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Dec 2017

S is for Sad

Posted by / in The Writing Life / 5 comments

I’m so sad to hear about Sue Grafton‘s death. Not only was she incredibly talented, she was also a very nice woman. I met her for the first time in the mid-1980s at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference…shortly after her first or second book came out. I had a long, thoroughly delightful lunch with her, […]

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Dec 2017

Book Reviews: Thirtysomething and Petrocelli

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After delivering my new novel to my editor, I treated myself to two non-fiction books about TV shows — THIRTYSOMETHING and PETROCELLI. THIRTYSOMETHING AT THIRTY: AN ORAL HISTORY by Scott Ryan. This a fantastic book, full of insights into every aspect of the show, and told in a unique and truly compelling fashion: almost entirely […]

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07

Dec 2017

Heartbroken for Bill Crider

Posted by / in Mystery Writing / 8 comments

I was heartbroken to read this weekend that my friend Bill Crider has entered hospice care. He’s been fighting cancer for a few years now and I want to believe he’ll keep fighting it… and beat it. I treasure our friendship, which has meant so much to me in so many ways. He’s perhaps the […]

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Oct 2017

Book Review: 52 WEEKS & 52 WESTERN NOVELS

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52 WEEKS & 52 WESTERN NOVELS edited by Scott Harris & Paul Bishop. First, I have to admit a bias. The coauthor of this book, Paul Bishop, is an old friend of mine and many of the authors profiled, and the contributors who wrote about them, are my friends, too. Also  one of the books […]

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07

Sep 2017

Cheesecake

Posted by / in The Writing Life / 2 comments

Here’s the main title sequence for SABLE, an awful series that only lasted for a month in 1988. William Rabkin & I wrote an awful freelance script for this awful series that thankfully wasn’t shot — but it had a lasting impact on us. The show had a terrible, expository character, an African-American tech wizard […]

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Sep 2017

A Brash Birthday

Posted by / in Me Me Me / 2 comments

Three years ago this week, Joel Goldman and I launched our publishing company Brash Books with thirty titles, all of them acclaimed, award-winning books that had fallen out of print…and that we brought back in new print and digital editions. Our mission was cocky and ambitious: to publish the best crime novels in existence. We believe […]

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Sep 2017

My Strange Encounter With Shelley Berman

Posted by / in In the Trades Today / 8 comments

Comedian Shelley Berman died yesterday. I never worked with him but we did spend an afternoon together. Six years ago, I was having my car repaired at MBZ Motors in a dreary corner of the San Fernando Valley. I can’t remember why, but I was stuck there all day while the work was being done. […]

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Jul 2017

DVD Reviews: DECOY and CORONET BLUE

Posted by / in TV Shows on DVD / 3 comments

Two short-lived, NY-based crime shows have finally come out on DVD…and they are both gems. DECOY stars Beverly Garland as police woman Casey Jones and was the first TV series to shoot on location in New York. It was also the first series to feature a police woman in the lead role. All 39 episodes […]

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02

Jun 2017

The Mail I Get – Long Overdue Monk Edition

Posted by / in Monk Books, The Mail I Get / 9 comments

I’ve been getting lots of questions about my MONK series. Here are just a few of them. Hi Lee, quick question about the Monk books. I know they’re stand-alones, but did you intend for the characters to have gradual progressions from book 1 to book 15, which wouldn’t necessarily require the reader to read them […]

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