Tom & Lucky and George & Cokey Flo, by C. Joseph Greaves

51WELEqCzALAward-winning author C. Joseph Greaves joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, Tom & Lucky (and George & Cokey Flo).

(Note: I recorded a YouTube video of how this podcast was produced.)

Show Notes

Chuck tells the story of how he came to have access to George Martin Levy’s original 1936 file for the case of The People vs. Charles “Lucky” Luciano.

We discuss the way Chuck was able to tell a compelling story even if many readers already know the ending.

We discuss Chuck’s recent book tour which he did to support the release of Tom & Lucky.  It included an event in Las Vegas at the Mob Museum.

We discuss the difference for Chuck in writing historical stand-alone novels, versus writing his Jack McTaggart mystery series.

Chuck owns and operates a small vineyard and he’ll be able to taste his own wine for the first time in 2016.

From the Publisher:

61rS0shlnWLThe year is 1936. Charles “Lucky” Luciano is the most powerful gangster in America. Thomas E. Dewey is an ambitious young prosecutor hired to bring him down, and Cokey Flo Brown–grifter, heroin addict, and sometimes prostitute–is the witness who claims she can do it. Only a wily defense attorney named George Morton Levy stands between Lucky and a life behind bars, between Dewey and the New York governor’s mansion.

As the Roaring Twenties give way to the austere reality of the Great Depression, four lives, each on its own incandescent trajectory, intersect in a New York courtroom, introducing America to the violent and darkly glamorous world of organized crime and leaving our culture, laws, and politics forever changed.

Based on a trove of newly discovered documents, Tom & Lucky (and George & Cokey Flo) tells the true story of a singular trial in American history: an epic clash between a crime-busting district attorney and an all-powerful mob boss who, in the crucible of a Manhattan courtroom, battle for the heart and soul of a dispirited nation. Blending elements of political thriller, courtroom drama, and hard-boiled pulp, author C. Joseph Greaves introduces readers to the likes of Al Capone, Dutch Schultz, Meyer Lansky, and Bugsy Siegel while taking readers behind the scenes of a corrupt criminal justice system in which sinners may be saints and heroes may prove to be the biggest villains of all.


Tom & Lucky (and George & Cokey Flo) at Amazon

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Hear My Plea, by Diana Deverell

Hear My PleaseAuthor Diana Deverell joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the third in her captivating Nora Dockson Mystery series, HEAR MY PLEA.

Show Notes

Diana gives us a quick biographical sketch of her protagonist, Nora Dockson.

We discuss the storyline for HEAR MY PLEA and what makes this book different from the first two books in the Nora series.

Diana has a short story being published in the January/February double issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. We discuss what she sees as the difference between writing novel length fiction and short stories.

Diana lives in a small (population around 500) village in Denmark. We discuss a recent community event where the residents celebrated the fall harvest moon.

From the Publisher:

Diana Deverell 006An ex-con, Nora Dockson has a soft spot for underdogs like her former cellmate. She got her law degree so she could rescue her ex-cellie and others treated unfairly by a flawed system.

So why has Wesley Mitchell jumped to the top of her potential client list? Mitchell’s no underdog. Man’s so well-connected, for years he evaded punishment for killing unarmed civilians. Only after the FBI and the Justice Department stepped in did a jury find him guilty of two cold-blooded murders. Mitchell deserves his 65-year prison sentence.

But what about that hint in the trial transcript—did the feds fight dirty to convict him?

She has to check it out. And confronts a challenge to all she believes.

Without preaching, Diana Deverell draws on the legal and political topics filling today’s headlines to create a compelling story. Peopled by indelibly-drawn characters, this series keeps you entertained while it raises disturbing questions about our justice system.


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Foreclosure, by S.D. Thames

Foreclosure by S.D. ThamesDebut author S.D. Thames joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, a legal thriller set during the 2008 housing crisis in Florida, FORECLOSURE.

Show Notes

SD Shares his thoughts on the book and his protagonist, David Friedman.

We discuss the 2008 housing bubble and how it affected Southwest Florida where this book is set.

S.D. Shares some advice he received from a friend and how implementing that advice made for a much richer character in the book.

We discuss the issue of finding the time to write when you’re busy with work and family.  For S.D., the “magical” writing time is early morning.


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The Interview: Foreclosure, by S.D. Thames

Stephen: Welcome back to CrimeFiction.FM, where we bring the authors of today’s best novels directly to you. I’m your host, Stephen Campbell, and I’m here with S.D. Thames, the author of a fantastic new legal thriller, “Foreclosure,” which was released last month. S.D, welcome.

S.D. Thames: Thanks a lot for having me on your show today.

Stephen: I have to tell you, this book of yours hit a lot of hot buttons of mine in terms of reader interest. I really enjoy legal thrillers, I love crime fiction set in Florida. I really love crime fiction set in Southwest Florida, even if it’s a fictional town. Then you throw in a situation that I lived through myself and you’ve got something that caused me to start reading the book on a Friday night and finish reading it on a Saturday morning. So it was pretty much a straight through read except for a few hours of sleep. I loved the book, and I’m thrilled that you’re here with us today.

S.D. Thames: Well great, I’m glad to be here, and I’m a big fan of your podcast. I read that you are located in Naples, and I thought, “Well, this might be something that would interest him,” so I contacted you and very grateful that you’re having me on.

Stephen: We’ll get into why it’s something that I lived through but first let’s talk about the book. Give us sort of the story line (more…)

Wrongful Conviction, by Janet Heijens

Wrongful Conviction Five Star, Sept 2015

Wrongful Conviction Five Star, Sept 2015

Author Janet Heijens joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her debut novel, the first in her Jean Jankowski series, Wrongful Conviction.

Show Notes

Janet shares the story of her debut novel, Wrongful Conviction.

We discuss Janet’s protagonist, Jean Jankowski, who I believe will become a fascinating series character.

Janet explains her writing style and how she found her critique group.

As a first-time author, there was much about the publication that surprised Janet. We discuss a few of those things and spend a few minutes chatting about her pitch session at Sleuthfest.

From the Publisher:

Janet HeijensLeland Booker is serving a life sentence for killing his wife and daughters. All hope for justice is lost until Adam Bennett, a young law student takes on the case. Adam determines that his only chance for success rests on his ability to prove Leland was wrongfully convicted.

When Jean Jankowski, a friend of the family, hears the case is reopened, the past rushes back. She tells Adam the story of events leading up to the murders, and in the process raises unanswered questions as to what really happened all those years ago.

With a myriad of twists and turns, Wrongful Conviction explores the world of a justice system gone wrong. This legal thriller will keep the reader guessing until the last page is turned.



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Devil’s Bridge, by Linda Fairstein

DEVIL'S BRIDGE Dutton, August 2015

Dutton, August 2015

New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the 17th in her Alexandra Cooper thriller series, DEVIL’S BRIDGE.

Show Notes

Linda shares her reason for using New York City landmarks as the basis for the Alexandra Cooper series.

DEVIL’S BRIDGE is the 17th book in the series and Linda changed things up considerably by writing much of the story from the perspective of Mike Chapman.

Linda was a sex-crimes prosecutor in New York City and describes the real-life political pressures Alexandra Cooper deals with while trying to do her job.

LindaFairsteinWe discuss some of the research she did for the featured landmark settings in DEVIL’S BRIDGE.

From the Publisher:

In her seventeenth Alexandra Cooper thriller, New York Times bestselling author Linda Fairstein takes readers where they have never been before: Inside the mind of NYPD Detective Mike Chapman.

The Manhattan waterfront is one of New York City’s most magnificent vistas, boasting both the majestic Statue of Liberty and the George Washington Bridge, the world’s busiest span for motor vehicles.  But in Devil’s Bridge, Detective Mike Chapman will discover the peril that lurks along this seemingly benign expanse as he takes on his most personal case yet:  the disappearance of Alex Cooper.

Coop’s sudden disappearance is fraught with terrifying complications:  scores of enemies she has made after a decade of putting criminals behind bars; a recent security breach with dangerous repercussions; and a new intimacy in her relationship with Mike, causing the Police Commissioner himself to be wary of the methods Mike will use to get Coop back… if he can.


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The Witness Series, by Rebecca Forster

The Witness Series, featuring Josie Bates, by Rebecca Forster

The Witness Series, featuring Josie Bates, by Rebecca Forster

USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Forster joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her Witness Series series of Legal Thrillers, featuring Josie Bates.

Show Notes

Hostile WitnessRebecca published the first three books in the series in 2004 – 2006, through Penguin / Putnam.  Once her editor left her series was orphaned and Rebecca considered retirement.

Rebecca’s husband convinced her to try publishing directly to Amazon for the Kindle Platform in the early days of self-publishing, which has led to the next four books in the series.

She shares the inspiration for Josie Bates and the Witness series.

We discuss the recurring characters in the series and how they’ve evolved over the years.

From the Publisher:

Rebecca 200As the edge of winter slices through fall, Josie Bates testifies in Washington D.C. about the Albanian blood feud that sent Hannah Sheraton and Billy Zuni fleeing for their lives, and Archer reluctantly abandons a trail that has gone cold in his search for the teenagers.

Determined to stay one step ahead of the authorities who want Billy back and a blood feud that will only be satisfied when he is dead, Hannah and Billy head north. There they will hunker down in the darkest corner of earth they can find and wait for the danger to pass. Though the journey is treacherous, they finally find themselves isolated, safe, and as far from Hermosa Beach as they can get.

But Hannah’s relief is short lived. When the perpetual winter dark turns to inky black, they realize they’ve taken refuge in hell. Now the fight in front of her and Billy is not only for their lives, but their very souls.


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