Saturday, September 13, 2014

Chris Leek talks GOSPEL OF THE BULLET

Mitchel McCann may have lost a war, but he never lost his belief. The preacher kept his faith throughout all the blood and the dying; trading his pulpit for a saddle and delivering his sermons with a brace of Walker Colts. McCann still believes in God, but he is no longer sure that God believes in him. Now fate has given him a chance at redemption; the opportunity to save a life instead of taking one.

Justice Simpson was only seven years old when she lost father. She has been losing steadily ever since. The Yankee ball that did for Dan Simpson also killed his wife, Rosalee, although it took another nine years to do it. Alone and destitute on the unforgiving streets of Saint Joseph, Missouri, Justice knows that the sooner or later the bullet will find her too.

In the winter of 1872 the war is long over, but on the Kansas—Missouri border old wounds are slow to heal and they leave ugly scars. The past is something that neither the preacher nor the girl can escape.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Lee Goldberg and Joel Goldman Launching Brash Books

My friends Lee Goldberg and Joel Goldman, veteran writers and successful self-publishers, now turn their talents to publishing "the best crime novels in existence" under the bold banner Brash Books.

Getting to know Lee and Joel over the years, I've found we have much the same taste in books. Lee sent me some Brash review copies, and it's great to see so many gems brought back to print and ebook with a passion that could only come from two readers who loved them.

Brash Books launches in September with twenty-eight reprints and two original novels. Some of my favorite authors in the launch are Bill Crider, Gar Anthony Haywood, Tom Kakonis, Dick Lochte, and Michael Stone. I also look forward to reading some titles that, up to now, I could only wish to find.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Bracken MacLeod talks WHITE KNIGHT

Once, he had imagined himself slaying dragons and making the monsters pay. But his armor was wearing thin as the women who drifted through his office haunted him with the same, hard-bought lie: "I want to drop the charges." Every bruised face and split lip reminded the prosecutor of the broken home he’d escaped. So when Marisol Pierce appeared with an image of her son and a hint that she was willing to take a step away from the man abusing her, he made a promise he couldn't keep.

A promise that could cost him everything.

Now, he's in a race against time to find the boy, save the damsel, and free himself from a dragon no one can leash before everything in his world is burned to cinders. This is his last chance to be a White Knight.

Some men only know how to do hard things the hard way.


Thursday, June 05, 2014

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Weekend Giveaway: THE ETERNAL NAZI

Thanks to publicist Wiley Saichek, I'm giving away two copies of a compelling true crime book. U.S. and Canadian residents, to enter email G_SO at YAHOO dot COM with the subject line "ETERNAL Giveaway". Entries valid Friday, March 28 through Monday, March 31. I will pick two winners at random on Tuesday, April 1. More about the book below and from Doubleday:

Dr. Aribert Heim worked at the Mauthausen concentration camp for only a few months in 1941 but left a devastating mark. According to the testimony of survivors, Heim euthanized patients with injections of gasoline into their hearts. He performed surgeries on otherwise healthy people. Some recalled prisoners' skulls set out on his desk to display perfect sets of teeth. Yet in the chaos of the postwar period, Heim was able to slip away from his dark past and establish himself as a reputable doctor and family man in the resort town of Baden-Baden. His story might have ended there, but for certain rare Germans who were unwilling to let Nazi war criminals go unpunished, among them a police investigator named Alfred Aedtner. After Heim fled on a tip that he was about to be arrested, Aedtner turned finding him into an overriding obsession. His quest took him across Europe and across decades, and into a close alliance with legendary Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. The hunt for Heim became a powerful symbol of Germany's evolving attitude toward the sins of its past, which finally crested in a desire to see justice done at almost any cost.

As late as 2009, the mystery of Heim’s disappearance remained unsolved. Now, in The Eternal Nazi, Nicholas Kulish and Souad Mekhennet reveal for the first time how Aribert Heim evaded capture--living in a working-class neighborhood of Cairo, his converting to Islam, becoming a beloved uncle to an adopted Muslim family--while inspiring a manhunt that outlived him by many years. It is a brilliant feat of historical detection that illuminates a nation’s dramatic reckoning with the crimes of the Holocaust.

Nicholas Kulish was the Berlin bureau chief for the New York Times from 2007 to 2013. He now reports from East Africa for the Times.

Souad Mekhennet is a journalist and reports for the Daily Beast, the Washington Post, and ZDF German television. She is an associate at Harvard and Johns Hopkins, and previously worked for the New York Times.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Christopher Irvin talks FEDERALES

Mexican Federal Agent Marcos Camarena dedicated his life to the job. But in a country where white knights die meaningless deaths, martyred in a hole with fifty other headless bodies in the desert, corruption is not an attribute but a scale; no longer a stigma but the status quo.

When Marcos's life is threatened, he leaves law enforcement and his life in Mexico City behind for a coastal resort town—until an old friend asks him to look after an outspoken politician, a woman who knows cartel violence all too well. Despite his best efforts, Marcos can’t find it in his heart to refuse, and soon finds himself isolated on the political front lines of the war on drugs.

Inspired by true events,
Federales is a story of survivors' compulsive devotion to a cause in the face of ever-darkening circumstances. Available in paperback and Kindle ebook from One Eye Press.

I interviewed Chris as part of his Federales blog tour.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The True History of THE KEPT GIRL and Esotouric Ink, a New L.A. Imprint Launched with a 17th Century Publishing Model by Kim Cooper

Kim Cooper is the creator of 1947project, the crime-a-day time travel blog that spawned Esotouric's popular crime bus tours, including Pasadena Confidential and the Real Black Dahlia. With husband Richard Schave, Kim curates the Salons of LAVA - The Los Angeles Visionaries Association. When the third-generation Angeleno isn't combing old newspapers for forgotten scandals, she is a passionate advocate for historic preservation of signage, vernacular architecture and writers' homes. Kim was for many years the editrix of Scram, a journal of unpopular culture. Her books include Fall in Love For Life, Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth, Lost in the Grooves, and an oral history of the cult band Neutral Milk Hotel. The Kept Girl is her first novel.

Having reviewed
The Kept Girl last week, I'm pleased to welcome Kim back for a second blog tour stop: