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Robert B. Parker Continuation News

Last week at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, Reed Farrel Coleman said he would no longer be writing Jesse Stone continuation novels.

While expected since Coleman's April move from Parker publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons to Blackstone Pubishing, the confirmation is still a letdown. Coleman left his mark on the series, what every writer wants to do, and all readers can ask.

Meanwhile, a reminder Ace Atkins' eighth Spenser continuation, Robert B. Parker's Angel Eyes, goes on sale November 19.

And I just learned Mike Lupica's second Sunny Randall continuation, Robert B. Parker's Grudge Match goes on sale May 5, 2020.
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TOM CLANCY'S JACK RYAN Season 2

Amazon premiered Season 2 of Jack Ryan a day early (October 31). The eight-episode running plot involves the assassination of a U.S. senator in Venezuela, and Ryan (John Krasinski)'s efforts to get justice.

The signature aspect of Clancy's books is their early focus on intelligence analysis as opposed to action-oriented operations work. As the books progressed, Ryan rose in the ranks, becoming both something an action hero and the highest executive in the land, President of the United States.

Season 2 similarly promotes Ryan as his Season 1 frenemy Jim Greer (Wendell Pierce) is shown to have a debilitating heart condition. (In the books, Greer succumbed to cancer, elevating Ryan to his position.) Also, black ops specialist Matice (John Hogganaker), functionally equivalent to book character John Clark (played by Willem Dafoe in 1994's Clear and Present Danger and Liev Schreiber in 2002's The Sum of All Fears), is killed when a mission goes awry.

The latter particularly m…

THE ROCKFORD FILES vs. MAGNUM P.I.

Yesterday I saw a tweet by Steve Hamilton, author of the Alex McKnight PI series, asking us to choose between two TV classics, The Rockford Files (1974-80) and Magnum, P.I. (1980-88).

I'm a fan of both and own both complete DVD sets. I chose Rockford because I believe its wry, laid-back approach to the PI show paved the way for Magnum's similar slacker elements. Without his slacker side, Magnum would be much like Rockford's predecessor Mannix, a straight man of action.

Tweet me or comment with your pick.

What I'm Watching

I cut out cable TV more than a year ago in favor of a smart TV with built-in Roku streaming device. In addition to free, ad-supported streaming channels, I get the handful my aerial antenna can receive, and I watch some programs available on TV network websites. Here's what I'm watching this season. Feel free to comment on these shows or tell me what you're watching.

Batwoman - I'm intrigued by The CW's look at the Batman legend from a lesbian perspective. I was familiar with the Batwoman character from the 2016 DC animated DVD movie Batman: Bad Blood, where she was voiced by Yvonne Strahovski (NBC's Chuck, Showtime's Dexter). This TV version is run by my favorite Smallville writer, Caroline Dries.

NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans - Some life was injected into the two older shows with the appearances of Cote de Pablo and JAG actors David James Elliott and Catherine Bell respectively. Stunt casting at its finest. Meanwhile, I'm glad a Scott Bakul…

Transitioning Discussions from Yahoo! Groups

I started this blog in 2005 to store the guidelines and related chats from my Yahoo! Groups DetecToday, Spenser's Sneakers, and CrimeSeen. Unfortunately, Yahoo! has announced that as of October 28, 2019, it will no longer allow users to upload photos, files, and other content. And on December 14, 2019, many Yahoo! Groups features will be eliminated, including message archives and the digest function.

Current activity in my groups is light enough I've decided to move further discussion to this blog and its Comments section. No need to sign up to participate. Simply comment on my posts. I will approve comments as blog owner/moderator. Each post will be labeled with the group it most closely interests: DetecToday, current P.I. fiction; Spenser's Sneakers, Robert B. Parker's works and legacy; and CrimeSeen, crime TV shows and movies. Clicking on a label will display all related posts, latest to earliest.

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ROBERT B. PARKER'S ANGEL EYES by Ace Atkins

Spenser flies to Los Angeles to join the ten-day-old search for model-actress Gabby Leggett at her estranged mother's request. With former apprentice Sixkill and gunman friend Chollo, he discovers Gabby's involvement with a powerful studio executive and a shady empowerment group.

Based on the downfalls of Smallville actress Allison Mack and Warner Bros. chairman Kevin Tsujihara, Ace Atkins' eighth Parker continuation recalls Spenser's past rescuing children. Only Gabby is twenty-four, harder to bring back if found. A ripped-from-the-headlines feel fits this Hollywood novel, balanced by Atkins' record reporting and adapting true crime.

Thanks again to G.P. Putnam's Sons' Katie McKee for the galley. Robert B. Parker's Angel Eyes goes on sale November 19.

On sale August 13, BELOW THE RADAR by Dana Ridenour

Publicist Wiley Saichek brings to my attention another book that may interest readers of my blogs, the third in retired FBI agent Dana Ridenour's Lexie Montgomery series:

After her last assignment went horribly wrong, everyone tells FBI Special Agent Lexie Montgomery she needs a break. But Lexie is determined to keep going with her undercover work-so when a Dutch constable goes missing, she jumps at the chance.

Along with Blake Bennett, her unfamiliar new partner, Lexie is thrown into the Gathering, a haven for environmental activists planning illegal activity. It's a dangerous situation, but she blends right in-a little too well, Blake thinks. As the pair of them try to get closer to the vanished constable, he begins to suspect that Lexie may be hiding an affinity for the eco-extremists' cause.

With her loyalties in question from both sides, Lexie will be forced to prove herself as an undercover agent and as a new recruit for the terrorists' cause. But as time starts t…