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June 15 2017

Adventures in Research, Part II: Storm Rising

Last month, I described some of the high points (and hapless incidents) I encountered during my research odyssey for Time of Departure. Today, I’ll describe some of the travels, insights, and...
May 16 2016

Book Review: Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens

Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens by Jen Conley is a collection of short stories set in central Jersey, with linked characters searching for the meaning in their lives and the humanity...
July 28 2015

Royally Flushed: Atlantic City’s Counterfeit Chip Scam

For most people, a royal flush spells certain victory, but for Christian Lusardi of Fayetteville, North Carolina, it might very well spell prison. When workers at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic...
July 7 2015

Fresh Meat: The Fraud by Brad Parks

The Fraud by Brad Parks is the 6th mystery in the Carter Ross series about the Newark, New Jersey journalist (available July 7, 2015). The Fraud grabbed me from page one. I’d been reading...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
November 10 2014

Turks & Caicos: The Return of Worricker

“I used to be able to open the bonnet, take out a wrench and fix my car. Now I need a degree in electronics. Even easy things are difficult now,” a character tells Johnny Worricker...
October 27 2014

Boardwalk Empire 5.08: Series Finale “Eldorado”

The final season of Boardwalk Empire had been on two distinct tracks: one focused on Nucky’s professional struggles and the other on his personal demons. Until last week, it appeared that...
October 20 2014

Boardwalk Empire 5.07: “Friendless Child”

At the start of “Friendless Child,” the penultimate episode of Boardwalk Empire, the war between Nucky (Steve Buschemi) and Luciano (Vincent Piazza) has escalated. Nineteen men are...
October 13 2014

Boardwalk Empire 5.06 “Devil You Know”

It’s taken nearly five seasons, but we’re finally close to answering the crucial question of Boardwalk Empire: Why is Nucky Thompson such a wet blanket? I mean, for a guy at the epicenter...
October 6 2014

Boardwalk Empire 5.05: “King of Norway”

In an episode heavy on talk about beginnings and endings, the most telling conversation in “King of Norway” comes between Nucky and Chalky, who are reunited at last. After Nucky advises...
September 29 2014

Boardwalk Empire 5.04: “Cuanto”

“Cuanto,” the fourth episode of the season, starts with a revealing flashback. Summer is over and the Commodore dismisses Nucky (but not before Nucky sees both the Commodore’s...
September 22 2014

Boardwalk Empire 5.03: “What Jesus Said”

The first two episodes of Boardwalk Empire’s final season were sprawling and raucous, with assassination attempts, mob hits, and multiple severed ears. Last night’s episode, “What...
September 15 2014

Boardwalk Empire 5.02: “The Good Listener”

At the end of last week’s stellar season premiere, Nucky’s new bodyguard slices the ear off of a would-be assassin. Episode Two, “The Good Listener,” continues this auricular...
September 9 2014

Boardwalk Empire 5.01: Season Premiere “Golden Days for Boys and Girls”

Season 4 of Boardwalk Empire was both its most satisfying and gloomiest season to date. A host of new characters and plotlines were introduced, allowing the show to avoid the pattern of having...
March 2 2014

Fresh Meat: The Player by Brad Parks

The Player by Brad Parks is the fifth book in the Carter Ross series that follows the reporter as he investigates a suspicious disease, and in doing so, becomes sick himself (available March 4, 2014). Carter...
August 28 2013

Capturing More Than Crime with Surveillance Video

Have you seen the guys on this store surveillance video at Check it out if you hang out near Wayne, New Jersey, because these young men are wanted by the community... for being cool. Staff at...
July 29 2013

Fresh Meat: Undercover Cop by Mike Russell with Patrick W. Picciarelli

Undercover Cop: How I Brought Down the Real-Life Sopranos by Mike Russell with Patrick W. Picciarelli is the true story of Russell's undercover operation infiltrating New Jersey's Genovese crime...
May 23 2013

Thinking of Manderley: The Strange History of Stonemere

Watching Stonemere go up in flames, I thought of Manderley.  Yet it was a bright April afternoon when dozens of old ladies were carried by firemen and police from the hulking stone-and-shingle...
April 10 2013

The Crimes of Bruce Springsteen

I saw her standing on her front porch just twirlin’ her baton. Me and her went for a ride, sir, and ten innocent people died. This could be the world’s shortest crime novel. It’s...
March 5 2013

Fresh Meat: The Good Cop by Brad Parks

The Good Cop by Brad Parks is the fourth mystery featuring investigative reporter Carter Ross (available March 5, 2013). Among the many reasons I enjoy being a newspaper reporter—not the least...
May 4 2012

Nameless in Newark: Meeting Brad Parks

It’s always fun to find a new author; someone who’s created an environment and characters outside our usual reading zone. The irony of this particular case is that I found Brad Parks almost exactly...