If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com

Our July author interviews: Ellen Byerrum (7/5), Day of the Dark anthology authors (7/12 and 7/19), and Nancy Cole Silverman (7/26).

Saturday Guest Bloggers in July: 7/1--Fran Stewart, and 7/8--Nancy Cole Silverman. WWK Saturday bloggers write on 7/15--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/22--Kait Carson, and 7/29--E. B. Davis.


“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.”

In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on October, 18, 2017. Look for the interview by E. B. Davis here on that date!

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Boston Blackie by Jack Boyle: A Review by Warren Bull







Boston Blackie by Jack Boyle: A Review by Warren Bull

Image from the New York Times


First published in 1919, Boston Blackie generated radio programs, a television and numerous movies. Since the character entered the public domain, at least two graphic novels about him have been published. The author was a former newspaper reporter who became addicted to opium and fell into crime. While in San Quentin for writing bad checks he wrote the first Boston Blackie story. A series of stories published in magazines were strung together into a novel. 

The hero of the first stories and the novel was an unapologetic jewelry thief who committed crimes for the excitement and challenge. In his later portrayals, he went straight after a stint in prison. In the original stories Blackie lives by a code that he respects much more than the police and prison staff respect the law.


I found the novel to be a fun, quick read. I recommend it on that level.

6 comments:

Kait said...

Thank you for this, Warren. I had no idea that Boston Blackie was ever a book. Part of my childhood years were spent near New York City and late at night I used to listen to the re-runs of Tales of Boston Blackie on my transistor radio. It was one of my favorites, along with Raymond's Creaking Door (that might not have been the name of the show, but it opened with a door creaking). Alas, my radio listening career came to an end when my radio overheated and melted under my pillow. Still, Blackie made an impression. Now, I'll have to seek out some of the books.

Margaret Turkevich said...

Interesting! I'll check out the books. I haven't heard much radio drama, but I did enjoy it, unless I was driving.

E. B. Davis said...

I read contemporary fiction, Warren, but this series you are presenting has me wondering what I've missed.

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, another excellent book review of a book I want to read.

Grace Topping said...

Thanks, Warren, for introducing me to some authors I've never read. I'm making my way through Ngaio Marsh now and enjoying her books.

KM Rockwood said...

I've read some Boston Blackie stories, but not the novels. When Jimmy Buffet sings about a Boston Blackie pencil thin mustache, it becomes evident that this character is well ensconced in popular culture.