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A “Simple” Summer Sale

Just in time for your summer reading pleasure, from now until the end of July my first novel A Simple Game is available for only $1.99! You can read my international thriller about a group of terrorists who try to hold the world hostage by systematically killing our biggest sports stars any number of ways – […]

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It’s Your Money (and Mine)!

So, we’ve gone and done it again. We just topped ourselves as a species for spending cash on various ways to kill each other. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), global military spending in 2016 rose for the second consecutive year to $1.7 trillion. In case that number doesn’t mean much to […]

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My Maserati does 185!

Nope, not really…not yet, anyway. But I did grab your attention (with a nod to Joe Walsh). Now that I’ve got it, let’s have a motivational talk. Seems the older I get, the harder it gets to keep motivated. Part of it, I know (even if I hate to accept it), is I’m getting older: […]

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See You in Court!

Past month or so got you down? Want to escape from it all? Feel like getting lost in someone else’s problems bigger than your own? William Landay’s powerful courtroom page-turner Defending Jacob might just be the cure for you. The Case: Assistant district attorney Andy Barber heads a high-profile murder trial of a brutally slain teen-aged […]

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Seeing Red!

Kirk

01/15/2017

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Like Dr. Frankenstein sparking his infamous monster to life, I feel compelled to revive the long-buried sportswriter inside me, at least for a day. And what, you ask, necessitates this radical resurrection? The greatest creature of them all: Manchester United vs. Liverpool! Okay, so it’s only a football/soccer match. And we’ve got Syria and ISIL […]

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A “Fall” Worth Taking!

One measure of any great thriller, I think, is its ability to keep you gripped and guessing until the very end. Or, in this case, until right “Before the Fall.” Noah Hawley’s edgy and absorbing 2016 novel tells the story of a private plane full of rich passengers that crashes off the coast of Martha’s […]

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And Action!

Like a Hollywood agent sending an aspiring actor out on his first cattle call, I just entered my novel “A Simple Game” in a contest designed to uncover the next blockbuster movie or TV show. The 3rd annual Book Pipeline Competition aims to “deliver unique, compelling stories to the industry – with the specific intent […]

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Time of Our Lives

Happy New Year to all! I hope you were able to ring in 2017 in style last night. Many, I know, were only too happy to leave 2016 behind. As long as I can remember, never have I heard so many people say “good riddance” to a calendar year. Whether it was the brutal war […]

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Art Imitates Death in Turkey

I never met Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov, murdered here in Turkey yesterday. Had I, I’m fairly certain, like many others, I would have disagreed with his views and especially his country’s actions in Syria, which likely caused his death. But none of this in any way justifies the killing. This incident, coupled with last week’s […]

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Not Swept away by this Broom

In its own right, especially as a first novel by then 24-year-old MFA student David Foster Wallace, The Broom of the System is a clever and entertaining if quirky and meandering read. An arguably excessive (467-page) tale of an underachieving Cleveland telephone operator struggling to make sense of her 20-something life – populated with a […]

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Kirk Wolcott’s First Novel

  • Politics, terrorism, and sports collide in this riveting debut novel by American diplomat and former sportswriter Kirk Wolcott, prompting a crucial question for our time: How far is too far when trying to change the world?

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