The Ashtabula Hat Trick, by Les Roberts

The Ashtubula Hat TrickAward-winning author Les Roberts joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, the 18th in his Milan Jacovich mystery series, THE ASHTABULA HAT TRICK.

Show Notes

Les shares the background of the series protagonist, Milan Jacovich.

We discuss the changes in Cleveland, Ohio, the home of both Milan and Les Roberts.

Les shares the story setup for THE ASHTABULA HAT TRICK.

We discuss Les’s history as a writer/producer for television shows like Hollywood Squares, The Andy Griffith Show, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and others.

Les is also a movie critic, doing movie reviews with Ann Elder for Greenlight Reviews on local radio.

From the Publisher:

Les RobertsThe people of Queenstown, Ohio, don’t take kindly to strangers. But they have no choice in the matter after a man’s body is found in a local park, pants unzipped and stabbed through the heart—and a second man’s body turns up days later, his head bashed in. Local law enforcement needs help with the town’s first-ever murder investigation.

Private investigator Milan Jacovich (pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovitch) tags along when his main squeeze, Cleveland homicide detective Tobe Blaine, is dispatched to rural Ashtabula County to handle the case.

Word travels fast in the small town, and the mixed-race couple receives a cold welcome. The motel manager doesn’t like their looks, the coroner conveniently forgets key details, and patrons at the local watering hole flaunt their disrespect for Tobe’s out-of-town badge and her skin color.

Milan enlists his young assistant, Kevin “K.O.” O’Bannion, to glean information from the town’s teens, who tell tales of their parents’ fervent devotion to their local pastor, an outspoken bigot. Did homophobia factor in the murders?

Looming over the case is nearby Conneaut prison—privately run, overcrowded, and rumored to employ some questionable methods (as well as many local residents). Inside its walls, a powerful convict known as “The Prophet” just might have the information Tobe and Milan need to solve the case—if they can get him to talk.

Queenstown might only be an hour’s drive from Cleveland, but Milan, Tobe, and K.O. find themselves strangers in a strange land. They also soon find themselves neck-deep in serious trouble.



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Devil’s Harbor, by Alex Gilly

Devil's Harbor by Alex Gilly Forge Books, June 2015

Devil’s Harbor
by Alex Gilly
Forge Books, June 2015

Debut Author Alex Gilly joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book DEVIL’S HARBOR.

Show Notes

Alex describes his protagonist, Marine Interdiction Agent, Nick Finn, and the story line of DEVIL’S HARBOR.

Alex has spent extensive time on the water, both sailing and surfing. That time shows up in some of the vibrant ocean scenes in the book.

Alex has been a book translator.  We discuss that process and how it has helped him as a writer.

From the Publisher:

Photo Credit: Bob Hughes

Photo Credit: Bob Hughes

With heart-stopping thrills, a Walter White-esque villain, and a fascinating hero, Alex Gilly’s Devil’s Harbor is a thriller unlike any you have read before.

Nick Finn and his partner and brother-in-law, Diego Jimenez, are used to rough water. As Marine Interdiction Agents for Customs and Border Protection, the two hunt drug smugglers, human traffickers, and other criminals who hide in the vastness of the waters surrounding southern California.

One night, Finn and Diego track a phantom boat off the Los Angeles coast, but it disappears before they can intercept it. They find a dead body in its wake, ravaged by sharks. Their investigation into the floater stalls when Finn is accused of using excessive force following the death of a suspected drug smuggler.

Then Diego is murdered–and Finn is the number-one suspect. As he races to find the real killer and save his marriage, Finn is forced to partner with Linda Blake, the desperate captain of the Pacific Belle and mother of Lucy, a very sick little girl, to attempt the one thing he has devoted his life to stopping.

In order to clear his name and save a child’s life, Finn must smuggle narcotics by sea into the United States…and avoid the net that his CBP colleagues have cast for him.


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Hard Latitudes, by Baron Birtcher

Hard Latitudes Cover

Hard Latitudes by Baron R. Birtcher The Permanent Press, June 2015

Bestselling author Baron Birtcher joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, the fourth in his Mike Travis series, HARD LATITUDES.

Show Notes

Baron shares the story of his series hero, Mike Travis, and how he sprang from a long time friendship with an LA cop.

Baron lives part-time in Hawaii (the home of Mike Travis) where he and his wife grow coffee.

Baron is fascinated by the butterfly effect in everyday life and that plays a part in the storyline of HARD LATITUDES.

Baron is a big believer in character and character development, which he one of the big reasons he so enjoys writing series fiction.

Baron is a songwriter and a guitar player. He has started an independent record label and sees some common ground between writing music and writing fiction.

From the Publisher:

Baron R. BirtcherThe fourth installment in Baron R. Birtcher’s bestselling Mike Travis series begins when a botched blackmail scheme draws Mike, an ex-homicide cop, back from Hawaii to Los Angeles to the aid of his estranged brother, a man of privilege with the soul of a predator.

A seemingly arbitrary act of violence in Macau has initiated a chain of events that ripples across the Pacific, developing into a thunderstorm of murder, extortion, and betrayal half a world away. Together with Travis’ friend, Snyder – a man with a checkered past of his own – Travis uncovers vile truths involving sexual slavery and insatiable personal greed that have already cut a path of vicious cruelty from the shipyards of Hong Kong to the shores of the Hawaiian islands.

As Travis unravels the disparate thread of duplicity and moral compromise, it threatens to devastate the lives of one powerful family, while Travis himself becomes a suspect in a murder that threatens to destroy his life as well.

This stylish thriller, epic in scope and atmosphere, driven by compelling characters, will rise to a climactic confrontation on the shores of a place that some call paradise.


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Go Down Hard, by Craig Faustus Buck

Go Down Hard Craig Faustus Buck Brash Books, May 2015

Go Down Hard
Craig Faustus Buck
Brash Books, May 2015

New York Times bestselling author Craig Faustus Buck joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new marvelous book, GO DOWN HARD.

Show Notes

Craig describes GO DOWN HARD as a neo-noir romp.

We discuss the primary characters of the book as well as Craig’s writing style.

Craig wrote for several years in television, including Magnum PI, Simon and Simon, and The Incredible Hulk. When he retired from television he turned to writing crime fiction novels.

Craig discusses his work with the Mystery Writers of America and Sister’s in Crime.

From the Publisher:

Craig BuckSex, Thugs, and Rock-n-Roll

The wild, daring, sexy and outrageously original crime novel from Anthony Award nominee Craig Faustus Buck.

Nob Brown is a divorced, disillusioned thirty-something ex-cop turned bottom-feeding tabloid writer. His best friend and occasional lover, Gloria Lopes, is an LAPD detective who needs an Excel spreadsheet to chart her sex life. When Gloria slips Nob the confidential file on the unsolved twenty-year-old murder of a legendary rock-and-roll goddess, Nob hopes to solve the crime and propel himself out of the tabloids and into a lucrative book deal. But he pokes into the wrong holes and unearths rotting secrets that give rise to fresh corpses. As the cold case comes to a fast boil, Nob is forced to battle for his own survival.


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Night Tremors, by Matt Coyle


Night Tremors by Matt Coyle Oceanview, June 2015

Matt Coyle joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, the second in his Anthony Award winning Rick Cahill series, NIGHT TREMORS.

Show Notes

Matt Shares the story of Rick Cahill, an ex-cop turned private investigator.

The story behind the multi-year writing process for the first book in the series, the Anthony Award winning, YESTERDAY’S ECHO.

Matt describes his writing style and how some of the most memorable moments in the book occur after he ‘drops an anchor’ and allows his subconscious to work on the scenes.

From the Publisher:

Matt CoyleNightmares of the man he killed two years ago still chase Rick Cahill through his sleep. The memory of his murdered wife haunts him during waking hours. His private investigative work, secretly photographing adulterers, paid for his new house but stains his soul.

When an old nemesis asks for his help to free a man from prison, a man he thinks is wrongly convicted of murder, Rick grabs at the chance to turn his life around. His investigation takes him from the wealthy enclave of La Jolla to the dark underbelly of San Diego. His quest fractures his friendship with his mentor, endangers his steady job, and draws the ire of the Police Chief who had tried to put Rick behind bars forever. With the police on one side of the law and a vicious biker gang on the other, all trying to stop him from freeing the man in prison, Rick risks his life to uncover the truth that only the real killer knows — what happened one bloody night eight years earlier


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Storme Warning by W.L. Ripley

Storme Warning by W.L. Ripley Brash Books, Feb 2015

Storme Warning
by W.L. Ripley
Brash Books, Feb 2015

W.L. Ripley joins us in this episode to discuss STORME WARNING, the fourth book in his acclaimed Wyatt Storme series.

Show Notes

Wyatt Storme is a reclusive ex-NFL football player with a deadly best friend, Chick Easton.

STORME WARNING is the 4th Wyatt Storme book and the first three, all originally released in hardcover, will be re-released in digital formats in 3-month increments beginning in May.  This will lead up to the 5th in the series, scheduled for release early next year.

W.L. Ripley

W.L. Ripley

W.L. Ripley (Rip) also writes the Cole Springer series.

Rip describes Wyatt’s buddy Chick Easton as a “punctuation mark with legs.”

Rip worked in education for 37 years and now has significantly more time for writing.

A brief discussion of some of Rip’s favorite crime fiction authors.

From the Publisher

Vietnam vet and former Dallas Cowboys player Wyatt Storme just wants to be left alone in his remote Ozarks cabin – but violence and trouble have a knack for finding him. And when it does, he doesn’t back down. This time, Chick Easton, a hard-drinking, shockingly lethal ex-CIA agent, asks his buddy Storme for back-up when he’s hired by the director of a big budget western to protect a bad-boy movie star who is getting well-deserved death threats. There’s also an annoying catch: the director wants to shoot the star’s new western on Storme’s land.  Storme reluctantly agrees to it all, unaware that a sociopathic mob enforcer that he once put in traction, and in prison, is on his way and gunning for revenge.



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