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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.

Book Review: The Missings by Peg Brantley

Are the mutilated bodies of young men and women a serial killer, a cult, or simply greed at work? Read More »

eBook Review: Ehrengraf For the Defense and Eleven Stories by Lawrence Block

If faced with a murder charge, the evidence overwhelming, you want the one man who believes in your innocence. Even when you did it. Read More »

Book Review: The Devil’s Redhead by David Corbett

Ec-Con, Bad Dan, The Man Who Can risks his freedom to save the woman he loves. Read More »

Book Review: The Crime of Julian Wells by Thomas H. Cook

A mystery of identity, a journey into the maze of a mysterious life where darkness was the only thing that he knew. Read More »

Book Review: Snow Leopard: Stories from the Roof of the World by Don Hunter (Author/Editor)

The snow leopard evokes a sense of myth and mysticism, strength and spirit shrouded in a snowy veil. Read More »

Book Review: Ark by Charles McCarry

The planet’s first and only trillionaire sets out to save mankind. Read More »

Book Review: South By Southeast by Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due, and Steven Barnes

Actor-turned-super-sleuth Tennyson Hardwick in his most challenging case, compelling him to face the unthinkable: save his daughter or the woman he loves. Read More »

Book Review: The Cocktail Waitress by James M. Cain

Brutal and seductive noir fiction. Read More »

Book Review: White Lies by Jeremy Bates

A psychological thriller to make Hitchcock proud. Read More »

Book Review: Death In Breslau: An Eberhard Mock Investigation by Marek Krajewski (Traslated by Danusia Stok)

Dark noir, complex and atmospheric, Sam Spade meets Indiana Jones in a bad dream. Read More »