Saturday, July 23, 2016
Mystery writer William DeAndrea once noted with surprise that he had never included McBain when asked for a list of his favorite mystery writers. He concluded that McBain was like the Beatles in the 1960s. You didn't bother to list them as one of your favorite bands; they were a given.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
**** Robert Lopresti, GREENFELLAS, Oak Tree Press, $17.95. If Carl Hiassen and Al Gore had collaborated on RESERVOIR DOGS, it might have come out something like GREENFELLAS. Then again, it probably wouldn't. Robert Lopresti, whose stories have appeared in EQMM, AHMM, and THE STRAND, among others, has penned a comic crime novel in which a New Jersey mobster with a bad comb-over decides to use his resources to save the environment for future generations. The dialogue is crisp and the situations darkly funny. - Steve Steinbock, "The Jury Box," ELLERY QUEEN'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE, August, 2015.
Kings River Life Magazine named it one of the best mysteries of the year.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The movie was nominated for six Oscars and won for Best Cinematography (inspired by Richard Piers Rayner's graphic work).
Friday, July 1, 2016
Folksinger Tom Paxton said of the book: "Spooky. If I'd known he was watching us all so carefully,. I'