Briefcase & Gun: Novel Thoughts on Corporate Crime.

Welcome to the Minefield

Less than two years ago, I released a book with a wild, fictional premise. Nightfall told the story of controversial shootings of black citizens by Minneapolis police, unleashing racial violence. In an outlandish twist, Nightfall posited the existence of groups intentionally inciting and exploiting the violence for their own political […]

NIGHTFALL vs. The Headlines

Is NIGHTFALL ripped from the headlines?   Well, maybe clipped out neatly.  I did consciously select the topic of police shootings as the backdrop to the book, but I didn’t envision the launch coming a month before a Minnesota gubernatorial election. A double dose of Real World.   Brian Lutterman […]

Goodbye Gary Schulze

This isn’t the post I set out to write.  I had hoped to talk about my appreciation for all the support I received from Gary Schulze and Pat Frovarp during their ownership of the Once Upon a Crime bookstore in Minneapolis.  I still plan to do that, but it will […]

Too Big to Frighten

From our It’s About Time file: “Justice Department Sets Sights on Wall Street Executives.”  Attorney General Lynch recently instructed federal prosecutors to concentrate more on prosecuting individual executives, rather than just their employers, for financial crimes, and to pressure Wall Street firms to turn over evidence about their employees’ misconduct. […]

Crossing Over – Writing for an Opposite-Sex Character

Dustin Hoffman’s character in Tootsie remarks that impersonating a woman made him a better man.  I’ve undertaken a similar task that offers the potential for improving my maleness: I write mysteries with a female protagonist.  More than that, I have written my latest books, Downfall and the upcoming Windfall, from […]

Your CEO May Be Insane. And That’s Okay.

In creating characters for my novels, many of whom occupy the business world, I try to use traits that make the people colorful and interesting.  And in doing that, I drawn upon what I see of real people in the real world.  I usually don’t have to look very hard […]

The Thrill of Disability

Disability is anything but “thrilling,” of course, but it poses an interesting opportunity for the writing of thrillers.  There are many types and degrees of disability.  Some people are completely disabled, others less so.  Some have a disability that’s obvious, while the limitations of others are invisible.  The protagonist of […]

Corporate Thriller: An Oxymoron?

Corporate Thriller–is the term an oxymoron?  I answer that witticism with a resounding, “No.”  Story and characters are the heart of any novel.  But where do they come from?  What environment do they grow out of?  In part, the answer depends on which mystery-thriller sub-genre the novel inhabits.  Cozy mysteries, […]

Briefcase, Meet Gun

For Tori McMillan, widowed and unemployed at thirty-six, it seemed as though life couldn’t get much worse. But then she watches in horror as her best friend inexplicably walks into a crowd, kills four people, and disappears.