MURDER, D.C. is the second murder mystery novel featuring the Washington D.C. News reporter Sully Carter. As described on Neely Tucker’s web site: When Billy Ellison, the son of Washington, D.C.’s most influential African-American family, is found dead in the Potomac near a violent drug haven, veteran metro reporter Sully Carter knows it’s time to start asking some serious questions—no matter what the consequences…
Neely Tucker writes non-fiction by day at the The Washington Post, where he has been a staff writer for fifteen years, and is currently assigned to cover the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign.
Though written as a novel, BACKLANDS tells the true story of a group of nomadic outlaws who reigned over the northeastern Brazil from about 1922 until 1938. Taking from the rich, admired―and feared―by the poor, they were led by the famously charismatic bandit Lampiao. The gang maintained their influence by fighting off all the police and soldiers the region could muster. The story is primarily narrated by Lampiao’s lover, Maria, and has a Bonnie and Clyde vibe to it.
Victoria Shorr is a writer and political activist who lived in Brazil for ten years. Currently she lives in Los Angeles, where she cofounded the Archer School for Girls, and is now working to found a college-prep school for girls on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Tune in to KAZI 88.7FM Monday, July 20 at 8 a.m. CST/9 a.m. EST for my interview with Scott J. Myers-Lipton, author of ENDING EXTREME INEQUALITY: An Economic Bill of Rights to Eliminate Poverty.
In the book Myers-Lipton argues that poverty and economic inequality are at record levels. He writes that forty-seven million Americans live in poverty, while middle class incomes are in decline. His call for an Economic Bill of Rights is in line with ideas proposed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Martin Luther King Jr.
Myers-Lipton proclaims that all Americans have the right to a job, a living wage, a decent home, adequate medical care, a good education, and adequate protection from economic fears of unemployment, sickness, and old age.
Dr. Scott Myers-Lipton is a Professor of Sociology at San José State University, and is also the author REBUILD AMERICA: Solving the Economic Crisis through Civic Works (Paradigm 2009) and Social Solutions to Poverty: America’s Struggle to Build a Just Society (Paradigm 2006), as well as numerous scholarly articles on civic engagement, education, and racism.
THE REDEEMER is Atkins’s fifth crime fiction novel featuring Quinn Colson, a former Army Ranger now serving as the Tibbeha County, Mississippi sheriff. At the beginning of the novel we learn that Colson, who is only in his early thirties, will soon be jobless—voted out of office as sheriff, thanks to the machinations of county kingpin Johnny Stagg. He has offers, in bigger and better places, but before he goes, he’s got one more job to do—bring down Stagg’s criminal operations for good.
ROBERT B. PARKER’S KICKBACK is Atkins fourth novel featuring Boston P.I. Spenser, and the 44th in the series started by the late Robert B. Parker in 1973. In KICKBACK, Spenser investigates why seventeen-year-old Dillon Yates was sent to a lockdown juvenile facility in Boston Harbor for setting up a prank Twitter account for his vice principal. This is Blackburn, Massachusetts, where zero tolerance for minors is a way of life.
Leading the movement is tough-as-nails Judge Joe Scali, who gives speeches about getting tough on today’s wild youth. But Dillon’s mother, who knows other Blackburn kids who are doing hard time for minor infractions, isn’t buying Scali’s line. She hires Spenser to find the truth behind the draconian sentencing.
Ace Atkins, a former journalist, is the New York Times bestselling author of 17 novels.
If you missed the interview with Jewell Parker Rhodes about her book BAYOU MAGIC and would like to listen to it now, here is an unedited version that’s a couple of minutes longer and includes Maya Hay’s exciting intro to start the interview:
If you missed the interview with Joe Lansdale on KAZI 88.7FM or want to hear the 25 minute version, here it is: