Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ace Atkins talks KICKBACK

Thanks to Crimespree's Jon Jordan and Jeremy Lynch, I got to interview Ace Atkins two days after Putnam and Robert B. Parker's estate announced him as the choice to continue the Spenser series.

Last month, Jon asked me to interview Ace about his fourth Spenser novel, Kickback. The interview will run in the July 2015 print issue of Crimespree, but it also posted to the Crimespree site.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Eric Beetner talks RUMRUNNERS

On sale now from 280 Steps:

Meet the McGraws. They're not criminals. They're outlaws. They have made a living by driving anything and everything for the Stanleys, the criminal family who has been employing them for decades. It's ended with Tucker. He's gone straight, much to the disappointment of his father, Webb.

When Webb vanishes after a job, and with him a truck load of drugs, the Stanleys want their drugs back or their money. With the help from his grandfather, Calvin-the original lead foot-Tucker is about to learn a whole lot about the family business in a crash course that might just get him killed.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Josh K. Stevens talks SCRATCH THE SURFACE

On sale now from 280 Steps:

The first book in an action-packed pulp thriller trilogy arriving back-to-back in 2015, about former mafia collector Deuce Walsh.

Deuce Walsh is a former gangster trying to keep his past hidden in the middle-of-nowhere Midwest. Seven years ago, his colleagues—The Chianti Brothers—made a power play and left him for dead. He survived, but had to leave everything behind and start from scratch with a new identity.

But when his brother-in-law Colm, a degenerate gambler and wannabe wiseguy, gets himself into trouble, Deuce is brought back into the life of crime and finds himself helping Colm pay off a debt to the very people who tried to have him killed in the first place.

The second book in the series, Delving Deeper, is out July 28.

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.