New Releases

● As everyone knows, there are only two kinds of reader in this world – the brilliant, sensitive, imaginative people who read my books and the dull, insensitive, unimaginative brutes who don’t. ● And here is the latest reading only discriminating readers like you (and me) want: ● First, another classy classic Western, The Outlaw …

You haven’t read this kind of war story before…

A helicopter shrieks out of the night sky over Vietnam, crashing in enemy country, and a war-battered artillery scout and a shattered half company of infantrymen shove into murderous Viet Cong Valley to search for survivors at the risk of their own lives.  Each soldier slogs through the jungle adrift in a bizarre and private …

Backstory to a Classy Classic Western Series

If you know your Wild West history (and who doesn’t?), you’ll see in The Gunfighter some suspicious telltales pointing to the less-than-heroic truth about some fabulous frontier characters and their abrupt and violent intersection with an orphan lad, Ronas, who is so desperate to escape his poor and miserable life he’ll do just about anything. …

A Hot New Look at the American Civil War

Just published, here is a fresh argument about the power of culture in choosing war strategies and leaders and about how that played out in the U.S. Civil War.   If that sounds like dull, academic stuff, then take a look at this gaudy and grim story of how mid-19th century U.S. culture shaped the …

Life is a War (Novel)

Some readers ask me how my war novels can describe the wild adventure and heroism of combat yet end without trumpets and flags.  Why so downbeat?  I’ll tell you, but only if you’re a young man or woman eligible to go to war.  You are my audience, not anyone else. Point.  War is a pisser.  …

New in Frightfulness

Too soon or too late, every man and every woman… must discover that at the borders of every mind are bizarre and terrifying things always ready to fill the empty spaces made by fright and failure.  That is Harry Royhatten’s strange story. Royhatten, his wife and son arrive in Burma desperate for a fresh start …

I Am Not a Tough Guy (but I like to write like one)

Yep, I write hardnosed thrillers and crime caper stories and get a big kick out of them but I am not a tough guy or a Mickey Spillane wannabe, no siree. It’s true I first learned to shoot when my Dad set up a paper target and put a Colt .22 Woodsman in my hand. …

Meet Harry Seaburn, Thief, Romantic & Run Out of Luck

Yeah, the seven book Harry Seaburn Thriller Series starting with The Feathered Virgin tells the wild and mordantly comic story of a thief who is tough, brash, running on empty and wants a good woman, anybody’s good woman, but he tends to shoot people and what good woman would want him? It’s hard to know …

Life is a Wild and Crazy Thing, eh?

Harry Seaburn’s comic crime caper novel series had just been born – with publication of The Feathered Virgin on Amazon – and the author (me) almost got unborn. Life, as the old Greek said, is a wild and scary thing. Or maybe just very Dortmunder. (You Donald E. Westlake fans will know what that means.) …

Finding Brigid O’Shaughnessy (and the Maltese Falcon)

I know a guy who knew Brigid O’Shaughnessy.  His name was Joe Gores.  And she was real.  It’s a great story.  Brigid, as you know, was the seductive murderess who drove Sam Spade to hunt down The Maltese Falcon  in Dashiell Hammett’s masterpiece of hard-boiled detective fiction.  Hammett had been a Pinkerton agent in San Francisco …

Teaching War to the Kids

The number of university and high school reading lists that include Ghost Soldiers for teaching the Vietnam war and the 1960s got me thinking about the sort of syllabus I’d advise for students if I were a teacher. Then  it hit me – there are plenty of good books and a few good movies about the war but …