Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Christopher Irvin talks BURN CARDS

Mirna Fowler believes she has been cheated in life, growing up in a broken home alone with a drunken and gambling-addicted father. Now she works at a small hair salon in Reno, doing her best to survive while she saves money for school. Hoping to get a degree that will take her places.

But in the wake of her father's death, Mirna inherits his extravagant debt, an amount of money she can never repay. As her fractured world begins to crumble, the search for the truth sets her on a path where life hangs on her every move.

Monday, April 06, 2015

James O. Born talks SCENT OF MURDER

Career law enforcement officer James O. Born has written multiple thriller series that sizzle with authenticity (the Bill Tasker series, the Alex Duarte series, as James O'Neal the futuristic police procedurals The Human Disguise and The Double Human, with Lou Dobbs Border War). His next novel, out tomorrow, focuses on the work of police K-9 units:

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Giveaway: THE KIND WORTH KILLING by Peter Swanson

In 2013, Peter Swanson contributed to my weekly poetry site the memorable "Survivor of a Slasher Flick in Middle Age". Thanks to publicist Wiley Saichek, I'm pleased to give away two copies of Peter's new crime novel, The Kind Worth Killing, to U.S. residents.

Enter today through March 8 by emailing G_SO at YAHOO dot COM with "Swanson Giveaway" in the subject line and your full name in the message body. I will pick the two winners at random and reply to their emails to ask for the physical addresses where they would like the books sent.

More about
The Kind Worth Killing:

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that’s going stale and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start—he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit—a contrast that once inflamed their passion, but has now become a cliché.

But their game turns a little darker when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.” After all, some people are the kind worth killing, like a lying, stinking, cheating spouse...

Back in Boston, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they begin to plot Miranda’s demise. But there are a few things about Lily’s past that she hasn't shared with Ted, namely her experience in the art and craft of murder, a journey that began in her very precocious youth.

Suddenly these co-conspirators are embroiled in a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, one they both cannot survive...with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Jim Winter talks GYPSY'S KISS

Creator of Cleveland P.I. Nick Kepler, Jim Winter returns to talk about Kepler's final case:

Gerald So: What went into your decision to end the Kepler series with Gypsy's Kiss?

Jim Winter: Two things. First, the character really wasn't talking to me anymore. Since I'd released all the completed novels, I didn't want to just leave Nick hanging at the end of Bad Religion. Second, I'd written a short story called "Gypsy's Kiss" and wasn't happy with the result, probably because I'd rushed it. In novella format, I could make the premise, Gypsy wanting Nick to be her last client as a call girl, work. In this version, the "appointment" is supposed to consist of Nick and Gypsy splitting a bottle of wine and watching old movies. Plus it let me add several layers to Gypsy's past and visit some of Nick's early days.

Gerald: In what ways do you think Kepler has changed or grown over the course of the series?

Jim: I think Nick realizes he's being led on by his own appetites. By Gypsy's Kiss, he realizes he needs to say no to some people, needs to tell Elaine to make a decision about them as both business partners and lovers, and needs to take control of his own life. For a guy who beat the hell out of a would-be killer, Nick has been pretty passive.

Gerald: Now that Kepler's done, what's next for you?

Jim Winter
Jim: Well, the "Dick Bachman" to my Stephen King is doing science fiction. I will have a novella due out at the end of March under that name. I'm also working with an agent on a novel called Holland Bay. That one can be described as the 87th Precinct meets The Wire.

Gerald: What's the best book you've read recently?

Jim: I just started listening to Hugh Howey's Silo series on audio. I'm into Wool: Part 3 right now and itching to know what happens to Juliet after she flips the silo the bird for sending her to certain death.

Gerald: Thanks as always, Jim, and good luck.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lee Matthew Goldberg talks SLOW DOWN

Out this month from New Pulp Press:

How far would you go to make your dreams come true? For budding writer and filmmaker Noah Spaeth, being a Production Assistant in director Dominick Bambach's new avant-garde film isn't enough. Neither is watching Dominick have an affair with the lead actress, the gorgeous but troubled Nevie Wyeth. For Noah's dream is to get both the film and Nevie in the end, whatever the cost. And this obsession may soon become a reality once Dominick's spurned wife Isadora reveals her femme fatale nature with a seductive plot to get rid of her husband for good.

Slow Down, a cross between the noir styling of James M. Cain and the dark satire of Bret Easton Ellis, is a thrilling page-turner that holds a mirror up to a media-saturated society that is constantly searching for the fastest way to get ahead, regardless of consequences.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Steve Brewer / Max Austin's Duke City Series

Steve Brewer returns to tell us about his pseudonymous series centered not on a single protagonist but on the varied denizens of a city:

Can you write a series that doesn't have a continuing protagonist? Does that even qualify as a series? Those are the questions I asked myself as I wrote my new Duke City crime series for Random House/Alibi. I'm writing the series under a pen name – Max Austin – and felt like pushing the envelope. Books about crooks, with no white knight in sight.

The novels have protagonists, of course, but each one features a different cast of criminals. Some minor characters and law enforcement types continue throughout, and Duke City – my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico – is practically a character itself. But the protagonists change from book to book.

Over my 20-year publishing career, I've drifted toward the criminal side of the crime novel. I've written about plenty of good guys, but it's always been the bad guys who interest me most. With the exception of A Box of Pandoras, all my recent stand-alone novels center on crooks, often small-timers who are in over their heads. It's fertile ground to work.

The first Max Austin novel, Duke City Split, was published in April as an ebook original from Alibi. It stars two professional robbers who hit it big when they knock over an Albuquerque bank. Duke City Hit, which comes out December 16, is about a hitman who learns he has a grown son. The son wants to get into the family business.

The third one, Duke City Desperado, features two nimrods who try to rob a drive-through bank. It's slated for June 2015, and will be my 27th published book.

Those three were sold as a trilogy, but I'm polishing up a fourth Duke City novel now. It pulls together characters and events from the first three books, and writing it has been a real high-wire act.

Is it a series yet? I guess I'll leave that up to the readers. I'll keep doing what I'm doing, because I'm having a ball writing these books about crooks. —Steve Brewer

Monday, October 20, 2014

S.J. Rozan talks BLOOD OF THE LAMB by Sam Cabot

Co-authors S.J. Rozan and Carlos Dews launched a paranormal thriller series in 2013 under the pseudonym Sam Cabot. Featuring the unlikely team of Jesuit Fr. Thomas Kelly and vampire historians Livia Pietro and Spencer George, the books are Blood of the Lamb (2013), Skin of the Wolf (2014), and Brush of the Ghost (TBA). S.J. returned to Chatterrific to talk about the series' origin.