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Book Review: PURGATORY CHASM by Steve Ulfelder

May 10, 2011 – 11:42 pm | 5 Comments
Book Review: PURGATORY CHASM by Steve Ulfelder

First of all, how good is that title? Now check out this opening:
There are drunken assholes, and there are assholes who are drunks. Take a drunken asshole and stick him in AA five or ten …

Introducing the Stalker Awards

May 9, 2011 – 12:02 am | 6 Comments
Introducing the Stalker Awards

I know there are many awards out there for crime fiction, but most require you to be on a panel or part of a certain group in order to vote. I imagine there are many …

Trailer: ONE DAY

May 7, 2011 – 10:13 pm | 4 Comments
Trailer: ONE DAY

Last summer, I reviewed David Nicholls’s book, One Day, which follows the relationship between friends Dexter and Emma by dropping in on them on the same date every year, from the time they meet on …

L.A.TIMES Festival of Books Report, Pt. 2

May 5, 2011 – 8:43 pm | 13 Comments
L.A.TIMES Festival of Books Report, Pt. 2

The second panel I attended last Saturday after “Organized Crime” was Robert Crais’s interview by NPR’s Karen Grigsby Bates. I got in line an hour before it began because the panel was sold out and …

The Edit Ninja

May 5, 2011 – 3:09 am | 6 Comments
The Edit Ninja

I’ve been prowling the streets at night as my other secret identity but Brett Battles busted me recently and unmasks me over at Murderati today. Hope you’ll join me there as I obsess over grammar …

AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 5 Get Modern and Classy

May 5, 2011 – 2:09 am | 3 Comments
AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 5 Get Modern and Classy

by Poncho
Tonight’s theme is “Now and Then” or something like that. It’s modern songs and then songs of the ’60s or ’70s, and all five contestants are butchering and/or killing one of each. This should …

L.A. TIMES Festival of Books Report, Part 1

May 4, 2011 – 2:16 am | 8 Comments
L.A. TIMES Festival of Books Report, Part 1

This past weekend was another fun and enlightening experience at the annual festival of books. This was the first year since its inception that the festival was held at USC instead of UCLA. It’s a …

Exciting News

May 3, 2011 – 1:13 am | 20 Comments
Exciting News

I hope you’ll excuse my being a little immodest today because I want to share something exciting with you. I’m going to be a published author! Are you sitting there thinking, “Wha?” like I did …

Royal Wedding Recap

April 29, 2011 – 7:59 am | 8 Comments
Royal Wedding Recap

Why am I up at 3 a.m. watching the royal wedding? Because these are difficult times in the world and I want to witness something that’s uplifting. As I sit here in my pajamas, I …

The Criminal Element

April 28, 2011 – 9:43 am | 6 Comments
The Criminal Element

In case you haven’t heard, Macmillan launched a new website this past Tuesday for fans of crime fiction and I’m a contributing writer there. Today my first piece is up, titled “Solving My Own Hit-and-Run.” …

AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 6 Sing Carole King

April 28, 2011 – 12:37 am | 3 Comments
AMERICAN IDOL S10: Top 6 Sing Carole King

by Poncho
This week’s theme was Carole King’s songbook, and I have to say CK was good for most of these kids. The night was kind of boring, though, except for a few “highlights” now and …

Movie Review: WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

April 26, 2011 – 11:29 pm | 14 Comments
Movie Review: WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

It’s always hard for me to write a review for something that I neither loved nor loathed. Such is the case for the movie adaptation of Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants (which I haven’t read), …

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