“Deadbeat” in Down & Out Magazine, hate everywhere.

The crew at Down & Out Books keeps on bringing great crime fiction. Their latest is Down & Out Magazine, and Rick Ollerman edited issue number one. I’m proud that my story “Deadbeat” is among the stories chosen for the inaugural issue, along with tales by Eric Beetner, Reed Farrel Coleman, and Jen Conley among others. My story is a short about ironworkers high in the sky and how the past shapes you.

Links to all retailers carrying the print and ebook versions are available at Down & Out Magazine page.

This week at Do Some Damage, I talk about writing the nature of hate and evil, the dangers of too much sympathy, and when some mystery is better.

And in light of recent events, I’d like to share this photo I took during my visit to Germany. This is the site of Hitler’s bunker. It’s not a memorial, it’s a parking lot. That’s me giving the finger to him. Not quite as dramatic as Groucho Marx dancing on his grave, but let me make my feelings clear, if you haven’t figured it out from Jay Desmarteaux calling the white supremacists in prison “Hitler Bitches” … if the “14 words” have meaning to you, if you believe the U.S. is undergoing “white genocide” … head over to Life After Hate and begin your journey from embracing evil to joining humanity. And if you’re on the fence, or think “both sides” are guilty… watch this Vice ridealong with the hate groups. Watch with care, you can see when terrorist James Alex Fields Jr murdered activist Heather Heyer with his car.


My work in progress explores hatred in the New Jersey suburbs. We have a history of Klan and Nazi activity, and were the HQ of the German-American Bund prior to the war. Those people all just disappeared after the joint FBI-KKK raid on the Bund camp, I am sure.

Reading at KGB Bar 8/12

downloadI’ll be reading at the KGB Bar in Manhattan, one of the best literary hangouts in the city, with my fellow Mystery Writers of America authors Rich Zahradnik, Annamaria Alfieri, Lokke Heiss, Sterling Savage, and Sylvia Di Saverio. It’s a topically themed space with a fine selection of Russian beers that are hard to find elsewhere, on the Lower East Side near lots of great places to eat. It’s at: 85 E 4th St, New York, New York 10003

The readings begin at 6:30pm and end when James Bond kills us all with a swizzle stick.

I’m also up at Sleuth Sayers today: Sometimes a review is a plum, other times it’s the pits…


Farley’s Bookshop with Jen Conley, Saturday 8/5

Tomorrow I will be signing at Farley’s Bookshop in New Hope, Pennsylvania, with fellow Jersey author Jen Conley. If you haven’t read her excellent story collection Cannibals and Other Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens, I suggest you correct this oversight posthaste and forthwith and whatnot. She is a fine writer, one of my favorite short story writers. She has a great story in Protectors called “Seven Ways to Get Rid of Harry” that she’s expanded into a middle-grade novel, seeking representation. I can’t wait to read it.

We’ll be signing from 1pm to 4pm. Farley’s is a great little bookshop in a quirky little town that is fun to visit, so make a short trip this Saturday and enjoy the lovely weather, and pick up a few books! It’s at 44 South Main Street. You can park by the canal.

they also have a cat, so you have to come pet it.

If you missed it, I reviewed Lou Berney’s wonderful The Long and Faraway Gone over at Do Some Damage. It deserves all its accolades. Maybe you can buy a copy at Farley’s…

I’ll have Bad Boy Boogie and Blade of Dishonor and Protectors on hand, myself. And I might be persuaded to drop by Triumph Brewing afterwards…




Poker, Television, and a visit to New Hope

Over at Ellery Queen Magazine’s blog, Peter Hochstein asked me and a few other crime writers about what makes poker such an interesting game. He also talks about a 57-year running game that’s had Lawrence Block, Don Westlake, and Otto Penzler at its table. An intriguing read…

And Libby Cudmore is at Crimespree talking TV shows, and asked several of us our favorites. I talk about how Crime Story influenced me, and many others discuss everything from Murder She Wrote to NYPD Blue.

What else is new?

I’ll be signing at Farley’s Bookshop in New Hope, Pennsylvania with my fellow crime writer Jen Conley on Saturday August 5th, from 1:00pm to 4pm. It’s one of my favorite bookshops, so drop by even if you don’t want to see us or have us sign your books. I’ll be stopping at the nearby Triumph Brewing afterwards for a refreshing libation…

And they have a kitty. Come pet the kitty.


Forsooth, I say Sleuth! My first post at SleuthSayers: A Change of Place

I am honored to join the crew at SleuthSayers, a crime fiction crew that consists of Robert Lopresti, Leigh Lundin, O’Neil de Noux, Art Taylor, Angela Zeman, and many more.

My first post draws on my vacation this month in Germany and the surrounding countries, and how a change of place inspires some of us to write, while many can spin a vivid tale of cities they’ve never visited. Here it is, A Change of Place. Please drop in and comment, I’ll be responding all day.


Boogie on into the MysteryPeople Top Ten!

If you don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter, I’m currently touring Germany, Luxembourg, Salzburg, Belgium, and the Netherlands (and yes, there will be a novel or two inspired by this trip). Firecracker and I are having a great time, but was topped by finding that Scott Montgomery not only gave Bad Boy Boogie a stellar review which you can you read here, but also put it among his top ten books of 2017  with The Force by Don Winslow, She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper, and Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman!

Peruse his list for some great reading. The Force is amazing, and Shotgun kicks off with a blast… Paper Moon meets Pulp Fiction.

Scott’s Top Ten of 2017 (So Far)

I may celebrate with a beer… Prost, Scott!


Buried Under Books reviews Bad Boy Boogie

Buried Under Books reviewed my Jay Desmarteaux crime thriller BAD BOY BOOGIE:

“Jay is a complex man and the author truly brings him to life, this ex-con with a hard outer shell that’s slightly penetrated by the life he finds on the outside after 25 years on the inside. There’s a considerable amount of graphic violence, including sexual, here but it’s understandable although this man’s sense of justice is often very different from yours and mine. This is a book that could have resided in the old black & white, hardboiled days just as well as today and I suspect I’ll remember Jay and his story for a long, long time.”

Read the full review at Buried Under Books.