This past weekend I was honored to serve as the master of ceremonies for a gala honoring James Patterson, the world’s bestselling author. Mr. Patterson was interviewed by David Morrell, cofounder of the International Thriller Writers and the creator of John Rambo. The proceeds from the event benefited a great organization, the Literacy Instruction for Texas, or LIFT. The evening served as the kickoff for the 50th world mystery convention, known as Bouchercon, essentially ComicCon for mystery and thriller fans.
Big fun on the red carpet at the North Texas Film Festival, talking up the movie version of The Devil’s Country (still in development) with the director of the project Jonathan Brownlee.
My eighth crime thriller was published today. Texas Sicario is a sequel to 2017’s widely acclaimed The Devil’s Country but also a standalone in its own right, a story of loneliness, grief, and violence.Buy a copy today!
Great event last night at the Dallas Museum of Art. Actor G. W. Bailey (Provenza on Major Crimes) read a short story of mine originally published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Gratifying and more than a little surreal to hear the crowd react to my words. Bailey’s performance was amazing.
The drunk’s name is Chuck. Purporting to be retired from the film industry, Chuck is at the end of the bar, just out of frame, rambling on about how we’re all a bunch of amateurs, with our lights and our cameras and our director, the latter telling everyone where to go and what to do like he’s oh, I don’t know, directing. Every so often, Chuck slaps the scarred wood surface of the bar to make his point, almost knocking over his mug of beer. Other times, he argues with people who aren’t there, a natural hazard for someone who views a 12-pack as part of their minimum daily requirements, emphasis on minimum.
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Set amid the badlands of West Texas, the story revolves around an ex-Texas Ranger distraught over the murder of his family. When he’s accused of a similar crime, he must overcome his grief and find those responsible in order to clear his name.
So just who is the devil in the barren country of West Texas? Pre-order a copy now so you’ll be the first to know!