Saturday, August 27, 2011

VINTAGE COVERS: SILVER DOLL!

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES: BOGUS LOVER!

HORROR CORNER: CARPATHIA!

HORROR CORNER: CARPATHIA!

MATT FORBECK

It’s Titanic meets 30 Days of Night.

When the survivors of the Titanic are picked up by the passenger steamship Carpathia, they thought their problems were over.

But something’s sleeping in the darkest recesses of the ship. Something old. Something hungry.

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Y/A CORNER: EVERY OTHER DAY

Y/A CORNER: EVERY OTHER DAY

JENNIFER LYNN BARNES

Every other day, Kali D’Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She’s human.

And then every day in between . . .She’s something else entirely.

Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism.

When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she’ll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive. . .and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process.

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STEAMPUNK CORNER: BOOTS FOR THE GENTLEMAN!

STEAMPUNK CORNER: BOOTS FOR THE GENTLEMAN!

EON DE BEAUMONT / AUGUSTA LI

Hired by a mysterious faerie gentleman to steal seemingly worthless artifacts, Querrilous Knotte is seen as a traitor by the humans of Halcyon. But as long as he’s getting paid, Querry doesn’t mind. When his client makes a cryptic comment about a certain house, Querry contacts his old flame Reg—a former street rat who now works in the Royal Archives—to learn if the property contains anything of value.

Though Reg has no answers for him, Querry learns there is indeed something precious in the house, something Reg is convinced will bring nothing but trouble. The armed guards that attack the thief prove Reg’s prediction true, and he can’t leave Querry to face it all alone. Not when Reg’s feelings for the man may not be as extinct as he’d thought.

The trouble is, Querry’s heart doesn’t just belong to Reg anymore, and surprisingly, Reg’s heart no longer belongs only to Querry. In the end, it may not even matter, because if Querry, Reg, and their hearts’ desire can’t stop Lord Thimbleroy from draining Halcyon’s magic, they won’t live long enough to regret their unresolved romance.

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Y/A CORNER: FIRE AND THORNS!

Y/A CORNER: FIRE AND THORNS!

RAE CARSON

THE FAR SUPERIOR BRITISH COVER WITH A SHORTENED TITLE SHOWN ABOVE . . .

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who needs her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

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PULP NOW: MIKE SHAYNE MYSTERY MAGAZINE COVER CAVALCADE!

PULP NOW: MIKE SHAYNE MYSTERY MAGAZINE COVER CAVALCADE!

ALTHOUGH, MIKE SHAYNE MYSTERY MAGAZINE WAS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL CRIME DIGESTS – RUNNING FOR 337 ISSUES OVER A PERIOD OF 30 YEARS FROM 1956 TO 1985 – IT WAS NEVER CONSIDERED A HIGH END PULP, EITHER FOR THE RATES IT PAID ITS WRITERS OR THE QUALITY OF ITS COVER GRAPHICS. STILL, LOOKING BACK, THERE IS A CERTAIN NOSTALGIC VALUE TO ITS COVERS . . .


Friday, August 26, 2011

E-BOOKS: KILLER INSTINCT!

E-BOOKS: KILLER INSTINCT!

THE FIRST CHARLIE FOX THRILLER!

ZOË SHARP

Killer Instinct is the first in Zoë Sharp’s highly acclaimed Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Fox crime thriller series, now available in e-format for the first time, complete with previously deleted scenes and a Foreword by Lee Child.

‘Susie Hollins may have been no great shakes as a karaoke singer, but I didn’t think that was enough reason for anyone to want to kill her.’

Charlie Fox makes a living teaching self-defence to women in a quiet northern English city. It makes best use of the deadly skills she picked up after being kicked out of army Special Forces training for reasons she prefers not to go into. So, when Susie Hollins is found dead hours after she foolishly takes on Charlie at the New Adelphi Club, Charlie knows it’s only a matter of time before the police come calling. What they don’t tell her is that Hollins is the latest victim of a homicidal rapist stalking the local area.

Charlie finds herself drawn closer to the crime when the New Adelphi’s enigmatic owner, Marc Quinn, offers her a job working security at the club. Viewed as an outsider by the existing all-male team, her suspicion that there’s a link between the club and a serial killer doesn’t exactly endear her to anyone. Charlie has always taught her students that it’s better to run than to stand and fight, But, when the killer starts taking a very personal interest, it’s clear he isn’t going to give her that option . . .

PRAISE FOR KILLER INSTINCT AND CHARLIE FOX

‘Charlie looks like a made-for-TV model, with her red hair and motorcycle leathers, but Sharp means business. The bloody bar fights are bloody brilliant, and Charlie’s skills are both formidable and for real.’ Marilyn Stasio, New York Times

‘Sharp deserves a genre all her own − if you are just discovering Zoë Sharp then you are in for a real treat.’ Jon Jordan, Crimespree Magazine

‘Charlotte (Charlie) Fox is one of the most vivid and engaging heroines ever to swagger onto the pages of a book. Where Charlie goes, thrills follow.’ Tess Gerritsen

‘Ill-tempered, aggressive and borderline psychotic, Fox is also compassionate, introspective and highly principled: arguably one of the most enigmatic − and coolest − heroines in contemporary genre fiction.’ Paul Goat Allen, Chicago Tribune

Killer Instinct, also contains an excerpt from book two - Riot Act - and guest excerpt from Brett Battles' new Jonathan Quinn novella, Becoming Quinn.

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VINTAGE COVERS: COMMIT THE SINS!

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES: TROUBLE FOLLOWS ME!

PULP NOW: DOMINO LADY’S THREESOME!

PULP NOW: DOMINO LADY’S THREESOME!

STORY: NANCY HOLDER & HOWARD HOPKINS
ART: SILVESTRE SZILAGYI
COLORS: JAMES BROWN
COVER: MARK SPARACIO

COMING IN NOVEMBER FROM MOONSTONE BOOKS!

A RETURN OF THE ORIGINALS OVERSIZE EVENT!

When young women vanish at a sleazy burlesque club, three beautiful heroines slip undercover and out of their clothes to investigate–and wind up comforting a kidnapper who just might be out of this world. Featuring the delicious Domino Lady, the first appearance of the deadly Golden Amazon in 70 years and introducing the voluptuous new pulp crime-fighter, The Veil!

40 PAGES, COLOR, 7”X10”, $4.50

MOONSTONE BOOKS

PULP NOW: THE RACE!

PULP NOW: THE RACE!

AN ISAAC BELL ADVENTURE

CLIVE CUSSLER AND JUSTIN SCOTT

I’LL ADMIT, SINCE CLIVE CUSSLER BECAME A BRAND, I’VE LET MANY OF THESE NOVELS PASS ME BY UNREAD, YET THIS ONE APPEALS TO THE HIGH ADVENTURE ADDICT IN ME, SO I’M GOING TO JUMP BACK IN . . .

It is 1910, the age of flying machines is still in its infancy, and newspaper publisher Preston Whiteway is offering $50,000 for the first daring aviator to cross America in less than fifty days. He is even sponsoring one of the prime candidates-an intrepid woman named Josephine Frost-and that's where Bell, chief investigator for the Van Dorn Detective Agency, comes in.

Frost's violent-tempered husband has just killed her lover and tried to kill her, and he is bound to make another attempt. Bell has tangled with Harry Frost before; he knows that the man has made his millions leading gangs of thieves, murderers, and thugs in every city across the country. He also knows that Frost won't be only after his wife, but after Whiteway as well. And if Bell takes the case . . . Frost will be after him, too.

AVAILABLE IN BOOKSTORES SEPTEMBER 6TH!

PULP NOW: THE VANISHED LEGION!

PULP NOW: THE VANISHED LEGION!

DONALD E. KEYHOE

NEW AND NOW AVAILABLE FROM AGE OF ACES!

Donald E. Keyhoe’s seven stories of The Vanished Legion, from the pages of Dare-Devil Aces, have been collected into one volume and is now available to order from Amazon, Adventure House, and Mike Chomko Books.

Surely you remember from History class reading about when the Germans found a way to turn Allied pilots into Dwarfs, and in doing so, driving them mad and sending them back to attack their former squadrons. Or when the grizzly green death struck and left an unsettling learing grin upon it's victims twisted faces. Maybe you recall Germany’s plan to render the Allies defenseless with a ray that would block out all sight and sound. No, this obviously isn't the history they taught you about in school! But here at Age of Aces we are dedicated to furthering your education.

So join Dick Traine, Monte Prince, Bill Hammond and the rest of the Squadron of Forgotten Men as Colonel Meredith sends them out against some of the most bizarre schemes the Boche ever threw against the Allies in WWI!

$16.99 TRADE PAPERBACK

AGE OF ACES

PULP NOW: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES OF RICHARD KNIGHT VOLUME 1!

PULP NOW: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES OF RICHARD KNIGHT VOLUME 1!

DONALD E. KEYHOE

INTRODUCTION BY WILL MURRAY

ALTUS PRESS - COMING SOON!

Best known for writing the adventures of Philip Strange, UFO legend Donald E. Keyhoe also wrote another long-running aerial hero for the pages of FLYING ACES: Richard Knight.

These wild adventures also mix in elements of lost races, dinosaurs and more! Volume 1 collects the first six stores from 1936-37.

INCLUDED:

"Vultures of the Lost Valley"
"Hell Flies High"
"Death Flies the Equator"
"Falcons from Nowhere"
"Masks Over Madrid"
"Wings of the Emerald"

$19.95 SOFTCOVER | $29.95 HARDCOVER | 230 PAGES

ALTUS PRESS

PULP NOW: DAN FOWLER: G-MAN COMPANION!

PULP NOW: DAN FOWLER: G-MAN COMPANION!

TOM JOHNSON, WILL MURRAY, ROBERT SIDNEY BOWEN, CHARLES GREENBERG, NORVELL W. PAGE

ALTUS PRESS - COMING SOON!

For nearly 20 years, Dan Fowler and his G-men battled crimedom in the pages of G-MEN DETECTIVE. Now, author Tom Johnson has indexed each issue, listing everything you need to know about the series.

Also included are complete reprints of the two best Dan Fowler stories as chosen by Johnson and pulp historian Will Murray: "Give 'Em Hell" by Norvell W. Page and "Bullet Justice" by Charles Greenberg.

And reprinted in its entirety for the first time: "I Cover the Murder Front," the lost, rejected Dan Fowler story.

Featuring additional articles by Tom Johnson and Will Murray, this is the ultimate history of the series.

414 PAGES | $34.95 SOFTCOVER | $44.95 HARDCOVER

ALTUS PRESS

PULP NOW: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES OF OKE OAKLEY AND SECRETS, INC.!

PULP NOW: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES OF OKE OAKLEY AND SECRETS, INC.!

FREDERICK C. DAVIS

INTRODUCTION BY WILL MURRAY

ALTUS PRESS - COMING SOON!

From 1933 to 1935, Frederick C. Davis chronicled the cases of Hollywood P.I. firm Secrets, Inc.

Led by Clay “Oke” Oakley and assisted by Cherry Morris and Archibald Brixey, Secrets, Inc. investigated some of the weirdest and most ingenious crimes in the long history of Dime Detective Magazine—all centering around the film industry.

Never before reprinted, this lost classic is available for the first time in nearly 80 years.

474 PAGES | $34.95 SOFTCOVER | $44.95 HARDCOVER

ALTUS PRESS

ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: INCREDIBLE FAUX JAMES BOND COVER GALLERY!

ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: INCREDIBLE FAUX JAMES BOND COVER GALLERY!

HMSS WEBLOG POINTS US TO THIS MOST COOL DISCOVERY . . .

…We also discovered — to our delighted astonishment — that Mr. Cook has a separate archive (hundreds of pictures!) of James Bond book covers he personally designed! Many are done in the style, and appropriating the artwork, of the great paperback cover illustration from the 1950s and 60s, making lists a singularly beautiful experiment in “what if.”

TO MAKE SURE AND CHECK OUT THE FULL HMSS POST WITH LINKS TO THE COVER GALLERY CLICK HERE

TTMAR: CONTESTANT PAUL BUSTAMANTE HAS HIS SAY!

TTMAR: SPOTLIGHT ON DETECTIVE COMPETITOR MICHELLE WOOD-SENG!

TTMAR: SPOTLIGHT ON DETECTIVE COMPETITOR MICHELLE WOOD-SENG!

PER HARBODY.COM

NPC Bikini Competitor Michelle Wood-Seng recently competed at the NPC Masters Nationals where she finished 4th in her class. One of the coolest parts of the competitions, at least to me, are the stories behind the competitors and what they do away from the stage. Michelle is a perfect example of how she rocks a hardbody off stage as much as she does on. Michelle is a homicide detective in Chicago and earlier this week was featured on the new ABC show, Take The Money And Run . . .

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PULP NOW: CASEBOOK OF CARDIGAN!

PULP NOW: CASEBOOK OF CARDIGAN!

THE COMPLETE CASEBOOK OF CARDIGAN
VOLUME 1: 1931-32

FREDERICK NEBEL
INTRODUCTION BY WILL MURRAY
ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOHNFLEMING GOULD
COVER BY WALTER BAUMHOFER

COMING SOON FROM ALTUS PRESS

The greatest series from the pages of Dime Detective Magazine is finally collected in four large editions. Running from 1931-37, Frederick Nebel's P.I. Jack Cardigan was one of the main reasons for that magazine's success as well as highly influential to the most popular hard-boiled writers of the day.

Sadly, only a handful of the 44-installment series have ever been reprinted since their original appearances 80 years ago. This reprint series will reprint the entire run.

Volume 1 contains an all-new introduction by Will Murray and features the first 11 stories, complete, uncut, and with the original John Fleming Gould illustrations.

INCLUDED:

Death Alley (November, 1931)
Hell’s Pay Check (December, 1931)
Six Diamonds and a Dick (January, 1932)
And There Was Murder (February, 1932)
Phantom Fingers (March, 1932)
Murder on the Loose (April, 1932)
Rogues' Ransom (August, 1932)
Lead Pearls (September, 1932)
The Dead Don't Die (October, 1932)
The Candy Killer (November, 1932)
A Truck-Load of Diamonds (December, 1932)

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COCKTAIL NATION #185 ~ TIKI OASIS REPORT!

COCKTAIL NATION #185 ~ TIKI OASIS REPORT!

On the show this week, Koop reports on the Tiki Oasis, which just finished up last week, news on a comeback by Doris Day, a new book by Shirley Maclaine, plus the best lounge and Exotica from across the globe . . .

PLAYLIST:

Karen Souza ~ Tainted Love
Frank Bennett ~ Pretend That Were Dead
Clouseaux ~ Destination- Oasis
Mr Ho’s Orchestra ~ Frenesi
Lalo Schifrin ~ Barney Does It All
Stan Getz ~ Penthouse Serenade
Orchestra Superstring ~ No Sho
.Melody Gardot ~ The Rain
Martini Kings ~ Girl From Ipanema
Jackie Gleason ~ Ruby
Duke Ellington ~ Way Early Subtone
Belmonte and His Afro American Music ~ Caravan
Janet Seidel ~ Midnight Sun
Naughty Ones ~ Azure Te

THIS SHOW WILL BE AVAILABLE SATURDAY

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: SNOWBALL!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: SNOWBALL!

JIMMY SANGSTER

Hammer screen writer Jimmy Sangster died August 19th at age 83. Born in Kinmel Bay, North Wales, in 1927, he began working in the film industry at the age of 16. He was working as a production manager at Hammer Films when he wrote his first film script, X The Unknown (1956), for which he received £200. His other films included The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Dracula (1958), The Mummy (1959), The Siege of Sidney Street (1960), The Scream of Fear (1963) and Paranoiac (1963).

In the 1970s, Sangster began writing for American television, including episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man, McCloud, Ironside, Kolchak: The Night Stalker and Wonder Woman.

Sangster also wrote some excellent novels including Private I and Foreign Exchange featuring the hardboiled John Smith, and Touchfeather and Touchfeather Too featuring Katy Touchfeather as a spy working as an airline stewardess as a cover.

My favorite Sangster books, however, were a trio appearing in the late ‘80s. Snowball, Blackball, and Hardball featured Jimmy Reed, a former Scotland Yard copper now an aspiring screenwriter living in Southern California. The books were fast paced mysteries crossing British sensibilities with traditional hardboiled tropes.

SNOWBALL

Sex, drugs, and Hollywood provide the sizzle in this exciting mystery marking the debut of the engaging new sleuth James Reed, a former Scotland Yard investigator now living in Southern California who combines the best qualities of cool British understatement and traditional hardboiled action.

Reed, an aspiring writer, has long since grown accustomed to the nonchalant hedonism of the Southern California film world. From the seductive comfort of his Malibu beach house – a generous gift from his ex-wife, screen superstar Katherine Long – Reed half-heartedly struggles to sell his scripts. But his discovery of a body on the beach signals an ominous turn of events that draws his away from his typewriter and his beachcomber lifestyle back into the detective work he was forced to abandon years ago.

Reed is soon enmeshed in an old family obligation fraught with lethal consequences. The problem is Caroline, Katherine’s sexy, spoiled daughter and Reed’s former stepdaughter. Drugs are the issue, and from astonishing information supplied by Katherine’s new husband-to-be, the secretive financier Peter Manheim, Reed discovers that Caroline’s involvement is much deeper than anyone suspected.

Reed’s clever investigation soon uncovers an elaborate cocaine network in the movie industry with sinister Mob connections. Another kinky complication is Caroline’s ambidextrous boyfriend, a sleazy character whose sexual peccadilloes create havoc.

As reed pursues his assignment through the glittering circles of Beverly Hills and Hollywood and witnesses needless tragedy, he realizes he is a mere pawn in a thoroughly contemptible game. Through an astonishing act of vengeance, Reed brilliantly strikes back against his manipulative enemies.

Evoking the glitzy amorality and ruthlessness of Tinseltown’s fast track, Snowball is a gripping and sophisticated tale of intrigue and murder.

Whew! Even reading the jacket copy dates this book and it’s plot, but the Sangster’s writing is crisp and moves the story along by making Reed an exceptionally likeable character.

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS ~ CLAN!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS ~ CLAN!

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 . . . HORROR!

CLAN

HARRY SHANNON

KINDLE EDITION ~ $3.99

They have been among us for thousands of years. One mysterious gene they carry lies dormant—until they change.

Joe Case is an ex-cop searching for the man who humiliated his sister. Kelly McCammon is a Hollywood executive running from the Russian mob.

Destiny leads them to tiny Salt Lick, Nevada…A town under siege.

"CLAN is a thriller with a genuine bite. Once Harry Shannon gets his claws in you he will not let go! Highly recommended."
—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times Bestselling author of Patient Zero and Dust And Decay

“A scary-as-hell journey through nightmare country."
—Douglas Clegg, author of Goat Dance and Purity

"(Shannon’s) Impeccable pacing and eye for the terrifying will leave the reader shaken and unsettled."
—Publisher’s Weekly

"Harry Shannon is a writer who is not afraid to walk into the shadows and drag the things living there kicking and screaming into the light."
—Brian Keene, author of The Rising

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

VINTAGE MCGINNIS: MOMENT OF DANGER!

VINTAGE COVERS: NEVER KILL A COP!

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES ~ SIN STREET!

EAST COAST EARTHQUAKE!

TTMAR: APSIRING HOLLYWOOD INTERVIEW WITH CONTESTANT ADRIAN BUSTAMANTE!

TTMAR: ELLIOT IN THE MORNING INTERVIEW WITH PRODUCER BERTRAM VAN MUNSTER!

TTMAR: VIDEO REVIEW OF EPISODE 1!

TTMAR: INTERVIEW WITH CONTESTANT RAUL BUSTAMANTE . . .

TTMAR: PODCAST ANALYSIS!






TTMAR: PHOTO CAVALCADE!


BEHIND THE SCENES: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN ~ EPISODE 4!

BEHIND THE SCENES: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN ~ EPISODE 4!

Wow! Hider contestants Ron Stoczynski and Beau Nolen really gave us a run for the money in this episode and, in the process, gave us some great TV moments – hearing Beau sing live gave me chills and really did move Mary to tears. The guy should be given a shot on The Voice.

This episode again proved how difficult it is to judge human nature. Just like it was hard to believe one of the South Beach sisters from Episode 3 would actually keep her eyes closed during the hide, it was hard to believe Ron and Beau would still have the briefcase with them when they stopped to buy cupcakes. Beau’s use of his jacket to hide the briefcase handcuffed to his wrist was brilliant.

The employees in the bakery weren’t lying to detective contestants Michelle Wood and John Korolis when the said Beau and Ron didn’t have a briefcase with them in the bakery – they just didn’t see it and unknowingly gave the detectives, and subsequently Mary and me, bad information. It was only after the interrogation of Ron in his cell, when we tried to con him we had seen security video from the bakery (there was none), and he told us to review it, that we began to believe they had the briefcase with them.

I was glad the edit of the episode showed Mary warning Michelle she might throw her under the bus by making out she didn’t like her. It was cool, because then the viewers could see how great Mary was at selling that scenario to Beau.

The interrogations were as highly charged emotionally as they appeared to the TV viewer. Mary is such a genuinely good and caring person that she struggled when she believed she was successfully conning Beau – causing her to leave the interrogation room before moving in for the kill. It is really hard when you are interrogating basically innocent people, guilty only of auditioning for a game show. We genuinely liked Ron and Beau, both really nice guys, which made it doubly hard.

One scene that didn’t make the final edit was the extension of my final interrogation with Beau (where he tells me to bring out my big guns if I’ve got them). I told Beau up front my goal was going to be to make him mad, because I needed to see genuine emotion from him. The interrogation became very intense and personal, to the point where Beau verged on becoming verbally threatening before I cooled things off.

What I didn’t know was the producers, who were watching all of this from the screening room, became so concerned, they actually sent two actual police officers (we were filming at the Niles Police Station just outside of Chicago) to stand outside the interrogation room door, in case Beau decided he wanted a piece of me and came off his stool swinging.

And let’s talk a little about that stool and several other similar points. A couple of people have mentioned that we got ‘lucky’ last night, but I disagree. In interrogations, there is always an A-game and a B-game. The A-game is the actual verbal exchange, the questions asked and how they are asked. The B-game is all of the other little things you do to gain an interrogatory advantage.

Both Ron and Beau were tall and broad, so we made them sit on a stool that would allow Mary and me to remain in a position of dominance while sitting in a normal chair – it’s why we kept bringing our chair into the interrogation room and taking it out with us.

Like the cells in San Francisco, the cells in the Niles Police Station have solid doors, making the small cells seem even smaller – the walls can really close in on someone. By contrast, the barred cell doors in Miami didn’t work nearly as well at psychologically confining the hider contestants. The solid cell door really has the effect of cutting off and isolating the resident from everything outside.

Prior experience has taught us the hider contestants hate being interrogated in their cells. You could see it clearly when we woke Ron up and invaded his cell. He was really flustered, even at one point asking me to move back, which I refused to do – again maintaining a position of dominance.

I didn’t take Ron’s toothpaste, toothbrush, and notebook just to be mean. It was a display of ‘parental disapproval’ done to place a subject in a position where they feel you are ‘disappointed’ in them.

When I told Ron that Beau was in “a much more comfortable place because he had been cooperating with us,” it was a throwaway line – just something said to try and raise the pressure. However, when we talked to Ron after the show was over, he said it was what put him over the edge – the thought he was stuck in the cell while Beau was off somewhere enjoying himself.

All these things were part of our B-game, and since Beau and Ron did such a great job of throwing off our A-game, it was the B-game that came to our rescue – not luck.

On another note, if the show gets picked up for a second season, I think there is a good chance the use of a ‘cut out’ person – somebody the hider contestants call to call somebody else – will probably be disallowed. It is not really fair to the detective contestants if there isn’t a direct line for them to be able to track between the hiders and the location where they leave the briefcase.

NEXT WEEK: SAN FRANCISCO ~ I’ve always maintained the smartest thing I’ve ever done on the show was conning Mary into becoming my partner. Next week, Mary will have the coolest moment ever in the spotlight, proving my point – this woman is dangerous!

TTMAR: INMATE BONDING!