by Bill Crider
After a three-year absence, The Trap of Solid Gold blog (thetrapofsolidgold.blogspot.com) has returned, and that’s great news for fans of John D. MacDonald. As of this writing, there have already been several excellent new posts, including a discussion of A Man of Affairs and two of MacDonald’s lesser-known short stories. If you have any interest at all in the work of MacDonald stop by this blog, read it, and encourage the proprietor, Steve Scott, to keep on blogging.
BJ Bourg has a new blog called Righting Crime Fiction (rightingcrimefiction.blogspot.com), which is “for writers seeking to include police procedural information in their stories and who want to ‘get it right.’” It’s also for readers who are interested in that kind of thing, and Bourg will “educate writers on the use of firearms, familiarize them with self-defense tactics and terminology, demystify the investigative process, highlight the elements of certain criminal statutes, and hopefully provide them with information they can use to solve their fictitious crimes.” He’ll be educating readers, too, and his blog his highly recommended.
While I’m mentioning blogs with good information for writers and readers, I need to put in a word for author Leslie Budewitz’s topnotch Law and Fiction (www.lawandfiction.com/blog). Budewitz is a novelist, but she’s also a writer of nonfiction (Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure), and on her blog she wants “to address recurrent problems [she’s] seen, help writers use the law accurately while telling a good story, and give writers ideas on using legal issues to develop plots and subplots, backstory, character, and setting.” If you want to brush up on the Miranda ruling or find out what a police sergeant says about the law vs. fiction, this is the blog for you.
It’s been awhile since I mentioned the blog Psycho Noir (www.psychonoir.blogspot.com). Author Heath Lowrence is in charge, but most of the time he’s neither psycho nor noir. He’ll tell you how to be Robert Mitchum, though, and he talks about things like the books that influenced him, why you shouldn’t go camping on LSD (sometimes he is psycho), or explain why a show like The Walking Dead benefits from binge viewing. There’s always something interesting going on, so check it out.
Bill Crider’s latest Sheriff Dan Rhodes novel is Half in Love with ArtfulDeath from St. Martin’s Press.