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I was born in Pomona, California at a very young age. I had a pretty normal childhood…or I was a pretty normal child hood if mom is telling the story. I was a paperboy and washed cars. I was a soda fountain jock-jerk and a manic mechanic but my first real job was as a labor organizer in a maternity ward. Then, because of the misjudgment of a judge I spent nearly 10 years in the service of our country mostly on KP duty. Our country sure turns out a lot of dirty dishes. I am a past master at pots and pans. They eventually recognized my real talent and let me wander around some very unfriendly places carrying a big radio that didn’t work. Along the way I took up the bass guitar, jotting down stories, electronic engineering and earned a degree in advanced criminal activities. I spent most of my adult life, if you can call it that, working in the I.T. industry, which I was particularly suited for since we worked in rooms with no windows. On and off I taught in colleges, universities and reform schools as a student teacher… I like smog, traffic, kinky people, car trouble, noisy neighbors, and crowded seedy bars where I have been known to quote Raymond Chandler as pickup lines. I have always been a voracious reader, everything from the classics, to popular fiction, history to science but I have a special place in my heart for crime fiction, especially hard-boiled detective fiction and noir. I write a book and music review blog for all genres at The Dirty Lowdown. And another dedicated to Crime Fiction and all things Noir called Crimeways. It’s named after the magazine that appeared in the Kenneth Fearing classic, The Big Clock. There I write scholarly reviews of the classic hard boiled, noir and crime fiction books from the 20's through today. Mostly I drool over the salacious pictures on the covers. I also write for Tecnorati/BlogCritics where i am part of a sinister cabal of superior writers.

Music Review: Paige Shannon – ’13’

Folder

A refreshing little bit of ear candy that has nothing to do with MTV glamour shots and a whole lot to do with a talented songstress. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Easy Prey’ by Douglas Watkinson

Easy Prey

A recently retired copper with anger management issues proves a great new detective creation. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Hour Of The Rat’ by Lisa Brackmann

hour of the rat

Iraq War vet Ellie McEnroe gets entangled in a conspiracy that may or may not involve a sinister biotech company, eco-terrorists and an art-obsessed Chinese billionaire. Read More »

On Tour With Tim Hallinan, 20 Years To Become An Over Night Sensation

Tim Hallinan

2011 Edgar nominee Hallinan embarks on a book tour promoting his third Junior Bender novel. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Holy or the Broken’ by Alan Light

holyorbroken

How a song, initially ignored by the record company and the public went on to become one of the most listened to and performed songs in pop music history. Read More »

Book Review: Decadence by Eric Jerome Dickey

A young woman's journey to discover herself on a sexual journey through Decadence. Read More »

Book Review: Death’s Door: A Billy Boyle WWII Mystery by James R. Benn

Lieutenant Billy Boyle goes undercover in the Vatican during World War II to discover a murder and rescue the girl. Read More »

Book Review: Black Crow White Lie by Candi Sary

Black Crow White Lie is a poignant metaphysical coming-of-age story that will touch hearts and souls. Read More »

Book Review: The Bookie’s Son by Andrew Goldstein

A lighthearted, heartbreaking story of coming of age in the Bronx of the 1960s. Read More »

Book Review: On The Waterfront: A Novel by Budd Schulberg

An unforgettable vision of crime, politics, and class in the twentieth century. Read More »