WHILE THE PREMIERE OF TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN ISN’T UNTIL AUGUST 2ND (AT 9PM PACIFIC ON ABC), THE MEDIA HAS BEEN GIVEN A SNEAK PREVIEW FOR REVIEW PURPOSES . . . BUZZER BLOG REVIEWED THE SHOW TODAY. I’VE LINKED TO THE WHOLE REVIEW (THEY LOVED IT), BUT I COULDN'T RESIST QUOTING THE PERTINENT PART ;) . . .
Special mention should go out to Paul Bishop and Mary Stone. These two play up the roles of interrogators perfectly. They start out nice and we get to know the two outlaw contestants. It’s like a host introducing contestants. However, as the game progresses, you see the interrogators get more intense and try to break these two down to pieces. They treat it like it’s real, and you can feel the tension. Perfect casting with those two.
Alexis Peterson finds herself not only drawn into another murder mystery, but also into the dark and twisted world of couples that "swing", in the fourth novel in the bestselling Soap Opera Mystery series.
Matt Brown is just an ordinary guy . . . until alien invaders attack the Earth, and humanity's superheroes go down fighting. By chance, Matt falls heir to their powers, but how can a fake hero save the world when the real ones have already failed? To find out, join him on a quest through a post-apocalyptic world where alien horrors and human supervillains battle for dominion.
The Impostor is the new superhero series by veteran fantasy and horror writer Richard Lee Byers, a frequent contributor to the Forgotten Realms universe.
Apparently, small town police departments in the ‘50s never thought of using a parole officer to keep track of released criminals – at least in the small town in Masquerade In Blue, where the police chief gives his ex-con son-in-law a badge and a unifiorm in order to keep him ‘in check.’
Uniformed police officers were usually cannon fodder or played for laughs in the pulps. Having a uniformed cop as a hero was unusual – even if he was an ex-con before getting his badge. However, Jim Garland is an ex-con with a soft spot, taking the job as a cop to please his dying mother.
But this is pulp, and you know before the first page that Jim’s ex-con past is going to come back and haunt him. You’re even more positive as Jim quickly becomes the local hero, putting his criminal knowledge to good use since he knows how criminals think.
Of course, just when things are starting to look up for Jim, wouldn’t you know it, his old partner in crime shows up. Throw in some big-shot gangsters, and a femme fatale and it’s clear things are going to turn from bad to worse for Jim.
MASQUERADE IN BLUE
Every minute he wore that uniform he lived a mockery!
The last thing Jim Garland wanted to be when he got out of jail was a cop. Yet when he returned home, the badge was waiting for him. It was the way his police chief step-father used to keep this 'black sheep' in check. Jim had to take it or leave – and he took it.
But Jim still had links with the underworld he couldn't sever, blue uniform or not. And when beautiful Marge Rivers insinuated herself into his life with promises of love and money – enough for a new start – and he needed a girl – badly. So Marge, with her big-time ideas, led Jim to the one man who could supply their needs, the one man who stood between them.
An unusually exciting novel of a wayward son torn by new temptations.
Masquerade In Blue is second rank noir – all a bit preachy and conservative leaning and without the final twist of angst for a true noir bitter ending. Still, it’s a readable tale, providing the comfort of predicatability.
I finally got to see the first two episodes of ABC's upcoming game show Take The Money and Run and I'm pretty impressed. It's very different than anything on television today and it was only until recent previews when that vibe was given off. The show, from Wild Rover, has a very unique spy-vibe to it. You're instantly placed into this very thematic scenario where a team is given $100,000 to hide, are then arrested and locked up for 48 hours, and interrogated while real law officials try to find it to claim the money for themselves. It's very different and I liked it.
Pulp 2.0 Press CEO Bill Cunningham today announced that the company has signed an agreement to redesign and republish the adventures of the classic pulp character, Agent 13, created and written by Flint Dille (Transformers G1) and David Marconi (Enemy of the State). This Pulp 2.0 collector’ edition titled The Agent 13 Dossier will be exclusively in print, and will collect all three of the original Agent 13 novels as well as exclusive features disclosing the secrets behind the mysterious Midnight Avenger.
Agent 13 was originally published in 1986 by TSR in a trilogy of novels - The Invisible Empire, The Serpentine Assassin and Acolytes of Darkness. The character spawned a set of graphic novels drawn by artist Dan Spiegle (with covers by Jeff Butler) as well as a role-playing game and comic. Kidnapped as a young child in 1907, a gifted boy was brought to The Shrine, the hidden headquarters of the ancient organization known as The Brotherhood. His past memories were erased, he was assigned the title Agent 13 and trained as an assassin and agent in clandestine operations. He became the best disciple and would have risen high in the ranks of the Brotherhood, until he discovered its true evil nature under its cadaverous leader, Itsu - The Hand Sinister. Fleeing The Brotherhood he is hunted by their ninja-like agents, and begins a deadly cat-and-mouse contest against the organization. He fights back, forming his own group of allies against the Brotherhood who dare to plunge the world toward war.
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 MAKING THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . .
TODAY’S FIND . . . MYSTERY/NOIR!
VINTAGE CONNOR: THE BLONDE IN THE LOTUS ELITE
KINDLE EDITION ~ $5.99
When Connor wore a badge, he drove a Crown Vic down Oakland’s meanest streets. Now he pilots a vintage Alfa Romeo and finds classic cars for rich collectors. Inevitably, he also finds trouble.
It starts when Evie, an old flame, asks him to learn the truth about her daughter, who was found with her wrists slashed during Monterey’s classic car weekend. The inquest said it was suicide, but Evie thinks it was murder. Unable to refuse the woman he loved and lost twenty years ago, Connor agrees to investigate. With some old-school detective work and his ex-partner’s help, he discovers that Evie may be right. She also may be hiding something. And as his investigation proceeds, he finds himself caught between deception and desire.
Unfolding like a modern film noir, “Vintage Connor” is a clever and original suspense novel with enough shady characters to keep you guessing whodunit. Pulsing with the rhythm and wit of the pulp classics that inspired it, this sun-drenched noir transports you from the gritty streets of Oakland to the pebbled beaches of Monterey, and will excite anyone who loves a crackling good yarn.
KINDLE EDITION ~ $11.99 (THIS OUTRAGEOUS PRICE IS SET BY THE PUBLISHER – WHO, ALONG WITH OTHERS OF HIS KIND, WILL SOON BE TRAMPLED BY THE E-BOOK REVOLUTION OF GOOD BOOKS FOR A GOOD PRICE, NOT A PRICE GOUGE)
The most famous athlete in the world has gotten himself into a bit of trouble. Maybe you heard? In this wild and deliciously mischievous novel, two veteran Sports Illustrated writers take us between the ropes and the sheets of the PGA Tour to chronicle the epic rise, astonishing collapse and uproarious comeback attempt of the greatest golfer of our time, Herbert X. “Tree” Tremont.
THIS LOOKS LIKE A VERY COOL PULP-STYLE COMIC OUTING . . .
PER IGN COMICS . . .
The series explores the pulp-infused era of the early 1930's. Given that Timely Comics didn't debut until 1940, it's a time Marvel's books have rarely explored before. The Mystery Men are a gathering of pulp-influenced heroes. Marvel's description lists The Surgeon, The Operative, Achilles, The Revenant, and The Aviatrix as members. These all appear to be original characters. However, Marvel was very clear that The Mystery Men is set in Marvel continuity, so we wouldn't be surprised to see some familiar faces show up during the course of the story.
I’M GOING TO BE INTERROGATED TUESDAY MORNING ON THE INTERNET RADIO STATION MARTINI IN THE MORNING, WHICH HAS LONG FEATURED THE SOUND OF CONTEMPORARY LOUNGE AND STANDARDS AS WELL AS THE BEST OF WHAT HAS GONE BEFORE.
BRAD CHAMBERS, THE VOICE BEHIND MARTINI IN THE MORNING, WILL BE GRILLING ME ABOUT THE UPCOMING ABC REALITY GAME SHOW TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN, IN WHICH I AM FEATURED, MY BOOKS, AND MY LOVE OF ALL THINGS LOUNGE. IT SHOULD BE FUN.
One of my favorite comics/crime writers, Greg Rucka, and one of my favorite artists (and collaborators), Rick Burchett, have just launched a new webcomic – Lady Sabre and The Pirates Of The Ineffable Aether!
This steampunkish fantasy is something of a departure, genre-wise, for both creators, but based on today's first installment, it already looks like a winner – and a genuine masterpiece in the making.
As Hollywood's golden age wanes, private eye Scott Elliott digs among the ruins. Eight stories include the never-before-published "Sleep Big," in which Elliott cracks a case that famously eluded Philip Marlowe.
In "Garbo's Knees," a paving square signed by the reclusive screen idol has gone missing. But was it Garbo's stone the thief was after?
Chasing stray actresses, hot jewelry, and a gun that may have started a war, Scott Elliott demonstrates once again two-time Shamus winner Terence Faherty's sharp eye and keen ear for characters living on broken dreams.
He has always been a lone wolf... a solitary coyote... or at least an only puppy. But today, Slick Bracer, PI is getting himself a partner! Will double the dick mean double the trouble? Will the citizens of Metropolisville be safe at last? Or will the newest cast member have a life expectancy of a red-shirted extra on Star Trek? Would it give you a hint if we mentioned this is the Mystery of Some Murdered Guy?
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