Win a free copy! And help choose the new cover

Win a free copy! And help choose the new cover

The time has finally come! No, not your vaccine appointment—the July 27 release of THE LOST GIRL, which introduces new characters to the Alan Jacobson canon, including Mickey Keller, a fixer with a complicated past. Keller finds himself conflicted regarding what his...
Is America systemically racist?

Is America systemically racist?

I have some experience with racism, including growing up in Queens, NY, during some racially volatile times. I experienced racism firsthand—and was at the short end of black hate against whites (see my bio for some background). I lived through “white flight” and...
Red Death Reading Group Guide

Red Death Reading Group Guide

Welcome to the Reading Group Guide for Red Death. If you haven’t read the novel yet, save these questions until you have finished it because there are spoilers below. Following are topics designed to provide a stimulating discussion. What did you enjoy most...
Red Death (Karen Vail #8)

Red Death (Karen Vail #8)

Norwood Press, 2020 (hardcover) Open Road (trade paperback) Open Road (eBook) Serial killers aren’t born overnight. Their development is cultivated over many years, the murder of their first victim triggering a recurring cycle of death, depravity, and violence that...
9/11: When Cops Were Heroes

9/11: When Cops Were Heroes

Nineteen years ago today, my brother called me in the early morning hours on the west coast and told me to turn the on the TV. He said a plane had flown into one of the twin towers. Having grown up in the city, and worked from time to time in the towers with my...
A Legend Passes

A Legend Passes

I met Tom Seaver in 1969. I was just a kid in New York City and he was doing a promotional appearance at a furniture store in Manhattan. My dad had a business in the city and we had just come from a job, so we arrived late. Just about everyone had left except for Tom...
Black and white, black and blue

Black and white, black and blue

I have been digesting the events of the past week with a heavy heart, deep sadness, and tremendous disappointment. Heavy heart for the family of George Floyd. Deep sadness for our country—we are supposed to lead the world in civil rights, in the rule of law, in...

The Brilliant Minds at PG&E

Someone at Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) came up with a brilliant idea: rather than causing or contributing to damaging fires when the weather turns dry and windy, they will shut off power to over 800,000 of its customers. For how long? They don’t know—it...
Governor Newsom, why should I bother voting?

Governor Newsom, why should I bother voting?

California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced plans to sign an executive order suspending the death penalty. While there hasn’t been an execution in the state since 2006, there are over 700 inmates on death row. How serious is the governor about this? He ordered that...