Missing thirteen-year-old Aimee Sorrell, who ran all the way from Kansas to be a star. But Aimee's trail soon leads Simeon to the city morgue, the first stop on a perilous journey to find out what happens to America's lost children when they go looking for love in all the wrong places.
Koinlocal6.com: "Police say 61-year-old Robert Ristick walked into the Albertsons off East Fourth Plain wearing nothing but shoes and socks. Witnesses say he managed to walk behind the customer service desk, where he took cigarettes, before police arrived."
Where are America’s Most Peaceful Places?: As usual, New England is home to the most peaceful states. For the 11th consecutive year, Maine led the way with its low rates of incarceration, crime and police presence that translate into relatively reasonable costs to taxpayers, only $1,281 per year.
Today Judy and I are heading for Nacogdoches, Texas, along with our daughter, Angela, and her husband, Tom. This evening we'll be attending the gala world premiere of Christmas with the Dead, a movie based on a story by Joe Lansdale, with a script by Joe's son, Keith. Joe's daughter, Kasey, has a role, as does writer Chet Williamson. Terrill Lee Lankford directed. The premiere will be in the Cole Opera House, where the Marx Brothers once gave a historic performance, according to legend. I have a feeling the movie will be another historic event, and I'm looking forward to it.
Sure, everyone remembers S. Morgenstern's masterpiece, The Princess Bride, but how many of you remember this one? It's not a novel. It's a novella, stretched out to a bit over 100 pages in this paperback edition by a lot of nice illustrations.
For a couple of chapters Morgenstern tells about his research into the question of why the gondoliers in Venice no longer sing. It's hard for him to get a straight answer. Then he launches into his story, which has to do with Luigi, a gondolier who wants to be a great singer but who has a terrible voice. Soon, he's not even a gondolier, because who'd want a gondolier who can't sing?
As in The Princess Bride, Morgenstern uses plenty of digressions and asides to get the story told, but he does get it told. I didn't find it as funny and wonderful as The Princess Bride, which is a great novel, and if you haven't read it, you should shut off your computer right now and find a copy and get started. If you have read it, then you'll probably want to pick up The Silent Gondoliers. While it doesn't have the same magic, it casts a little spell of its own.
Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2011. The Edgar® Awards were presented to the winners at our 66th Gala Banquet, April 26, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.
Gone by Mo Hayder (Grove/Atlantic – Atlantic Monthly Press)
BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR
Bent Road by Lori Roy (Penguin Group USA - Dutton)
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett (Hachette Book Group – Orbit Books)
BEST FACT CRIME
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard (Random House - Doubleday)
On Conan Doyle: Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling by Michael Dirda (Princeton University Press)
BEST SHORT STORY
“The Man Who Took His Hat Off to the Driver of the Train” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Peter Turnbull (Dell Magazines)
Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby (Scholastic Press)
BEST YOUNG ADULT
The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall (Random House Children’s Books – Knopf BFYR)
The Game’s Afoot by Ken Ludwig (Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, OH)
BEST TELEVISION EPISODE TELEPLAY
“Pilot” – Homeland, Teleplay by Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon & Gideon Raff (Showtime)
ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD
"A Good Man of Business" – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by David Ingram (Dell Magazines)
M is for Mystery Bookstore, San Mateo, CA Molly Weston, Meritorious Mysteries
ELLERY QUEEN AWARD Joe Meyers of the Connecticut Post/Hearst Media News Group
THE SIMON & SCHUSTER - MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD (Presented at MWA’s Agents & Editors Party on Wednesday, April 25, 2012)
Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry (Crown Publishing Group)
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CNN.com: An alleged hit man for the most powerful Mexican drug cartel lived in the small town of Sandusky, Ohio, for 10 years before being arrested earlier this year, the U.S Border Patrol told CNN on Tuesday.
Big on Biggles: Biggles has been fighting off bandits at 2 o’clock since 1932. He’s a legend of children’s literature and one of the great adventure heroes. James Bigglesworth, created by W.E. Johns, starred in almost 100 novels beginning with The Camels are Coming. Johns died while writing Biggles Does Some Homework in 1968 but his hero continues to fascinate readers and collectors more than 40 years after his creator’s death.
This post isn't really about just the Tarriers. It just starts with them. The group had two big hits in the middle '50s, "Cindy Oh Cindy," with Vince Martin, and "The Banana Boat Song," which doesn't sound exactly like the Belafonte hit from the same time. (And even less like Stan Freberg's parody.) The Tarriers were, to begin with, Erik Darling, Alan Arkin, and Bob Carey. Yes, Alan Arkin, who left the group to become an actor you might have heard of. What you might not know is that he was also wrote SF during that time. He was published in Galaxy, for example. Darling also left. He joined the Weavers, and later on the Rooftop Singers, who surprised everybody, including their record company by having a big hit. He was replaced in the Tarriers by Eric Weissberg, whose work you might know. Marshall Brickman joined the group, which then became a quartet, but you probably know Brickman, who eventually left to join the New Journeymen with John Phillips and Michelle Gilliam. He was replaced in that group by Denny Doherty. Brickman is better known for his screenplay work on movies like Sleeper and Annie Hall, while Doherty, Phillips, and Gilliam hooked up with Cass Elliot and formed a more successful group. Elliot had sung with The Big 3, a fairly successful folk group. When The Big 3 broke up, Elliot joined the Mugwumps, which also included Denny Doherty. And also Zal Yanovsky, later part of this group. I might mention here that the original Journeymen also included Scott McKenzie, who later had a big hit on his own. I probably had a point when I started this, but if I did, I've forgotten it. Oh, well.
W. Heath Robinson: A Complex Machine on AbeBooks: If a British person says "It's a real Heath Robinson", they are referring to a system, process, machine or device which is unnecessarily complicated and difficult to work out, usually with a very simple result. The term comes from W. Heath Robinson (the W is for William), an English illustrator and cartoonist who was popular in the late 19th and early 20th century, and who was best known for his elaborate drawings of intricate and bizarrely complex machinery.
His search leads him to an underworld of “freaks,” people with uncanny powers who live in the shadows, trying to elude a dark force that’s ruthlessly hunting them down. Now Matt is in a race against time to save a child, and the entire freak community, from bloody annihilation.
THE GUMSHOE SITE: Bill Granger died on April 22 at the Manteno Veterans Home in Manteno, Illinois. The former newspaperman wrote THE NOVEMBER MAN (Gold Medal, 1979), an espionage novel featuring intelligence agent Devereaux, code name November Man. His second novel, PUBLIC MURDERS (Jove, 1980), a police procedural featuring Chicago detective Terry Flynn, won an Edgar Award in the paperback original novel.
Rolling Stone: Willie Nelson has confirmed in a tweet that Chris Ethridge, bassist for country rock icons the Flying Burrito Brothers as well as the Willie Nelson Family Band, has died at the age of 65. Ethridge collaborated with Gram Parsons on several projects including the Flying Burrito Brothers and the International Submarine Band, and he co-wrote several of the songwriter's solo tunes.
The 2012 Forbes Fictional 15 - Forbes: It’s a great time to be imaginary. The characters that make up this year’s edition of the Forbes Fictional 15, our annual listing of fiction’s richest, boast an aggregate net worth of $209.5 billion. That’s up a stunning 59% from last year — and it’s enough cash to give $30 to every (real) person on the planet.
I read John Farris' Harrison High in its first Dell paperback edition on its first appearance 'way back in 1959 or '60. I thought it was great, not just because it had been written by someone barely out of high school but because it captured an era so well. When Dick Clark made a movie based on the book, naturally I had to see it.
Clark plays high school teacher Neil Hendry, a guy who gets maybe a bit too involved in trying to solve his students' problems. That causes problems for him both with his wife and his principal. Hendry's not really the main focus of the novel as I remember it. The students are, but it's Clark's movie, so he's the main attraction. Or maybe not. I like Tuesday Weld better.
Clark pretty much plays himself, or at least the self that he was on TV, and he's okay. The rest of the cast is pretty good, too. Doug McLure. Roberta Shore. Michael Callan. And did I mention Tuesday Weld? The '50s weren't really like this, except in the movies, but that's good enough for me. If it ever turns up on TV, check it out.
Welcome to World Book Night: World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books which will see tens of thousands of people share books with others in their communities across America to spread the joy and love of reading on April 23.
Amazon.com: The Gauntlet Assassin (An Action Thriller) eBook: L.J. Sellers: Kindle Store: The year is 2023 and ex-detective Lara Evans is working as a freelance paramedic in a bleak new world. She responds to an emergency call and is nearly killed when a shooter flees the home. Inside she finds the federal employment commissioner wounded, but she’s able to save his life. The next day Lara leaves for the Gauntlet—a national competition of intense physical and mental challenges with high stakes for her home state. She spots the assailant lurking at the arena and soon after, she lands in deep trouble. Who is the mysterious killer and what is motivating him? Can Lara stop him, stay alive, and win the Gauntlet?
The public is invited to an informal reception with Hildebrand and Landon on Friday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m., during which the duo will share stories and songs from their chart-topping career. The free event will be held in the Bullion Suites of HPU’s Mabee University Center.
When I put the first movie poster on the blog, long ago, I didn't really think I'd be doing it for as long as I have. Now, however, I've used all the posters in my book and in my card collection, so it's time for this feature to come to an end. Not soon enough for some of you, I know, but it's been fun for me.
Wayne Dundee's gotten into westerns, and he's writing some fine ones. The latest is Reckoning at Rainrock, which will be published in June. Lone McGantry, the main character from Dundee's earlier Dismal River is back, and this time he's asked to bring a young woman back to town for a trial. The twist is that while the young woman is a fugitive, she's innocent. Sort of. She's been convicted of killing her father, but this retrial will prove that she had good reason for what she did. Since the woman's lawyer knows where she is, it sounds simple enough. It's not.
First of all, the woman's working as a prostitute, and her employers aren't going to let her go easily. Then there's the weather, which is practically a character in itself, and a good one. I got cold just reading some of these pages. The local law isn't convinced that there's evidence to prove the woman's innocence. And of course there are people who have a lot to lose if the earlier verdict is overturned. They're going to do what they can to stop the retrial from taking place.
Dundee takes us through these difficulties in swift, unadorned prose that fits the subject matter perfectly. This is a topnotch western by a writer who knows the territory.
Houston Chronicle: Assaulted in her home as she slept one Saturday afternoon, government lawyer Linda Geffin was beaten senseless by an unidentified intruder who left her skull cracked and bleeding, an eye blackened and massive fist-sized bruises on her chin and chest.