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The Assumption

Sep 11, 2012 in Excerpts, Fiction, Guest Posts, Popcorn Fiction, Short Stories

Via Popcorn Fiction, a superstar actor has big secrets in his past in this touch of noir from Ralph Pezzullo, co-author of HUNT THE WOLF: A Seal Team Six novel written with Don Mann. He saw her face in his mind’s eye and there was no mistake. Pale and pleading. Desperate. A ghost with pale […]

Everything Old Is New Again

Apr 12, 2012 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors

Decades ago, the mafia had a scam called the “bust-out.” They’d target a small business — the corner store, a machine shop, a soda distributor. After intimidating the owner into handing it over for a pittance, they’d order as much inventory as the suppliers would put on credit. They’d stop paying lenders, max out bank […]

When the Law Falls Short

Apr 10, 2012 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors, Writing

Francis Bacon said that “revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed out . . . . In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior; for it is a prince’s part to […]

On VENGEANCE and The General

Apr 06, 2012 in Mulholland Authors, Writing

Revenge has always been a human passion – as well as a problem for any civilized society. Early on, Jehovah reminded the Israelites that ‘vengeance is mine,’ while Aeschylus immortalized the blood feuds of the House of Atreus, which took a goddess to end, thus establishing the rule of law. Dramas of revenge were popular […]

Deserving: On VENGEANCE and the writing of Lost and Found

Apr 05, 2012 in Fiction, Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors

The desire for retribution is a theme familiar to all crime and thriller authors, and it has to be one of the strongest. Never is a character’s motivation more compelling than when they determine to go after somebody who deserves to die―no matter what―and it’s personal. I’ve touched on vengeance many times in my writing. […]

Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance: An Introduction

Apr 03, 2012 in Books, Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors, Writing

Editing this anthology was a lot of fun—not least because Mystery Writers of America’s invaluable and irreplaceable publications guy, Barry Zeman, did all the hard work. All I had to do was pick ten invitees. And write a story. And then later on read the ten winning stories chosen by MWA’s blind-submission process. Piece of […]

The Walls: An Original Short Story (Part II)

Jul 15, 2011 in Fiction, Mulholland News, Short Stories

We are thrilled to present Part II of an original short story written by BLOODLINE author Mark Billingham titled “The Walls.” (Missed Part I? Start reading here.) To double the fun, we’ve also created an audio version of the story, read by Brad Negbaur (see below). BLOODLINE is also available as a downloadable audiobook read […]

The Walls: An Original Short Story (Part I)

Jul 14, 2011 in Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors, Short Stories

We are thrilled to present Part I of an original short story written by BLOODLINE author Mark Billingham titled “The Walls.” We will be running the printed version of the story in two parts, as well as an audio version, read by Brad Negbaur (see below). BLOODLINE is also available as a downloadable audiobook read […]

Let’s Get Lost: A Matthew Scudder Story (Part II)

May 11, 2011 in Fiction, Guest Posts, Mulholland Authors

In our ongoing celebration of the publication of A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF, which has been called “the perfect introduction to Scudder’s shadow-strewn world and the pleasures of Block’s crisp yet brooding prose” (Time), “a book right up there with Mr. Block’s best” (Wall Street Journal) and “as rich and rewarding as it is […]

A Conversation with Derek Haas and Rian Johnson (Part II)

Nov 17, 2010 in Film, Guest Posts, Popcorn Fiction

Continued from Monday, Derek Haas and Rian Johnson discuss Johnson’s forthcoming time travel epic, Looper, Haas’ next project, The Double; Dashiell Hammett, The Hardy Boys and the eternal question:  screenplays vs. novels? Rian Johnson: Now that we’ve discussed Popcorn Fiction, we get to the real question that all of the Americas is asking: when can […]