Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
My holiday-themed, Springsteen-inspired short story LOVERS IN THE COLD is now available for the first time on Kindle. An earlier version of it appeared in the now-out-of-print 2005 anthology MEETING ACROSS THE RIVER: Stories Inspired by the Haunting Bruce Springsteen Song." The editors of that anthology asked a number of crime novelists to submit short stories in some way connected to the song. which appears on Springsteen's 1975 album "Born to Run." The New York Times wrote about the collection in 2005.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Friday, December 02, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The trade paperback edition of COLD SHOT TO THE HEART (with a new cover) is on-sale today, online and at your finer brick & mortar stores.
In the meantime, Amazon is still offering a limited-time discount on the hardcover version, priced lower than the paperback.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Scott Montgomery, the mystery meister of Austin's great BookPeople store, offers his rundown of the 10 Best Crime Novels of 2011. I'm honored to be part of a list that also includes George Pelecanos, Duane Swierczynski, Reed Farrel Coleman, Megan Abbott, Ace Atkins and others.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Amos Oz on the writing life:
"I sit by my desk and wait. In the kibbutz I felt very guilty. On my free day, on my writing day I felt very guilty because I would work for the whole morning and produce six sentences and then I'd share the table for lunch in the communal dining hall with people who milked 500 cows or plowed 500 acres and I'd say 'Look at me, I've only produced six sentences.'
But then I taught myself to think of myself as a shopkeeper, my job is to open the joint and sit and wait for customers. If I have customers it's a good day. If I don't have customers I'm still doing my job by just sitting there and waiting"
Friday, October 21, 2011
This is early jacket copy for KINGS OF MIDNIGHT, out in April from St. Martin's/Minotaur:
“Crime fiction’s best bad girl ever”* is back in Wallace Stroby’s new thriller, KINGS OF MIDNIGHT. Crissa Stone, the cool-headed professional thief from Stroby’s acclaimed COLD SHOT TO THE HEART, is looking for one more big score, enough to bribe her lover’s way out of prison and reclaim the young daughter she once gave up. Benny Roth is an old-school wiseguy, still on the run after the bloody fallout from the 1978 Lufthansa heist, in which six armed men walked out of Kennedy Airport with some $8 million in untraceable cash. That money’s been missing all these years, but now Benny thinks he knows where it is, and Crissa may be just the person to help him get it ... if a murderous gang boss with a score to settle doesn’t get there first.
* Kirkus Reviews
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Saturday, October 08, 2011
THE CLASSICS (Pre-1945):
THE PUBLIC ENEMY (1931)/ DEAD END (1937):
Crime in a social context: Prohibition and the Depression, and how American gangsters are made. Career-making performances for James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart, respectively.
THE MALTESE FALCON (1941): Dashiell Hammett’s world view invades popular culture. An obvious pick, but any film you can easily name multiple characters from 70 years after its release deserves to be included.
COLD WAR CRIME (1946-1965):
THE KILLING (1956): The heist as a complex machine, slowly breaking down. Stanley Kubrick plays with time, directing a cast of noir veterans in a script co-written by Jim Thompson, based on a novel ("Clean Break") by Lionel White.
KISS ME, DEADLY (1955): Atom-age noir: Thuggish detective Mike Hammer chases the “Great Whatsit” and nearly unleashes the Apocalypse. The best Mickey Spillane adaptation ever, and the one he disliked the most.
GET CARTER (1971): Brit gangster Jack Carter (Michael Caine’s greatest performance) comes home to Newcastle to avenge his brother’s death. An almost perfect film, without a single false note.
MEAN STREETS (1973): DEAD END, ‘70s style. Smalltime hoods in Little Italy make choices that seal their fates.
ROLLING THUNDER (1977): Vietnam vet returns to a world he doesn’t understand, hits the vengeance trail with a sawed-off shotgun and a sharpened hook for a right hand. Half arthouse, half grindhouse.
REACTION: Reagan, Glasnost and the Tech Boom (1980s & 1990s):
GOODFELLAS (1990): The greatest film about workaday gangsters ever made. Brutal, funny, invigorating, exhausting.
THIEF (1981): Michael Mann’s first look at the inner life of the high-end professional criminal, vastly superior to his later HEAT.
THE REIGN OF TERROR (2000 to present):
ZODIAC (2007): Real-life noir, scrupulously faithful to the facts of the case. It gets under your skin in a way few movies do, not immediately, but stealthily and insidiously. A puzzle without an answer, a door without a key, an obsession with no release.
GOMORRAH (2008): The real Godfathers. A multi-storyline crime epic, based on a nonfiction book, about how organized crime corrupts nearly every strata of Italian society.
SACRED COW YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO GORE:
THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995): Half-smart, and nowhere near as clever as it thinks it is. Doesn’t play fair narratively. A piffle of a film, hanging on a single fine performance by Kevin Spacey (this is what got me booed).
LITTLE KNOWN FILM WORTH SEEKING OUT:
ONE FALSE MOVE (1992): Flawless blend of character and action in Arkansas-set crime story about a trio of killers coming home one last time, and a local sheriff who’s in way over his head.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Tomorrow kicks off BoucherCon 2011 in St. Louis, and I'll be appearing on two panels and haunting a few others.
On Thursday at 4 p.m, at 4 pm, I'll be moderating "I Got the Right to Sing the Blues," a panel on pop music in crime fiction, with panelists (and sometime musicians) R.J. Ellory, Mark Billingham, Rochelle Staab, Bryan Gilmer and Jonathan Hayes.
On Friday at 1 p.m., I'll take part in "Shadows Rising: Movies for the Crime Fiction Fan," moderated by Crimespree Magazine's Jeremy Lynch and featuring an all-star panel of Megan Abbott, David Corbett, Russel McLean and Todd Ritter.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Early cover art for the new book, KINGS OF MIDNIGHT, to be published by St. Martin's/Minotaur in April 2011, but available for pre-order now. It's a sequel to COLD SHOT TO THE HEART. More details soon.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
As part of this year's BoucherCon World Mystery Convention in St. Louis next month, I've put together a "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.!" basket for the convention's Charity Auction, this year benefiting the St. Louis County Library System. Any attendees can bid. Contents are:
- A signed copy of “MEETING ACROSS THE RIVER: Stories Inspired By the Haunting Bruce Springsteen Song,” (Bloomsbury 2005), containing my Shore-set short story “Lovers in the Cold” (also featuring stories by David Corbett, Eddie Muller and others).
- An authentic t-shirt from the one and only Stone Pony. Brand-new, black, XL (comes with authentic Stony Pony merchandise bag).
- An autographed copy of the new updated edition of ROCK & ROLL TOUR OF THE JERSEY SHORE, an exhaustive guide and map to the places Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny, Jon Bon Jovi and others made famous (and not so famous) at the Jersey Shore. Signed by authors Stan Goldstein and Jean Mikle (and me). The definitive book on Shore rock ‘n’ roll history.
- “MORE GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK: The B’Con 2011 Mix.” A one-of-a-kind personal mix CD gathering 16 classic tracks and lost gems from the Jersey Shore music scene, past and present. Compiled, mixed and mastered exclusively for Bouchercon 2011. All songs copyright their respective artists.
7.) “LOST TRACKS: Springsteen Rarities 1975-2005.” A one-of-a-kind personal mix CD featuring 17 rare Springsteen recordings. Compiled, mixed and mastered exclusively for Bouchercon 2011. All songs copyright Bruce Springsteen.
8.) Two vintage Asbury Park postcards.
9.) Handmade Palace Amusements bookmark featuring the iconic ”Tillie” face.
10.) Authentic Salt Water Taffy from Asbury Park’s Criterion Candies.