When the drug wars turn hot, who do you call?

Why, John Cronin, of course, the protagonist in Jim Curtis’ “Grey Man” series of novels.  The latest in the series, a novella titled “The Grey Man – Down South“, has just been published. Jim’s a good friend in meatspace and cyberspace, so I had the privilege of beta-reading this novella for him.  It’s fast-paced and interesting.  What’s more, those who’ve “been there and done that” tell me that his descriptions of the seamier aspects of the war on drugs in South America are right on the money. The blurb reads: After too much action, too much peace gets on a man’s

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Hunting the feral pizza!

Friend, fellow author and blogger Alma Boykin has written a very funny short story on her blog about hunting feral pizza. Gina found the spot and set the box down. She shifted it until the shadow dapples broke up the straight lines of the trap’s edges. The brown blended into the soil, so she didn’t bother with the camouflage drape. Gina opened the fresh tub of bait, a fragrant blend of ranch dressing and bits of crust, and set it in the back of the box by the hinge. Then she triple checked the tranquilizer tips on the stabilizer mounted to the trap’s

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This one’s for Old NFO

Every year, fellow writer, blogger, and friend in meatspace and cyberspace, Old NFO, undertakes a pilgrimage to Augusta, Georgia, to assist in the running of the US Masters Tournament.  He always seems to enjoy himself, and regales us with stories of the fun and games when he gets back. Me, I’ve never played a round of golf in my life – not even a single hole.  I’m one of those who regards a golf course as an unconscionable waste of a good rifle range!  That being the case, I giggled loudly when I saw yesterday’s “Pearls Before Swine” comic strip.  Click the

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Day 10 on the road: Mississippi River to Texas, and home again

Tuesday was the last day of our journey.  According to our vehicle’s odometer, we’ve covered about 3,300 miles in 10 days. We left Vicksburg by 8 a.m., and headed west on Interstate 20 across Louisiana.  The road was in good condition in country areas, but where it passed through Monroe and Shreveport, it was in very poor condition indeed, so much so that it almost made us seasick at one point!  I don’t know how Louisiana does its road maintenance – i.e. whether the cities have to maintain Interstate highways within their limits, or whether the state does it all

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Day 6 on the road: bees, honey, good food and good company

Friday was a fun day, albeit a painful one for me.  My spinal injury in 2004 resulted in permanent nerve damage.  One of its effects is that, approximately every ten days to two weeks, on a variable schedule, I have a “bad pain day”, for want of a better term.  My injured nerves just throb and moan at me, and I have to increase my pain medication intake and restrict my physical activity until they decide to quieten down again – until the next time, anyway.  Friday turned out to be one such day, probably sparked by several days on

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Day 3 on the road: onward to Ohio

Yesterday (Tuesday) Miss D. and I rose at a leisurely hour and hit the road for the short hop from Indianapolis to Dayton, Ohio.  It’s only a couple of hours’ drive, by far the shortest leg of our journey, so we weren’t stressed for time and could relax and enjoy the sights. We were glad to see that agriculture in this part of the world is in a somewhat healthier condition than any other state we’ve been through so far this trip.  We began to see fields where planting had been accomplished, although the crops weren’t as tall as they should be

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Day 2 on the road: onward to Indianapolis

Following our exhausting day’s drive yesterday, Miss D. and I took extra time to rest this morning, rather than make an early start.  That was no problem, because our destination, Indianapolis, was less than four hours by road from St. Louis.  We hit the road by about 10 a.m., and got in at about 3 p.m. local time (changing from Central to Eastern time zones in the process, thus gaining an hour). The roads through Illinois and Indiana were not very impressive.  I don’t know whether it’s the more extreme climate in the north central USA, or a different way of doing things, or

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A new book from Cedar Sanderson

Miss D.‘s and my friend in meatspace and cyberspace, Cedar Sanderson (whom you’ve met in these pages several times before), has just published a new paranormal/crime/whodunnit novel.  This one’s called “Possum Creek Massacre“. This is the second novel in the “Witchward” series.  We met paranormal detective Amaya Lombard previously in the novella “Snow In Her Eyes” (which I also highly recommend). The blurb for “Possum Creek Massacre” reads: Renowned for her witch hunting skills, Detective Amaya Lombard knew that being summoned from the coastal rainforest of Oregon to the backwoods hollers of Kentucky meant the case was something special. From the moment

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