Saturday, April 5, 2014

A BACK-UP WEAPON FOR YOUR BACK-UP WEAPON!

A BACK-UP WEAPON FOR YOUR BACK-UP WEAPON!

Over the years, it was inevitable my twin careers – LAPD detective and a professional writer – would sometimes bump into each other. One of the minor collisions occurred simply because of my name.

In the original scrip
t for 1992 film Delta Heat, the main character – an LAPD detective to be played by actor Anthony Edwards – was named ‘Paul Bishop’. When the production company’s legal section realized there actually was a current LAPD detective named Paul Bishop, they reached out and asked me to waive the rights to my own name.

This was not a particularly appealing idea, especially since there was no compensation offered. Rather than negotiate, the production company simply changed the main character’s name from ‘Paul Bishop’ to ‘Mike Bishop.’ However, prior to the final outcome of the character’s name change, I had a very pleasant lunch with Anthony Edwards at the Britannia pub in Santa Monica, which was one of my local hangouts.

Edwards was extremely affable and we talked about a wide range of subjects. He was particularly interested in the back-up weapons I’d carried when working undercover.

I explained about usually carrying a five shot Smith & Wesson Chief Special with a two inch barrel on my ankle, but Edwards was aware of this type of back up and was looking for something different.

As a result, I told him about carrying an even smaller, non-department approved, back up weapon known as a ‘crotch rocket’ because it was carried under your scrotum – it’s amazing what discomfort you can get used to when your life may depend on it. If somebody searched you, they would almost always find the ankle gun, but would almost always miss the ‘crotch rocket’ because of a reluctance to touch that area of somebody’s person.

This was a lesson I’d learned in the police academy when we were doing situation simulation searches. Myself and one other rookie (out of 54 in my academy class) were the only ones who found the ‘crotch rocket’ when searching the instructor acting as the suspect.

When ‘LAPD Detective Mike Bishop’ hit the big screen in Delta Heat (5 stars out of 10 on IMDB) it sank into the New Orleans swamps – where the movie was filmed – pretty much without a trace. However, I still had the pleasure of seeing my sort-of-namesake rescue himself in the film’s climax by using his hidden ‘crotch rocket’ back up weapon after having his ankle gun taken away by the villain of the piece.

Friday, April 4, 2014

FIVE BOOKS FREE FOR FIVE DAYS!

FIVE BOOKS FREE FOR FIVE DAYS!

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CROAKER: KILL ME AGAIN

Los Angeles homicide detective Fey Croaker must solve the recent murder of a pretty, forty-something woman whose fingerprints surprisingly identify her as a previous murder victim from eighteen years earlier.

At 43, Fey Croaker has survived three dead-end marriages, a severely abusive upbringing, and the relentless resentment of her male colleagues on the force. Now, because of a streak of unsolved murders, she feels extra pressure to solve the murder of a mysterious woman who had multiple IDs in different names, a million dollars in cash, and only new clothing and furniture in her equally new condo at the time of her death.

Fingerprints inexplicably reveal the woman had already been murdered – 18 years earlier in San Francisco. Despite this twist, the case appears to be open and shut – the woman's ex-husband, convicted of killing her the first time, was released on parole weeks before her second murder. However, the victim has many more surprises for everyone involved – especially for Fey, who finds herself becoming one of the suspects when her investigation takes a turn for the deadly.

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HOT PURSUIT

A Calico Jack Walker / Tina Tamiko L.A.P.D. novel . . . It’s 1977 and veteran L.A.P.D. cop Calico Jack Walker and his rookie partner, Tina Tamiko, are planning to make Calico’s last shift on the job something special – but plans, as they do, come apart because Walker and Tamiko are good cops no matter what the cost . . . even if they're L.A. cops, in uniform, in their patrol car, on duty, and way out of their jurisdiction on the Las Vegas Strip. When a major crime is going down, good cops never hesitate.

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SUSPICIOUS MINDS

1977, the one and only king of rock-n-roll, Elvis Presley, is taken from the world far too soon, but the legend will never die.

1996, Elvis impersonator Cole Ramsey, a young man with enough voice and a style to take him to the top, receives a very odd phone call from an Icon dead for almost twenty years . . . Cole has heard all the Elvis conspiracy rumors, but ... it couldn’t be ...

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RUNNING WYLDE

A collection of seventeen novellas and short stories spanning my writing career.

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PENALTY SHOT

Top-flight English goalkeeper Ian Chapel's last soccer game ended in a kick to the face from a German opponent leaving him with just one eye and believing he could never play the game again.

Working as an editor for one of his brainy brother's sports magazines, Chapel has recovered his fitness, but hasn't touched a soccer ball since his accident. So, he finds it ludicrous when his old army colonel pitches a proposal with him playing goalie for the Los Angeles Ravens, an American indoor soccer team owned by the colonel and his partner Nina Brisbane, who has the body of a goddess and hides her shotgun-blasted face forever behind a veil.

The Ravens are headed for the league finals, but their goalie has just been murdered, and if Chapel takes the job, the colonel and Miss Brisbane would like him to clear up the murder as well.

With much reluctance Chapel caves into pressure, whips himself into good goalie shape, joins the team – which includes the German player who put his eye out – dodges murderous attacks from Irish terrorists, and copes with the very temperamental Miss Brisbane, all the while enjoying the close companionship of the Ravens' second-string goalie, a very fit, ambitious, and pretty young lady.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

COMING SOON ~ FIGHT CARD: AUDIO!


APRIL FIGHT CARD UPDATE!

APRIL FIGHT CARD UPDATE

Our latest release Fight Card: Copper Mountain Champ by Brian Drake (writing as Jack Tunney) has just hit the virtual shelves.  Brian is another of the top breakthrough writers to become part of our Fight Card team.

FIGHT CARD: COPPER MOUNTAIN CHAMP

Butte, Montana. 1951…Back from the horror of World War II, Alex Slayton started working the copper mines of his hometown, but it’s hardly the life he intends for himself...or his girlfriend, Liz. However, when long festering problems at the mine force a union strike, Alex finds himself up against the mining company’s notoriously tight-fisted owner – a man who believes in violence as a first resort.  

Based on his raw fighting talent, Alex learned the sweet science from his mentor and fellow miner, Pete Kovich – hoping boxing would get him out from underground and on to a sunny future.  Now, caught in a web of town intrigue, violence, and sudden death, Alex is forced to face the mine owner’s son, a top boxing prospect, in the ring.  Alex knows he’s not ready, but the only way out is to fight – not just for himself, but for the whole town…

Any exposure is appreciated.  Please use the appropriate sharing buttons at the bottom of each page at www.fightcardbooks.com to spread the word via Facebook and Twitter.

Coming up next month (May) will be Fight Card: Monster Man from Jason Chirevas with a distinctive storyline, which takes the Fight Card formula in a very different direction.

June will see Fight Card making a big splash at the Howard Day’s convention in Cross Plains, Texas, with the debut of Fight Card: The Adventures of Sailor Tom Sharkey by Howard scholar Mark Finn.  The Fight Card tales owe a big debt to Robert E. Howard’s early creation of Sailor Steve Corrigan.  Finn’s Sharkey tales pay tribute to the world and style of Corrigan, but with a distinct voice all their own.   I’m personally very excited about this collection, which sports an amazing painted cover from Carl Yonder.

Also coming up later in 2014, Fight Card: Guns of November by returning Fight Card author (Fight Card: The Last Round of Archie Mannis) Joseph Grant – in which Fight Card enters the murky waters of the JFK assassination – Fight Card: Bridgetown Brawler from rising pulp star David White, and Fight Card: Fight River from pulp guru Tommy Hancock.
This summer, Fight Card will be the focus of an intensive five week college marketing workshop known as The Space.  Jeremy L.C. Jones and I will be working with these top marketing students to come up with new ways to promote our Fight Card brand and generate more book sales for all of us.
Till next month … Keep Punching!


AVAILABLE NOW ~FIGHT CARD: COPPER MOUNTAIN CHAMP!

AVAILABLE NOW ~FIGHT CARD: COPPER MOUNTAIN CHAMP!

BRIAN DRAKE WRITING AS JACK TUNNEY

ANOTHER TWO-FISTED FIGHT CARD STORY

Butte, Montana. 1951…Back from the horror of World War II, Alex Slayton started working the copper mines of his hometown, but it’s hardly the life he intends for himself...or his girlfriend, Liz. However, when long festering problems at the mine force a union strike, Alex finds himself up against the mining company’s notoriously tight-fisted owner – a man who believes in violence as a first resort.  

Based on his raw fighting talent, Alex learned the sweet science from his mentor and fellow miner, Pete Kovich – hoping boxing would get him out from underground and on to a sunny future.  Now, caught in a web of town intrigue, violence, and sudden death, Alex is forced to face the mine owner’s son, a top boxing prospect, in the ring.  Alex knows he’s not ready, but the only way out is to fight – not just for himself, but for the whole town…
 



 

Monday, March 31, 2014

BRIAN DRAKE ON WRITING FIGHT CARD: COPPER MOUNTIAN CHAMP!

BRIAN DRAKE ON WRITING FIGHT CARD: COPPER MOUNTIAN CHAMP!

MINING THE STORY

When Paul invited me to contribute to Fight Card, it was a good day. He had said very nice things about my work prior to his invitation, and it felt like a nice payoff after almost 20 years of effort in the writing game. Of course I said yes, but then blind panic set in. I’m not a boxer. I know nothing about boxing other than what I’ve seen on television. I’ve only ever been in two fist fights (in junior high) that I suppose I won. Then I remembered something Harry Whittington (not the guy Dick Cheney shot, but the author of such amazing books as Fire That Destroy) once said – He said he was able to write any story in any genre because he understood people more than things.

With that in mind, I dipped into my personal and family history for the story. I struggled a lot growing up. I hated being young, couldn’t wait to be an adult, and the complications of that dichotomy fuel the book. 

My protagonist, Alex Slayton, is a young World War II vet trying to readjust to civilian life and dealing with some PTSD. He argues with his family and has few friends. He’s in his own world trying to find his own way and nobody’s helping.

Instead, they’re telling him what he should be doing with his life and not taking into account he’s his own man. They want to put him in a box with everybody else, but he knows he’s made for more.

That initial conflict gave me my characters, but what about the boxing content so important to this series? I may not know boxing, but I know martial arts, and how you can use the martial arts to discover your potential. So instead of kung-fu, Alex would learn how to box, and learn the same lessons my teachers taught me. 

With those bases covered, I needed a greater conflict to complicate Alex’s life even more. 

My family is from Butte, Montana, which is famous for copper mining. Three generations of my family worked the mines to dig up the copper, and my grandfather and great-grandfather were the ones who dealt with the early struggles to unionize the miners. 

Those struggles often got bloody. You didn’t go to a meeting without a baseball bat or brass knuckles (or a pistol if you could afford one) because there was always the possibility of a fight with company union busters. 

Dashiell Hammett, who wrote Red Harvest based on his time in Butte as a strike breaker, chronicled the insanity of those days very well, though the things he left out were even more insane and – I suspect – he left them out because nobody would have believed him. 

So, I had my characters and my secondary conflict, but with so little space to work with (25,000 words is not a lot), I had to find a way to compress 60 years of union battles into very few words.

The Butte in my story is not the Butte my family knew. However, there are obvious parallels and I used a lot of family history in coloring the town and characters.  In fact, one character and one location is specifically named for my grandfathers. Still, there is a real-life example of everything taking place in the story. 

Those battles happened. 

A lot of guys died and many more were injured.  However, while my story takes place over two weeks, those real-life events happened over a much greater period of time.

So, Alex, a miner trying to save enough money to move himself and his girlfriend out of town, must deal with union problems, a company out to put the effort down by any means necessary, his family, and his own struggle to find himself. 

There’s boxing woven throughout, and it’s in the boxing ring where Alex will have to save himself, his future, and the town.  It all comes together in a package of which I’m very proud.

It wasn’t easy to write. I had to fight the words instead of having them flow. I felt I was in the ring against the toughest bruiser I had ever faced. I wanted to go down for the long count in every round. 

This story was so different from my usual action/adventure fare, I didn’t think I could finish. However, Paul took a chance on me and I didn’t want to let him down, so I pressed on. I had become the fighter in the ring I was writing about…Alex had become me… and I wanted the victory.

Copper Mountain Champ helped me grow as a writer.  I learn a lot about finishing what I write – I learned to keep punching.  I am renewed as I return to writing my usual fare of blondes, bombs, and wannabe-Bonds – where things get blowed up real good and the baddies are trying to take over the world. 

It’s much easier writing about heroes and villains than about yourself.

FIGHT CARD: COPPER MOUNTAIN CHAMP

BRIAN DRAKE WRITING AS JACK TUNNEY

ANOTHER TWO-FISTED FIGHT CARD STORY

Butte, Montana. 1951…Back from the horror of World War II, Alex Slayton started working the copper mines of his hometown, but it’s hardly the life he intends for himself...or his girlfriend, Liz. However, when long festering problems at the mine force a union strike, Alex finds himself up against the mining company’s notoriously tight-fisted owner – a man who believes in violence as a first resort.  

Based on his raw fighting talent, Alex learned the sweet science from his mentor and fellow miner, Pete Kovich – hoping boxing would get him out from underground and on to a sunny future.  Now, caught in a web of town intrigue, violence, and sudden death, Alex is forced to face the mine owner’s son, a top boxing prospect, in the ring.  Alex knows he’s not ready, but the only way out is to fight – not just for himself, but for the whole town…


 


Friday, March 21, 2014

HARDBOILED NOW: HOODS, HOT RODS, AND HELLCATS!

HARDBOILED NOW: HOODS, HOT RODS, AND HELLCATS!

A new anthology headlined by Fight Card alum (Fight Card: Split Decision / Fight Card: A Mouth Full Of Blood) and noirhead extrodinaire Eric Beetner along with Fight Card alum (Fight Card: Bluff City Brawler) and weird western specialist Heath Lowrance and Fight Card alum (Fight Card Now: Punching Paradise) Nik Korpon ... I've bought my copy, now go buy yours ...

HOODS, HOT RODS, AND HELLCATS

Pile your hair high, shine your leather jacket, pop the switchblade, and turn on the devil’s music! Get ready to roar down the desolate American highway with eight tales of hoods, hot rods, and hellcats!

"The 1950s are recreated one more time, but here it's with a savage, razor-honed edge you'll never find in Grease, Happy Days, or American Graffiti," from the introduction by the legendary Mick Farren.

Hoods, Hot Rods, and Hellcats features brand new fiction from Eric Beetner, Chad Eagleton, Christopher Grant, Matthew Funk, David James Keaton, Nik Korpon, Heath Lowrance, and Thomas Pluck.


Monday, March 17, 2014

HARDBOILED NOW: IT’S ALL ABOUT BROOKLYN!

HARDBOILED NOW: IT’S ALL ABOUT BROOKLYN!

THE PROLIFIC ROBERT J. RANDISI SHARES THE LOW DOWN ON HIS NICK DELVECCHIO SERIES…

In 2011 my novel, THE END OF BROOKLYN, was published. It was meant as the third and final entry in what turned out to be a Nick Delvecchio trilogy.  Why it came 20 years after the second is a mystery, even to me. However, I figure it was mean to be that way since in parts of the book, Nick had to be 20 years older.  It was a joy to write, mainly because I was able to go back to Nick and Brooklyn 20 years after I, myself, had left them.

This was what my Booklist review looked like

* Starred Review Booklist. "The final entry in Randisi's Brooklyn trilogy is dark, brooding, and thoroughly compelling [with] . . . clever plotting and an engaging narrative voice. Randisi has written hundreds of crime stories and earned numerous awards. This is among his finest efforts." (Wes Lukowsky, Booklist, May 2011).

It was very gratifying for two reasons. First, I wasn’t sure how Nick and Brooklyn would sound 20 years later. And second, Wes Lukowsky has reviewed a lot of my work over the years, so his opinion is very informed.

THE END OF BROOKLYN was published by Perfect Crime in 2011, and now, in 2014, they are bringing back the first two books, NO EXIT FROM BROOKLYN, and THE DEAD OF BROOKLYN.  For the first time, all three Delvecchio novels are available at the same time from the same place. Nick Delvecchio is one my best, my favorite, and my most fully realized characters.

All titles are available from Amazon, B&N, the Perfect Crime website, and many mystery bookstores.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

COMING SOON ~ FIGHT CARD: COPPER MOUNTAIN CHAMP!

COMING SOON ~ FIGHT CARD COPPER MOUNTAIN CHAMP!

BRIAN DRAKE WRITING AS JACK TUNNEY

ANOTHER TWO-FISTED FIGHT CARD STORY

Back from the horror of World War II, Alex Slayton started working the copper mines of his hometown, but it’s hardly the life he intends for himself...or his girlfriend, Liz. However, when long festering problems at the mine force a union strike, Alex finds himself up against the mining company’s notoriously tight-fisted owner – a man who believes in violence as a first resort. 

Based on his raw fighting talent, Alex learned the sweet science from his mentor and fellow miner, Pete Kovich – hoping boxing would get him out from underground and on to a sunny future.  Now, caught in a web of town intrigue, violence, and sudden death, Alex is forced to face the mine owner’s son, a top boxing prospect, in the ring.  Alex knows he’s not ready, but the only way out is to fight – not just for himself, but for the whole town…