Saturday, September 3, 2011

KINDLEGRAPH ~ DIGITAL SIGNATURES!

KINDLEGRAPH ~ DIGITAL SIGNATURES!

COLLECTING SIGNED EDITIONS IN THE DIGITAL AGE HAS BECOME A REALITY IN A VIRTUAL WAY . . .

KINDLEGRAPH . . .

Kindlegraph lets authors send personalized inscriptions and signatures ("kindlegraphs") directly to the electronic reading devices of their fans.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

PULP NOW: ARRON OF THE BLACK FOREST!

PULP NOW: ARRON OF THE BLACK FOREST!

BOOK 1: THE HAUNTING OF DRAGON’S CLIFF

PHIL ATHANS AND MEL ODOM

PER MY WRITING BUDDY MEL ODOM:

Phil Athans and I have been friends for years, and we share a love of the same kind of pulpy literature. Both of us lamented the fact that we've never written a Conan the Barbarian story. So, this summer while we were discussing other things and the whole potential of the ebook market, we came up with Arron of the Black Forest.

Phil has almost got the first book written, then I'll do the second leg as Arron heads toward the New World and all the dangers we have awaiting him there.

The cover is by the incomparable Keith Birdsong, a painted beauty that we're going to be offering as a poster (with and without the trade dress) in the near future.

Stay tuned, barbarian lovers . . .

PULP NOW: THE SHIP OF PREY!

PULP NOW: THE SHIP OF PREY!

LELAND S. JAMIESON

INTRODUCTION: TOM ROBERTS

COMING SOON FROM BLACK DOG BOOKS

Hang on to the edge of your seat as Lt. Robert Hurley faces off against modern-day pirates, smugglers, air disasters and Mother Nature in these eight harrowing adventures.

CONTENTS:

News-Reel Rescue
The Ship of Prey (novelette)
Mystery on Indian Key (novelette)
The Pirate of Vaca Lagoon (novelette)
High Wind
A Hunch in Time
The Law of Hot Pursuit
Hurricane Patrol

Plus a few of the real adventures of Leland Jamieson are recounted in these articles:

Shroud Lines
High Courage by Warren T. Jamieson
An Aviator's Scrapbook
Vigil in the Sky

Appendix B presents a bibliography of works by Leland S. Jamieson.

Leland Jamieson (1904-1941) was a nationally-recognized aviator during the golden age of flight, training military flyers at Kelly Field, Texas during the late 1920s; later taking over as the regular civilian pilot of an Eastern Air Lines commercial flight from Miami.

A top-notch author, with four novels to his credit, Jamieson's popular fiction drew from his real-life adventures and appeared regularly in the Saturday Evening Post consecutive to when he was penning the exploits of Lt. Robert Hurley for Blue Book. Other stories were sold to Redbook, Country Gentleman, American, This Week and Adventure with technical articles running in Popular Mechanics.

A burgeoning writing carer was cut short when Leland Jamieson died in Jacksonville, Florida following a lingering illness at age thirty-seven.

BLACK DOG BOOKS

PULP NOW: THE BLACK BAT COMPANION!

PULP NOW: THE BLACK BAT COMPANION!

TOM JOHNSON, NORMAN DANIELS, NICO MATHIES, MATTHEW MORING, WILL MURRAY, KIN PLATT, RAYMOND THAYER, AL TONIK AND PRENTICE WINCHELL

COMING SOON FROM ALTUS PRESS!

One of the most beloved pulp characters, The Black Bat, is finally celebrated with this 340 page deluxe retrospective. Author Tom Johnson has indexed each issue, listing everything you need to know about the series, along with the following highlights:

• A complete reprint of the rejected Black Bat adventure, “The Lady’s
Out for Blood”

• A breakdown of the newly-discovered final Black Bat story, “The
Celebrity Murders”

• All 800 German Black Bat stories newly identified for the English audience

• Nine complete reprints of the Black Bat’s golden Age comic book stories

• An interview with series creator Norman Daniels as well as his complete payment records... available here for the first time Featuring additional articles by Will Murray, this is the ultimate history of the series.

340 PAGES ~ $29.95 SOFTCOVER ~ $39.95 HARDCOVER

COCKTAIL NATION #186 ~ ARMED AND GORGEOUS!

COCKTAIL NATION #186 ~ ARMED AND GORGEOUS!

On the show this week, Koop talks to Bill Raetz, author of the World Espionage Bureau series, who has a new book coming out shortly. There’s also swank advice on the two people you don’t want at a party, a look at the coolest places to party, a new box set of very cool late sixties spy series, plus we take a look at a movie from 1961 and a CD that’s still available.

PLAYLIST

Pink Martini ~ Mar Desconocido
Jennifer Keith ~ An Occasional Man
Spy Fi ~ Web Theme
Linda Lawson ~ But Beautiful
Les Baxter ~ Simba
Frank Sinatra/ Jobim ~ How insensitive
Kenny Sasaki ~ Quiet Volcano
Orchestra Superstring ~ Waterbed
Mancini ~ Bachelor In Paradise
Jimmy Vargas ~ A Blue Negligee
Jackie Gleason ~ Cherry
Billy May ~ Invitation
Living Strings ~ The Time For Love is Anytime
Martini Kings ~ Goodbye To A Lonely Town
Naughty Ones ~ Azure Te

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HARDBOILED CORNER: TWICE AS DEADLY!

HARDBOILED CORNER: TWICE AS DEADLY!

LIVIA J. WASHBURN

PER JAMES REASONER’S ROUGH EDGES BLOG:

Livia has just released TWICE AS DEADLY, an e-book collection of two novellas she wrote back in the Eighties about a Dallas private investigator named Laura Bailey.

The first one was published in the anthology/collaborative novel THE BLACK MOON, and the second has never been published until now because the publisher went out of business before the second volume in the series came out. These are excellent hardboiled mysteries with a very likable protagonist, and I'm glad to see them available.

TWICE AS DEADLY

Laura Bailey is a young woman struggling to establish herself as a private detective following the death of her father, a veteran PI who established the agency where she works. Set in a vividly depicted Dallas during the 1980s, the two novellas collected in this volume are action-packed private eye stories by one of the top authors in the genre, L.J. Washburn, the creator of the iconic PI character Lucas Hallam.

"Ancient and Deadly" originally appeared in THE BLACK MOON, published by Lynx Books. This is the first publication of "Deadly Performance".

Includes a new afterword by the author.

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PULP NOW: THE BLACK STILETTO’S AUTOGRAPH!

PULP NOW: THE BLACK STILETTO’S AUTOGRAPH!

A FREE SHORT STORY "TEASER" TO RAYMOND BENSON'S UPCOMING THRILLER THE BLACK STILETTO FROM OCEANVIEW PUBLISHING VIA SMASHWORDS . . .
In 1958, the Black Stiletto, the legendary vigilante crimefighter, made an unnannounced appearance in a bar in New York City--and Joey, one lucky patron, obtained her autograph. But what else happened that fateful night, and how did it change Joey's life?

The Black Stiletto was a legend in her own time, an underground heroine who made a name for herself during the late Eisenhower years and early Kennedy years as a New York City vigilante. Although she was wanted by the law and would have been arrested had she been caught or had her secret identity been revealed, the Black Stiletto was a competent and successful crime-fighter.

A feminist before the term was in everyday vernacular, she battled common crooks, Communist spies, the mafia, and worse—and was responsible for their capture and, in some cases, their deaths. But the Stiletto disappeared midway through the sixties and was never heard from again. Most people thought she had died, and no one ever knew her identity.

Like pinup queen Bettie Page, her mythical image resurfaced in comics and other media during the 1980s and 90s. Millions of dollars were made by others exploiting her likeness and persona.

Today, the questions remain. Who was she? Is she still alive? If so, where is she now?

The Black Stiletto is the first of a new thrilling series by Raymond Benson, author of 25 published books, including nine James Bond novels written between 1996-2002.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

PULP NOW: BLACK STILETTO!

PULP NOW: BLACK STILETTO!

RAYMOND BENSON

CAN’T WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS ONE . . .

Could Martin Talbot's elderly, Alzheimer-stricken mother, Judy, really have been the Black Stiletto? When Martin discovers several volumes of her diaries hidden by his mother, he is stunned beyond all imagination. His mother, the underground heroine of yesteryear? The famed ,still unidentified woman who battled Communist spies, took on the Mafia, and preyed on common crooks? The woman who exacted punishment on evildoers without mercy?

But it is all described, in great detail, in the diaries. What caused her to begin her quest for justice. Her decision to act outside the law. Her feats as the famed and feared vigilante. How her reputation exploded. In short, how it all played out.

Could it be true? Talbot is filled with doubt and disbelief. But the reappearance of one of the Stiletto's old enemies with a thirst for merciless revenge makes the story more than real and could imperil the life of not only the Stiletto, but her son and granddaughter as well.

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THE BLACK STILETTO THEME IS THE TOP TRACK BELOW BY WILL ARRINGTON . . .

Latest tracks by willarrington

E-BOOKS: TRACTOR GIRL!

E-BOOKS: TRACTOR GIRL!

JAMES RESONER

Small-time crook Nick Paulson was pulled back from the brink of death by a blond goddess on an old red tractor. Wounded in an attempted mob execution, Nick thinks that the Texas farm where he finds himself recuperating from his injuries will be a good place to hide out from the men who want to kill him. But what he discovers there might turn out to be even more dangerous . . .

Tractor Girl is a brand-new hardboiled crime novel in the classic mold of the 1950s Gold Medals from legendary yarnspinner James Reasoner, author of Texas Wind, Dust Devils, and Diamondback. Set in rural Texas in the early Fifties, filled with lust, obsession, greed, and violence and told at a breakneck pace, Tractor Girl is redneck noir at its finest.

Never before published, 36,000 words.

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A SPECIAL DAVE WHITE PRESENTS FEATURING MARY HANLON STONE AND PAUL BISHOP!

A SPECIAL DAVE WHITE PRESENTS FEATURING MARY HANLON STONE AND PAUL BISHOP!

On Tues. Sept. 6, online radio’s Dave White Presents will air a special live call-in event!

At 7:30 p.m. pacific, 10:30 Eastern, Paul Bishop and Mary Hanlon Stone, co-stars of Bertram Van Munster and Jerry Bruckheimer’sTake The Money And Run, will join co-hosts Dave White and Wes Britton to discuss their hit ABC reality series. During the 90 minute broadcast, aired on KSAV.org, listeners will be encouraged to call in or E-mail their own questions for the interrogators.

Debuting Aug. 2, TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN involves pairs of contestants who, each Tuesday at 9:00, try to hide a briefcase filled with $100,000 from teams of detectives in various cities. While the local officers hit the streets looking for the briefcase, Bishop and Stone interrogate the contestants who are locked in jail for 48 hours.

A thirty-five year veteran of a major west coast metropolitan police department, Paul Bishop's career has included a three year tour with the department's Anti-Terrorist Division and over twenty-five years experience in the investigation of sex crimes. He’s also the author of a number of thrillers including the Detective Fey Croaker series. Paul has also written feature film scripts and numerous episodic scripts for television, including such shows as Diagnosis: Murder, LA Dragnet, The New Detectives, and Navy Seals: The Untold Stories.

Mary Hanlon Stone is a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. She lectures on criminal investigations and trial strategies including the Art of
Interrogation. During her 25 years as a prosecutor, she has specialized in sexual assault and domestic violence cases. Mary is also the bestselling author of invisible girl, a teen novel inspired by her work with troubled girls. Mary is currently working on the legal thriller, Breaking, and a parenting book, How to Tell When Your Teen is Lying, with her co-interrogator, Paul Bishop.

Paul and Mary look forward to answering your questions about their series, books, and careers on Dave White Presents,Tues. Sept. 6 over:

www.KSAV.org

You can e-mail questions or comments before or during the broadcast to talk@ksav.org/

The number to call during the show is (800)407-KSAV
or (800)407-5728

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

RUNNING WYLDE: $.99 FOR A LIMITED TIME FOR YOUR KINDLE!

RUNNING WYLDE: $.99 FOR A LIMITED TIME FOR YOUR KINDLE!

Best known for his police thrillers featuring LAPD homicide detective Fey Croaker and her crew of detectives, Paul Bishop is also an accomplished writer of short stories. The tales contained in Running Wylde run the gamut from dark and twisted to humorous to touching personal memoir pieces. Each tale is finely crafted and swiftly told.

Included in this volume is an extensive introduction in which Paul talks about combining his writing career with his other full time gig as a veteran detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. Each story also has its own introduction describing its origins and purpose.

PRAISE FOR PAUL BISHOP’S NOVELS

“The closest equivalent to Joe Wambaugh yet . . . Hot Pursuit could hardly be better.”
— The Los Angeles Times

“Lusty, complex, always authentic . . . With Deep Water, Paul Bishop joins the ranks of great novelists.” – Jonathan Kellerman

"Prime Suspect meets Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct with a brilliant twist of L.A. citrus."
— Mystery Magazine on Croaker: Kill Me Again

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A thirty-five year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, Paul has twice been honored as Detective of the Year. As well as numerous novels, he has also written scripts for episodic television and feature films. As a nationally recognized interrogator, he appears regularly on the hit ABC reality series Take The Money And Run . . .

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PRIVATE-EYE WRITERS OF AMERICA (PWA) BANQUET OPEN TO PUBLIC!

PRIVATE-EYE WRITERS OF AMERICA (PWA) BANQUET OPEN TO PUBLIC!

Thrills! Chills! Dinner! Cocktails! Awards! The 30th annual PWA Shamus Awards Banquet will be Friday night, September 16, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at a St. Louis institution. No, we're not telling you which institution it is. It's a suprise - a great surprise, trust us, and transportation will be provided from the hotel. Tickets are $60, and we have lots of room for everyone (the event is open to the public), so email Bob Randisi at RRandisi@aol.com right this very minute for more information and to order your ticket.

TTMAR EPISODE 5 REVIEW!

TTMAR EPISODE 5 REVIEW!

THIS REVIEW FROM ROADRUNNER CONTAINED MY FAVORITE REVIEW QUOTE OF THE WEEK . . . "MARY AND BISHOP SHOULD BE GIVEN A MEDAL FOR BEST REALITY SHOW VILLAINS . . ."

PER ROADRUNNER ORIGINAL:

Bring Your Daughter to Heist Day

This week on Take the Money And Run, we’re in San Francisco. A father/daughter team, Rick and Trisha, are working against the detectives to commit the perfect reality crime. There is $100,000 on the line, as always, and Dad’s anxiety may work against them . . .

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WRITERS' CORNER: MAKING SENSE FROM CENTS!

WRITERS' CORNER: MAKING SENSE FROM CENTS!

CHUCK WENDIG HAS A GOOD POST TODAY ABOUT THE 99 CENT PRICING OF E-BOOKS ON THE TERRIBLE MINDS BLOG . . . WEL WORTH READING BY THOSE OF US EMBRACING THE E-BOOK REVOLUTION . . .

Some writers can’t hack talking about price point. They void their bowels and a throbbing vein atop their forehead ruptures and spurts a jet-line of blood before they fall down to the ground, writhing as if covered with biting lizards. I get it, I do. Writers want to write; writers don’t want to think about price point.

That said, self-publishers are tasked with different work than writers, for they are — well, c’mon, do I need to say it? It’s right there in the name. Self-publishers. Thus we need to discuss it.

You may be saying, Ah, here then is another screed against the implementation of the $0.99 price point for novels, and you’re either ready to high-five me or break a vodka bottle over my head.

This will not be that post.

It can’t be. I have a book out right now for ninety-nine cents (“250 Things You Should Know About Writing“). My hypocrisy would no know bounds if I sat here, charged that price for one of my books, but then cast a handful of sand into your eyes for doing the very same thing.

No, this post is about how to use the $0.99 price point to your advantage. If you’re someone who’s business savvy, then this lesson will be a lesson you learned in like, kindergarten. I’m not saying anything revolutionary here. But, if you’re just a regular ol’ writer like me, you very possibly have the business sense of a Styrofoam cup filled with dead ants. Thus, hopefully you’ll get some value out of this.

If not, feel free to break a vodka bottle over my head. For giggles . . .

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NOIR NOW: GETTING OFF!

NOIR NOW: GETTING OFF!

LAWRENCE BLOCK

HARD CASE CRIME

Lawrence Block has been much on my mind lately. I recently re-read his collection of Writer’s Digest columns, Telling Lies For Fun And Profit, and then followed up with Afterthoughts, a collection of Block’s forwards and afterwords to reprints of his many novels.

Even thought I have had the opportunity to meet Block on several occasions, the literary Lawrence Block, the man imagined from having read so many of his personal pieces has become almost a favorite fictional character, even more fleshed out and alive than the actual fictional characters he has brilliantly created.

While Block’s series featuring private eye Matt Scudder or hitman Keller are always must reads for me, I also enjoy Block’s stand-alone novels – especially those reprinted by Hard Case Crime.

Now Hard Case Crime has gone one step further – publishing not just a new novel by Block, but one harkening back to the early days of his career when he was making ends meet by writing soft-core ‘adult’ novels under the pseudonym Jill Emerson.

But here’s the deal – this is Block writing as Emerson, but with a wealth of writing history now behind ‘her.’ This places Getting Off on a whole different level than the original Jill Emerson novels. In fact, the writing in Getting Off is as crisp, complex, and hard-hitting as anything Block has written as Block – and that’s saying a lot.

Getting Off is eminently readable, but it is also very dark, perverted, and as noir as noir gets. This isn’t a bad thing, but when you find yourself rooting for female sociopath Kit Tolliver you almost need a reality/morality check after turning the final pages. It is Block/Emerson’s total non-judgment of Tolliver that makes the character so compelling – yes, she is sick, but those she targets are in many ways even more morally corrupt and consciousless.

Getting Off may have been born of a style and pen name from another time, but it is as riveting and relevant a tale as Block has ever produced.

GETTING OFF

SO THIS GIRL WALKS INTO A BAR...

...and when she walks out there’s a man with her. She goes to bed with him, and she likes that part. Then she kills him, and she likes that even better.

On her way out, she cleans out his wallet. She keeps moving, and has a new name for each change of address.

She’s been doing this for a while, and she’s good at it. And then a chance remark gets her thinking of the men who got away, the lucky ones who survived a night with her.

She starts writing down names. And now she’s a girl with a mission. Picking up their trails. Hunting them down. Crossing them off her list...

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BEHIND THE SCENES: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN ~ EPISODE 5!

BEHIND THE SCENES: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN ~ EPISODE 5!

Seven hours, folks! Less than a full work day . . . We thought we’d done pretty good finding the briefcase in thirty-two hours in a previous episode, but seven hours? My partner is awesome!

As interrogators, one of the first things you do is evaluate a subject based on their appearance. Is this superficial? Yes, but you have to start somewhere. In the case of hider contestant Rick Lechleitner, there were several things Mary and I decided up front – Rick is in his 60’s, but he’s a good looking man with a flat belly and a smooth way about him. He also has his hair cut in a youngish style. From these things, we assessed Rick as being somewhat narcissistic and it was best if Mary was to take the first crack at him.

Mary also decided she was going to put her usual pit bull courtroom persona aside and get her Betty Boop on. Her little, “Hi, I’m Mary. I’m a district attorney, but all I really do is file cases in the back room,” act was amazing. What Rick heard was, “Hi, I’m Mary. I’m not dangerous. I think you’re a hunk. Please tell me where the briefcase is.” Yikes! I told you last week, the woman is dangerous . . .

As bizarre as Rick telling Mary where he and his daughter Trish hid the briefcase appears, it was really an incredible display of patience on Mary’s part that made it happen. Her interrogation of Rick lasted two and a half hours. She patiently stayed in character, showing interest in everything Rick was telling her about himself. She let him talk, and talk, and talk – establishing a bond and completely entrancing Rick. He wanted to tell her where he hid the briefcase . . . he wanted to impress her with how brilliant his plan was . . . his ego began talking and it just didn’t know when to shut up.

Once Mary obtained from Rick the name of Eddie Mullins – the man at whose realty office the briefcase was hidden – Oakland detectives Anwawn Jones and Casey Johnson did a fantastic job of locating and then searching Eddie’s office and finally locating the briefcase. The look on Eddie’s face when Casey and Anwawn knocked on his door was priceless – FEAR written across it in capital letters.

The funniest thing about the situation is something none of us knew at the time, and the viewers, of course, did not see . . . One of the rules of TTMAR is the briefcase’s hiding place has to be accessible to the detective contestants 24/7. So, if the hiders put the briefcase in a business or a residence, they have to get the business owner or the resident to agree to give TTMAR the required access. This means if the detectives are checking a residential address and there is nobody home, or they go to a business address and the business is closed, the detectives can eliminate that location as a hiding place.

This is all good, and Eddie Mullins did agree to allow 24/7 access to his office. However, there was no way the TTMAR producers thought the detectives would ever get to Eddie’s realty office the first day, and so they told Eddie he could go home!

When Mary coxed Eddie’s name out of Rick in her first interview with him, there was a huge panic in the producers’ room. They had to get in touch with Eddie and get him to beat feet back to his office so he could be there if the detectives arrived. The problem was, Eddie wasn’t answering his phone!

Eventually, the producers did contact Eddie and he was able to get back to his realty office before Casey and Anwawn arrived – but it was close. Apparently, however, there was a Chinese fire drill going on behind scenes that none of us were aware of at the time.

NEXT WEEK: CHICAGO REDUX

TTMAR: MOMENTS FROM EPISODE 5!



Tuesday, August 30, 2011

WARRIOR: ROCKY FOR A NEW GENERATION!

WARRIOR: ROCKY FOR A NEW GENERATION!

I’LL BE THERE OPENING NIGHT . . .

The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament -- a path that puts the fighter on a collision corner with his older brother.

Two brothers face the fight of a lifetime - and the wreckage of their broken family - within the brutal, high-stakes world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting in Lionsgate's action/drama, Warrior.

An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family.

Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. But when Brendan's unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winner-takes-all battle of their lives…

TONIGHT: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN EPISODE 5 ~ BE THERE!

TONIGHT: TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN EPISODE 5 ~ BE THERE!

A FIREFIGHTER AND FATHER IN SAN FRANCISCO COMPETE FOR $100,000, ON ABC’S “TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN”

“Just Between You and Me” – In the fifth episode, San Francisco firefighter Tricia Reardon and her father, Rick Lechleitner, are given one hour to hide the briefcase worth $100,000. Once that time is up, they’re taken into custody by local police detectives Anwawn Jones and Casey Johnson and brought to investigative headquarters. “Take the Money And Run” airs Tuesday, August 30 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Over the next 48 hours, the detectives will work with professional interrogators – Detective Paul Bishop and Deputy District Attorney Mary Hanlon Stone – to combine efforts and determine the location of the briefcase. All they’ll have to go on are cell phone records, any receipts and the GPS coordinates from the players’ car. The rest will be learned from two days and nights of grueling interrogations and extensive field work. If the two detectives are able to locate the briefcase within the 48 hours, they’ll get to keep the money. If not, the two players will keep the $100,000.

Combining elements of an edge-of-your-seat investigative drama with the excitement of real people in their hometowns attempting to outwit high-level detectives and interrogators, “Take the Money And Run” is an exhilarating competition series that will take reality television to a whole new level.

Monday, August 29, 2011

THE HARDBOILED COLLECTIVE: COMING AT YOU SOON!

POKER GRUMP'S TAKE ON TTMAR!

POKER GRUMP'S TAKE ON TTMAR!

THE POKER GRUMP BLOG RUMBLES PAUL BISHOP AND TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN . . .

My nearly lifelong habit is to listen to the radio as I'm falling asleep at night—talk radio, not music. Last weekend when I turned on the radio it was tuned to "Coast to Coast AM." The guest was somebody I had never heard of before: Paul Bishop, an LAPD detective who specializes in suspect interrogation. He was really interesting, and I ended up staying up later than I had intended listening to the stories of his successes and how he gets suspects to confess.

The reason he was featured as a guest was to help promote a new reality TV show on which he appears: "Take the Money and Run," on ABC. I had not heard of this program before, but the premise intrigued me . . .

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

CINEMA RETRO: CINEMA SEX SIRENS!

CINEMA RETRO: CINEMA SEX SIRENS!

DAVE WORRALL / LEE PFEIFFER

OMNIBUS PRESS

A UNIQUE COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF FEMALE STARS OF THE '60S AND '70S.

That period marked a new era of frankness in society and the movie industry lost no time in following suit after some 25 years of censorship and self-imposed regulations. The women who became the new erotic goddesses also became world-famous and defined a generation's view of sexuality.

Dave Worrall and Lee Pfeiffer's gallery illustrates a luminous collection of idealized women and offers a fascinating insight into the movies' depiction of female sexuality during the '60s and '70s. From the indisputable legends to actresses whose used their beauty to gain fame in the short-term through exploitation movies, this book provides little-known insights into their lives and careers.

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HISTORICAL MYSTERY CORNER: ACCEPTABLE LOSS!

HISTORICAL MYSTERY CORNER: ACCEPTABLE LOSS!

ANNE PERRY

ANY NEW ANNE PERRY NOVEL IS AN EVENT FOR ME, BUT IF IT’S A NEW NOVEL STARRING WILLIAM MONK AND HIS IRREPRESSIBLE WIFE HESTER, THEN IT’S REALLY AN EVENT . . .

“Give her a good murder and a shameful social evil,” The New York Times Book Review once declared, “and Anne Perry can write a Victorian mystery that would make Dickens’s eyes pop.” And Perry’s new William and Hester Monk story, a mesmerizing masterpiece of innocence and evil on London’s docks, outshines all her previous novels in this successful and beloved series.

When the body of a small-time crook named Mickey Parfitt washes up on the tide, no one grieves; far from it. But William Monk, commander of the River Police, is puzzled by the expensive silk cravat used to strangle Parfitt. How did this elegant scarf—whose original owner was obviously a man of substance—end up imbedded in the neck of a wharf rat who richly deserved his sordid end?

Dockside informers lead Monk to what may be a partial answer—a floating palace of corruption on the Thames managed by Parfitt, where a captive band of half-starved boys are forced to perform vile acts for men willing to pay a high price for midnight pleasures. Although Monk and his fearless wife, Hester, would prefer to pin a medal on Parfitt’s killer, duty leads them in another direction—to an unresolved crime from the past, to blackmail and more murder, and to a deadly confrontation with some of the empire’s most respected men.

To a superlative degree, Acceptable Loss provides colorful characters, a memorable portrait of waterfront life, and a story that achieves its most thrilling moments in a transfixed London courtroom, where Monk faces his old friend Oliver Rathbone in a trial of nearly unbearable tension—in sum, every delectable drop of the rich pleasure that readers expect from an Anne Perry novel.

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