Blind to Sin

Blind to Sin by Dave White

It was supposed to be a fun, freewheeling life.

There’s certainly no fun going on in ex-cop/PI Jackson Donne’s life, and any freewheeling taking place is of the acting in desperation to stay alive variety rather than the footloose and fancy-free type.

After watching his life implode over a series of decisions gone from bad to worse, Donne finally gave in and accepted the fact he could no longer stay one step ahead of the avalanche that had been bearing down on him for so long.


The Psycho Sidekick in PI Fiction by Dave White

It’s a pleasure to welcome Derringer Award-winning author Dave White back to the site. Blind to Sin, the latest entry in White’s series featuring New Jersey-based ex-cop turned private investigator Jackson Donne (following last year’s An Empty Hell), is out now, and White stopped by to talk about the concept of the psycho sidekick that crops up so often in PI fiction, as well as to explain why he went in a different direction with his series.

South Village by Rob Hart

“I don’t mean to be unkind, but I’ve known you a long time now. You have a habit for building narratives. Getting too wrapped up in wanting to fight dragons.” — Tibo

Ashley (Ash) McKenna has been fighting dragons of one kind or another his entire life. When readers first met the Staten Island born and bred McKenna in series debut New Yorked, he was a man who had allowed long-simmering anger to creep in on and rule his life, driving him to abuse both substances and those around him. After bringing his personal investigation into the murder of his longtime friend and unrequited love, Chell, to a violent conclusion, McKenna pulled up his stakes and headed for Oregon.


Welcome to the Faroe Islands by Chris Ould

It’s an honor to welcome BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Chris Ould back to the site. The Killing Bay, the second entry in his Faroe Islands series, was released last week. The Killing Bay finds British police detective Jan Reyna still in the Faroes after returning in series debut The Blood Strand to the islands where he was born. The series’s setting is unique, and in today’s guest post Chris presents a little “getting to know you” primer about the Faroe Islands for readers.

Riot Load by Bryon Quertermous

The time I tried to capture my thesis advisor, three people ended up dead and I spent a significant amount of time in my own trunk. — Dominick Prince

There’s the easy way to do things, and there’s the hard way to do things. And then there’s the Dominick Prince way to do things. If given the choice and easy’s not an option, take the hard way over the Prince way.


Lying Blind by Dianne Emley

“What brought you here, sweetheart? How did your unfinished sentence end like this?” — Nan Vining

Lying Blind, the sixth entry in the Nan Vining series by Dianne Emley, opens with an absolutely stunning description. Pink rose petals blown by the Santa Ana wind drift lazily on the crystal clear water of an infinity pool behind a Spanish Colonial Revival mansion on a hilltop overlooking Pasadena and Los Angeles. Underneath an equally crisp, blue sky, the scene presents “the illusion of a waterfall flowing over the edge of the world.”

Of course, the dead body floating facedown in the pool does spoil the effect just a bit.


The Secrets Within by Dianne Emley

It’s a pleasure to welcome LA Times bestselling author Dianne Emley back to the site. Well-known for her Detective Nan Vining thrillers (The First Cut, Cut to the Quick, The Deepest Cut, Love Kills, Killing Secrets) and Iris Thorne mysteries (Cold Call, Slow Squeeze, Fast Friends, Foolproof, Pushover), Dianne’s newest entry in the Nan Vining series, Lying Blind, is forthcoming from Alibi/Random House on February 28th.

A Thriller At The Bottom Of The World by Matthew Iden

It’s an honor to welcome Matthew Iden to the site today. Already the author of six entries in the Marty Singer detective series (Thomas & Mercer), Matthew is here today to talk about the inspiration for his latest, the standalone psychological thriller The Winter Over (out today from Thomas & Mercer), which is set at the remote Shackleton Research Facility at the South Pole. Though he didn’t quite make it all the way to the South Pole, Matthew did come closer than most people ever will to the bottom of the world.

Walk Away

Over the years I’ve both read and reviewed Sam Hawken’s novels, as well as worked with him on his Camaro Espinoza novellas. Camaro made her full-length novel debut in The Night Charter (2015), and I was honored to work with Sam on an early draft of its sequel, Walk Away (Mulholland Books).


Highland Bloodline

“Writing a novel is hard work and not for the faint of heart. However, with Elizabeth on your team you can rest assured that your work has been examined and dissected carefully by a professional of the highest order. I have received many compliments on my ‘fine writing,’ and I know these compliments are a direct result of Elizabeth’s magic touch.” — Florence Love Karsner


Grizzly Season by S.W. Lauden

“Why the hell can’t you stay out of trouble?”

That’s a question Greg Salem asks himself as often as it is posed to him. Having found himself up to his eyes in danger and drama following an on-the-job shooting (Bad Citizen Corporation), the former punk rock legend/East Los Angeles police officer is taking some time away from things to try and get his head back on straight.


Bomb by Les Edgerton

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to ReadHe sometimes wondered why he didn’t get more out of killing than he did.

Charles “Reader” Kincaid is not a man to be taken lightly. As intelligent as he is ruthless, Reader’s specialty is high-end hits—he does dirty deeds, but they do not come dirt cheap. His talent for and willingness to engage in killing came to him early, having beaten his father to death with a baseball bat at age fourteen.

Prone to boredom if not continually challenged, Reader also occasionally resorts to thrill crimes like armed robberies, something he admits is stupid, and for which he was busted twice.


In “Pursuit” of a Dream by John McAllister

It’s a pleasure to welcome John McAllister back to the site today. My first experience with John’s writing was in the anthology Requiems for the Departed (2010), which features his short story “Bog Man,” a wonderfully atmospheric murder investigation set in the lowlands of Iron Age Britain. John then disappeared off my radar for a few years, before roaring back with a vengeance with the Sergeant John Barlow novels, The Station Sergeant (2013, Portnoy Publishing) and Barlow by the Book (2015, Portnoy). John’s latest, Pursuit, is out now, and not a moment too soon considering it’s a book that has been rattling around John’s head in one form or another since it was first started way back in 1994. I’ll let John take it from here.

The Second Time Around by Brandon Daily

Very excited to welcome Brandon Daily to the site today, because him being here for a guest post means his second novel, The Valley, is about to drop. Like, tomorrow. Brandon stormed onto the scene in 2014 with A Murder Country, a novel that justifiably won praise, and awards, from critics and readers alike. Despite the great reception once the book was released, however, that didn’t mean the run-up to publication was easy on Brandon’s nerves. Today he’s here to talk about how that process went the second time around, including the actual writing of the The Valley, and whether it looks like it will ever get easier.