Saturday, February 12, 2011

URBAN FANTASY CORNER: BLOODSHOT!

URBAN FANTASY CORNER: BLOODSHOT!

CHERIE PRIEST

I ENJOYED PRIEST’S STEAMPUNK-ZOMBIE-AIRSHIP ADVENTURE, BONESHAKER, SO DESPITE SOME CLICHÉ RESERVATIONS I’M WILLING TO GIVE BLOODSHOT A TRY . . . PLUS THE COVER IS MEDIUM-COOL . . .

VAMPIRE FOR HIRE

Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn’t usually hang with her own kind. She’s too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist—even though Ian doesn’t want precious artifacts. He wants her to retrieve missing government files—documents that deal with the secret biological experiments that left Ian blind. What Raylene doesn’t bargain for is a case that takes her from the wilds of Minneapolis to the mean streets of Atlanta. And with a psychotic, power-hungry scientist on her trail, a kick-ass drag queen on her side, and Men in Black popping up at the most inconvenient moments, the case proves to be one hell of a ride.


PULP NOW: LA TIGRESA DE TEXAS!

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

FANTASYCORNER: BLACKVEIL!

FANTASYCORNER: BLACKVEIL!

KRISTEN BRITAIN

THE GREEN RIDER SERIES IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES IN THE FANTASY GENRE AND IT’S GREAT TO KNOW A SEQUEL IS ON THE WAY . . .

The long-awaited sequel to Green Rider, First Rider’s Call, and The High King’s Tomb.

Once a simple student, Karigan G’ladheon finds herself in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand when she becomes a legendary Green Rider-one of the magical messengers of the king. Forced by magic to accept a dangerous fate she would never have chosen, headstrong Karigan has become completely devoted to the king and her fellow Riders.

But now, an insurrection led by dark magicians threatens to break the boundaries of ancient, evil Blackveil Forest-releasing powerful dark magics that have been shut away for a millennium.




ULTRA SWANK: COMPLIATIONS!

ULTRA SWANK: COMPLIATIONS!

WORD FROM THE ULTRA SWANK BLOG IS THEIR COOL COMPILATIONS OF SPACE AGE AND LOUNGE MUSIC HAVE BEEN UPDATED AND MADE AVAILABLE AGAIN . . .

For those who have been asking when the compilations are coming back, today is your lucky day. As of now, all of the Ultra Swank compilations are available to download again – except Retro Shopping Volume 2, which has been temporarily lost somewhere between aisles four and eight. Get what you are looking for on the compilations section.

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

Friday, February 11, 2011

VINTAGE MCGINNIS: CHARLIE SENT ME!

COCKTAIL NATION #160 ~ THE FINE ART OF MIXING GIRLS!

COCKTAIL NATION #160 ~ THE FINE ART OF MIXING GIRLS!


On the show this week, Koop heads to New York to talk to Jack Newcastle about his new book the Fine Art Of Mixing Girls. Koop also has some Tiki Oasis news, news on Holden Westland from tiki farm, our swank advice column talks about the manly art of biff, and our segment Ask Koop is on the radio again – plus our international gig guide, the one we call The World of Swank, another cool blog from the blogosphere.

PLAYLIST :

Royal Crown Revue ~ Rockville
Diana Krall ~ Besame Mucho
Lenny Dee ~ Tequila
Ricki Derek ~ I Melt With You
Jimmy Smith ~ Mission Impossible
Count Basie ~ M Squad
DJ Bonebrake ~ Tango
Jimmy Vargas ~ Nude on A Swing
Martini Kings / Buddy Grecco / Lezlie Anders ~ S’Wonderful
Frank Sinatra ~ Nothing But The Best
Les Baxter ~ Love Dance
Martin Denny ~ Diga Diga Do
Pink Martini ~ Veronique

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

FANTASY CORNER: THE BLADES OF THE ROSE!

FANTASY CORNER: THE BLADES OF THE ROSE!

WARRIOR, SCOUNDREL, REBEL, STRANGER

KINDLE EDITION BUNDLE

ZOE ARCHER

I AM ENJOYING THIS ACTION/ADVENTURE FILLED SERIES AND WAS GLAD TO PICK UP ALL FOUR BOOKS FOR MY KINDLE IN A BUNDLE FROM AMAZON FOR ONLY $9.99 . . . A GREAT BARGAIN FOR FOUR BOOKS IN AN ENTERTAINING SERIES . . .

THE BLADES OF THE ROSE BUNDLE

WARRIOR

To most people, the realm of magic is the stuff of nursery rhymes and dusty libraries. But for Capt. Gabriel Huntley, it's become quite real and quite dangerous. . .

In Hot Pursuit. . .

The vicious attack Capt. Gabriel Huntley witnesses in a dark alley sparks a chain of events that will take him to the ends of the Earth and beyond--where what is real and what is imagined become terribly confused. And frankly, Huntley couldn't be more pleased. Intrigue, danger, and a beautiful woman in distress--just what he needs.

In Hotter Water. . .

Raised thousands of miles from England, Thalia Burgess is no typical Victorian lady. A good thing, because a proper lady would have no hope of recovering the priceless magical artifact Thalia is after. Huntley's assistance might come in handy, though she has to keep him in the dark. But this distractingly handsome soldier isn't easy to deceive. . .

SCOUNDREL

The Blades of the Rose are sworn to protect the sources of magic in the world. But the work is dangerous--and they can't always protect their own. . .

Ready For Action

London Harcourt's father is bent on subjugating the world's magic to British rule. But since London is a mere female, he hasn't bothered to tell her so. He's said only that he's leading a voyage to the Greek isles. No matter, after a smothering marriage and three years of straitlaced widowhood, London jumps at the opportunity--unfortunately, right into the arms of Bennett Day.

Risking It All

Bennett is a ladies' man, when he's not dodging lethal attacks to protect the powers of the ancients from men like London's father. Sometimes, he's a ladies' man even when he is dodging them. But the minute he sees London he knows she will require his full attention. The woman is lovely, brilliant, and the only known speaker of a dialect of ancient Greek that holds the key to calling down the wrath of the gods. Bennett will be risking his life again--but around London, what really worries him is the danger to his heart. . .

REBEL

On the Canadian frontier in 1875, nature is a harsh mistress. But the supernatural can really do you in. . .

A Lone Wolf

Nathan Lesperance is used to being different. He's the first Native attorney in Vancouver, and welcome neither with white society nor his sometime tribe. Not to mention the powerful wildness he's always felt inside him, too dangerous to set free. Then he met Astrid Bramfield and saw his like within her piercing eyes. Now, unless she helps him through the harsh terrain and the harsher unknowns of his true abilities, it could very well get him killed. . .

And The Woman Who Left The Pack

Astrid has traveled this path before. Once she was a Blade of the Rose, protecting the world's magic from unscrupulous men, with her husband by her side. But she's loved and lost, and as a world-class frontierswoman, she knows all about survival. Nathan's searing gaze and long, lean muscles mean nothing but trouble. Yet something has ignited a forgotten flame inside her: a burning need for adventure, for life--and perhaps even for love. . .

STRANGER

Gemma Murphy has a nose for a story - even if the boys in Chicago's newsrooms would rather focus on her chest. So when she runs into a handsome man of mystery discussing how to save the world from fancy-pants Brit conspirators, she's sensing a scoop. Especially when he mentions there's magic involved. Of course, getting him on the record would be easier if he hadn't caught her eavesdropping...

Catullus Graves knows what it's like to be shut out: his ancestors were slaves. And he's a genius inventor with appropriately eccentric habits, so even people who love him find him a little odd. But after meeting a certain redheaded scribbler, he's thinking of other types of science.

Inconvenient, given that he needs to focus on preventing the end of the world as we know it. But with Gemma's insatiable curiosity sparking Catullus' inventive impulses, they might set off something explosive anyway...

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: BLOOD ON BISCAYNE BAY!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: BLOOD ON BISCAYNE BAY!

A MIKE SHAYNE INVESTOIGATION

BRETT HALLIDAY
 I’m looking out across Biscayne Bay from my Miami hotel balcony and couldn't resist a bonus Forgotten Books posting featuring one of my favorite Mike Shayne covers and titles . . .

 
BLOOD ON BISCAYNE BAY

Once upon a time Mike Shayne met three little blondes . . .

One was a lonley, long-legged millionaire’s wife with platinum hair and a supple rounded body that craved attention. She was made for love . . .

Two was a lovely young bride with an innocent past and a guilty secret. She was made for blackmail . . .

Three was a tall beauty with a taste for expensive perfume, fine gowns and money. She was made for murder . . .

In any of his incarnations, Mike Shayne is the private eye you would want by your side when trouble hits – tough, smart, world-weary, honest and loyal – a Spenser out of the 1950s . . .

AN EVENING A THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #126!

AN EVENING A THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #126!

Join the BIG W every Friday evening as he continues to explore, with drink in hand, the Space-Age Pop Hi-Fi musical sounds of the 1950’s and the 1960’s in LIVING STEREO!

PLAYLIST:

• Love - Lean Horne
• Secret Agent Man - Hugo Montenegro
• Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone - Frank Sinata
• Mack The Knife - Ray Conniff
• I Got Rhythm - Sarah Vaughan
• Burke’s Law Theme - Si Zentner
• Hooray For Hollywood - Anita O’Day
• Let’s Face The Music And Dance - Nelson Riddle
• The Late, Late Show - Nat King Cole
• Hi De Ho Man (That’s Me) - Cab Calloway
• Up Above My Head - Al Hirt
• He Loves Me - Damita Jo
• Mickey Mouse Club March - Frank Comstock
• My Mother The Car - Sammy Davis, Jr.
• Mannix - Lalo Schfrin
• The Munsters Theme - Billy Strange
• Meanderin - Dean Martin
• Volare - Bobby Rydell
• Light My Fire - Julie London
• Kookie’s Boogie - Edd Byrnes
• I’m A Old Cowhand - Steve Lawrence

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

Thursday, February 10, 2011

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: KICKBACK!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: KICKBACK!

GARRY DISHER

Australian author Disher breaches the American scene with this paperback edition of a suspense novel first published down under in 1991. The author introduces professional thief Wyatt Wareen, who, living on the violent edge of the Melbourne underworld, directs an operation aimed at separating a crooked lawyer from a large bundle of hush money. The lawyer's lustful partner, a drug-taking safecracker, a frustrated "outlaw," and Sydney mobsters energize the plot. Suspenseful machinations reminiscent of Jon Cleary; swift, spartan prose; and the absence of sleuth provide a welcome change of pace.

Wyatt is a tough, hardened criminal who covers all his bases with a professional's care. Kickback is tough, violent, relentless and thoroughly convincing.

KICKBACK

Wyatt robs banks, and lifts payrolls. Most men like him are dead or in gaol.

But Wyatt stamps a cold, pitiless style on his heists – and makes sure he never gets caught.

Now his funds are low and his luck is running out – until the day Anna Reid explains about the kickback in her partner's safe.

Other players are involved: Bauer -= who learnt his trade shooting blacks in South Africa; Ivan Younger – smalltime boss; and Sugarfoot Younger – sullen urban cowboy.

In a world of Kickback there is no yielding, no redemption. When Wyatt is crossed, the outcome is inevitable . . .

Wyatt, the seventh novel featuring the professional hold-up man (and winner of the 2010 Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel of the year), was published in Australia in 2010. US publication is to follow in early 2011.

The Wyatt Butterfly, an omnibus comprising two earlier Wyatt novels (Port Vila Blues and The Fallout), is forthcoming in Australia and USA.

WYATT NOVELS:

KICKBACK (1991)
PAYDIRT (1992)
DEATHDEAL (1993)
CROSSKILL (1994)
PORT VILA BLUES (1995)
THE FALLOUT (1997)
WYATT (2010)
THE WYATT BUTTERFLY ~ OMNIBUS (2011)

TO READ AN EXCERPT FROM THE LATEST WYATT NOVEL CLICK HERE

E-BOOK CORNER: DOG HEAVIES!

E-BOOK CORNER: DOG HEAVIES!

A LUCAS HALLAM MYSTERY

L.J. WASHBURN

THIS TITLE DOESN’T FIT INTO ONE OF MY REGUILAR TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOK POSTS, BECAUSE YOU AREN’T TAKING A CHANCE WITH ANY OF LIVIA WASHBURN’S LUCAS HALLAM NOVELS . . . THEY ARE AMONG MY FAVORITES AND IT IS GREAT TO SEE THEM GETTING NEW LIFE AS E-BOOKS . . . FOR $2.99, YOU CAN’T GO WRONG . . .

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO!

BARRY GRAY

MR. CRAIG OVER AT THE FUNKY FROLIC BLOG OUTDOES HIMSELF WITH THIS SURPRISING SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD . . .

Orchestral, exotica, easy listening...these are genres you might not expect to hear on the soundtrack to a children's program but Thunderbirds was a special beast.

There are lots of lovely short cues included on this collection but it is tracks such as "Lady Penelope", "Shooting Star", the swinging "That Dangerous Game" and the Les Baxter/Lawrence Of Arabia flavoured "The Zero X" that transcend the norm.

This is an album for serious soundtrack, easy listening and Thunderbirds fanatics alike. Highly recommended.

TRACKLIST:

1 - United Artists, Century 21
2 - Main Title
3 - The Zero X
4 - Accidental Sabotage
5 - Escape Pod Splashdown
6 - One Vote Against
7 - Tracy Island, Rules Were Made To Be Broken
8 - Thunderbirds Are Go!
9 - Teatime
10 - International Rescue At Glenn Field
11 - Press Conference, Second Attempt
12 - Two Faces, In Pursuit Of The Hood
13 - What A Magnificent Sight
14 - Leaving Earth's Atmosphere
15 - Alan's Dream
16 - Lady Penelope
17 - Shooting Star
18 - The Thunderbirds Theme
19 - Falling Back To Earth
20 - By The Pool
21 - Martian Mystery
22 - Astronauts In Trouble
23 - FAB 1 Below
24 - A Dream Come True
25 - To Alan
26 - End Titles
27 - Joie De Vivre
28 - That Dangerous Game
29 - Jeremiah
30 - San Marino
31 - Tracy Island
32 - Alternate End Titles
33 - The Zero X Theme
34 - Alan's Dream
35 - Swinging Star

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

LOUNGE CENTRAL: MICHAEL ANDREW!

LOUNGE CENTRAL: MICHAEL ANDREW AND SWINGERHEAD!

VINTAGE COVERS:

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

THE CAT'S MEOW!

CHICK-LIT CORNER: I THINK I LOVE YOU!

CHICK-LIT CORNER: I THINK I LOVE YOU!

I WAS DRAGGED (AND I DO MEAN DRAGGED SINCE IT WAS A TWO HOUR TRIP ONE WAY) TO A DAVID CASSIDY CONCERT BY MY WIFE A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO. ONCE THERE, I WATCHED A MYRIAD OF MIDDLE-AGED WOMEN IN VARIOUS STAGES OF EUPHORIA, THROW THEIR PANTIES ON THE STAGE (MISTAKING CASSIDY FOR TOM JONES, I GUESS) WHILE CASSIDY (WHOSE THIN VOICE WAS STILL ABLE TO WARBLE HIS TEENY-BOPPER HITS) KEPT FONDLING HIS NIPPLES THROUGHOUT THE SHOW.

SO, IT IS WITH TREPIDATION THAT I BRING THIS NOVEL TO YOUR ATTENTION, BUT I ENJOYED PEARSON’S FIRST NOVEL SO I WON’T TURN MY BACK ON THIS ONE DESPITE THE CASSIDY CONNECTION . . .

The new novel from the best-selling author of I Don’t Know How She Does It takes us on an unforgettable journey into first love, and—with the emotional intensity and penetrating wit that have made her beloved among readers all over the world—reminds us of how the ardor of our youth can ignite our adult lives.

Wales, 1974. Petra and Sharon, two thirteen-year-old girls, are obsessed with David Cassidy. His fan magazine is their Bible, and some days his letters are the only things that keep them going as they struggle through the humiliating daily rituals of adolescence—confronting their bewildering new bodies, fighting with mothers who don’t understand them at all. Together they tackle the Ultimate David Cassidy Quiz, a contest whose winners will be flown to America to meet Cassidy in person.

London, 1998. Petra is pushing forty, on the brink of divorce, and fighting with her own thirteen-year-old daughter when she discovers a dusty letter in her mother’s closet declaring her the winner of the contest she and Sharon had labored over with such hope and determination. More than twenty years later, twenty pounds heavier, bruised by grief and the disappointments of middle age, Petra reunites with Sharon for an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to meet their teen idol at last, and finds her life utterly transformed.

Funny, moving, full of beautiful observations about the awakenings of both youth and middle age, Allison Pearson’s long-awaited new novel will speak across generations to mothers and daughters and women of all ages.



Wednesday, February 9, 2011

URBAN FANTASY CORNER: THE TEMPLAR CHRONICLES!

URBAN FANTASY CORNER: THE TEMPLAR CHRONICLES!

JOE NASSISE

Contains all three volumes in the original Templar Chronicles trilogy – The Heretic, A Scream of Angels, and A Tear in the Sky.

In this internationally bestselling series from Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Award nominee Joseph Nassise, the ancient Templar Order has been resurrected as a secret combat arm of the Vatican, charged with defending mankind from the supernatural enemies that threaten them at every turn.

At center stage is Knight Commander Cade Williams, a veteran of the Order and a man torn between his thirst for vengeance and his need to discover what happened to him during an encounter with a supernatural entity known as the Adversary five years before.

Cade leads the famed Echo Team, a special forces-style unit that gets called out when things go from bad to worse. Spectres, revenants and even fallen angels – they're all in a day's work for the men of Echo Team and their mysterious commander.



WESTERN PULP: DIAMONDBACK!

WESTERN PULP: DIAMONDBACK

JAMES REASONER

A TEXAS TALE OF DEATH AND DESTRUCTION

AVAILABLE FOR YOUR KINDLE ~ $3.99

BLOG BUDDY AND WORDSMITH EXTRODINAIRE JAMES REASONER ALWAYS DELIVERS A GREAT STORY . . . AND WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY BILL CRIDER HOW CAN YOU LOSE? BUY IT NOW!

FOR MORE CLICK HERE



VINTAGE COVERS: THE BIG WHEEL!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

GOING OFF THE BEAT!

GOING OFF THE BEAT!

THINGS WILL BE A LITTLE SLOW ON BISH'S BEAT FOR A SHORT PERIOD, AS I TAKE ON YET ANOTHER CHALLENGE IN YET ANOTHER CITY.

I'LL STILL BE CHECKING IN ON THE BEAT TO RATTLE DOORKNOBS AND MAKE SURE THE ALLEYS ARE CLEAR, BUT THERE WON'T BE THE USUAL DAILY PROFUSION OF POSTINGS.

THERE WILL, HOWEVER, BE A FULL EXPLAINATION SOON FOR ALL THIS GADDING ABOUT - AND IT'S GOING TO BE COOL . . .

ROLL ON APRIL 14TH . . .

VINTAGE COVERS: KISS OFF THE DEAD!

PULP NOW: LES AVENTURES DE ZODIAQUE!

BICYCLE COP DAVE ROLLS AGAIN!

BICYCLE COP DAVE ROLLS AGAIN!

The third episode of the Bicycle Cop Dave webcomic rolls out next Monday, February 14, 2011 only on fourstory.org. Written by veteran mystery novelist Gary Phillips (The Underbelly) and drawn by the dynamic Manoel Magalhães (Vincent Price Presents), Bicycle Cop Dave is set in a downtown Los Angeles where loft dwellers walk their little dogs past gloomy alleyways from which the sickly sweet smell of something else wafts; where preachers hide secrets; mad architects run loose; and the Genghis Rabbit runs around with a giant bunny head tossing grenades in a suit.

Said blogging.la about Phillips on Dave, “I’m hoping he’ll stray away from hyper liberal tendencies to simply demonize gentrification without providing a more weighty critique; in any case, the comic is worth a bookmark and hopefully some good discussion.”

Well, we at FourStory encourage you to come to the site, go into the easy to find archives to read Dave from the beginning, then the new pages, and see for yourself as the story plays out, Bicycle Cop Dave does not fit easily in any category – but does entertain and cajole...just a little. Come join our intrepid bike officer Dave Richter as he patrols the dark side of gentrification.

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH E-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE E-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON WITH PRICES THAT MAKE THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . . . SOME MAY BE CRAP, SOME COULD SHOW POTENTIAL, OTHERS (I SUSPECT VERY, VERY, FEW) MIGHT BE GREAT – TAKE A CHANCE . . .

TODAY’S FIND . . . THRILLER!

THE SUMMONER ~ $2.99

THE DOMINIC GREY CULT INVESTIGATIONS, NO.1

LAYTON GREEN

A United States diplomat disappears in front of hundreds of onlookers while attending a religious ceremony in the bushveld of Zimbabwe.

Dominic Grey, Diplomatic Security special agent, product of a violent childhood and a worn passport, is assigned to investigate. Aiding the investigation is Professor Viktor Radek, religious phenomenologist and expert on cults, and Nya Mashumba, the local government liaison.

What Grey uncovers is a terrifying cult older than Western civilization, the harsh underbelly of a country in despair, a priest seemingly able to perform impossibilities, and the identity of the newest target.

Himself.

The first work in a globe-hopping series whose protagonists investigate the world's most bizarre and dangerous cults, The Summoner is a stylish, haunting novel of mystery and suspense that will linger long after the last page is turned.



TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH E-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE E-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON WITH PRICES THAT MAKE THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . . . SOME MAY BE CRAP, SOME COULD SHOW POTENTIAL, OTHERS (I SUSPECT VERY, VERY, FEW) MIGHT BE GREAT – TAKE A CHANCE . . .

TODAY’S FIND . . . FANTASY!

EYE OF THE WIZARD ~ $2.99

DANIEL ARENSON

On the longest night of the year, a dark wizard murders a knight and his wife.

The knight's children survive and swear revenge. Sam and Jamie vow to become knights like their father. Neev, the middle child, vows to become a wizard.

Five years later, things look grim. Sam is useless with the sword. Jamie is denied knighthood because she's a girl. Neev cannot cast a spell without growing donkey ears, a monkey tail, or an elephant trunk. The siblings feel like failures.

 

That's when the dark wizard strikes again.

Are the siblings powerful enough to defeat him? Or will they too die at his hands?

QUIET VILLAGE PODCAST #36 ~ THE MUSIC OF 007!

QUIET VILLAGE PODCAST #36 ~ THE MUSIC OF 007!

THIS IS SOME VERY COOL STUFF . . .

Guest Scott Mabbut returns to talk about the music of James Bond, Agent 007. This episode is dedicated to the memory of John Barry, the man who made Bond sound so Bond.

PLAYLIST:

• Intro: Theme from The Tiki Wonder Hour / Combustible Edison
• James Bond Theme / John Barry
• Jump Up / Monty Norman
• From Russia With Love - Opening Titles / John Barry
• 007 Theme / Billy Strange
• Goldfinger / Shirley Bassey with The Propellerheads
• Search For Vulcan / John Barry
• Thunderball / Count Basie Orchestra
• Austin Powers Medley / George S. Clinton
• You Only Live Twice / Bjork
• On Her Majesty's Secret Service / Erik Borelius
• Diamonds Are Forever / David Arnold & David McAlmont

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

NOIR NOW: COLD SHOT TO THE HEART!

NOIR NOW: COLD SHOT TO THE HEART!

WALLACE STROBY

THIS ONE SOUNDS EXCELLENT, SO I JUST PICKED IT UP FOR MY KINDLE . . .

This is a raw, hard-edged, noirish novel, dark and violent. It’s good, too, with a plot easy enough to follow without too much back-paging and a heroine who listens to Bach between gun battles and turns out to be surprisingly likable.

Crissa Stone is a robber for hire, now employed by a mobster who wants her and two cronies to break into a Fort Lauderdale hotel and bust up a card game that has a million bucks on the table. The three miscreants decide to rappel down the side of the building. The scenes of preparation and execution are chilling.

But the heist goes wrong. A man is killed because, we’re told, one of the gunmen spooked. But maybe not. Could the caper be disguised murder for hire? Why else does Crissa suddenly find herself pursued by a reptile called Eddie the Saint?

Their clashes are cinematic: hurtling cars and bloodstained snow. Stroby has been called a nascent Crumley or Pelecanos. He shares their sense that cynicism is the last pose left to a romantic.

VINTAGE COVERS: HELL TO PAY!

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ TRIPLE PLAY!

FINDING FAME THAT LASTS!

FINDING FAME THAT LASTS!

I HAVE A NEW ARTICLE PUBLISHED TODAY IN MERIDIAN MAGAZINE, AN LDS FAITH-BASED DAILY E-ZINE . . .

FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN READING IT CLICK HERE

Monday, February 7, 2011

STEVE TYRELL @ CATALINA JAZZ CLUB!

VINTAGE COVERS: 15 STORY DETECTIVE!

URBAN FANTASY CORNER: MIDNIGHT RIOT!

URBAN FANTASY CORNER: MIDNIGHT RIOT!

BEN ARRONOVICH

THERE IS A LOT OF URBAN FANTASY ON THE BOOK MARKET AT THE MOMENT AND MOST OF IT IS RECYCLED CRAP WITHOUT ANY REAL IMAGINATION INVOLVED.

HOWEVER, MIDNIGHT RIOT (AKS: THE RIVERS OF LONDON), DESPITE ITS DERIVATIVE PHOTOSHOPPED COVER, IS ACTUALLY QUITE AMUSING AND ENGAGING . . . ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS SO FAR THIS YEAR . . .

Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost.

Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny.

Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.

THE SEQUEL IS DUE IN MAY 2011

MOON OVER SOHO

BODY AND SOUL

The song. That’s what London constable and sorcerer’s apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho’s 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body—a sure sign that something about the man’s death was not at all natural but instead supernatural.

Body and soul—they’re also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho. With the help of his superior officer, Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, and the assistance of beautiful jazz aficionado Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter will uncover a deadly magical menace—one that leads right to his own doorstep and to the squandered promise of a young jazz musician: a talented trumpet player named Richard “Lord” Grant—otherwise known as Peter’s dear old dad.

LOUNGE CENTRAL: MATT DUSK LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS!

LOUNGE CENTRAL: MATT DUSK LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS!

ATTENTION SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FANS!

MATT’S NEW TELEVISION SPECIAL, MATT DUSK LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS, WILL BE AIRING ON KOCE-OC (PBS) THIS WEEK:

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 – 8 PM

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9 – 10:30 AM AND 5:30 PM

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13 – 10:30 AM AND 5:30 PM

VINTAGE COVERS: NEW DETECTIVE MAGAZINE!

FANTASY CORNER: DARK JENNY

FANTASY CORNER: DARK JENNY

ALEX BLEDSOE

Freelance Sword Jockey Eddie LaCrosse is in the wrong place at the wrong time while conducting a undercover investigation on the island kingdom of Grand Bruan. When a poisoned apple kills a member of the Queens personal guard, Eddie becomes the prime suspect in the murder.

He must do do some fast talking to keep his head attached to his shoulders. Trying to clear his name and find the real killer, Eddie becomes embroiled in a nasty political scandal. Someone is trying to ruin Queen Jennifer, and they don’t care who they kill on the way.

VINTAGE COVERS: PECOS KID WESTERN!