Sunday, May 03, 2015

Publishers Weekly on THE DEVIL'S SHARE

"Razor-sharp ... wastes no words and packs a huge punch." Publishers Weekly weighs in on THE DEVIL'S SHARE.
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Kirkus Reviews on THE DEVIL'S SHARE


"Readers hungry for an old-fashioned double-strength heist gone wrong could hardly do better." Kirkus Reviews has an early look at THE DEVIL'S SHARE.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Booklist on THE DEVIL'S SHARE

"Stroby is regularly compared to Elmore Leonard and other greats of hard-boiled crime, and THE DEVIL'S SHARE will only burnish that reputation."
BOOKLIST with an advance review and some kind words for THE DEVIL'S SHARE.
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Barry N. Malzberg on THE DEVIL'S SHARE

Legendary science fiction/suspense writer Barry N. Malzberg, author of the novels BEYOND APOLLO,THE RUNNING OF BEASTS (with Bill Pronzini), GUERNICA NIGHT and many, many others, had some kind words for the new Crissa Stone novel THE DEVIL'S SHARE:
"Goes like the wind. (Stroby is) the living master of this genre. (The novel) goes and it goes and it goes and it goes and then in one shudder it stops. ... This is a major talent and a tour de force."

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Shore music essay in INSIDE JERSEY magazine

Here's a preview of my essay on the Shore music scene in the May "Down the Shore 2015" issue of INSIDE JERSEY magazine, on the stands next week. (And yes, that is my own personal copy of Clarence Clemons' rare single "Summer on Signal Hill.")

Monday, April 13, 2015

Croatian COLD SHOT TO THE HEART

Croatian publisher Skorpion have kicked off their (hopefully) series of Crissa Stone reprints with this new Croatian-language translation of the first book in the series,COLD SHOT TO THE HEART (aka RAVNO U SRCE). Available wherever finer Croatian books are sold.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Proofs for THE DEVIL'S SHARE

Almost there. First typeset page proofs for the next Crissa Stone novel, THE DEVIL'S SHARE, coming in July from St. Martin's Press / Minotaur Books and already available for pre-order.



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Joe Franklin: 1926-2015



No one who grew up watching N.Y.C.-era television will ever forget talk-show host Joe Franklin, who passed away yesterday at age 88. His show - which ran on WOR Channel 9 for 43 (!) years - is almost impossible to describe to anyone who hasn't actually seen it.

Where to start? The old-time showbiz patter? The cluttered, crowded set? Celebrities at the beginning - or often end - of their careers? Joe's on-camera commercials for Hoffman Beverages, Streit's Matzos and Martin Paints ("It ain't just paint")? The way the single static camera focused on a singer's face while one of their records played over the studio sound system, leaving them to squirm uncomfortably under its pitiless eye?

A showbiz legend, Franklin wrote jokes for Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson when he was just a teenager, and worked on Kate Smith's radio program. His show aired twice a day on WOR, and I seldom missed it.

Here's just a partial list of his guests over the years (the show ran from 1950 to 1993): Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin, the Ramones, Bing Crosby, John F. Kennedy, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Andy Warhol, Woody Allen, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Dario Argento, the J. Geils Band,Liza Minnelli, Dustin Hoffman and hundreds of others. We'll never see his like again.
The New York Times has an affectionate obit ("One of the most compellingly low-rent television programs in history.") here.