Friday, December 29, 2017

Allure of Crime Fiction

At every turn he is thwarted. The consequences thicken, the stakes rise.

After having just finished season one of Ozark on Netflix, and comparing it to Breaking Bad, I wonder what is the allure of crime fiction.

The allure of crime fiction is to fall vicariously under an overwhelming force that sweeps you away.

It’s like tumbling in the rough sand as the ocean wave recedes across your back. The protagonist in a crime story makes a choice to be bad, but in the fashion of a flawed hero, the motive is worthy. A protagonist is not seeking to be a criminal for the adventure and allure of the lifestyle. Maybe the protagonist needs money to secure the future of his family. Perhaps the hero did not ask to become a criminal but outside forces enlisted him. He plummets down the ravine and tries desperately to cling onto any branch of hope. The hero fights the criminal force, but all about him things grow from bad to worse. People die violent deaths and loved ones are threatened.

When an ordinary person gets involved in crime it’s like falling down the well.

But always hope remains alive. The hero will escape and his life will return to normal, if only . . .

At every turn he is thwarted. The consequences thicken, the stakes rise.

Crime is a force greater than the individual. Getting caught up in it, usually because money is needed, is to be swept into a current that carries one along like driftwood, descending rapids, bouncing off rocks, rushing ultimately toward unavoidable death

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

What's the best advice you have ever heard?

The best I’ve heard is: Stay Healthy  

(not the same as stay thirsty, my friend.)

Especially in writing, because so many renowned writes were wrecks in their personal life. 

Drinking and depression, let’s be real. Kerouac literally died with a whisky glass in hand at age 47. Fitzgerald, another life-long drinker, died at 44. 

Steinbeck made it to 66 years old, not bad for a chronic smoker (but who didn’t smoke back in the day?)

Both Hemmingway and Hunter S Thompson committed suicide. 

Not to be morbid here, but being the kind of writer that makes a name for himself can be a little unhealthy. 

So, eat right, limit the booze and cigs, and go for a jog now and then. 


If I were stuck on a deserted island with only a few books . . .

what books would I bring?

If I were to be stranded on a desert island with only a few books . . . hmm . . . kind of like what would I choose for my last meal? Answer to that, a buffet.

But for the books, I’d have to choose things that could be read over and over and over again. Definitely would want the collected works of T.S. Eliot. That dude’s got rhythm. Let us go then, you and I, et al.

And then also something from the Bard. I’m sure I’d have time to digest the words as only time can allow. Why not go for the Oxford Complete Works, edited by Gary Taylor of FSU, the same folks who taught me computer science so well. 

And then finally, something from Hemingway, the shorts. The man knew his business in short fiction. 

And then finally (this time for real), a graphic novel. Tough decision, but I like looking at the pictures. Probably Arkham Asylum.

But that being said, glad I don’t have to decide, though, being stuck on a desert island is probably the only way I’d get to that overwhelming reading list – so not all bad.

Monday, December 4, 2017

New Covers

These are my new covers. What do you think?

Murderous Justice gets this eye-catching pulp look.

And the upcoming Wrong Guy gets this striking femme fatale. 
Screams espionage, yes? 
Nice, huh?

And also, here's the first look at the new cover for Runaway, 
the first in a three part novella series entitled Girl To Die For.

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Story of Murderous Justice

Carl is a newly devoted family man.. He’s spent time in prison and he’s drifted, so now, he appreciates his loving wife, his toddler, and his baby. They share a cottage near the small forest town of Cedar Flats where there’s a general store, a saloon, and a diner. There’re also some bed and breakfasts to serve the fair-weather tourist crowd, but for the week of Carl’s life shattering event, the town’s cold and quiet. When the story opens, Carl runs an auto repair garage, practicing the trade he learned in prison. Business is good. Life is good. He’s content.

But all that changes in a moment.

Larry is the entitled brat of the county’s richest man. He literally gets away with murder because the town’s constable wears blinders when it comes to the McGuire clan. Something in the murder tweaks the interest of two Midwest FBI agents who have been following a serial killer. Maybe they’d best head out that way and take a look. Carl hopes their outside influence may convince the local lawman to look amongst the townsfolk for the killer; but beyond the constable’s inability, corruption and collusion fester.

For Carl, competing needs drive him. He grieves in loneliness, but he also rages toward the red line of vengeance. Larry will pay for his impunity, but as of yet, Carl is not a murderer.
That, of course, is subject to change.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

They left him with one desire and nothing more to lose.

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Murderous Justice

Carl licked dirt, but soon he'll taste blood.

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Friday, March 17, 2017