On Friday, Oct. 3. at 6:30, I'll be at Well Read (New and Used) Books in Hawthorne, N.J., along with Eric Shonkwiler and Brian Mihok. I'll be talking crime fiction and signing copies of SHOOT THE WOMAN FIRST, KINGS OF MIDNIGHT, COLD SHOT TO THE HEART and GONE 'TIL NOVEMBER.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Friday, September 05, 2014
Paid a last visit Wednesday night to the mostly-gutted and soon-to-be-vacated Star-Ledger office in Newark, where the paper's been since 1966 and where I worked for 13 years (1995-2008). The organization's been divided and dismantled, the staff decimated by layoffs, buyouts and attrition, and those remaining have been split up into smaller leased satellite offices in other cities. The building itself was sold to a developer and likely to be razed. Contrary to Thomas Wolfe, sometimes you have to go home again, if only to see that it's not there for you anymore.
And a final photo, taken by Helen Twelvetrees the week of Sept. 22.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Scott Montgomery, master bookseller at Mystery People, the mystery division of the great Austin, Texas, bookstore Book People, asked me for some thoughts on Raymond Chandler's 1953 novel THE LONG GOODBYE, as well as Robert Altman's 1973 film adaptation. You can read Scott's column here.
Friday, July 04, 2014
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Thursday, May 01, 2014
For their summer issue, INSIDE JERSEY magazine asked me to write something about the 40th anniversary of Asbury Park's legendary nightclub The Stone Pony, where I spent more time and money (not to mention hearing and brain cells) over the years than I care to admit. It's now available on-line here.
Above: Steve Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen make an impromptu appearance at The Stone Pony in 1977.