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From The Blog
May 26, 2015
Congratulating 2015’s Crimefest Awards Winners!
Crime HQ
May 25, 2015
A Commemorative Bouquet of Links for Memorial Day
Crime HQ
May 22, 2015
Cremains of the Day: A Digital Version of a Deceased Self
Crime HQ
May 21, 2015
True Crime Thursday: Running and Gunning through America
Crime HQ
May 20, 2015
Burglar Takes a Nap on Victim’s Couch
Teddy Pierson
Thu
May 28 2015 11:15am

Fresh Meat: The Darkness Rolling by Wim and Meredith Blevins

The Darkness Rolling by Win and Meredith Blevins follows Seaman Yazzie Goldman, returning to Monument Valley after WWII to bodyguard a star in a John Ford western (available June 2, 2015).

World War II has just ended, and Seaman Yazzie Goldman is raring to leave San Diego, where he was enlisted in the Coast Guard for the familiar delights of home in Monument Valley. But I should let the Blevins describe his feelings in these exquisitely written opening paragraphs:

I was itchy. Tingling. My skin felt like foaming surf breaking on sand, and my brain was buzz-busy, just like the soldiers who had decided to stay in San Diego after the war. Possibilities. Worlds of them. I felt them, too.

Women who’d traded their love for gasoline and stockings walked the singing sidewalks. High heels clicked, and the sun raised their red lipstick to a promise. Happy to have their young men back home. High times.

Yazzie is a truly delightful narrator, and it’s a pleasure to follow him from San Diego to a home that he isn’t sure he wants to make permanent any more. Sure, Monument Valley is gorgeous. Sure, it’s where his beloved mother and grandfather live. Sure, it sings to his part-Navajo, part-Jewish heart and soul. But he’s seen a little of the world and now he wants to see more, and he’s no longer sure where he truly belongs.

[It is a big world after all...]

Thu
May 28 2015 8:45am

Woman Accused Of Butt-Licking Bribery

This is by far the weirdest bribe the police have ever been offered. Sadly for Diane Thomas of  Monroe, Louisiana, the arresting officer declined her invitation to have his butt licked.

The suspect was held over domestic abuse charges after allegations that she punched her boyfriend and scratched his face.

She pleaded with officers to let her go because she has a good job, reports The Smoking Gun.

Then the woman told the policeman: ‘If you won’t take me to jail I will get on my knees right now. Officer, I will even lick your butt hole.’

Yup, she now faces a bribery charge as well.

Wed
May 27 2015 12:00pm

Fresh Meat: The Evidence Room by Cameron Harvey

The Evidence Room by Cameron Harvey is a police procedural set amidst the swampy land of Florida's Cooper Bayou where a girl returns home to the scene of a crime that shook her world 20 years prior (available June 2, 2015).

In 1989, Cooper’s Bayou was shaken to the core by the murder of one of the town’s young mothers. Her four-year-old daughter, Aurora Atchison, was left at the local grocery store. Her abusive husband was the obvious suspect, but he escaped and hasn’t been seen in town since.

The detective working the murder brings Aurora to the medical examiner’s office in the wee hours of the morning. He can find no one else to watch the little girl while he works the case.

[Guess it's on him?]

Wed
May 27 2015 8:45am

A Taste of Hannibal’s Season 3!

Get a taste of the Season 3 trailer for Hannibal! 

Purely from later events, Thomas Harris fans already know Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) must have survived the bloodbath at Hannibal's to catch Dr. Lecter later, and we also know for sure that Dr. Chilton (Raúl Esparza) will be a future obstacle. But if you've forgotten how much of the cast was involved in the tremendous casualty count of the Season 2 finale, re-watch the episode coyly named for a seasonal dessert—see 2.13 “Mizumono” online at NBC.com. So much rainfall, and I didn't feel a bit clean afterwards.

It's also not a secret that there have been loads of Season 3 exteriors shot in Florence, so Dr. Hannibal Lecter's (Mads Mikkelsen) and Dr. Bedelia du Maurier's (Gillian Anderson) time in Italy will appear just as glorious as we'd expect from this gorgeously-designed show. I can't wait to see the chubby, disapproving faces of appalled marble putti

Hannibal's 13-episode Season 3 airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. Eastern from June 4th through September 5th, 2015.  If you're spoiler-sensitive, skip the rest of the post...

[I'm starving! Serve it up!]

Tue
May 26 2015 4:00pm

Congratulating 2015’s Crimefest Awards Winners!

Congratulations to the following winners from Crimefest 2015, which took place in Bristol, U.K. The ceremony took place at the Bristol Royal Mariott Hotel and concluded a convention where over 400 authors, agents, publishers, and crime fiction fans enjoyed an array of panel discussions, including appearances from Lee Child, Maj Sjöwall, James Runice, and Sophie Hannah!

Here are the awards and winners:

THE AUDIBLE SOUNDS OF CRIME AWARD:
Robert Galbraith for The Silkworm, read by Robert Glenister

THE eDUNNIT AWARD (Best Crime Fiction eBook):
Charles Cumming for A Colder War

THE GOLDSBORO LAST LAUGH AWARD (Best Humorous Crime Novel):
L. C. Tyler for Crooked Herring

THE H.R.F. KEATING AWARD (Best Biographical or Critical Book Related to Crime Fiction):
Clare Clarke for Late Victorian Crime Fiction in the Shadows of Sherlock

 

Congratulations again to all winners!

Leading image courtesy of The Rap Sheet!

Tue
May 26 2015 3:00pm

Now Win This!: Don’t Blow It Sweepstakes

That's it. Everything is up to you. And you better not mess it up, otherwise you'll never learn the truth behind these eight books!

Click here to enter for a chance to win!

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[Seriously, we're warning you...]

Tue
May 26 2015 12:30pm
Excerpt

Unidentified Woman #15: New Excerpt

Unidentified Woman #15 by David Housewright is the 12th hard-boiled mystery featuring Rushmore McKenzie, an ex-cop turned unlicensed P.I. who nearly runs over a woman dumped from the bed of a truck (available June 2, 2015).

During one of the first heavy snows of the winter, on the Interstate outside the Twin Cities, Rushmore McKenzie is behind a truck behaving erratically when the man in the truck bed dumps a body out onto the road, right in front of McKenzie's car. McKenzie avoids hitting the body, a bound woman who is just barely alive, but his stopped car in the middle of the road starts a chain of accidents, resulting in a thirty-seven car pile-up. By the time the time the police arrive, and the EMTs and ambulances have taken care of the immediate injuries, the truck is long gone.

The injured woman awakens with no memories—not of the accident, not of anything—and is labeled by the police as Unidentified Woman #15. With few leads, the detective in charge, McKenzie's former partner and old friend Bobby Dunston, turns to McKenzie for a favor. Now McKenzie has to try to identify the grievously injured woman, find out who tied her up and dumped on the freeway to die. And why.

One

It was snowing heavily when they rolled the girl off the back of the pickup truck onto the freeway.

[Continue reading Unidentified Woman #15 by David Housewright...]

Tue
May 26 2015 10:00am

Orson Welles at 100: Touch of Evil (1958)

Orson Welles’s Touch of Evil is one of the great pieces of cinematic trash. It’s a frantic film, wildly over the top, in love with its own squalor, infatuated with the feel and smell of decay. Among the director’s attempts at pulp, it is his masterpiece.

At its center is Welles himself, joyously grotesque in the role of a bloated, degenerate cop named Hank Quinlan. In his small Texas border town, Quinlan is a legend, a fat redneck Sherlock Holmes who always gets his man. When a car bomb suddenly explodes on his side of the border, killing a rich developer and his girlfriend, Quinlan sets out to find the killer. Also investigating the bombing is a Mexican narcotics officer named Mike Vargas (Charlton Heston), a newlywed in town with his wife Susie (Janet Leigh). Vargas thinks the bombing might have something to do with a high profile case he’s working on involving a Mexican drug cartel headed by a goofball named Uncle Joe Grandi (Akim Tamiroff). Quinlan doesn’t want Vargas messing around in his investigation, probably because he’s already decided that the killer is the young Mexican who has been dating the dead man’s daughter.

[Sounds fishy...]

Mon
May 25 2015 2:00pm

Game of Thrones 5.07: “The Gift”

“The Gift” left many characters of Game of Thrones in generous moods, and while some characters received perfect presents, others were left wishing they’d just gotten cash instead. Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) might not yet have use for Sam's dragonglass dagger, but if Chekov has anything to say about it, we’ll be glad it's with him. Bronn (Jerome Flynn) received his gift right in the nick of time – visually and literally. Both Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) and Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) offered gifts to important and dangerous women, but time will tell how they’re received.

Sansa’s (Sophie Turner) plea to Theon (Alfie Allen) for help in lighting a candle in the broken tower ended with a flayed ally – a gift Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) was all too eager to give. Melisandre (Carice van Houten) also found eagerness to be met with disgust when she suggested that Stannis (Stephen Dillane) sacrifice his daughter, Shireen (Kerry Ingram), to the flames to aid his war effort.

But perhaps the greatest gift of this episode was given to the fans, and it was courtesy of the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce), who followed up his slow burn on Olenna with a raging fire aimed straight at Cersei (Lena Headey). Don’t you hate it when plans backfire?

Now onto this week’s Riser!

[Here he stands…]

Mon
May 25 2015 8:45am

A Commemorative Bouquet of Links for Memorial Day

For this Memorial Day, we offer our best wishes, deepest thanks, and a commemorative bouquet of military-related links:

 

Author Joseph Koenig's personal list of the Best Fiction of World War II.

Afghanistan: My Green Zone Symphony,” is a 4-part feature on his deployment by military veteran Weston Ochs, author of the SEAL Team 666, a paranormal military thriller series which includes Age of Blood.

Karin Salvalaggio writes about understanding war and PTSD through art.

Tom Clancy's Op Center: Into the Fire by Dick Couch and George Galdorisi is a military thriller, stranding a small group of U.S. forces on a small island too close to North Korea.

During WWI, famed mystery author Mary Roberts Rinehart became the first female war correspondent.

Retired Navy Commander Rick Campbell discusses submarine movies vs. real-life service aboard one. His debut The Trident Deception features a nuclear submarine delivered missile launch orders from a rogue organization. Also, reportedly, submarines are now filling with NeRDs.

A Question of Honor by Charles Todd contrasts WWI nurse Bess Crawford's “normal” life with the bleak, failure-filled monotony of trench warfare on the French front.

The Bone Orchard by Paul Doiron involves Maine's Mike Bowditch in a veteran's “suicide by cop,” the the dead man's outraged platoon, and military past of Sgt. Kathy Frost, the cop who pulled the trigger.

Tony Hays recounts his favorite mystery series set around the Civil War, the times when today's holiday was still called Decoration Day.

Lash-Up by Larry Bond is a military thriller in which soldier-scientists join an urgent space race.

Vanishing by Gerard Woodward tells the tale of an artist from London's Soho scene turned WWII camouflage painter.

The Last Line, a military thriller by Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer with William H. Keith pinches America between destruction by Hezbollah, the Iranian secret service, Mexico's anarchic drug cartels, and a cabal in D.C.

Murder in the Afternoon by Frances Brody is a historical mystery featuring Kate Shackleton, an Englishwoman whose husband has gone missing, presumed dead, in WWI.

Brian Greene discusses The Last Detail (1973), a nomination-grabbing film about Naval seamen cussing their way from Norfolk to Portsmouth before one serves a politically-influenced sentence of 8 years in the brig for stealing forty bucks. The Robert Towne screenplay stars Jack Nicholson and Otis Young as sympathetic armed escorts who'll try to give sad sack Randy Quaid a good time worth remembering before his genuine screw job begins.

Terror Red, by Colonel David Hunt and Christine Hunsinger pits a retired Special Ops colonel and political consultant together against terrorists and worldwide conflagration.

The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton by Elizabeth Speller is part of the Laurence Bartram series in which the former infantry officer encounters Europe in the aftermath of the Great War.

 

We hope you enjoy the holiday with loved ones while remembering those who died in service.

Sun
May 24 2015 12:00pm

Fresh Meat: One Murder More by Kris Calvin

One Murder More by Kris Calvin is the debut mystery in the Maren Kane series about a good-hearted lobbyist from Sacremento caught up in a murder investigation (available June 1, 2015).

When you hear the word “lobbyist”, the image that often first comes to mind is of some slick wheeler-dealer in the halls of power, brokering political deals for the highest bidder. You’d hardly think of a — granted, unwitting — crime-solver who happens to also save lives, but that’s exactly who Kris Calvin presents to us as the protagonist of her debut mystery novel, One Murder More.

Maren Kane is pretty much the antithesis of the kind of cynical influence-peddler we’re familiar with from pop culture: principled and determined to do what she believes to be the right thing; she doesn’t let party lines deter her from getting the job done. Granted, One Murder More doesn’t pretend that all lobbyists are like Maren. We certainly run into several whose actions are as distasteful to Maren as they are to the reader, as well as into examples of other political movers and shakers who decorate the halls of power. In fact, one strength of this novel is the insider look into the workings of state government, particularly in Sacramento. The attention to both detail and history really brings the setting alive, as here, where she’s walking with her brother, Noel:

Maren donned her coat and the siblings crossed L Street, passing through the rose garden behind the large, white-domed building that housed California legislators and their staff since the 1860s. Built in the same Roman style as the congressional building in Washington, DC, though on a smaller scale, the designers of California’s capitol building opted to literally guild the lily, setting a gold cupola atop the white dome and capping that with a large copper ball, nearly three feet in diameter, plated in gold coins. Maren once reflected that while Hollywood might be California’s uncontested modern seat of glamour, Sacramento had set the stage by dressing up its legislative quarters years earlier.

[Murder is just down the hall...]

Sat
May 23 2015 12:00pm
Excerpt

Collision: New Excerpt

William S. Cohen

Collision by William S. Cohen is a thriller featuring a National Security Advisor caught up in a crime that could very well end humankind (available June 2, 2015).

Sean Falcone, former National Security Adviser to the president of the United States, attacks a gunman during a mass killing at an elite Washington law firm. A second shooter flees with a laptop containing vital information about an asteroid being mined by an American billionaire and his secret Russian partner. The incident plunges Falcone into a Washington mystery involving the White House, NASA, corrupt Senators, an international crime lord . . . and the possible destruction of all humankind.

1

Cole Perenchio pulled the blue-and-white gym bag from under the seat and stood, tilting his head to avoid the overhead bin. He was six foot seven and as slim at age fifty-six as he had been when, for three years, he was top scorer for the MIT Engineers. He ducked again as he left the Delta aircraft and entered the walkway tube to Reagan National Airport. His only luggage was his gym bag carry-on, so he went directly to the taxi pickup line. When his turn came, he told the driver, “Roaches Run.”

[Continue reading Collision!]

Fri
May 22 2015 2:00pm

Leaving Epitaph by Robert J. Randisi

Mary Shaye was in the wrong place at the wrong time—crossing the road in front of Ethan Langer and his band of renegades, who were escaping on horseback after having just robbed the Epitaph town bank. She’s trampled underfoot, sadly, leaving behind a family that includes her three sons named Thomas, Matthew, and James. Her husband, Daniel Shaye, is the sheriff of Epitaph, but was working elsewhere in town when Mary was killed. He, along with his sons, is devastated. They bury their dearest and hold a healthy grudge against the townsfolk, since no one at the scene tried thwarting the gang, thereby ensuring Mary had little chance of survival. Daniel deputizes his sons, against his own better judgement, and goes in search of the thieves. The Shayes are not fooling themselves for a minute when it comes to their true intentions:

The “hunt" was what they were calling it. They did not pretend that it was anything but, because when you hunted, it was understood that you intended to kill your prey.

Langer pilfers banks mostly across the Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona region. He has a brother named Aaron, who also runs a gang, making a friendly rivalry of sorts between the siblings to see who can top the other in money looted. The Shayes blood-streaked trek will eventually cross both groups, with their first stop along the retribution trail being the town of Vernon, where Daniel is acquainted with the local, unethical sheriff named Sam Torrance. When Torrance brazenly lies to Daniel about the Langer gang’s whereabouts, Daniel permits his eldest, Matthew, to do a merciless smack-down of the corrupt lawman. The Shayes get the needed information, but they have to pull the out-of-control and burning-with-hatred young man off the pummeled figure. The results weigh heavily on Daniel:

His boys probably didn't have any idea how tightly strung they were. Matthew had been the first to break, but he could see it in all three of them, just as he knew it was in himself. They were all like bowstrings that were about to snap, and it was his job to keep it from happening.

[Sounds like one tough job...]

Fri
May 22 2015 11:00am

Fresh Meat: The Storm Murders by John Farrow

The Storm Murders by John Farrow is the first procedural thriller in a planned trilogy featuring the retired Montreal detective Emile Cinq-Mars (available May 26, 2015).

Who was it that said the colder the climate, the more are the mysteries? Montreal, Canada sits at a latitude south of Paris while those Nordic cities many consider a current hub of crime fiction lie more than fifteen degrees further north. Yet southern Canada generates its share of good reads. Louise Penny and Alan Bradley are just two of the Canadian authors well known south of the border. Playwright and novelist Trevor Ferguson may come less often to mind, possibly because several of his novels appear under nom de plume John Farrow. His latest novel under Farrow’s name, The Storm Murders, is the first in a new trilogy featuring Émile Cinq-Mars, his recently retired Montreal city detective.

There is no mistaking this book for one of its Nordic cousins, however, despite the snow and cold that open the story. Its Canadian sensibility is as much a character within as the weather. Witness this exchange when Cinq-Mars encounters a thief in the jewelry store where he needs to drop off the requisite retirement watch for repair since it’s still under warranty:

“Hi, there,” he said.

“You old fuck, get out of my way,” sneered the thief, a belligerent, unwary lad.

Old. Cinq-Mars hoped the guy didn’t recognize him and therefore wasn’t submitting a comment on his retirement. Standing in the doorway of the slightly subterranean shop, a step up from the miscreant, his six-foot-three-inch frame towered above the imp who stood at a chubby five-seven. He could stare down the immensity of his impressive nose and assume that that would have an intimidating effect upon the man nervously, if defiantly, gazing up at him.

“How’re you doing?” he asked. From his pocket he withdrew a stick of gum—the miscreant flinched—casually unwrapped it, folded the stick in half to more easily drop it into his mouth, and did so. “My name’s Émile Cinq-Mars. What’s yours?”

[This book will have you beating the summer heat...]

Fri
May 22 2015 9:45am

Cremains of the Day: A Digital Version of a Deceased Self

In the future, mourners may interact with beloved deceased through virtual reality. Project Elysium is the brainchild of game designers from Australia, and proposes to use a headset like Oculus Rift or HTC Vive as the gateway to a 3-D experience of the beloved who will be “inhabited” by an AI version of themselves. From the Express article:

The team describes the software as “a therapeutic experience aimed to help the people left behind deal with and work through their grief”.

“Virtual sanctuary [is] a service where we work with clients to create 3D models of their deceased loved ones,” the Paranormal Games team added...

"Through the window that we create, people will now have another life raft to hold onto in the ocean of sorrow and loss...

Project Elysium is currently in development as part of the Oculus' Mobile VR Jam 2015, a competition which pits rival virtual reality  projects against one another for a maximum of  $1,020,000 (£660,000) in available prizes.

Read more at the link, and see the build video submitted for the competition. Given the extremely 3-D approach of another recent memory box, is inviting an AI-operated version of the deceased into your brain more or less intimate?

Thu
May 21 2015 1:00pm

True Crime Thursday: Running and Gunning through America

Police are often able to stop criminals before they go on the run, but every once in a while, a few fall through the cracks and a manhunt ensues. Case in point: a South Florida man's bounty has been upped to $12,500 after continuing to elude officers for more than 24 hours, reports NBC Miami. The man, Matthew Pryor, has a pair of outstanding warrants, and fled when two officers showed up to arrest him, but not before first opening fire. The hunt is still ongoing.

If this piques your interest, than you'll definitely want to check out Dead Run by Dan Schultz, a true crime retelling of a murdered lawman and the greatest manhunt of the modern American West. Not everyone is built to last in the wild vastness of America's western planes, but for three desperados from Colorado, the terrain couldn't have been more perfect:

Beyond the real West is the mythical West; the West of movies, books, song and video games; the West of enduring legend. It is the West that leads thousands of people every year to pull off the road and stand at the graves of Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp or Wild Bill Hickok. The West that draws millions of East Coasters and Midwesterners to vacations in the Mountain States, where they stay in accommodations with cowhide-upholstered sofas and elk-antler chandeliers. The West where the receding vibrations of a wild, audacious America still tickle the hair on the back of your neck.

It is real and it is mythical. And one sunny morning in May 1998, near the epicenter of Old West outlaw violence, it happened all over again: the guns; the killing; the posse chase and shootout; the escape into a vast wild country of sagebrush, box canyons and the occasional cowboy on horseback; Native American trackers; a grueling manhunt; and a populist outlaw disappearing into legend.

Such is Four Corners. As it was in 1898. As it remained a hundred years later.

Learn more and read an excerpt of Chapters 1 and 2 from Dead Run by Dan Schultz, an in-depth account of this sensational case, replete with overbearing local sheriffs, Native American trackers, posses on horseback, suspicion of vigilante justice and police cover-ups, and the blunders of the nation’s most exalted crime-fighters pursuing outlaws into territory in which only they could survive.

Thu
May 21 2015 10:00am

Cooking the Books with the Crime HQ Test Kitchen

This was the perfect chance to re-launch Cooking the Books with our new CrimeHQ test kitchen staff—or so we thought. We had a bunch of recent, appealing crime-related recipes, but unfortunately, after assigning them, the feedback from our test crooks cooks was a little less constructive than we'd hoped. You'll see what we mean...

After trying The Cozy Cookbook's “Charmed Bacon Lattice Breakfast Pie” by Ellery Adams, here are the testing notes from a Thriller's Disposable Henchman: 

The instructions say Bake until crisp, approximately 25 minutes. Couldn't the timing be more precise? Why, I have this handy ticking clock right next to me, and... [rest illegible and aflame]

From “Cake Pops” by Jenn McKinlay, testing notes from a Town Busybody: 

It should be called “cake popular,” because this recipe makes 30. Who has that many people to give sweets to? Don't get me wrong, I try to stay involved in goings-on in my community, but really, if I dropped dead, I think people would probably just stand around making snide comments and jokes. Here's my version of the recipe for a single cake pop. Tell the author to put it in her next book. You're welcome.

 

[Dice and Slice with our Advice!]

Wed
May 20 2015 4:15pm

Orson Welles at 100: The Third Man (1949)

Joseph Cotten holds a peculiar place in movie history. He was a charismatic and bankable movie star in the forties, and he was a fine actor and an all-around nice guy, but he lived most of his adult life, and will likely live throughout the ages, in the shadow of his friend Orson Welles. Even though Cotten was the bigger star, Welles was somehow the bigger presence. This was never more obvious than in Carol Reed’s The Third Man, a masterpiece of film noir and perhaps the biggest success of either actor’s career.

Based on the novel by Graham Green (who also wrote the screenplay) The Third Man tells the story of an American pulp novelist named Holly Martins (Cotten) who travels to Vienna after WWII to meet up with an old friend named Harry Lime (Welles). Upon arriving, however, Martins discovers that Lime has been killed in a hit and run accident. At the funeral, he meets a beautiful young woman named Anna (played by Alida Valli), the one person who seems truly upset by Lime’s death. He also meets Major Calloway (Trevor Howard) the army official in charge of policing the English section of Vienna. Calloway is not upset by Lime’s death. In fact, he has some gruesome news for Martins: Harry Lime was a criminal—no, worse, Harry Lime was a downright villain.

SEE ALSO: Is Graham Greene the greatest thriller writer ever?

The exact details of Lime’s crimes, and the events that unfold as Martins begins to look into the curious events surrounding his friend’s death are one of the pleasures of the film, so I’ll avoid getting too specific about plot points. In way, though, the chief pleasure of the film isn’t the story at all but the milieu and the magnificent direction of Carol Reed. The Third Man is, simply put, one of the most beautiful films ever made. Reed shoots at slanted angles, rarely going for a conventional shot when he can visually approximate the unsettled nature of Cotten’s descent into the European criminal underworld. His main collaborator is cinematographer Robert Krasker, whose work here is not just beautiful, it is a flawless use of the medium of black and white film. There may be no better argument for the superior artistry of black and white than this movie.

[Simply put, go watch this now!]

Wed
May 20 2015 10:30am
Excerpt

Independence Day: New Excerpt

Ben Coes

Independence Day by Ben Coes is the 5th thriller featuring Dewey Andreas, a former Delta agent who's currently on the sideline after two previous botched jobs (available May 26, 2015).

Dewey Andreas, former Delta and newly recruited intelligence agent, is sidelined after screwing up his last two operations. Still drowning in grief after the tragic murder of his fiancé, Dewey has seemingly lost his focus, his edge, and the confidence of his superiors.

A high level Russian hacker, known only as Cloud, is believed to be routing large amounts of money to various Al Qaeda terror cells, and the mission is to capture and render harmless Cloud. At the same time, a back-up team is sent after the only known associate of Cloud, a ballerina believed to be his girlfriend. Unwilling to sit out the mission as ordered, Dewey defies his superiors, and goes rogue, surreptitiously following and tracking the two teams. What should be a pair of simple snatch and grab operations, goes horribly wrong—both teams are ambushed and wiped out. Only through the unexpected intervention of Dewey does the ballerina survive.

On the run, with no back-up, Cloud's girlfriend reveals a shocking secret—a plot so audacious and deadly that their masterminds behind it would risk anything and kill anybody to prevent its exposure. It's a plot that, in less than three days, will completely remake the world's political landscape and put at risk every single person in the Western world. With only three days left, Dewey Andreas must unravel and stop this plot or see everything destroyed. A plot that goes live on July 4th—Independence Day.

[Continue on the the excerpt of Independence Day by Ben Coes...]

Wed
May 20 2015 8:45am

Burglar Takes a Nap on Victim’s Couch

A sleepy Florida man has been charged with breaking into a home and then taking a nap on the living room couch.

Sarasota police were called to a house after a victim claimed she woke up and found a stranger sleeping on her couch in the living room, according to ABC News.

The homeowner asked who he was and why he was sleeping on her couch, which prompted the intruder to apologize and quickly flee the scene.

Police believe the man was able to get into the house by walking through an unlocked sliding glass door in the back of the house. He apparently made off with the victim’s personal checks, credit and debit cards, and driver’s license.

The suspect, Timothy Bontrager, 29, was caught shortly after the incident and is now being held at the Sarasota County jail on $25,000 bond.