publisher killed its mystery line not long after CUTTHROAT was published in late 2007. After that, it became increasingly difficult for me to find a traditional publishing outlet (though my agent continues to shop manuscripts around New York). I continued writing at my regular pace, and soon had several manuscripts ready to go, including the standalones LOST VEGAS, CALABAMA, FIREPOWER and THE BIG WINK. Meanwhile, I acquired the electronic rights on my backlist books from the original publishers. I self-published all these books (about two dozen!) as e-books over the past year, and they're doing well. The nicest thing about self-publishing, to me, is that I can write the stories I want to write without worrying about impressing some junior editor in New York.
Q. Will we ever see another movie starring Bubba?
While it was great fun (and quite profitable) to see LONELY STREET made into a Hollywood comedy, I doubt that Bubba will make it to the big screen again. However, another of my books remains under film/TV option in Hollywood. That book, BOOST, also is being considered for a Bollywood film in India. I don't know how that would work out -- the book is about car thieves in Albuquerque -- but I'd love to see it made into a movie, one way or the other.
Q. What are you working on now?
I've just started writing a standalone about bank robbers. They knock over an Albuquerque bank and make a huge haul because the bank holds the weekend desposits from an Indian casino. Once word gets out, the robbers are pursued not only by the FBI and the cops, but by other bad guys who want that cash.
Police say Douglas Kutney, 67, ripped out several feathers and attempted to sit on his pet cockatoo, shocking more than 20 onlookers near Mallory Square, where tourists gather to watch the sun set each night.
Marsh moved to England in her early thirties and had a brief flirtation with interior decorating, but the itch for the arts wouldn't let go. When she moved to New Zealand, her first novel followed soon after - A Man Lay Dead was published in 1934. It was the first step in a long and illustrious career that left Marsh holding her own among the finest mystery writers of all-time, often mentioned in the same breath as fellow female mystery greats such as Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell and Dorothy L. Sayers.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Paul Bishop is one of Los Angeles's most respected cops. For over thirty five years, he has played hardball on the streets for one of the toughest police departments in America. As a result, he brings the kind of authenticity to his Fey Croaker novels only an insider could achieve.
When Croaker: Tequila Mockingbird opens with a blistering start, the murder of a highly decorated detective assigned to the L.A.P.D.'s clandestine Anti-Terrorist Division appears to be an open-and-shut case of domestic violence turned deadly.
However, nothing is what it seems – as Fey Croaker discovers after the chief of police removes responsibility for the investigation from the department's elite Robbery-Homicide Division and assigns it to her. But the price of truth is high – maybe even higher than Fey can pay.
Here are some fascinating tidbits I came across:
In Deane House in Calgary, Canada, there is a bloodstain in the attic that reappears no matter how many times it has been washed. The stain resides in a closet that won’t stay locked, despite the staff’s repeated attempts to lock it.
When centuries-old Leap Castle was renovated in the early 1920s, a walled-up dungeon was discovered, littered with human bones. The castle is not only reportedly haunted by a long list of spirits, but also by a demon-like creature called an elemental that is small, gray, and “smells like a corpse”.
Borley Rectory has been termed “the most haunted house in England.” Until it was destroyed by fire in 1939, the house was subject to a series of paranormal investigations and media stories – which reported ghostly sightings, knockings, writings on the walls, and objects being thrown. It has been hotly debated for decades afterward whether these phenomena were real or fake.
I didn’t use a haunted castle in The Haunting of Maddy Clare – though there is a decidedly creepy barn. But ghosts have always fascinated me. I have never encountered one myself. Is it possible to prove their existence? If so, why would one person remain to haunt after death, and not another person? What makes a ghost wish to haunt a place, and what might make a ghost leave?
Answering these questions is one of the great pleasures of writing ghost stories. I set my heroine, Sarah Piper, a girl working for a temp agency, on an unexpected path to meet a very real ghost – and to learn a lot more than she bargained for. I hope readers enjoy it!
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Bubba bumbles back into action when he's hired to find a missing stripper who goes by the stage name Joy Forever. Joy's boss says business has been off since she disappeared, owing him money. He wants Bubba to find Joy and find her fast.
But there's more here than meets the eye. A federal prosecutor is interested in Joy as well, and Bubba's wife, newspaper reporter Felicia Quattlebaum, is working on a crusade that seems to be entangled with the case.
Laced with Steve Brewer's trademark humor, "Party Doll" is chock full of action and plot twists.
Amazon.com: Becoming Quinn (A Jonathan Quinn Novel) eBook: Brett Battles: Kindle Store: From award winning author Brett Battles comes the new Jonathan Quinn thriller BECOMING QUINN.
Most careers begin with an interview and a handshake. Others require a little … something more.
Meet Jake Oliver. The day will come when he's one of the best cleaners in the business, a man skilled at making bodies disappear.
At the moment, however, he’s a twenty-two year old rookie cop, unaware his life is about to change.
In a burning barn a body is found—and the fire isn't the cause of death. The detectives working the case have a pretty good idea about what went down.
But Officer Oliver thinks it’s something else entirely, and pursues a truth others would prefer remain hidden—others who will go to extreme lengths to keep him quiet.
Every identity has an origin. This is Quinn’s.
BECOMING QUINN is a 57,000 word novella, and includes the bonus first chapter to WATCH ME DIE by Lee Goldberg.
Zelda Popkin, The Journey Home, Pocket Books, 1946
Robert Bernard Sherman, who was born in New York on 19 December 1925, won two Oscars, a Grammy and was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1976.
Monday, March 05, 2012
As an orphan at St. Vincent's Asylum for Boys, he first learned the "sweet science" of boxing from Father Tim, the battling priest. Then the Marine Corps taught him far more lethal fighting tactics before shipping him off to do battle in the hell of the South Pacific.
Now, with World War II over, Danny "The Duke" has returned home and earned a respectable ranking as a regional heavyweight in the Milwaukee area. But his record, free of KO losses, is jeopardized by a mob front man who tries to push him into a series of rigged fights.
When Danny refuses, hard push comes to deadly shove, and he must call upon all his fighting skills to stand his ground. And when Danny comes out swinging, he’s determined to put the mob down for the count.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Scouts! | Ape Entertainment: What do you do when your parents sign you up as a member of the most unlucky “Shrub Scout” troop on the planet? Well, if you’re Mike Manly you do everything you can to get out! As Mike quickly discovers the only way out of the “Weasel Troop” is to earn all of the merit badges needed to graduate… wish Mike good luck cause he’s gonna need it!
From the cross-dressing emperor Elagabalus of Rome, who was assassinated by his own grandmother, to the icon-worshipping fanatical Empress Irene of Byzantine, who gouged out her only son's eyes, you'll find the most malevolent malcontents who have truly survived the test of time.
The Book of Ancient Bastards: Because when it comes to bad, it really is ancient history!