Archive for the ‘Crime Fiction’ Category

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.

September Author Interviews Feature Biographies of Civil Rights Giant W.E.B. Du Bois and Legendary Black Journalist Ethel Payne

September 5, 2015 Leave a comment

W.E.B. Du Bois Jacket Cover

W.E.B. DU BOIS: An American Intellectual Activist and EYE ON THE STRUGGLE: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press are among the nonfiction books featured with author interviews this month on KAZI Book Review on KAZI 88.7 FM.  Highlights on the fiction side include interviews with Steph Cha discussing her latest Juniper Song mystery, DEAD SOON ENOUGH and Joe Meno discussing his new crime fiction/travel novel, MARVEL AND A WONDER.  Below is the schedule of interviews with short descriptions of the books.

September 6, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. CST

John Burdett, THE BANGKOK ASSET (fiction)- Set in Bangkok, Thailand, this is the sixth novel by Burdett featuring Royal Thai Police Force detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep.

Reed Farrell Coleman, Robert B. Parker’s BLIND SPOT (fiction) – This is Coleman’s second Jesse Stone novel, a series started by the late legendary crime fiction writer Robert B. Parker in 1997.  Jesse Stone is a former baseball player that is police chief of the fictional small town of Paradise, Massachusetts.  In BLIND SPOT, Stone

September 7, 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. CST

Shawn Leigh Alexander, W.E.B. DU BOIS (nonfiction) – Alexander chronicles the long life and changes in philosophy of Du Bois, the legendary intellectual, scholar, activist, and cofounder of the NAACP who lived from 1867-1963.

September 13, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. CST

Joe Meno, MARVEL AND A WONDER (fiction) – Set in 1995 primarily in southern Indiana, Meno explores the relationship between a biracial teenager and his 71 year-old grandfather, who grow closer thanks to the unexpected inheritance of a horse.

September 14, 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. CST

James McGrath Morris, EYE ON THE STRUGGLE (nonfiction) – Former journalist Morris has written a biography about the late black journalist, Ethel Payne, who wrote for the black owned Chicago Defender newspaper from 1951 to 1978. As the Chicago Defender’s White House correspondent from 1954 into the 1970s, Payne covered some of the most significant civil rights legislation of the era.

September 20, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. CST

Steph Cha, DEAD SOON ENOUGH (fiction) – Steph Cha is back with her third mystery featuring millenial Korean American female detective Juniper Song, set in Los Angeles.

September 21, 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. CSTEthel Payne

Joe Feagin, HOW BLACKS BUILT AMERICA (nonfiction) – Texas A & M sociologist Joe Feagin writes in his introduction, “I show in much detail throughout this book that there is an extraordinarily important and positive black exceptionalism that is constantly revealed in the centuries long history of this society.”

September 27, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. CST

Matthew Guinn, THE SCRIBE (fiction) – A historical mystery set in Atlanta in 1881, a white police detective is paired with a black detective to find a murderer killing prominent black citizens; Tananarive Due, GHOST SUMMER (fiction)- a collection of supernatural short stories

September 28, 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. CST

Victor Chen, CUT LOOSE – Sociology professor Victor Chen “offers a poignant look at how the long-term unemployed struggle in today’s unfair economy to support their families, rebuild their lives, and overcome the shame and self-blame they deal with on a daily basis.”

REBROADCAST OF VU TRAN INTERVIEW: New Novel Explores Vietnamese Immigrant Experience

August 15, 2015 Leave a comment

Tune in to KAZI Book Review Monday, November 9 at 8 a.m. CST for my interview wit Vu Tran, author of DRAGONFISH.  The interview aired originally on August 15.

From the publisher: Robert, an Oakland cop, still can’t let go of Suzy, the enigmatic Vietnamese wife who left him two years ago. Now she’s disappeared from her new husband, Sonny, a violent Vietnamese smuggler and gambler who’s blackmailing Robert into finding her for him. As he pursues her through the sleek and seamy gambling dens of Las Vegas, shadowed by Sonny’s sadistic son, “Junior,” and assisted by unexpected and reluctant allies, Robert learns more about his ex-wife than he ever did during their marriage. He finds himself chasing the ghosts of her past, one that reaches back to a refugee camp in Malaysia after the fall of Saigon, as his investigation soon uncovers the existence of an elusive packet of her secret letters to someone she left behind long ago. Although Robert starts illuminating the dark corners of Suzy’s life, the legacy of her sins threatens to immolate them all.

About the author: Vu Tran, winner of a Whiting Award recognizing “exceptional talent and promise,” teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago.  DRAGONFISH is his first novel.  Tran was born in Saigon in 1975, five months after the city fell to the North Vietnamese and five months after his father, a captain in the South Vietnamese Air Force, was forced to flee the country. In the spring of 1980, Tran, his mother, and his seven-year-old sister escaped Vietnam by boat, spending five days at sea. They ended up in Malaysia and settled in a refugee camp on the island of Pulau Bidong, off the Malaysian coast. Four months later, Tran’s father sponsored them from America, and in September, they all reunited in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he met his father for the first time.

PODCAST: Sara Paretsky Discusses Latest Novel & Founding of Sisters In Crime

August 8, 2015 Leave a comment

Brush Back In Sara Paretsky’s 17th V.I. Warshawsky novel, BRUSH BACK, an old high school boyfriend comes to her for help with his mother who has just been released from prison after serving more than two decades for the murder of her own daughter—her old flame’s sister. He wants V.I. to prove his mother’s innocence.

Sara Paretsky

Sara Paretsky

In our interview we discussed how Paretsky keeps her VI Warshawski novels fresh after 30 years of writing them, why she organized a meeting of women mystery writers in 1986 that led to the founding of the organization of women mystery writers, Sisters In Crime, and how a story about the areas underneath the bleachers in the Chicago Cubs baseball stadium, Wrigley. Sara Paretsky is the author of 20 books, including the renowned V.I. Warshawski novels. She was named 2011 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and is also the recipient of the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award given by the British Crime Writers’ Association. Paretsky is currently president of the Mystery Writers of America.

Listen to the podcast of my interview with Sara Paretsky, author of BRUSH BACK.