Viewed from a contemporary perspective, it's hard to recall a time when there weren't female detectives the likes of V.I. Warshawski, Kinsey Millhone, Tess Monaghan and Sharon McCone, but back in the 1930s they were almost nonexistent. As a child, I went through my fair share of Nero Wolfe stories by Rex Stout, among the many books read under the covers with a flashlight to circumvent the parental "go to bed" commandment. But at the time I never read or even knew of Stout's female detective Theodolinda "Dol" Bonner, who came to being in the standalone novel The Hand in the Glove in 1937, one of the very first female private eyes.
Although Stout only gave Bonner one solo outing, she also guest-starred in some of the Nero Wolfe stories, one of the few women Wolfe tolerated perhaps because she herself claimed to have been "inoculated against" men, even her suitor, the newspaperman Len Chisholm. Although The Hand in the Glove is a contemporary of the Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin titles, it was written in the third person narrative, not Archie's sarcastic first-person. Even so, it still has some of the hallmark wit that graces the Wolfe/Goodwin novels. In the book, a religious charlatan has charmed the wife of wealthy industrialist, P.L. Storrs, who decides he needs a private investigator to look into the man and hires Bonner, even though he doesn't approve of female detectives. But when she arrives at Storrs' country estate, she instead finds the body of her client and a garden party filled with a bouquet of suspects.
Bonner isn't quite the fully realized, tough-as-nails P.I. of the 21st century, sending out mixed messages about her ability to do the job as a woman, perhaps mirroring the changing-but-still-traditional views of women in Stout's day. Bonner begins the novel as part of a two-woman firm, Bonner and Raffray, although the Raffray half soon dissolves, Bonner being disgusted about Raffray's submissiveness to her fiancée. Yet, Bonner concedes she herself decided to be a detective on flimsy grounds, adding, "I made a long list of all the activities I might undertake on my own. They all seemed monotonous or distasteful except two or three, and I flipped a coin to decide between detective and landscape design." Although she's a smart cookie and solves the crimes where the male detectives in the case don't, she's also squeamish about seeing corpses and faints after she shoots a criminal.
After Dol first appeared, Stout's New York editor wrote to her London counterpart, "The Hand in the Glove is doing almost as well as Nero, but whether or not there will be another Dol Bonner mystery we can't be sure." Turns out, it was twenty years later that she reappeared, as Wolfe's operative in the 1956 Too Many Detectives. Anthony Boucher noted of these later appearances, that while Bonner was Archie's age, it was Wolfe who made "sheep's eyes" at her, inviting her to breakfast and dinner and seating her at his right. The confused Archie, taken by Bonners' pretty assistant Sally Colt, wonders if "there might be some flaw in my attitude toward female dicks," and concludes, "If she hooks him and Sally hooks me, we can can all solve cases together and dominate the field."
The Thrilling Detective site noted that in 1992, NBC dusted off the rights to The Hand In The Glove and made a TV movie (under the title Lady Against the Odds) as a vehicle for actress Crystal Bernard (of the sitcom Wings), moving the setting up a few years to World War II. According to People Magazine, it was an "uninvolving and ludicrously unconvincing...turkey." Still, it did win an Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Special for cinematographer Bradford May. So at least it looked marvelous.
Mike Monson is co-editor of the crime e-zine All Due Respect, along with Chris Rhatigan, and also the author of his own short fiction, including the collection Criminal Love and Other Stories and the noir novellas What Happens in Reno and The Scent of New Death. His latest work is the novel Tussinland from All Due Respect Books, about a desperate man trapped in a middle-class hell who develops an addiction to DM, or dextromethorphan, the drug found in cough medicines.
In honor of the book's launch, Mike stopped by In Reference to Murder to talk a little about how he goes about writing and creating his fiction:
How I Write/Create Character(s) and Plot
Since I am now gearing up to start a new novella or novel, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I write, how I create.
I know that what I want to do is sit down and create characters on paper and then outline a plot. And, then, write the book I’ve outlined. Wouldn’t that be great? Apparently a lot of fiction writers do just that and it sounds wonderful. Work it all out, step-by-step and plot-point by plot-point, then just write the damn thing. So simple, so easy, so … organized.
I tried to do it with my latest project. I had a basic idea, more of a feeling and an image and some kind of urgency to bring some story impulse to life that I just know will be original and cool.
So I sat down at the computer and started typing character descriptions and a plot summary like a real professional writer. And, guess what? It sucked. So dull, so cliché. If I had to read the book I’d outlined, I’d kill myself.
Apparently, the organized part of me is a boring asshole.
Then, as I’ve done with my previous stories and previous novellas and novels—I went back to a blank document and just started writing until I found the voice, until I found the story, the story that only seems to come along if I just open myself up to it and write with a wildness that doesn’t care about anything other than being heard.
And now, guess what? The story came to life, the narrator came to life, all the other characters came to life. A real story emerged almost immediately: Something real and true and compelling. Something that I’m pretty sure had never been told before. (Not that anyone else will think so, but that is how it felt, as opposed to the outlining method I tried before.)
There is one problem though. This method is difficult, and it kind of hurts my brain. Sometimes when I’m open, and writing and going wild, something comes up that doesn’t really work, so I have to delete, back up, and try again. And again, and again. Until what I have is something that continues to feel true and original to me.
This is hard, so hard. And a lot of work.
But, usually, after I’ve gotten about forty or fifty percent in, I can start to do some outlining, some organizing, and it seems to kind of work …. As long as I’m open to new discoveries that aren’t in the stupid boring outline.
That’s me, that’s how I write. And, guess what? I’m okay with it, as long as it keeps working.
This year's winner of the T. Jefferson Parker award from the South California Independent Booksellers Association is Naomi Hirahara for Murder on Bamboo Lane. (Hat tip to Mystery Fanfare.)
The High Plains Book Awards finalists included crime novelists Gwen Florio for Montana and Barbara Joyce-Hawryluk for Wounded, in the Debut Novel category.
The Long Beach Public Library is hosting “LB Confidential: A Night of Noir” reception, Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Federal Bar. The event is a lead-in to the Bouchercon 2014 Murder at the Beach conference and features authors Jeffrey Deaver, Simon Wood, J.A. Jance, Edward Marston, and Eoin Colfer.
The late crime novelist Elmore Leonard's vast collection of handwritten notebooks, typed manuscripts and screenplays are headed to the University of South Carolina. Selected samples from the collection went on public display last at the University of South Carolina's Thomas Cooper Library on the school's Columbia campus. Event hough the author lived and worked in Detroit, University of South Carolina Dean of University Libraries Tom McNally said "Leonard visited the campus last year, saw its archives of modern American writers and wanted his papers to go there."
Harrogate’s Royal Pump Room Museum is honoring fans of both vintage fashion and classic crime fiction with a new exhibition entitled Dressed to Kill, with a display of costumes created for film and television adaptations of Agatha Christie’s novels. Curator Nicola Baxter said: “The Dressed to Kill exhibition celebrates Harrogate’s link with Agatha Christie herself as well as the era in which the dramas are set."
Janet Rudolph's Mystery Fanfare blog posted a listing of Halloween-themed crime fiction.
Also in time for Halloween, Book Riot compiles a collection of interesting facts about Poe’s “The Raven.”
The Wall Street Cheat Sheet posted a list of "8 Must Read Thrillers for Every Gone Girl Fan."
The Star assembled a "crime fiction dictionary," from cozies to hick list, that's basically a helpful bibliography to get you started in the various crime fictions subgenres with some recommendations.
Lucy Worsley, author of the Art of The English Murder, compiled a listing of "Six Essential British Murder Mysteries" from the 1820s through the Golden Age of mystery literature.
Prolific designer Chip Kidd shared some of his favorite crime fiction book covers, with reasons why he likes them.
The Guardian posted a quiz to test your knowledge of fiction's bad guys, from Hannibal Lecter to Nurse Ratched.
The crime poem at the 5-2 this week is "The Writing of Harlots" by Paul Hostovsky.
The Q&A roundup this week includes Bret R. Wright over at Sons of Spade talking about the debut of his new PI Nate Jepson's novel, Nasty; Craig Sisterson reposts a "classic" 9mm interview with Peter Robinson, author of the acclaimed Inspector Banks series; Linwood Barclay tells The Toronto Star why he became a crime writer; Steven Saylor chatted with Crime Fiction Lover about his successful Roma Sub Rosa series of historical fiction novels; and Joe Clifford joined in a Q&A with Omnimystery News about his new suspense novel, Lamentations.
Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots are set to star in Green Room, an indie thriller from Blue Ruin filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier. The plot centers on a punk band who witnesses a murder at one of their shows in a middle-of-nowhere venue and gets locked in the green room, targeted for death by a gang of racist skinheads.
The indie thriller Urge, starring Pierce Brosnan, has added Alexis Knapp, Bar Paly, Chris Geere and Nick Thune to the cast. The story follows a group of friends on an island getaway who get addicted to a inhibition-busting drug.
Fox International's Hitman: Agent 47 has been pushed back six months from February to August in 2015. The film is based on the popular video game and stars Homeland actor Rupert Friend as the title character, with Zachary Quinto playing the lead villain.
FremantleMedia North America is shopping a small-screen adaptation of The Twenty-Year Death, the acclaimed debut novel by Ariel S. Winter from Hard Case Crime. The book consists of three linked novels written in the styles of Georges Simenon, Richard Price, Raymond Chandler and Jim Thompson that tell a single epic story about an author whose life is shattered when violence and tragedy consume the people closest to him.
Award-winning documetarian R.J. Cutler (The War Room, American High) will direct and executive produce a police drama at CBS about a black L.A. homicide detective conflicted by getting a long overdue promotion to lead a racially charged murder investigation precisely because he’s black.
Grey’s Anatomy executive producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater are creating a legal drama for CBS about a smart, successful 30-something defense attorney who falls for one of her clients who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.
Fox has preemptively purchased Low Tide, a spec script by Andrew Barrer & Gabe Ferrari, a thriller that follows a small-town policewoman who gets into a psychologically daring and personal game of cat and mouse with an ingenious serial killer over the July 4th weekend.
Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) and Neal Baer (Law and Order: SVU) are teaming up to create a prep school spy drama for the CW, about a disgraced CIA agent-turned-teacher at an elite Washington DC prep school who trains a select few to be his eyes and ears into the world of international espionage and help him earn his way back into the agency.
Pretty Little Liars executive producer/co-showrunner Oliver Goldstick is behind another new project for the CW, titled The Town. Based on the 2012 three-part ITV miniseries from Mike Bartlett, The Town centers on a young man who investigates his parents’ suicide in a small town, only to realize it was murder and anyone in the town could be suspect.
The CW network is also developing a series based on the The Illusionist (a 2006 movie in turn based on Steven Millhauser's short story "Eisenheim the Illusionist"). To be written by Mark Hudis (True Blood), the show is set in turn-of-the-century New York and follows a renowned illusionist who returns home from a decade in prison prison to find his wife married to the ruthless crime boss who framed him. He then goes undercover in the crime boss' organization to take down his foe from the inside and win back his "one true love."
E: Entertainment One Television is partnering with Shaw Media in Canada and TF1 in France to develop and produce the hostage-negotiator drama Ransom, a project from X-Files veteran Frank Spotnitz. The series is based on the life experiences of one of the world’s most successful private hostage negotiators.
Frank Langella is set to join FX's Soviet War era spy drama, The Americans, for its third season. His role is said to be a character named Gabriel who is living in America but who actually works for the KGB.
Tao Okamoto (Wolverine) is set for a major guest-starring arc on NBC drama series Hannibal, playing the "mysterious Lady Murasaki, who possesses an alluring and classical beauty with a dark secret."
Mena Suvari is in final talks to play the lead in WE TV‘s second original scripted series, the thriller drama South Of Hell, about a demon-hunter-for-hire whose power stems from within.
Libertine Pictures and writer Neil Cross have teamed up with the international TV producer Carnival Films to develop a new series set in Rotorua, New Zealand, described as a "darkly eccentric crime drama."
This month’s episode of Crimwav featured Hilary Davidson reading from her new book BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS, live at Noir at the Bar in Milwaukee.
A big hat tip to the Double O Section blog for noting that BBC Radio 4 has created an audio production of Ian Fleming's non-fiction travelogue, Thrilling Cities, which focused on the seedier, seemier side of far-flung travel destinations in Europe, America and the Far East that Fleming found thrilling. The first of three 15-minute segments aired October 10, but it will be available to stream on BBC's iPlayer for the next four weeks.
American Psycho, originally slated for its U.S. premiere at Second Stage Theatre Off-Broadway in early 2015, is instead eyeing a fall 2015 premiere on Broadway, according to the show's composer, Tony winner Duncan Sheik. The musical is based on the crime novel by Bret Easton Ellis about a high-profile Manhattan businessman who also happens to be a serial killer.
It's a great time to be Sherlock Holmes. In addition to a hit TV series, movie franchise and the recent book by Anthony Horowitz, House of Silk (the first Holmes novel approved by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate in the past 125 years), a new exhibit on Sherlock Holmes just opened at the Museum of London. Holmes pastiche short stories have long been popular, such as the Poisoned Pen Press anthology, A Study In Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon, edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger.
An earlier anthology of Holmes pastiches from 1987 was also authorized by the Conan Doyle estate, a centennial edition marking the 100th year since the appearance of Holmes in print. Titled The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, editors Martin H. Greenberg and Carol-Lynn Rössel Waugh collected new stories by John Lutz, Stuart Kaminsky, Gary Alan Ruse, Ed Hoch, Jon L. Breen, Micharl Harrison, Barry Jones, Joyce Harrison, Loren D. Estleman, Michael Gilbert, Dorothy B. Hughes, Peter Lovesey, Lillian de la Torre, Edward Wellen and Stephen King.
Stories that capture the time period and style well are Barry Jones' "The Shadows on the Lawn" and Stuart Kaminsky's "The Final Toast," in which you get double Holmes, as the sleuth plays a Holmes lookalike in a plot of revenge. The more faithful to the actual Holmes canon are by Dorothy B. Hughes and Stephen King. The "muffin" of Hughes' story "Sherlock Holmes and the Muffin" refers to one of Mrs. Hudson's poor and illiterate girls who ends up helping Holmes solve a diamond robbery. "The Doctor's Case" by King is a brilliant locked-room mystery which is the only story Watson solved before Holmes did.
And if you're wondering how to go about writing your own Holmes-inspired story, Anthony Horowitz offers up "Ten Rules for Writing a Sherlock Holmes Novel."
The choice for this year's Nobel Prize for Literature took a lot of people by surprise. Patrick Modiano is not well known outside his native France, but has written in multiple genres including children's books, movie screenplays, semi- autobiographical novels inspired by the German occupation of France during World War II, and even one highly recommended mystery novel Missing Person (published in French as Rue des Boutiques Obscures), about a detective who has lost his memory.
The Mystery Writers of America, New York Chapter, are co-sponsoring CrimeCONN - Connecticut mystery authors featured along with panel discussions, forensic experts, police experts and more, in Westport, CT on October 25. (Hat tip to Mystery Fanfare.)
Crime authors Kathy Reichs, Lisa Jackson, and Craig Johnson will appear at the Metro Detroit Book & Author Luncheon on October 20 at the Burton Manor Banquet and Conference Center.
The latest issue of Mystery Scene Magazine features a profile of Louise Penny and her beloved series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache; a chat with Phoebe Atwood Taylor about her Yankee sleuth Asey Mayo; a look at House of Cards, which Jake Hinkson says is "approaching the status of art"; notes about the publication of a highly anticipated biography about noir icon David Goodis; Ed Gorman's interview with Mary Daheim, chatting about the writing life and her new Bed-and-Breakfast mystery; and reviews of mystery writers’ autobiographies and Ed Gorman’s own distinguished Sam McCain series.
The New York Times profiled a new book by historian Michael A. Ross, The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law and Justice in the Reconstruction Era. The case featured the first black detective in the United States to take part in a case that received national attention.
Writing about violence against children is often a controversial and difficult topic in crime fiction, and The Telegraph posted two different sides to the issue from bestselling authors Ruth Rendell and Val McDermid.
A new exhibit opened at the Museum of London, "Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived And Will Never Die," the first major show dedicated to the great detective since a Holmes display graced the Festival of Britain in 1951.
Publishers Weekly's Lucy Worsley compiled a list of her picks for the "10 Best Detectives in Books."
The Atlantic had an article (titled "Not Your Mother's Library") on public libraries, their present and future, focusing on how Columbus, Ohio, is building community spaces for the 21st century.
Heads up, Beantown fans: the Sundance Channel compiled a list of "Top Ten Boston Crime Thrillers."
This week's featured crime poem at the 5-2 is "Questioning" by F.J. Bergmann, while the weekly pulp story at Beat to a Pulp is "Mexican Stand-off Plus One" by Marie S. Crosswell.
The Q&A roundup includes Felix Francis, son of the late bestselling mystery author Dick Francis, talking with Huffington Post about his transition from physics to fiction in assisting with, then co-authoring his father's books; thriller author Greg Barron chats with Good Reading Magazine; Hank Phillippi Ryan talks to Writers Who Kill about her latest novel, Truth Be Told; and Adrian Churchward stopped by Omnimystery News to talk about his Puppet Meisters trilogy, dealing with state abuse of power.
I've been tagged and invited by my friend and fellow blogger, Patti Abbott, to join the Meet My Character Blog Tour. Each author participant writes about their character on their blog, then tags authors to join. I'm offering up Scott Drayco from Played to Death, my new novel and the first in a series, as part of the tour. (Since I'm a bit late in catching up with the meme, I'm posting links to other authors in the blog hop instead of tagging additional authors.)
What is the name of your character?
Scott Ian Drayco
Is he a fictional or historic person?
Drayco is purely fictional and not based on anyone I've ever known. He is an amalgam of many different people and maybe even certain aspects of my own personality. He's a lot taller, though, a foot taller, to be exact (6'4").
What should we know about Drayco?
Scott Drayco was a promising piano prodigy until a violent brush with crime ended his career and left his right arm scarred. Seeing this as a chance to find justice for other victims, he decided to follow in the footsteps of his formerly-estranged father with a storied career in the FBI, followed by private consulting. But he didn't leave music behind entirely and finds that the complex counterpoint of J.S. Bach helps him puzzle through thorny investigations. He also has chromasthesia, a form of synesthesia, where he sees all sounds and voices as colors, shapes, and textures. Although he's the first to say this doesn't make him a "Super Detective," his unusual perceptions of the world often work their way into cases.
When and where is the story set?
Played to Death is set in the present day on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in the fictional town of Cape Unity (and fictional Prince of Wales County). Although the town is a creation of my imagination, it is based on several small towns on the Delmarva Peninsula and incorporates various aspects of each. Sandwiched between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, there are definite nautical ties that underlie the action. But it's the tension of old versus new that drives the story, tension you can see there today, between the old timers and the D.C. weekenders and growing Wallops Island rocket launch facility.
What is the main conflict? What messes up Drayco's life?
Drayco is still haunted by nightmares and self-doubts from his last case that saw the deaths of two innocent children, so much so that he's considering retiring from crime solving altogether. To add insult to injury, he's bequeathed a crumbling Opera House in Cape Unity by a grateful former client. So he heads to the Shore hoping for a quick sale and a chance to nurse his battered psyche in a peaceful coastal setting. What he didn't count on was finding a body on the stage of the Opera House, with a mysterious "G" carved into the man's chest. Finding himself a suspect in the murder, he has to deal with a wary Sheriff, conflicts over coastal development, and the seductive wife of a Town Councilman as he gets pulled into a web of music, madness, and murder.
What is Drayco's personal goal in this book?
Drayco primarily wants to clear his name and keep the violence from spreading. But he also finds he's growing attached to the town and its residents and is conflicted over the Opera House and its potential as a catalyst for change. Will he sell the building? Will he find the resolution he needs to stay with law enforcement as a career? And can he find the killer before there are more murders and Drayco himself becomes the next victim?
What is his general attitude toward life?
Life is a fugue – voices entering, leaving, forwards, backwards, upside down, connecting at certain points, sometimes harmoniously, sometimes dissonantly – life is like being in the middle of a composition as it is being written, being a leitmotif that operates here or there, representing your voice, your music, even if for just a short time; each composition (person) is unique, some you like, some you don’t – we’re all just small notes in the greater symphony of the vast universe (or universes).
For more on Played to Death and future Drayco installments, check out my website.
Here are some of the many other authors who are participating:
And there are many dozens more. Just conduct a web search on "Meet My Character Blog Hop" and have fun learning about some interesting new literary creations.
Casey Affleck will star in a drama about the Boston Marathon bombings, titled Boston Strong, based on the book by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge.
The Blue Room, a murder mystery adapted from the 1964 novel by Belgian mystery writer Georges Simenon, is in limited release in the U.S. and available via Cable and On Demand. You can check out a trailer and an interview with the director, Mathieu Amalric, who also adapted and stars in the film.
Lea Seydoux has been cast as the new Bond girl opposite Daniel Craig in Sam Mendes’ upcoming 24th installment. Although little is known about the character, it's been described as a "femme fatale" role. In another bit of Bond casting news, some insider sources are saying that Guardians of the Galaxy star Dave Bautista has landed a key henchman role.
A new trailer is out for the mystery thriller Before I Go to Sleep, based on the novel by S.J. Watson. The project opens October 31 and is produced by Ridley Scott, directed by Rowan Joffe and stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.
A trailer was released for the crime thriller Bad Turn Worse (formerly called We Gotta Get Out of This Place) scheduled to hit theaters and iTunes and VOD on November 14. The plot centers on three Texas teens indebted to a sociopathic criminal who must steal from his boss, a money-laundering gangster - only things go from bad to worse when betrayal, distrust, and corruption complicate an already dangerous plan.
A trailer is also out for the heist thriller Focus, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie.
For all you Elmore Leonard fans, the Hollywood Reporter whipped up a slide show of the "Best Elmore Leonard Adaptations."
Fans of the cult classic Twin Peaks can rejoice - show creators David Lynch and Mark Frost are coming back with a new nine-episode limited series on Showtime, set to debut in 2016. Lynch and Frost will co-write all episodes, with Lynch set to direct each of them. The show will pick up the Twin Peaks story 25 years later and may or may continue the storylines around Laura Palmer's murder and may or may not include Kyle MacLachlan’s Agent Cooper character, according to a cagey interview with Frost for Deadline.
Meanwhile, the BBC ordered the final season of the crime drama Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh. The three 90-minute programs will be based on Henning Mankell’s novels, The White Lioness and The Troubled Man.
ABC gave a full-season order to its new series How to Get Away With Murder. The network will add Ryan Phillippe drama Secrets & Lies to the Thursday at 10 p.m. lineup following Murder's 15-episode run.
NBC is teaming with Eddie Izzard to adapt author Timothy Hallinan's critically acclaimed comedic crime novels centering on Junior Bender, a high-end thief with a taste for the finer things in life who sidelines as a private eye for criminals. (Hat tip to Omnimystery News.)
CBS bought a crime drama from author Patricia Cornwell, about a brilliant, unorthodox detective who works for San Diego’s Major Crimes Unit where demons from her past come back to haunt her.
CBS Television Studios and James Patterson are teaming up for a civil rights crime drama based on the Edgar Award-winning book The Thomas Berryman Number, about a messianic hit man hired to assassinate the first black mayor of Nashville.
Allan Hawco (who played the title detective in Republic of Doyle) will produce and star in the CBC's Caught, a drama based on Canadian author Lisa Moore's bestselling novel. He will play David Slaney, a convicted drug-runner who escapes from a Nova Scotia prison and tries to reconnect with his former partner in crime to pull off one more job that would set them up for life.
Arash Amel (writer of the Nicole Kidman drama Grace of Monaco), is in negotiations to write Made in Sweden, DreamWorks’ adaptation of a crime novel written by Anders Roslund and Stefan Thunberg. The work is based on a true story of a series of brazen bank robberies that were pulled off by three brothers and their childhood best friend.
The crime drama Unforgettable starring Poppy Montgomery has gotten the axe after three seasons.
The supernatural police procedural Grimm is headed to TNT in syndication, with the first three seasons airing early 2015.
The latest Crime and Science Radio featured an interview with psychotherapist, screenwriter, and novelist Dennis Palumbo.
A former Long Island stockbroker was sentenced Friday to nearly three years in prison for defrauding the backers of a planned Broadway musical based on the gothic mystery novel Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. The producers still hope to bring the show to Broadway in the fall of 2015.