Crimes Against The Elderly

22 May 19
24/7 Wall St.

“Sa-a-a-d movies always make me cry,” sang Sue Thompson in her 1961 hit song of (almost) the same name. In her case, as it turned out, it wasn’t really the movie that brought tears to her eyes but the sight of her best friend and her “darlin’” making out in the dark in front of […]

22 May 19
My Scribbles!!

Powerful Personalities I have Known   By Bill Floyd Dr. William S. Hall, Jr. One of the most powerful personalities I ever met was Dr. William S. Hall, Jr.  Dr. Hall, or Bill as only his most intimate circle dared call him, was the long-serving, sometimes controversial, always booming voiced, State Commissioner of Mental Health for […]

22 May 19
Archy Worldys

"We are determined to end the 'county lines', dismantle the networks that devastate communities and put an end to the violence and exploitation of children and vulnerable adults. " Victoria Atkins, the Minister for Crime, Security and Vulnerability of the UK, about the new scourge that ravages the country: criminal networks that use minors and […]

22 May 19
The Boglington Post (Incorporating The Pumpkin)

  How many wars can Trump sustain all at once? You must watch this issue of Thom Hartmann’s vlog (link below). Unlike any panel discussion of Trump’s startling refusal to co-operate with legislators I’ve heard on US media, arguing that he is above the law, it provides a crystal-clear, historical analysis of the legal position […]

22 May 19
Edwards Book Club Reviews

Written by Helen C. EscottPublished by Flanker PressPublication date: August 2018 Reviewed by Michael WadePosted August 23, 2018 Synopsis: An elderly man arrives at the hospital and ER staff have no diagnosis. More victims follow causing a doctor and a police sergeant to join forces to solve a mysterious illness that is spreading through the […]

22 May 19
Heather Marquette

This blog originally featured on the College of Social Science blog, University of Birmingham. Like over 10 million people in the UK, I have been glued to my tv for the past six Sunday evenings for Line of Duty season five. Since 2012, Superintendent Ted Hastings, DI Kate Fleming and DS Steve Arnott from the […]

22 May 19
From First Page to Last

Not usually one who joins in with memes, challenges and the like I spotted this one devised by Cathy at 746Books and have taken part for the last three years. I think I’ve only made it once! Cathy is hoping to read 20 books between 3 June and 3 September, meaning she has the mammoth […]

22 May 19

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts, The rule of law has given way to law as a weapon in the hands of government… Everyone who is aware of the US government’s extraordinary criminal actions at home and abroad bears a heavy weight.  The millions of peoples murdered, maimed, orphaned, widowed, and displaced by gratuitous American military aggression […]

22 May 19
Russia News Now

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts, The rule of law has given way to law as a weapon in the hands of government… Everyone who is aware of the US government’s extraordinary criminal actions at home and abroad bears a heavy weight.  The millions of peoples murdered, maimed, orphaned, widowed, and displaced by gratuitous American military aggression […]

22 May 19
A Song of Joy by Caroline Furlong

The Katyn Forest Massacre is one of the greatest crimes in the history of the world, and that is saying something. The fact that it is too often forgotten by people in the modern age is also a tragedy, as to overlook or ignore such incidents is to allow them to be perpetrated again at […]

22 May 19
Ebook Mania

EDITORIAL REVIEW: In his first collection of short stories John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, *A Time to Kill*.Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons, Leon and Butch, take a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit the youngest Graney brother, Raymond, who’s been locked away on death row for eleven years. It could well be their last visit.Mack Stafford, a hard-drinking and low-grossing run-of-the-mill divorce lawyer gets a miracle phone call with a completely unexpected offer to settle some old, forgotten cases for more money than he has ever seen. Mack is suddenly bored with the law, fed up with his wife and his life, and makes drastic plans to finally escape.Quiet, dull Sidney, a data collector for an insurance company, perfects his blackjack skills in hopes of bringing down the casino empire of Clanton’s most ambitious hustler, Bobby Carl Leach, who, among other crimes, has stolen Sidney’s wife.Three good ol’ boys from rural Ford County begin a journey to the big city of Memphis to give blood to a grievously injured friend. However, they are unable to drive past a beer store as the trip takes longer and longer. The journey comes to an abrupt end when they make a fateful stop at a Memphis strip club.The Quiet Haven Retirement Home is the final stop for the elderly of Clanton. It’s a sad, languid place with little controversy, until Gilbert arrives. Posing as a lowly paid bedpan boy, he is in reality a brilliant stalker with an uncanny ability to sniff out the assets of those “seniors” he professes to love.One of the hazards of litigating against people in a small town is that one day, long after the trial, you will probably come face-to-face with someone you’ve beaten in a lawsuit. Lawyer Stanley Wade bumps into an old adversary, a man with a long memory, and the encounter becomes a violent ordeal.Clanton is rocked with the rumor that the gay son of a prominent family has finally come home, to die. Of AIDS. Fear permeates the town as gossip runs unabated. But in Lowtown, the colored section of Clanton, the young man finds a soul mate in his final days.Featuring a cast of characters you’ll never forget, these stories bring Ford County to vivid and colorful life. Often hilarious, frequently moving, and always entertaining, this collection makes it abundantly clear why John Grisham is our most popular storyteller.

22 May 19
Ebook Mania

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**Amazon Exclusive: Joe Hill Reviews *Djibouti***

**The author of the critically acclaimed novels *Djibouti* :**

In the spirit of *Djibouti* , his 48th novel.
**10. The babes.** The heroine of Djibouti would be one Dara Barr, who has touched down in Africa to make a documentary about the booming piracy business and maybe win herself another Oscar. Dara is as laconic and unflappable as any of Leonard’s finest heroes (see: *waaaaaay* overmatched.
**9. The bad boys.** Creative writing teachers who want to show their students how to draft an unforgettable antagonist ought to tear out chapter 18 and pass it around. That’s where Leonard tells us the story of James Russell, a clever Miami lowlife, who reinvents himself as Jamal Raisuli, al-Queda bomb-thrower… all in 7 pages of breezy, economical characterization.
**8. The talk.** Plenty has been written about Elmore Leonard’s mastery of dialogue, and I don’t need to rehash it. Why bother, when I could just quote some of it? An elderly terrorist, jailed in *The States* , gets talking with James Russell:
“What is it you hope to become in your life?”
“Famous,” James said. “I been looking at ways.”
“Become a prophet?
“I don’t tell what will happen. I do it.”

**7. The walk.** Everyone hustles in an Elmore Leonard novel; you can’t stand still and hope to score. From the slums, where life is the only thing cheaper than khat, to the clubs, where it’s easier to find a pirate than out on the open ocean, everyone is on their way up or on their way down… in a hurry. **

6. The sound.** Leonard famously said that if his sentences sound like writing, he rewrites them, but don’t be fooled. These sentences jump to their own dirty, hothouse jazz rhythm. There isn’t a better stylist anywhere in American letters.
**5. The seduction.** Dara isn’t just curious about piracy; she spends thirty days on a boat with 73-year-old Xavier LeBo, long enough to fall a little in love with her best friend, and wonder if the old dude can still get it up. Xavier bets her ten-thousand dollars he can. It’s the book’s biggest gamble; trust me, it earns out big.
**4. More boom for your buck.** A lot of the suspense in Djibouti revolves around a tanker filled with enough liquefied natural gas “to set off an explosion a hundred times bigger than the Hindenburg disaster.” It’s an atom bomb with a rudder and all it needs is a target.
**3. The place.** Leonard doesn’t beat anyone over the head with his research, but from Djibouti to Eyl to New Orleans (the three backdrops for this story), the details are crisp, unforgettable, and right. You don’t read Djibouti. You live there.
**2. The pay-off.** Everyone in an Elmore Leonard story wants one, but only the reader is guaranteed to get one, and boy do they, in a final chapter that seems inevitable, yet comes as completely unexpected.
**1. The know-how.** Let’s get to it. In the fifty-plus years he’s been turning out lean, loose, laid-back thrillers, Elmore Leonard has cast his indelible stamp on American crime fiction, inspired his peers, and spawned a thousand imitators. He’s the kind of guy critics describe as old school, but that’s missing it. Elmore Leonard isn’t old school. He built the school.
(Photo of Joe Hill by Shane Leonard)
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*Starred Review* Crime fiction grand master Leonard, who turns 85 in October, remains in top form. He has a new publisher and a new subject—Somalian pirates—but all the signature Leonard elements are shining as brightly as ever: the back-and-forth banter, always oozing wit but never too smart for the room; the cast of wonderfully idiosyncratic characters, each capable of a star turn; the always startling juxtaposition of the mundane against the violent. This time, mixed in with all of that, Leonard gives us one of his trickiest plots and cleverest turns of storytelling. Dara Barr is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, recently arrived in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa (the gateway to Islam . . . or the back door to the West) to film Somalian pirates in action. With her assistant, a 72-year-old sailor named Xavier, Dara, armed with a concealed spy camera, sets off onboard the Buster in search of pirates. She finds plenty, but she and Xavier also land in the middle of an al-Qaeda plot to blow up a tanker loaded with liquefied natural gas. Portions of the tale are related in real time, but much of the narration comes in the form of Dara and Xavier viewing film of what’s already happened and debating how to structure the documentary. This curious dramatic technique works magnificently, taking us inside the characters in a way that straight, action-oriented narration might not do. Leonard never tells a story in the expected way, but this time he outdoes himself. Marvelous entertainment. –Bill Ott

22 May 19

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

The rule of law has given way to law as a weapon in the hands of government…

Everyone who is aware of the US government’s extraordinary criminal actions at home and abroad bears a heavy weight.  The millions of peo…

22 May 19

The Story of Emil Sinclair’s Youth by Hermann Hesse With an introduction by Thomas Mann Introduction A full decade has passed since I last shook Hermann Hesse’s hand. Indeed the time seems even longer, so much has happened meanwhile–so much has happened in the world of history and, even amid the stress and uproar of […]

21 May 19
News and Headlines: RoboeAmerican,Keeping you informed.

News and Headlines: In The News, Immigration, Politics, World News, Tech Watch, Commentary/Opinion. In The News: Maryland man who drives Batmobile replica ends up tracking down driver after hit-and-run Gibson — who has tricked his car out with a bat phone, “rocket launchers” that have an actual flame appear and a projector that shows a […]