Friday, June 28, 2013

The Evolution of the Mystery Genre



Irene Hannon

When librarian Laura Griffith's sixteen-year-old sister disappears on a frigid February day, leaving only a brief note behind, Laura resolves to do whatever it takes to track down the runaway teen. That includes recruiting ATF agent turned PI James "Dev" Devlin to help. But the deeper he digs, the more he begins to suspect that something sinister is at work in the girl's disappearance. And the closer he gets to uncovering the truth, the clearer it becomes that the situation isn't just dangerous--it's deadly.

Chilling and at times terrifying, Trapped is the latest thrilling read from Irene Hannon, the queen of romantic suspense. Hannon outdoes herself with this fast-paced tale of fear, deception, and just the right dose of romance

Suspense Novels by Irene Hannon

Deadly Pursuit
Lethal Legacy

Irene Hannon

Irene has written more than 40 romance and romantic suspense novels. Her books have been honored with two RITA awards—the “Oscar” of romantic fiction—and she is a six-time finalist for that prestigious honor. Her books have also won a Daphne du Maurier award, a Carol award, a HOLT Medallion, a National Readers’ Choice Award, a Retailers Choice Award and two Reviewers’ Choice awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. One of her novels was also named by Booklist as one of the top 10 inspirational fiction books of 2011.

Irene, who holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in journalism, juggled two careers for many years until she gave up her executive corporate communications position with a Fortune 500 company to write full-time. She is happy to say she has no regrets!

Sunday, June 23, 2013


Vince Flynn
(April 6, 1966 – June 19, 2013)

I watch very little television and was probably one of the last people on the planet to learn of Vince’s death, after a three-year battle with cancer. The news left me feeling as though I’d lost a close friend.

My first introduction to Vince and his novels was on Glenn Beck’s show on FOX. I can’t remember which of his books he promoted at the time, but I bought it and I’ve been a mega fan ever since.

There are many authors I read and admire, but I had a particular affinity for Vince Flynn other than his masterful political thrillers. Perhaps it was his Irish charm and his conservative views on such shows as the aforementioned Beck show and occasional apearences on Sean Hannity’s nightly show on FOX.

Vince served as a story consultant for the fifth season of the 24 television series. In 1991, he decided to pursue a career as an aviator with the United States Marine Corps. One week before leaving for Officer Candidate School, he was medically disqualified from the Marine Aviation Program. In an effort to overcome the difficulties of dyslexia, Flynn forced himself into a daily writing and reading regimen. His writing influencers included Hemingway, Ludlum, Clancy, Tolkien, Vidal, and Irving.

His interest in political thrillers motivated him to begin work on a novel of his own. While employed as a bartender in the St. Paul area, he completed his first book, Term Limits, which he then self-published after he’d received 60 rejection letters. "I had just finished reading The Government Racket: Washington Waste from A to Z, by Martin L. Gross. It is without a doubt the most disheartening and enlightening book about politics that I've ever read. I was out jogging one day wondering what it would take to really change Washington, when my thoughts turned to a friend who had been shot and killed in Washington, D.C., several summers earlier. As I continued running, a story started to unfold." Pocket Books published the hardcover edition of Term Limits in 1998, and the mass market paperback of Term Limits in 1999, which spent several weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

With the exception of his first novel Term Limits, his works centered around counter-terrorism agent Mitch Rapp. His 2008 release, Extreme Measures became the ninth novel in the series. The level of specific detail displayed in the Mitch Rapp series at one point came under the scrutiny of the Department Of Energy. His sixth novel Memorial Day actually garnered a security review by the DOE due to concerns that the book contained classified material surrounding nuclear security.

In February 2008, Flynn agreed on film and book projects with CBS Corporation units CBS Films and Simon & Schuster/Atria Books. Lorenzo di Bonaventura was negotiating to produce Mitch Rapp films. Atria Books got worldwide rights to four books by the author. In August 2010, Flynn signed a two-book deal for a new series that he would have co-written with Brian Haig, a retired Army Lt. Colonel. He counted two U. S. Presidents among his fans; George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

My prayers go out to his family as they deal with his loss. He will be sorely missed. Not only for his writing but as a patriot and generally nice human being.

Novels by Vince Flynn:

1.Term Limits (1997) - ISBN 0-671-02317-9

2.Transfer of Power (1999) - ISBN 0-671-02319-5
3.The Third Option (2000) - ISBN 0-671-04731-0
4.Separation of Power (2001) - ISBN 0-671-04733-7
5.Executive Power (2003) - ISBN 0-7434-5395-6
6.Memorial Day (2004) - ISBN 0-7434-5397-2
7.Consent to Kill (2005) - ISBN 0-7432-7036-3
8.Act of Treason (2006) - ISBN 0-7432-7037-1
9.Protect and Defend (2007) - ISBN 978-0-7432-7041-0
10.Extreme Measures (2008) - ISBN 0-7432-7042-8
11.Pursuit of Honor (2009) - ISBN 978-1-4165-9516-8
12.American Assassin (2010) - ISBN 978-1-4165-9518-2
13.Kill Shot (2012) - ISBN 978-1-4165-9520-5
14.The Last Man (2012) - ISBN 978-1-4165-9521-2
15.The Survivor (2013)


Friday, June 21, 2013

The Evolution of the Mystery Genre



Gregory Mcdonald

The first Fletch novel (1974) introduces I. M. Fletcher, a journalist and ex-marine staying on a beach watching the drug culture for a story, waiting to find the dealer's source before publishing an exposé.[1]

A millionaire businessman named Alan Stanwyk approaches Fletch to hire Fletch to murder him; the man tells Fletch that he is dying of bone cancer and wants to avoid a slow, painful death. Fletch accepts $1000 in cash to listen to the man's proposition; the man offers him $20,000 for the murder, and Fletch talks him up to $50,000 in an effort to see if the man is serious. He appears to be serious, and Fletch begins investigating the man's story in between investigating the drug story on the beach and avoiding the two attorneys after him for alimony for each of his ex-wives.

Gregory Mcdonald (February 15, 1937 – September 7, 2008)

Mcdonald was an American mystery writer best known for his creation of the character Irwin Maurice Fletcher, an investigative reporter who preferred the nickname "Fletch." Two of the Fletch books have earned Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America: Fletch was named Best First Novel in 1975 and is also listed #29 on The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time by The Mystery Writers of America.

• Running Scared (1964)
• Fletch (1974)
• Confess, Fletch (1976)
• Flynn (1977)
• Fletch's Fortune (1978)
 • Love Among the Mashed Potatoes apa Dear M.E. (1978)
• Who Took Toby Rinaldi? (US title)/Snatched (UK title) (1978)
• The Buck Passes Flynn (1981)
• Fletch and the Widow Bradley (1981)
• Fletch's Moxie (1982)
• Fletch and the Man Who (1983)
• Flynn's In (1984)
• Carioca Fletch (1984)
• Safekeeping (1985)
• Fletch Won (198)
• Fletch, Too (1986)
• A World Too Wide (1987)
• Exits and Entrances (1988)
• Merely Players (1988)
• The Brave (1991)
• Son of Fletch (1993)
• Fletch Reflected (1994)
• Skylar (1995)
• Skylar in Yankeeland (1997)
• Flynn's World

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Evolution of the Mystery Genre

Gorky Park
Martin Cruz Smith

Gorky Park is set in the Soviet Union. It follows Arkady Renko, a chief investigator for the Militsiya, who is assigned to a case involving three corpses found in Gorky Park, an amusement park in Moscow, who have had their faces and fingertips cut off by the murderer to prevent identification. The novel, which was called the "thriller of the '80s" by Time, became a bestseller and won a Gold Dagger Award from the British Crime Writers' Association. Renko has since appeared in six other novels by Smith. Gorky Park debuted at number one on the "New York Times" bestseller list on April 26, 1981. Gorky Park It is listed as #35 on the Top 100 Mystery Novels of all Time.

Martin Cruz Smith (November 3, 1942)

Smith is best known for his novels featuring Russian investigator Arkady Renko whom Smith introduced in Gorky Park (1981During the 1990s, Smith twice won the Dashiell Hammett Award from the North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers. The first time was for Rose in 1996; the second time was for Havana Bay in 1999. And on September 5, 2010, he and Arkady Renko returned to the top of the New York Times bestseller list when Three Stations debuted at number seven on the fiction bestsellers list. In the 1970s, Smith wrote two Slocum adult action Western novels under the pen name Jake Logan. Smith has also written a number of other paperback originals, including a series about a character named "The Inquisitor", a James Bond-type agent employed by the Vatican. Smith also wrote two novels in the Nick Carter series.
He originally wrote under the name "Martin Smith", only to discover there were other writers with the same name. His agent asked Smith to add a third name and Smith chose Cruz, his paternal grandmother's surname.


Arkady Renko books
• Gorky Park New York: Random House, 1981
• Polar Star New York: Random House, 1989
• Red Square New York: Random House, 1992
• Havana Bay New York: Random House, 1999
• Wolves Eat Dogs New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004
• Stalin's Ghost New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007
• Three Stations New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010
• Tatiana (2013)

Romano Grey books
• Gypsy in Amber New York: Putnam, [1971]
• Canto for a Gypsy New York: Putnam, [1972]

The Inquisitor Series-(Simon Quinn)
• 1The Devil in Kansas (1974) (The Inquisitor Series #1)
• The Last Time I Saw Hell (1974) (The Inquisitor Series #2)
• Nuplex Red (1974) (The Inquisitor Series #3)
• His Eminence, Death (1974) (The Inquisitor Series #4)
• The Midas Coffin (1975) (The Inquisitor Series #5)
• Last Rites for the Vulture (1975) (The Inquisitor Series #6)