08.19.17 VEGAS TABLOID

 

MY NEW NOVEL WILL BE IN STORES OCTOBER 3

AVAILABLE FOR PRESALE NOW ON AMAZON

 

 

Sex, greed and cold-blooded murder highlight this crime fiction thriller about a wisecracking con man and his sideshow troupe of small time criminals, who had accidentally become the most popular performers on the Las Vegas Strip. Suddenly rich and famous, it was life in the fast lane for the fire-eating beauty, sex-crazed midget Elvis, safecracking swami and the rest of this neo-noir cast of social delinquents, until they found themselves in the crosshairs of a serial killer. Armed with little more than street smarts, this band of misfits fight an uphill battle against a bloodthirsty billionaire, a perverted cop and betrayal from within, racing the clock not only to save themselves, but prevent the biggest mass murder in American history.

 


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07.16.17 BLOODCOCKS UK — JAPAN TOUR 2017

 

BLOODCOCKS UK

2017 JAPAN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

 

SEE THE ONLY AMERICAN BAND

NEVER TO PLAY IN AMERICA

AS THEY INVADE JAPAN FOR THEIR

DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY TOUR

 


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04.05.17 DOUBLE DOWN SALOON

 

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03.04.17 HOW LAS VEGAS BECAME A STAR

Beautiful leading lady opposite a ruggedly handsome leading man. Bad guys, comic relief, a little music ….. the whole formulaic magilla. Not unlike any other murder-infused love story of 1952. Except that this movie fueled America’s burgeoning curiosity about a mythical oasis where vices were virtues. Where fantasy was reality and a man could change his life with one silver dollar.

The Las Vegas Story was not the first movie to showcase Las Vegas, but it had something going for it that its predecessors definitely did not. Howard Hughes as producer (uncredited) and a budget that afforded Jane Russell, Victor Mature and Vincent Price. Movie stars instead of actors. A step up in class for Hughes’ RKO Radio Pictures, an outfit that generally cranked out movies on the cheap. But Hughes been hot for Jane Russell’s 38D rack since casting her in The Outlaw nine years earlier. And he had been buying up land in Las Vegas even before that, so the man who was himself larger than life upped the ante to glamorize both his leading lady and the town which fifteen years later his casinos would monopolize.

People in the early 1950s had heard enough chatter and seen enough celebrity-infused glossy magazine spreads to know that the fantasy backdrop of The Las Vegas Story was not far from reality. It was the first movie in which America saw Las Vegas dressed in its Saturday night finest. The gowns and the jewels. The lights and the action. The cozy elegance of the casino. And the money. All that money. The Hollywood make-believe was a bit over the top, but not by much. Popcorn munchers were begging to be seduced and this movie did not let them down.

Things were on the upswing in America. The country had gotten past the Great Depression, a double-edged war, and was settling into the pedestrian prosperity that would become Eisenhower’s 1950s. Working stiffs now owned houses, and were no longer restricted to summer vacations of taking the kids to see Aunt Marge. The average American family now had the wherewithal to branch out. To explore. To live. To actually visit the fantastic places they had only read about in magazines or seen at the movies, and Las Vegas was at the top of the list.

Las Vegas extolled the virtues of recreational endeavors that other American cities demonized as scandalous. The town was dangerous yet safe. Elegant yet affordable. Offered mom and dad the perfect opportunity to dump the kids with Aunt Marge and aim the Oldsmobile toward a place where they could rub elbows with movie stars and sports heroes, then catch Bing Crosby for the price of a steak. The glamorous Las Vegas of 1952 was definitely within reach of everyone, and The Las Vegas Story promoted tourism to the masses better than any ad campaign. Sex and celebrity. Action and fun. Riches beyond your wildest dreams. All within reach to anyone who walked through the door. Moviegoers were hooked.

The Las Vegas Story is not unlike any murder-infused love story that might be made today. Beautiful leading lady opposite a handsome leading man. Bad guys, comic relief, a little music ….. the whole formulaic magilla. But then as now, with any movie set in Las Vegas the screen is big enough for only one star. Las Vegas itself. Howard Hughes knew that, much to the chagrin of Jane Russell’s 38D rack.


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02.25.17 KILLER NEW KAPU I’A TIKI MUG

     Check out the killer new KAPU I’A tiki mug at

     Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas by renown

     artist Brad Parker. You can get one at the bar

       or at FrankiesTikiRoom.com

 


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02.15.17 SEX OR WRITING?

Both can be done on a plane or in the back of a cab.

Great sex can inspire great writing.

Great writing can score great sex.

Conquering a blank page can be a bigger thrill than nailing a ten.

And probably a bigger thrill than nailing the ten again in the morning.

 

Sex and writing can both be great accomplishments.

Both can be simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting.

Both can leave you satisfied or frustrated.

Both will suffer when you write about sex while having sex.

And Dorothy Parker never said: I hate sex, but love having fucked.


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02.07.17 HAMMETT PRIZE NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to the nominees for the 2016 North American Hammett Prize for literary excellence in the field of crime writing.

The Second Life of Nick Mason, by Steve Hamilton
(G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
The Drifter, by Nicholas Petrie (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
The White Devil, by Domenic Stansberry (Molotov Editions)
Revolver, by Duane Swierczynki (Mulholland Books)
The Big Nothing, by Bob Truluck (Murmur House Press)

 


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02.01.17 THE BEST SONG LYRIC EVER

Are the best lyrics romantic like those sung by Sinatra or Tony Bennett?  Are the best lyrics amusing non sequiturs from the Ramones or the thought provoking convictions of Bob Dylan

Some lyrics are poetry.  Some are funny and clever.  Some are filler.  Some are inspiring or tell a story.  Some not so much.  Are the words of the prophets written on the subway walls? 

Selecting the best song lyric is subjective and comes down to what strikes a chord within you as an individual. My personal favorite was written in the 1966 by Arthur Lee:

I’D SIT INSIDE A BOTTLE AND PRETEND THAT I WAS IN A CAN

Every time I hear Love’s “7 & 7 Is” that line reverberates in my head all day.  Everybody has a favorite lyric or an opinion of which is the best ever.  What’s yours?


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01.22.17 2017 EDGAR AWARDS

Congratulations to all the deserving writers nominated this week by the Mystery Writers of America for the 2017 Edgar Allen Poe Awards, honoring the best mystery fiction and non-fiction published the previous year. The Edgar Awards will be presented to the winners April 27th at a gala banquet at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.


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01.21.17 THE TEN BEST NOIR FILMS EVER MADE

The 15th annual Noir City film festival is going on now through January 29th at San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre. They are screening 24 crime capers from around the world, so what better time to announce my list of the Ten Best Noir Films Ever Made.

1. THE KILLING – 1956

Directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the amazing book Clean Break by Lionel White, Sterling Hayden masterminds a racetrack robbery with a great ensemble cast featuring noir regulars Elisha Cook, Jr., Marie Windsor and Ted DeCorsia. This is not just the best film noir, it is frame for frame the best movie ever made.

2. BOB LE FLAMBEUR – 1956

Also known as Bob The Gambler, this French caper film directed by Jean-Pierre Melville offers a perfect blend of substance and style. To be more precise: it’s cool as hell. Bob, played by Roger Duchesne, masterminds a casino heist only to complicate matters by hitting a winning streak at the tables during its execution. Stanley Kubrick called this the perfect crime movie.

3. THE BIG COMBO – 1955

A well-insulated mob boss (Richard Conte) makes a monkey out of an obsessed cop (Cornel Wilde) until the flatfoot changes strategy and goes after him through his girl. Lee Van Cleef and Earl Holliman as homosexual henchmen were light years ahead of their time.

4. ASPHALT JUNGLE – 1950

Sam Jaffe portrays perhaps the most fascinating criminal mastermind ever as robbery and double cross propel the action of this character driven caper. Director John Huston sets a gritty urban tone, softened a bit by Marilyn Monroe in an early screen appearance.

5. DOUBLE INDEMNITY – 1944

A woman getting her lover to kill her husband for insurance money is a pretty pedestrian set-up, unless Billy Wilder is directing a script he wrote with Raymond Chandler. Add on-screen sexual chemistry between Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray, and this movie explodes.

6. THE KILLERS – 1946

Based on a Hemmingway story, director Robert Siodmak provided the blueprint for future filmmakers to rise above cops & robbers cliches. This cautionary tale of double cross and murder made stars out of Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner.

7. BLAST OF SILENCE – 1961

Starkly cold and purposely slow moving, this Allen Baron tour de force traps you inside the mind of a hired killer and doesn’t let go.

8. BORN TO KILL – 1947

Walter Slezak and Esther Howard provide humorous counter balance as psycho Lawrence Tierney murders his way into San Francisco society.

9. 711 OCEAN DRIVE – 1950

Edmond O’Brien is few peoples’ idea of a leading man, but that works to his advantage as he plays a telephone repairman who cashes in big by creating a hi-tech communication system for a national bookmaking syndicate. But greed quickly blinds this cocky average Joe to the fact that he is in way over his head.

10. THE NARROW MARGIN – 1952

Tough guy cop Charles McGraw guards a mobster’s wife on a cross country train trip so she can testify before a Los Angeles grand jury. Co-starring noir darling Marie Windsor and directed by the much underappreciated Richard Fleischer (Armored Car Robbery, Soylent Green, The Jazz Singer).


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