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Speakeasy, a novel that looks at BC’s gangster past

Vancouver novelist Alisa Smith earlier this year found herself looking out at a scene from her newly released gangster-inspired book Speakeasy. But she had never been there before.

“Doing my reading in Nanaimo was my most exciting moment. It was in the historic downtown and it turned out that the venue for the reading was right across the street from the site of a bank that was robbed and is in the book. That was so cool. There’s still a Royal Bank on the site.”

Until she wrote Speakeasy, Smith had never heard of the Nanaimo robbery before.

“It was the biggest one in Western Canada, up to that point. It was a piece of B.C. history that had been totally forgotten,” Smith says. “I wanted to write it and make it come alive.”

Asked if she likes to dig through old newspaper and magazines, Smith laughs.

So how did she find her novel’s

Read more at: https://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/speakeasy-a-novel-that-looks-at-bcs-gangster-past/Content?oid=4537225

Retired MPD detective uses Milwaukee as backdrop for first crime novel

Published Sept. 2, 2017 at 1:06 p.m.

Larry Powalisz was a officer and detective in the Milwaukee Police Department from 1973 to 2001. Even though he now lives in Houston, Milwaukee was a natural setting for his first crime novel, “Circle of Terror,” which weaves local history and fiction – often in such a vivid way that it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s invented for the reader.

Set in present-day Milwaukee, the novel

Read more at: https://onmilwaukee.com/ent/articles/circle-of-terror.html

Novel approach to true crime: Harsch’s ‘Voices After Evelyn’ puts …

For more than six decades, the unsolved disappearance of Evelyn Hartley has mesmerized and perplexed the La Crosse community and beyond, sparking a book, CNN iReport and continued news coverage.

Now, the case is being re-imagined by author Rick Harsch in “Voices After Evelyn,” the first novel to be published by the Midwest-centric Maintenance Ends Press.

“It’s the case in La Crosse crime,” said Harsch, 58, of Izola, Slovenia, and formerly of La Crosse. “It seemed to resonate through the whole town.”

On Oct. 24, 1953, Hartley, 15, a sophomore at Central High School, vanished from the Hoeschler Drive home of UW-La Crosse professor Viggo Rasmussen, whose 20-month-old baby she was caring for. After Evelyn failed to check in with her parents at 8:30 p.m., Hartley’s father discovered the baby sleeping, a stepladder propped against an open basement window of the Rasmussen home, and Evelyn’s glasses, shoes and blood on the floor. Police

Read more at: http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/novel-approach-to-true-crime-harsch-s-voices-after-evelyn/article_cad37b9f-e591-51e6-b5f7-28e540d3dea8.html

Novel approach to true crime: Harsch’s ‘Voices After Evelyn’ puts spotlight on La Crosse’s preeminent unsolved crime

For more than six decades, the unsolved disappearance of Evelyn Hartley has mesmerized and perplexed the La Crosse community and beyond, sparking a book, CNN iReport and continued news coverage.

Now, the case is being re-imagined by author Rick Harsch in “Voices After Evelyn,” the first novel to be published by the Midwest-centric Maintenance Ends Press.

“It’s the case in La Crosse crime,” said Harsch, 58, of Izola, Slovenia, and formerly of La Crosse. “It seemed to resonate through the whole town.”

On Oct. 24, 1953, Hartley, 15, a sophomore at Central High School, vanished from the Hoeschler Drive home of UW-La Crosse professor Viggo Rasmussen, whose 20-month-old baby she was caring for. After Evelyn failed to check in with her parents at 8:30 p.m., Hartley’s father discovered the baby sleeping, a stepladder propped against an open basement window of the Rasmussen home, and Evelyn’s glasses, shoes and blood on the floor. Police

Read more at: http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/novel-approach-to-true-crime-harsch-s-voices-after-evelyn/article_cad37b9f-e591-51e6-b5f7-28e540d3dea8.html

Novel approach to true crime: Rick Harsch’s ‘Voices After Evelyn …

For more than six decades, the unsolved disappearance of Evelyn Hartley has mesmerized and perplexed the La Crosse community and beyond, sparking a book, CNN iReport and continued news coverage.

Now, the case is being re-imagined by author Rick Harsch in “Voices After Evelyn,” the first novel to be published by the Midwest-centric Maintenance Ends Press.

“It’s the case in La Crosse crime,” said Harsch, 58, of Izola, Slovenia, and formerly of La Crosse. “It seemed to resonate through the whole town.”

On Oct. 24, 1953, Hartley, 15, a sophomore at Central High School, vanished from the Hoeschler Drive home of UW-La Crosse professor Viggo Rasmussen, whose 20-month-old baby she was caring for. After Evelyn failed to check in with her parents at 8:30 p.m., Hartley’s father discovered the baby sleeping, a stepladder propped against an open basement window of the Rasmussen home, and Evelyn’s glasses, shoes and blood on the floor. Police

Read more at: http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/novel-approach-to-true-crime-rick-harsch-s-voices-after/article_cad37b9f-e591-51e6-b5f7-28e540d3dea8.html

Emma Flint’s debut novel Little Deaths is set in 1960s New York and based on a true crime

New York, 1965. One morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find her two young children missing. After a desperate search, the police make a horrifying discovery. It’s every mother’s worst nightmare. But Ruth Malone is not like other mothers. Noting Ruth’s perfect make-up and provocative clothing, the empty bottles of alcohol and love letters that litter her apartment, the detectives leap to convenient conclusions. But is Ruth really capable of murder?

I was really intrigued by this book, having heard some great things about it, but overall the execution failed to live up to the promise of the idea.

The pace of the book was the main element that threw me off. We learn early on that Ruth is in prison, so throughout the investigation and trial there is no suspense about what is going to happen. I didn’t realise that this is partly a police procedural

Read more at: http://www.times-series.co.uk/news/15403097.Debut_novel_set_in_1960s_New_York_is_based_on_a_true_crime/?ref=rss

Emma Flint’s debut novel Little Deaths is set in 1960s New York and based on a true crime

New York, 1965. One morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find her two young children missing. After a desperate search, the police make a horrifying discovery. It’s every mother’s worst nightmare. But Ruth Malone is not like other mothers. Noting Ruth’s perfect make-up and provocative clothing, the empty bottles of alcohol and love letters that litter her apartment, the detectives leap to convenient conclusions. But is Ruth really capable of murder?

I was really intrigued by this book, having heard some great things about it, but overall the execution failed to live up to the promise of the idea.

The pace of the book was the main element that threw me off. We learn early on that Ruth is in prison, so throughout the investigation and trial there is no suspense about what is going to happen. I didn’t realise that this is partly a police procedural

Read more at: http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/15403094.Debut_novel_set_in_1960s_New_York_is_based_on_a_true_crime/

Emma Flint’s debut novel Little Deaths is set in 1960s New York and …

New York, 1965. One morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find her two young children missing. After a desperate search, the police make a horrifying discovery. It’s every mother’s worst nightmare. But Ruth Malone is not like other mothers. Noting Ruth’s perfect make-up and provocative clothing, the empty bottles of alcohol and love letters that litter her apartment, the detectives leap to convenient conclusions. But is Ruth really capable of murder?

I was really intrigued by this book, having heard some great things about it, but overall the execution failed to live up to the promise of the idea.

The pace of the book was the main element that threw me off. We learn early on that Ruth is in prison, so throughout the investigation and trial there is no suspense about what is going to happen. I didn’t realise that this is partly a police procedural

Read more at: http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/15403094.Debut_novel_set_in_1960s_New_York_is_based_on_a_true_crime/

True Crimes: The Unbelievable Story Of A Killer Who Revealed All In His Novel

Does inspiration come from experience or imagination? That’s the question posed in Wim Wenders’ chilling 2015 tale Every Thing Will Be Fine, starring James Franco and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

The French-British actress is back with a new thriller that takes on the world of literature. She plays alongside Jim Carrey in True Crimes, a film that retraces the investigation of a detail-obsessed Polish detective who is passionate about solving complex puzzles that no one else seems to care about.

( True Crime  Bartosz Mrozowski )

Jim Carrey in True Crimes. (© Bartosz Mrozowski)

Released in Poland last year, the new film by Alexandros Avranas is soon to be released in independent cinemas throughout the U.S. The film is based on a fascinating true crime article by the New Yorker‘s David Grann, who is known for writing The Lost City of Z, which was recently adapted into a film by James Gray.

In the

Read more at: http://www.konbini.com/us/entertainment/true-crimes-krystian-bala-polish-murder-film-novel/

Alex Segura Speaks About New Novel, Miami, Food, and True Crime

I always knew I wanted to tell a story of this scope – one that wasn’t just a mystery set in present-day Miami, but also zoomed out to look at the bloody legacy of Castro’s rule in Cuba, and how that affected so many lives and families. The story is told from the perspective of Pete and his family, but it’s a saga that many can relate to. It’s a more epic kind of story, but still very grounded. It still has a strong, present-day crime for Pete and his partner Kathy to solve: the case of Gaspar Varela, a once-beloved Miami cop now cooling his heels in prison for the murder of his wife a decade before. His daughter, Maya, thinks there’s a bit of evidence out there that can exonerate her father, so she’s enlisted Pete and Kathy. But the deeper the two get, toe more complicated the

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