Thoughts of an obsessive-compulsive mind

“Days of Fury” coming

On Feb. 10 I will publish my third novel, "Days of Fury." It's a murder-mystery set in Minnesota/South Dakota in the mid-1980s. Nine-year-old Ryan Strand disappears one winter day and Det. Tom Losnedahl is called in to investigate. He finds a number of plausible suspects, including Ryan's parents, aunt, uncle, and his best friend's parents. … Continue reading “Days of Fury” coming

Looking toward the future

Since this past August, I've been neck-deep in various writing projects--from researching an upcoming true-crime novel, writing, editing, and formatting manuscripts, designing covers, arranging and managing marketing and advertising efforts. I've learned a lot, much that I never thought would appeal to me but all of these efforts have been aimed at a single end … Continue reading Looking toward the future

“Most Unnatural” thoughts

You may have seen that my next novel, Most Unnatural, will be published this Friday. Like Effusion, it'll be available on Amazon in both eBook (99 cents) and paperback ($10). But it won't be anything like Effusion. First of all, it'll be quite a bit longer (hence the increased paperback price). Secondly, it's not an adventure story. In fact I … Continue reading “Most Unnatural” thoughts

Goodreads review: Zodiac

Zodiac by Robert Graysmith My rating: 3 of 5 stars Zodiac ranks only behind 1) In Cold Blood and 2) Helter Skelter in terms of influence over the subgenre of true-crime. Zodiac is exhaustingly researched, which you should expect: It took author Robert Graysmith eight years to research and write. I definitely appreciate Graysmith's due … Continue reading Goodreads review: Zodiac

Goodreads review: The Mad Trapper of Rat River

The Mad Trapper of Rat River: A True Story of Canada's Biggest Manhunt by Dick North My rating: 3 of 5 stars View all my reviews This book may appear to be insubstantial physically but true historical crime is not an easy genre to write and author Dick North clearly went to great lengths to … Continue reading Goodreads review: The Mad Trapper of Rat River

Examining the concept of the Great American Novel

The other day in writing about how the publishing industry has marginalized the value of the novella, I mentioned two books as being the seminal American books: Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song and John Steinbeck's East of Eden. I stand by that claim but I want to elaborate on the idea of the Great American Novel, a concept long discussed … Continue reading Examining the concept of the Great American Novel