Saturday, August 6, 2011

HOW TO WIN TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN ALMOST!

HOW TO WIN TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN ALMOST!

RAUL BUSTAMANTE, ONE OF THE BROTHERS FROM THE FIRST EPISODE OF TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN, GIVES A GREAT POST SHOW INTERVIEW AND EXPLAINS IT ALL OVER AT THE TUMBLER TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN #1 FAN SITE . . .

PER TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN #1 FAN SITE:

Tell me about how you found out about the show, what drew you to TTMAR, and the casting process.

I ran across a casting online for the show that asked for teams of two that knew San Francisco like the back of their hand. So I immediately thought of my brother Paul who spends a good amount of time in the city. I knew San Francisco as well because I had spent a lot of time there due to my acting and modeling career. Not knowing much about I just thought it would be fun to something with my brother possibly on camera. He had actually visited me on set before and he has directed me in some shorts of his so I thought it would be a great experience for both of us.

Talk to me about the rules - are there more than the following?

■ Contestants must stay together while hiding the briefcase

■ Contestants must use the vehicle. They can park it and walk somewhere.

■ They can use pay phones.

■ Detectives get GPS information tracking the vehicle, cell phone records.

■ The briefcase must be hidden somewhere accessible 24 hours a day.

■ Anyone the contestants use to hide the money must be accessible by detectives.

■ All questions must be answered, but both sides are expected to lie and do their best to deceive the other.

■ Contestants are not allowed to leave the cell.
A couple to add would be:

1.We were only allowed to sleep 5 hours per 24 hour period.

2.Paul and I weren’t allowed contact with each other until the 60 min started (so we had to decide where to hide the case on the fly).

3.The case could not be hidden in dumpsters,on a moving transportation (cabs, bart, buses, trains, etc.) and could not be hidden under bridges.

Did the cameramen act as on-the-fly rule instructors? Could you turn to them and ask, “Am I allowed to …”

No, not at all. They actually weren’t allowed to help or speak to us what so ever. We each had a long sit down with production the night before to go over the contract and rules of the game. That was the only time we were allowed to asked questions about the game and how it was allowed to be played.

FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW CLICK HERE

NOIR NOW: LESBIAN NOIR!

NOIR NOW: LESBIAN NOIR!

WOMEN OF THE MEAN STREETS

J.M. REDMANN

Women. Crime. Justice. At least the search for it. On the mean streets, the back allies, the dark corners.

These are stories of tough women in hard places. The nights are long, the women are fast, and danger is always a short block or quick minute away. Edited by award winning author/editors J.M. Redmann and Greg Herren, Women of the Mean Streets is an anthology of some of the top, tough women crime writers today, noir stories with a lesbian twist.

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PULP NOW: COLONEL CRUM ~ THE MIDGET DETECTIVE!

PULP NOW: COLONEL CRUM ~ THE MIDGET DETECTIVE!

JOHN H. KNOX

PULP TALES PRESENTS #22:

PULPVILLE PRESS - NOW AVAILABLE!

Beginning in 1940, a series of stories concerning a midget detective known as Colonel Fabian Crum began appearing in Thrilling Mystery pulp magazine, all written by John H. Knox. The seven Colonel Crum stories listed below are being presented in a fascimile format, the text and ads reprinted just as they appeared back in the pulp days.

CONTENTS:

DEATH IS A LITTLE MAN
THE CYCLOPS' EYE
THE DEVIL'S LOTTERY
THE DEATH ELVES
THE DEAD IN ARMOR
DEATH CALLS CINDERELLA
DEATH WALKS SOFTLY

The stories collected in facsimile format in this book are from Thrilling Mystery pulp magazines.

TRADE PAPERBACK ~ 148 PAGES

PULPVILLE PRESS

PARANORMAL CORNER: THE TWELTH ENCHANTMENT!

PARANORMAL CORNER: THE TWELTH ENCHANTMENT!

DAVID LISS

Lucy Derrick is a young woman of good breeding and poor finances. After the death of her beloved father, she is forced to maintain a shabby dignity as the unwanted boarder of her tyrannical uncle, fending off marriage to a local mill owner. But just as she is on the cusp of accepting a life of misery, events take a stunning turn when a handsome stranger—the poet and notorious rake Lord Byron—arrives at her house, stricken by what seems to be a curse, and with a cryptic message for Lucy. Suddenly her unfortunate circumstances are transformed in ways at once astonishing and seemingly impossible.

With the world undergoing an industrial transformation, and with England on the cusp of revolution, Lucy is drawn into a dangerous conspiracy in which her life, and her country’s future, are in the balance. Inexplicably finding herself at the center of cataclysmic events, Lucy is awakened to a world once unknown to her: where magic and mortals collide, and the forces of ancient nature and modern progress are at war for the soul of England . . . and the world. The key to victory may be connected to a cryptic volume whose powers of enchantment are unbounded. Now, challenged by ruthless enemies with ancient powers at their command, Lucy must harness newfound mystical skills to prevent catastrophe and preserve humanity’s future. And enthralled by two exceptional men with designs on her heart, she must master her own desires to claim the destiny she deserves.

The Twelfth Enchantment is the most captivating work to date of a master literary conjurer.


FANTASY CORNER: DEN OF THIEVES!

FANTASY CORNER: DEN OF THIEVES!

THE ANCIENT BLADES TRILOGY: BOOK ONE

DAVID CHANDLER

Born and raised in the squalid depths of the Free City of Ness, Malden became a thief by necessity. Now he must pay a fortune to join the criminal operation of Cutbill, lord of the underworld—and one does not refuse the master . . . and live.

The coronet of the Burgrave would fulfill Malden’s obligations, though it is guarded by hungry demons that would tear the soul from any interloper. But the desperate endeavor leads to a more terrible destiny, as Malden, an outlaw knight, and an ensorcelled lady must face the most terrifying evil in the land.


HISTORICAL FICTION CORNER: STEALING MONA LISA!

HISTORICAL FICTION CORNER: STEALING MONA LISA!

CARSON MORTON

What happens when you mix a Parisian street orphan, a hot-tempered Spanish forger, a beautiful American pickpocket, an unloved wife, and one priceless painting?

The charming Eduardo de Valfierno makes a very respectable living in Argentina fleecing the nouveau rich—they pay him to steal valuable pieces of art, and Valfierno sells them flawless forgeries instead. But when Eduardo meets the beautiful Mrs. Hart on his latest con, he takes a risk that forces him back to the city he loved and left behind—Paris. There he assembles his team of con artists for their final and most ambitious theft, one that will enable them to leave the game forever: The Mona Lisa.

But when a member of the team turns up missing, and Mr. Hart shows up in Paris, Valfierno and his crew must stay one step ahead of a relentless police inspector, endure a devastating flood, and conquer their own doubts to keep the priceless painting in play—and survive.

Based on the actual theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911, and published on the 100th anniversary of the crime, Stealing Mona Lisa is a sophisticated, engaging caper, complete with a richly imagined group of con artists and a historical mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end.


PULP NOW: PRO SE PRESENTS!

PULP NOW: PRO SE PRESENTS!

Pro Se Productions #1 once more putting the Magazine back into Pulp!

Pro Se, known for its monthly magazines has returned with a two fisted, action packed, horror inducing first issue, restarting its award winning line of magazines!

Pro Se Presents #1 features three stories in its debut issue. Sean Taylor presents a tale of the line between inspiration and horror in 'Art Imitates Death.' Don Thomas pens a tale of heroic fantasy with 'Andar and the Farmer.' And Ken Janssen's Sherringford Bell returns to investigate 'The Scandal of the Bohemian." Peter Cooper and Sean E. Ali provide art for this debut issue, Ali also responsible for design and format.

TRADE PAPERBACK ~ 76 PAGES

PRINT: $6.00 E-VERSION: $1.99

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS ~ ZEPPELIN MURDERS!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS ~ ZEPPELIN MURDERS!

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 . . . PULP!

CHICAGO CAPERS: BOOK ONE ~ ZEPPELIN MURDERS!

D.K. COLLINS

SMASHWORDS ~ $5.99

Murder, mystery and magic in Jazz Age Prohibition Chicago. Part Indiana Jones, part Agatha Christie, Zeppelin Murders starts with a battered body on the promenade along the Chicago River and all the clues lead to the maiden voyage of the dirigible, The Chicago, bound for New York, London and Berlin.

Stolen occult artifacts, gangsters, agents of foreign powers and a missing motion pictures vamp all complicate the lives of our detectives – a psychic mystery novelist and an intrepid female reporter.

Untangling this web will take all their powers of deduction and a lot of help from their friends – a magician, an archeologist, and a police detective.

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

Thursday, August 4, 2011

DAVE WHITE PRESENTS!

DAVE WHITE PRESENTS!

LAST TUESDAY DAVE WHITE PRESENTS INTEVIEWED ME FOR HIS WEEKLY RADIO SHOW. THE INTERVIEW IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE . . .

CLICK HERE

TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN SWEEPSTAKES!

TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN SWEEPSTAKES!

Where would you stash the cash? No need to outwit our interrogators in this contest. Enter now for a chance to win $5,000 in the Take the Money and Run Sweepstakes. Then watch real people face real detectives in the ultimate game of cat & mouse, Take the Money and Run Tuesdays at 9|8c on ABC.

FOR DETAILS CLICK HERE

TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN: SNEAK PREVIEW ~ EPISODE 2

HANK AND MUDDY!

HANK AND MUDDY!

STEVE MERTZ

THIS ONE SOUNDS LIKE A WINNER . . .

In steamy Shreveport, Louisiana, two musical legends-in-the-making come together: a whiskey-soaked country singer named Hank Williams and blues artist Muddy Waters. What they've got in common over several hectic days of drinking, singing and whoring is an interest in staying alive despite local mobsters, bent cops, and a truckload of Ku Klux Klansmen. Swimming with alligators is the least of this pair's adventures.

FOR A MORE INDEPTH BLOG POST BY MERTZ CLICK HERE

FOR AN INTERVIEW WITH MERTZ CLICK HERE


PULP NOW: PULPSMITH #1 ~THE BUTCHER'S SON!

PULP NOW: PULPSMITH #1 ~THE BUTCHER'S SON!

A MOSES CRAWFORD MYSTERY

MEL ODOM

KINDLE EDITION ~ $2.99

It's 1935, and a pulp writer whose dream is to appear in Black Mask magazine manages to get hooked up with big Jim McLane, New York's top homicide cop ~ the writer’s hope is getting the kind of experience and story material to help him crack his dream market.

PULSMITH #1 . . .

When I moved from Texas to New York to take my chances as a yarnspinner for the pulps, I knew I was entering into a whole new world. As the author of the LINCOLN LANDRY, SPACE RANGER tales for the science fiction pulps, I know a thing or two about new worlds.

But what I wanted most of all was to get a story in BLACK MASK magazine, the same pulp that launched the careers of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, to name a few.

In order to do that, I pulled in a few favors. Who knew the chief of police was a Lincoln Landry fan? Once I found out, though, I had him hook me up with his best homicide detective: Jim McLane, a tough no-nonsense cop that Hammett and Chandler might have admired.

Together, McLane and I sort through murders in the Big Apple in 1935. I didn't know I was going to learn so much, or that the price would be so high. But between McLane and me, we generally get to the bottom of murder, blackmail, and kidnappings."


MORE FROM HARD CASE CRIME!

MORE FROM HARD CASE CRIME!

THE WORD FROM EDITOR CHARLES ARDAI ON LAWRENCE BLOCK’S LATEST, GETTING OFF . . .

We're just six weeks away from a pretty big event: publication of Lawrence Block's new novel Getting Off. (Which also happens to be the kickoff of our relaunch of Hard Case Crime, but that's another story.) Block hit the New York Times Bestseller List with his last new book, A Drop Of The Hard Stuff, which won raves left and right (and very much deserved them). Getting Off is a very different sort of book – among other things, it's possibly the single *dirtiest* book to be published in America in the last 40 years – but it's every bit as strong a book, and possibly even more disturbing. One blogger who requested an advance copy just posted, "Occasionally I watch a movie or read a book that makes such a deep and lasting impression [that] I can't stop thinking about it...Well, Getting Off did it to me. Last night was the first time in ages a book has kept me up all night."

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

COCKTAIL NATION #183 ~ THIS IS VINTAGE NOW!

COCKTAIL NATION #183 ~ THIS IS VINTAGE NOW!

This week,Koop talks to David Gasten the producer of a new album called This Is Vintage Now. In Review With Koop looks at a new website with cool stuff to pick up for your swank pad, plus Koop will take a look at the new tv series about those gorgeous flight hostesses from the 60’s . . .

PLAYLIST:

Tikiyaki Orchestra ~ Mysteria
B Sharp Band ~ Destination Moon
Necrotonez ~ Fare Thee Well and Go to Hell
Chris Connor ~ Skyscraper Blues
Don Tiki ~ Odd Man Out
Midnight Combo ~ Soft Waving
Melody Gardot ~ Les Etoiles
Jimmy Vargas ~ Black Widow
Stereophonic Space Sound ~ La Fille Dans Le Train
Billy May ~ Pawn Ticket
Buddy Cole ~ What Is There To Say
Mr Ho's Orchestrotica ~ Phoenix, Goodbye
Mel Tormé ~ Sunday In New York

THIS SHOW WILL BE AVAILABLE SATURDAY

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

INSPECTOR MORSE: THE TV PREQUEL!

INSPECTOR MORSE: THE TV PREQUEL!

PER BBC NEWS . . .

Inspector Morse is to return to TV screens in a one-off show about the detective's early career.

Endeavour, which will be filmed in Oxford, will feature The Take star Shaun Evans in the role made famous by John Thaw.

Set in 1965, the story revolves around a hunt for a missing schoolgirl and will give viewers the chance to see where the detective's love for crosswords and classic cars came from.

It is expected to air on ITV next year.

"Morse as a young man is a wonderful character that I'm very excited to be playing," said Evans.

"My hope is that we can complement what's come before, by telling a great story and telling it well."

ITV drama commissioner Laura Mackie said the drama, titled after Morse's first name, was "a beautifully written story".

In the Daily Mail's article, it states that "The programme has been written by Russell Lewis, but Colin Dexter, the creator of Inspector Morse, has been involved as an adviser."

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

HARD CASE CRIME NEWS!

HARD CASE CRIME NEWS!

FROM EDITOR CHARLES ARDAI . . .

First off, we're only a bit more than a month away from Hard Case Crime's big relaunch. Our first two new titles in over a year come out on September 20th, and our next two arrive on October 4th: GETTING OFF by Lawrence Block, QUARRY'S EX by Max Allan Collins, THE CONSUMMATA by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins, and CHOKE HOLD by Christa Faust. We've already started seeing some early reviews online and I'm delighted to see that people are really enjoying the books. MIchael Rogers of Library Journal, for instance, is halfway through reading THE CONSUMMATA and just blogged "It's a blast." And blogger Julia Barrett wrote this about GETTING OFF: "Occasionally I watch a movie or read a book that makes such a deep and lasting impression [that] I can't stop thinking about it...Well, GETTING OFF did it to me. Last night was the first time in ages a book has kept me up all night."

If you'd like a little taste of each book, you can find sample chapters and cover art for all four on our Web site, www.hardcasecrime.com. If you would like to pre-order the books -- either in physical or e-book editions -- you can do so by clicking on the "Order Now" link for each book (or by going directly to your favorite local or online bookseller).

A number of you have asked us if our new publisher, Titan Books, will be offering a subscription service along the lines of the "Hard Case Crime Book Club" that our old publisher, Dorchester Publishing, used to offer. Titan has told us they would like to do so -- but it's not something they've ever done before, and they're still looking into how they could pull it off. As soon as we get a definitive answer from them, we'll let everyone on our mailing list know. In the meantime, though, I doubt they'll have it up and running in the next month...so if you'd like to get our new books delivered by mail when they're published, pre-ordering them is your best bet.

For those of you in or around New York City, there's another option, which is to pick up copies in person at the relaunch event we're holding the evening of Wednesday, September 21, at the Mysterious Bookshop. The Mysterious Bookshop is one of the oldest and best-respected mystery booksellers in the world, run by the legendary Otto Penzler, and we're thrilled that he's invited us to unveil our new titles in his store. Lawrence Block will be there to sign copies of GETTING OFF, and Christa Faust will be there from the West Coast to sign copies of CHOKE HOLD. I'll be there, too, and I'll be inviting other Hard Case Crime authors to come. We'd love to see you there, if you happen to be in the vicinity and can make it. The event will probably start around 6 or 7pm (the time hasn't been nailed down yet), and the store is at 58 Warren Street, just off West Broadway. I realize most of you reading this message aren't anywhere near NYC and won't be able to come -- but for those of you who are, I hope you stop by.

In other news, we've announced our next 2012 title: BLOOD ON THE MINK, by science fiction grandmaster Robert Silverberg. This is one of his rare non-science fiction novels, and in fact may be his rarest novel, period -- it has never been published in book form, only in the final issue of an old pulp magazine called TRAPPED DETECTIVE STORIES half a century ago. It's a terrific story about counterfeiters and the federal agent who goes undercover to bring them down, and it features a great cover painting by Michael Koelsch. You can check it out when you visit our Web site.

Finally, I wanted to remind you that the second season of the TV series "Haven" -- inspired by the book Stephen King wrote for Hard Case Crime, THE COLORADO KID -- recently started airing on SyFy. It's on Friday nights at 10pm here in New York, and it's just been getting better and better. I've been lucky enough to get to work on the show and I can tell you there are some good stories coming. So if you haven't started watching it yet and you find yourself with some free time on a Friday night...check it out. You'll be glad you did.

And when September 20 comes and you start reading our new books...let us know what you think.

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PULP NOW: HUNT IS BACK!

PULP NOW: HUNT IS BACK!

THE WORD FROM EDITOR CHARLES ARDAI . . .

It's been a while.

I just got word that the latest (and last?) Gabriel Hunt novel – HUNT THROUGH NAPOLEON'S WEB, co-authored by renowned James Bond novelist Raymond Benson – has finally arrived in bookstores. This is the sixth Hunt novel, and in it you'll see Gabriel go up against the ingenious mind of a tyrant dead nearly 200 years. Gabriel's in pursuit of a lost second fragment of the Rosetta Stone, and some very dangerous men are trying to beat him to the find. Meanwhile his sister Lucy has gotten caught up in the deadly situation, and it'll take all of Gabriel's resourcefulness to get her out alive.

You can find the book on Amazon.com or BN.com, in both printed and e-book formats, or at your favorite local bookstore (if they don't already have copies, they can order one for you).

And while you're at it, you can find the first five Hunt novels in e-book form as well. If you missed any along the way and have a Kindle or Nook, you might enjoy catching up on Gabriel's earrlier adventures.
Whichever way you read the book, we very much appreciate your reading it – and hope you have a rollicking good time.

And if Gabriel does eventually come back for more adventures? You'll hear it here first.

JAZZ CORNER: MICHAEL BUBLE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!

JAZZ CORNER: MICHAEL BUBLE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!

FROM BILLBOARD.COM:

Michael Buble will headline his first network television variety special in December on NBC to promote an upcoming holiday CD, produced by David Foster.
The one-hour special, which does not yet have an air date, will feature holiday songs and sketch comedy segments. His label, 143/Reprise, has not released any details on the holiday album.

Buble has recorded a duet on “White Christmas” with Shania Twain and a version of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” for the album. His first holiday album, the EP “Let it Snow,” was released in 2003. He has said in interviews he will be more involved in the arrangements on the new album.

The Canadian crooner has had a long relationship with NBC, having first appeared on “Today” on Valentine’s Day in 2003. A January 2010 appearance on “Saturday Night Live” featured a duet with Sharon Jones on and “Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)” and a solo performance of “Haven’t Met You Yet.” His last album, “Crazy Love,” which was his fifth studio effort, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart in October 2009.

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS ~ BEAT ON THE BRAT!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS: BEAT ON THE BRAT!

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 . . . THRILLING SHORT STORIES!

BEAT ON THE BRAT

NIGEL BIRD

KINDLE EDITION ~ $.99

Beat On The Brat (And Other Stories) is the second collection to be released by prize winning author Nigel Bird, following the success of his debut, the critically acclaimed Dirty Old Town (And Other Stories).

Here are 9 more pieces from the shadows.

The lead story, Beat On The Brat, was the winner of the prestigious Watery Grave Invitational competition of 2010. It went on to be published in the highly-regarded Needle Magazine and was nominated for Spinetingler’s ‘Best Story Online’ earlier this year.

In 2010, his success in 2010’s Watery Grave Invitation was followed by a 5th place story entitled ‘Too Much Too Young’. The story appears here as ‘Back In Black’ as a dedication to the wonderful Amy Winehouse who died on the weekend before release.

‘Hoodwinked’ appeared at ‘All Due Respect’, ‘Mind Your Step’ at Microw, ‘Sugar and Spice’ at A Twist Of Noir’ and ‘Snow Angel’ at ‘Not From Here Are You’.

His work has appeared recently in the collections ‘The Mammoth Book of Best Of British Crime Stories’ and the debut release from Snubnose entitled ‘Speedloader’.

This follows appearances in Crimefactory; Dark Valentine; Beat to a Pulp; Pulp Metal; Crimespree; and a number of other wonderful homes.

Later this year Nigel is to put out the anthology ‘Pulp Ink’ with co-editor Chris Rhatigan. He is confident that the names involved and the quality of the work will make it one of the finest short fiction collections of the year.

His blog ‘Sea Minor’ is currently running the ‘Dancing With Myself’ series of interviews. He hopes to complete his novel by the end of 2011.

Monday, August 1, 2011

ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: ARMED AND GORGEOUS!

ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: ARMED AND GORGEOUS!

PULP WRITER BILL RAETZ HAS POSTED A PREVIEW OF HIS NEW WORLD ESPIONAGE BUREAU, BRYCE ATTWELLE, THRILLER ARMED AND GORGEOUS . . .

CHAPTER ONE ~ ON THE LAM

Things are seldom as they seem.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Expect the unexpected.

There was a cliché festival going on in my head as I drove my Chrysler along I-15 trying to get across the border to Mexico. I drove, my hat angled on my head, a cigarette between my lips, sweating. I knew this day would come, knew it like I know nobody leaves this world alive; I just didn’t know that everything would strike so swiftly and I’d be forced to leave the country at a moment’s notice with a girl in my car and a load of evidence in the trunk.

The windows were down, stereo cranked. I was armed, and she was gorgeous.

It was the thing that happens to the other guy, never you, that had me on the lam—and what a ride it had been. I glanced at the rearview mirror and had to laugh at myself. Why hadn’t this happened to me sooner? But you don’t question things in my line of work because that requires slowing down long enough to get a little philosophical, and slowing down is usually the last thing a guy like me does before an undertaker goes to work on him. And that was the problem—someone wanted me dead.

FOR THE FULL PREVIEW CLICK HERE

OPERATION CHECKMATE!

OPERATION CHECKMATE!

POSTER: COOL – MOVIE: QUESTIONABLE . . .

Jill is a master thief, which has long been on the wanted list of Commissioner Britta Boge. The insurance company decides to hire agent David Asman to track down this thief. Meanwhile, Jill has other plan: She wants to steal the oldest chess game in the world.

OPERATION THRILLER!

OPERATION THRILLER!

NOW THIS IS SOMETHING REALLY COOL . . . ABOVE PHOTO IS FROM LAST YEARS TOUR . . .

PER MYSTERY SCENE . . .

Mystery writers don't just make our lives a little richer because of their consuming stories. Many also work at giving back.

Karin Slaughter, Mary Kay Andrews and Kathryn Stockett have helped to raise more than $50,000 for the 25 libraries in the Dekalb County Public Library System in Georgia through the SavetheLibraries.com.

Timothy Hallinan, who writes the Poke Rafferty novels, assembled some of the best mystery writers to contribute to Shaken: Stories for Japan, a collection of original stories with 100 percent of the royalties going to the 2011 Japan Relief Fund, administered by the Japan America Society of Southern California.

And for the second year in a row, a group of mystery writers are going on a week-long United Service Organization (USO) tour of the Middle East during Fall 2011 . . .

FOR THE FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE

ESPIONAGE CORNER: 007 MAGAZINE #23!

ESPIONAGE CORNER: 007 MAGAZINE #23!

This 36-page Deluxe Limited Edition presents a critical overview of the Daniel Craig Bond era to date; including the making of the films, critical reception, box-office, etc.

Plus thoughts on what direction director Sam Mendes' just-confirmed 'Bond 23" will take and whether the title of the film will be Ian Fleming's, 'The Property of A Lady.'

Packed with a terrific selection of thrilling images! For Bond Lovers Only! 007 Magazine publications - Nobody Does It Better!

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

CRIMINAL ELEMENT: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN!

CRIMINAL ELEMENT: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN!

THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT.COM BLOG RUNS A POST TODAY BY ERIC BEETNER, AUTHOR OF ONE TOO MANY BLOWS TO THE HEAD, AND LEAD EDITOR OF TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN . . . HE BRINGS A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE TO HIS PIECE . . .

For the new ABC reality series Take The Money And Run (premiering tomorrow night), I was the lead editor and worked with producers in the field during the shoots. I work on my fair share of shows during any given year that I find hard to endorse, but this isn’t one of them. Yes, it is a reality show, but it’s smart and suspenseful. Reading crime fiction, I usually find myself rooting for the bad guy, the antihero. But, today, I want to talk about my enhanced respect for the police . . .

FOR THE FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE

MSN TV: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN!

MSN TV: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN!

'TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN' CONSTRUCTS HIDE-AND-SEEK MIND GAME ~ EXECUTIVE PRODUCER BERTRAM VAN MUNSTER GIVES
DETAILS ABOUT ABC'S NEW REALITY GAME SHOW TO MSN TV . . .

What if you were given $100,000 and told you could keep it only if you could hide the money for 48 hours? Seems simple enough, right? Not exactly. In ABC's new show "Take the Money and Run," contestants are given $100,000 in a suitcase and are given exactly one hour to hide it. After the time is up, they're taken into custody by police detectives and are interrogated for 48 hours. The detectives can use cellphone records, any receipts and GPS coordinates to try to figure out where the money is. If the detectives are able to find it, it's theirs. If not, the contestants are $100,000 richer.

MSN spoke with Executive Producer Bertram van Munster ("The Amazing Race") about how the idea for the reality game show came about, and where he'd hide the money if he played the game . . .

FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW CLICK HERE

MIAMI HERALD: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN!

MIAMI HERALD: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN!

Need to shake up your summer nights? Try this new show out. The producing team of Jerry Bruckheimer and Bertram van Munster ( The Amazing Race) is behind Take the Money and Run, starting 9 p.m. on ABC. It’s truTV on fast forward. The deal: contestants hide $100,000, and then are interrogated by actual investigators on its whereabouts, CSI style. If they can keep it stashed and cool under pressure, the dough is theirs. Where do we sign up?

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN!

NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN!

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES . . .

The police state becomes total when the police become the heroes and the criminals begin policing themselves.

These are not ordinarily the values of reality television, which prizes mischief and mild lawlessness and depicts police officers as, at best, tragic figures, shouldering responsibilities that no one else will.

“Take the Money & Run,” which begins on Tuesday on ABC, upends all that. Part game show and part psychological warfare, it’s a showdown involving three pairs — two contestants in the role of criminals, who stash $100,000 and hope it’s not found; two moonlighting police officers assigned to uncover it within 48 hours; and two interrogators, who try to pry information out of the criminals with stern looks and steak dinners and lines like, “You’re lying now, and you’re not real good at it.”

The criminals are regular folks hoping to earn money and TV time without having to study hard for “Jeopardy!” or demean themselves on “Wipeout.” This should be a cakewalk for them: hide shrewdly, reveal little, collect prize. (If the cops find it, they win the money.)

But this sometimes gripping show isn’t so benign. First, the adversaries are worthy. The interrogators — Paul Bishop, a detective and author, and Mary Hanlon Stone, a deputy district attorney and author — have a flair for the dramatic, and the police officers live up to their cities’ stereotypes. In the premiere the ones from San Francisco have an unhurried affability. The Miami detectives in the second episode have sharper edges; one, with slicked-back black hair and a tight black T-shirt tucked into black pants, looks like the stunt double for Cop No. 3 on an early episode of “Miami Vice.”

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LIBERI DI SCRIVERE: INTERVISTA CON PAUL BISHOP!

LIBERI DI SCRIVERE: INTERVISTA CON PAUL BISHOP!

IF YOU CAN READ ITALIAN . . . GO FOR IT . . .

Benvenuto Paul su Liberidiscrivere e grazie per aver accettato la mia intervista. Iniziamo con le presentazioni. Raccontati ai nostri lettori. Detective del Dipartimento di Polizia di Los Angeles, autore di thriller. Chi è Paul Bishop?

Sono un po' un camaleonte. Sono da 35 anni nel Dipartimento di Polizia di Los Angeles - 27 dei quali li ho trascorsi ad indagare su crimini sessuali - e ho scritto professionalmente per 32 anni. Mi sono sempre ritenuto eccezionalmente fortunato professionalmente per essere riuscito a fare le due cose che amavo di più - mettere le parole su carta e mettere i cattivi in prigione.

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN!

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN!

PER ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: INSIDE TV . . .

Admit it. You’ve contemplated committing the perfect crime. No, I’m not implying that you’re a crook or that you’re dishonest in any way. Just that, in an idle moment, you’ve vicariously daydreamed how you might be able to pull off some dashing heist or some daring scheme. Would you be able to cover your tracks and outsmart the cops?

That’s essentially the concept behind ABC’s new reality show, Take the Money and Run, which premieres tomorrow at 9 p.m. Contestants are handed a briefcase full of $100,000 and given one hour to hide it anywhere they want. Then the cops move in, and they have 48 hours to find the stash. If they do, the money is theirs. But if they fail to recover the money in time, the contestants get to keep the prize. Not too shabby. Winning 100 Gs hasn’t been this exciting since the days of Jackie Rogers Junior.

I'm glad they explained the tools that law enforcement has at its disposal -- phone records, receipts, GPS coordinates -- but I guess we'll just have to trust that cameraman filming the contestants while they hide the cash. If I'm the cop, I quickly offer him/her a generous cut and start spending my money. But that's just me, daydreaming about the perfect crime.

How does the show look to you? Did you recognize the show's "bag man" from several Farrelly Bros. films? Will you be watching tomorrow night?

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AT THE BIJOU: INTERROGATING THE INTERROGATOR!

AT THE BIJOU: INTERROGATING THE INTERROGATOR!

ABSOULETLY KATE ASKS THE RIGHT QUESTIONS . . .

You know the score. You've heard the hoopla. A lot comin' down on the streets don't escape your awareness. No sirree bub. That LAPD detective and author of deft tellings, Paul Bishop, has himself a spiffy new TV show. ABC on Tuesday night. Don'tcha dare miss it. Makes reality TV as thrilling as dodging bullets from a moving train in the dark of the night again. So keep your peepers peeled.

And say? How would you stash some cash? Let's think in briefcases full of $100,000, shall we? Unmarked small bills? Not sure, but this is reality TV, so it's the keen green, if you know what I mean. Put it away cold for 48 hours while takin' on the heat from hard-driving-their-points home interrogators with a lot going on under the old fedora. Could you do it? Could you? Watch on ABC, beginning Tuesday, August 2 at 9pm. See if that palooka Paul and his lovely lively partner, magnificent Mary, can get those canaries to talk.

TALK? Wonder if I can get that big lug Bish to dish ~ Yes, the very same feller who runs BISH'S BEAT of pulp fiction, Rat Pack razzamatazz, spy guys and the 60's scene sensations. He's a star on his own risin' horizon . . . LAPD detective – author – and soon a TV star who even Sheriff Andy of Mayberry could take a shine to. Why, he's 3, 3, 3 sleuths in one.

Better call in the big guns for help on this case . . .

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

FRIENDS OF OLD TIME RADIO CONVENTION!

FRIENDS OF OLD TIME RADIO CONVENTION!

THURSDAY OCTOBER 20, 2011 - SUNDAY OCTOBER 23, 2011

Ramada Plaza Hotel
160 Frontage Road
Newark, New Jersey

A four-day celebration of old time radio featuring celebrity guests, memorabilia, music, panel discussions, autographs and live recreations of classic shows with all-star casts. Daytime programs cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Buffet dinner with celebrities followed by live old time radio recreations are about $70 depending on the day.

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