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Jul 2014

My TV Book Addiction

Posted by / in Book Reviews, The Industry / 7 comments

I have an addiction — I love books about TV, even if they are about shows I don’t like or have never watched. I buy them on the off-chance I will learn something about the business, or about production, or about writing that I didn’t know before. I especially like books about old TV shows, […]

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Jul 2014

Flanek: The Kentucky Columbo

Posted by / in Bumsicle, Remaindered / 3 comments

Bud Flanek is a rumpled, amiable, deceptively low-key homicide detective on the Owensboro, Kentucky police force, the hero of three short, funny mystery movies that now have their own YouTube channel.
Nobody set out do a series of movies about the character… it was a happy accident.

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Jul 2014

How to Write a Crime Novel When You’re Afraid of Cops

Posted by / in Guest Posts, The Writing Life / No comments yet

To write her hot new crime novel  The Big Keep, my friend author Melissa Olson had to spend a lot of time in police stations, which meant conquering her fear of cops. Here’s how she did it… I’ve been a little bit afraid of the police for as long as I can remember. Maybe it’s […]

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Jul 2014

A Feast for TV History Buffs

Posted by / in Book Reviews, Television / 1 comment

Two new books from McFarland & Co. are a feast for TV history buffs. Roy Huggins by Paul Green explores in great detail the TV career of writer/producer Roy Huggins, creator (or co-creator) of such classic shows as Maverick, The Fugitive, 77 Sunset Strip, Toma, Baretta, The Rockford Files, The Bold Ones: The Lawyers, and […]

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Jun 2014

Janet Evanovich Books – A New Stephanie Plum Novel for June

Posted by / in Guest Posts / 1 comment

  Here’s a guest post from my friend Kate Goldstone, a big fan in the UK of crime shows, crime novels and everything noir, who has just discovered, thanks to The Chase, my good friend and co-author Janet Evanovich‘s Stephanie Plum books, which she says aren’t yet the mega-bestselling sensation over there that they are here…  Plenty […]

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May 2014

The Mail I Get – Lame Pitches Edition

Posted by / in The Mail I Get / 16 comments

I get some really lame pitches from people who want me to review their books, read their screenplays, or co-write novels with them. Here’s a sampling, the first one from a man who wants to co-author novels with me: My Name is XYZ, I am a Law Man, writing such things as Natural Laws and […]

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May 2014

Robert B. Parker’s Latest Spenser Crime Novel – Courtesy of Ace Atkins

Posted by / in Guest Posts / 2 comments

Here’s a guest post from my friend Kate Goldstone, a big fan in the UK of crime shows, crime novels and everything noir, who has just discovered Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels (that’s me with Parker in the photo above at the Edgars). I envy her reading all of those great books for the first time… Are […]

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May 2014

The Back-Door onto PrimeTime

Posted by / in Television / 15 comments

Last week, CBS picked up two series for next fall — CSI: Cyber and NCIS: New Orleans — that were shot as so-called “back-door pilots,” embedded in episodes of existing series. CSI:Cyber aired as an episode of CSI and NCIS: New Orleans aired as an episode of NCIS (which, itself, began as a back-door pilot as […]

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May 2014

Writing Advice from Owensboro

Posted by / in The Writing Life, The Writing Process / 1 comment

As some of you may know, the finale of  The Chase, which I co-wrote with Janet Evanovich, is set in and around Owensboro & Hawesville Kentucky. Last week, author Joel Goldman & I trekked across the country to Owensboro for “An Evening with Lee & Joel,” a program put on by Riverpark Center and Daviess […]

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Apr 2014

Fake TV Writer James Strauss and his Advisors

Posted by / in Scams / 16 comments

Just when you thought the story of fake TV writer and convicted conman James Strauss aka James R. Straus couldn’t get any stranger or sleazier…it does. My relentless and intrepid Facebook friends, including Barbara Early and a few who wish to remain anonymous, have uncovered more disturbing stuff about Strauss. Follow along. Strauss has a company […]

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