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

Our March author interviews: Karen Pullen (3/1), Lowcountry Crime authors: Tina Whittle, Polly Iyer, Jonathan M. Bryant, and James M. Jackson (3/8), Annette Dashofy (3/15), Edith Maxwell (3/22) and Barb Ross (3/29).

Saturday Guest Bloggers in March: Maris Soule (3/4), and Virginia Mackey (3/11). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 3/18--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 3/25--Kait Carson.

Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows. Big news for a new year. Congratulations, Julie.

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.

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 June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

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 pre-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.