Archive for the ‘Crime Fiction’ Category

PODCAST: Lawrence Jackson Discusses Biography of Black Author Chester Himes

September 17, 2017 1 comment

In Lawrence Jackson’s monumental biography, CHESTER B. HIMES, readers are introduced to one of the most prolific and underrated Black writers of the 20th century.   Himes, who lived from 1909-1984, was the author of 17 novels and numerous short stories.  Himes was a black literary realist who used fiction to honestly express the rage he felt at racism, despite the criticism of some of his contemporaries that his perspective was too bleak.  It was his Harlem detective novels that paved the path for enduring financial success as two of those novels were made into movies in the 1970s, Cotton Comes to Harlem and Come Back Charleston Blue.

Lawrence P. Jackson is a Professor of English and History at Johns Hopkins University and also the author of RALPH ELLISON: Emergence of Genius.



Meg Gardiner Interview on KAZI Book Review

June 25, 2017 1 comment

UNSUBI just finished a live interview with Meg Gardiner about her new thriller, UNSUB, a KAZI Book Review Crime Fiction Pick of the Month. Scott Montgomery and Molly Odintz of BookPeople joined me for the interview. I have the first 20 minutes of the interview.  Unfortunately the flash drive ran out of space with 7 minutes left, but it is still worth listening to.

PODCAST: Stephen Mack Jones Interview on Novel August Snow

May 27, 2017 Leave a comment

Coffee and Books: Lynchings and a Murder Mystery

September 28, 2016 Leave a comment

BEYOND THE ROPE: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture by Karlis K. Hill and THE HEAVENS MAY FALL, a murder mystery novel set in Minneapolis by Allen Eskibs, are the books I’m currently reading for upcoming interviews for KAZI Book Review.

Novel About Black Ballerina and Crime Fiction Picks of the Month

August 28, 2016 Leave a comment

Jacob Grovey, author of the new novel DANCE OF THE BROKEN and BookPeople’s crime fiction coordinator Scott Montgomery and bookseller Molly Odintz are today’s live in studio guests at 12:30 p.m. CST on KAZI Book Review on KAZI 88.7 FM.  

DANCE OF THE BROKEN tells the poignant and inspirational story of a young black girl who dreams of being a ballerina, despite society’s opinion that she’s cut from the wrong cloth. 

Scott and Molly will be recommending new crime fiction novels and short stories for listeners to read:

Scott’s Crime Fiction Picks

1. Mississippi Noir edited by Tom Franklin

2. St. Louis Noir edited by Scott Phillips

3. Survivors Will Be Shot Again by Bill Crider

Molly’s Crime Fiction Picks

1. You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

2. The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

3. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Jacob Grovey

Molly Odintz and Scott Montgomery

Best Crime Fiction Novels of 2016: So Far  

July 27, 2016 Leave a comment

We’ll be discussing the best crime fiction novels of the first half of 2016 with BookPeople crime fiction coordinator Scott Montgomery and BookPeople bookseller Molly Odintz on the July 31 edition of KAZI Book Review from 12:45-1 p.m. CST. We’ll kick-off the show at 12:30 p.m. CST with a live interview by phone with Megan Abbott, author of  YOU WILL KNOW ME.

Enclosed is Scott Montgomery’s list complete with a link to his review of each book on BookPeople’s web site.

1. Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman

2. The Second Life Of Nick Mason by Steve Hamilton

3. What Remains Of Me by Alison Gaylin

4. Speakers Of The Dead by J Aaron Sanders

5. The Second Girl by David Swinson

6. A Thousand Falling Crows by Larry D Sweazy

7. Honky Tonk Samauri by Joe Lansdale

8.  Night Work by David C Taylor

9. Murder At The 42nd Street Library by Con Lehane

10. Close Your Eyes by Michael Robotham

Here is Molly Odintz’s list complete with a link to her review of each book:

1. Security by Gina Wohlsdorf

2. The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

3. Arab Jazz by Karim Miske 

4. Perfect Days by Raphael Montes

5. A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar

6. Judenstaat by Simone Zelich

7. The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King 

8. Murder on the Quai by Cara Black

9. Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry

10. Sunset City by Melissa Ginsburg

11. Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty

PODCAST: Wallace Stroby Interview

January 25, 2016 Leave a comment

Devils ShareEnclosed is a broadcast from an interview with Wallace Stroby, author of the crime fiction novel THE DEVIL’S SHARE.  His bad girl protagonist, Crissa Stone, is a thief and one of my favorite anti-heroes in crime fiction. 

Publisher’s Summary of The Devil’s Share

It should be an easy job: Hijack a truckload of priceless Iraqi antiquities before they’re repatriated to their native land – with the cooperation of the wealthy art collector who stole them. Crissa assembles an expert team of thieves, and puts together a heist that requires split-second timing. But what’s supposed to be a “give-up” robbery with few complications quickly turns deadly.   Soon Crissa is on the run again, with both an ex-military hit squad and her own partners-in-crime in pursuit. And what should be the simplest job of her career – robbing a man who wants to be robbed – might just turn out to be the most dangerous ….


About the Author

Wallace Stroby is an award-winning journalist and the author of seven novels, four of which feature professional thief Crissa Stone.  A Long Branch, N.J., native, he’s a lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore. His first novel THE BARBED-WIRE KISS, which The Washington Post called “a scorching first novel …full of attention to character and memory and, even more, to the neighborhoods of New Jersey,” was a finalist for the 2004 Barry Award for Best First Novel. In 2012, the Crissa Stone novels were optioned by Showtime Networks for development.

A graduate of Rutgers University, Stroby was an editor at the Star-Ledger of Newark, Tony Soprano’s hometown newspaper, for 13 years.