|Paul Bishop. His blog, here.|
The Los Angeles Times has called Paul Bishop ‘the closest equivalent of Joe Wambaugh yet,’ and stated his novel Citadel Run‘could hardly be better.’
A thirty-four year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, Paul is currently in charge of the LAPD's Mission Division Special Assaults Unit. His career has over twenty years experience in the investigation of Special Assaults (sex crimes). For the past eight years, his various Special Assaults Units have consistently produced the highest number of detective initiated arrests and highest crime clearance rate in the city. Paul has twice been honored as Detective of the Year.
As a writer, Paul's byline has appeared in numerous national publications, and his short stories have been published in many anthologies. His previous novels include Shroud of Vengeance,
Chalk Whispers is the fourth novel in his Fey Croaker series, which includes
He has written feature film scripts and numerous episodic scripts for television.
|Mel Odom. His blog, here.|
Mel Odom is an award-winning, bestselling author in several genres under various names. He's a father of five and lives in Oklahoma with his wife. When he's not writing or teaching professional writing courses at the University of Oklahoma, he's reading or saving the world on DC Online.
Robert J. Randisi has been called by Booklist “. . . the last of the pulp writers.” He has published in the western, mystery, horror, science fiction and men’s adventure genres. All told, he is the author of over 540 books, 50+ short stories, 1 screenplay and the editor of 30 anthologies. He has also edited a Writer’s Digest book,
and for 7 years was the mystery reviewer for the Orlando Sentinel. In 1982 he founded the Private Eye Writers of America, and created the Shamus Award. In 1985 he co-founded Mystery Scene Magazine and the short-lived American Mystery Award; a couple of years later he was co-founder of the American Crime Writer’s League. In 1993 he was awarded a Life Achievement Award at the Southwest Mystery Convention. In 2009 he received the Life Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America.
His Rat Pack novel
featuring Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and other members of the infamous Pack, was published in October 2006 and received a starred review from Booklist. It has also been optioned for an independent film, for which he has written the screenplay. His most recent novel in the Rat Pack series was
The next will be
A 6th, Fly Me To The Morgue (Severn House), will be released later in 2011.
Randisi was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and from 1973 through 1981 he was a civilian employee of the New York City Police Department, working out of the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn. After 41 years in N.Y, he now resides in Clarksville, Mo., an Artisan community of 500 people located right on the Mississippi. He lives and works with writer Marthayn Pelegrimas in a small house on three acres, with a deck that overlooks the Mississippi.
Son of a mechanic and a librarian, Gary Phillips draws on his experiences ranging from labor organizer to delivering dog cages in writing his tales of chicanery and malfeasance in various permutations including novels, short stories, comics, and on brown paper bags.
His current work includes penning the tales of Depression-era secret agent Jimmy Christopher, Operator 5 as the back-up feature in The Spider comic book, another pulp era character for Moonstone. For that same outfit, he’s doing That Man Flint, set in the swingin’ sixties of mods, mini-skirts and Vietnam; paisley shirts and satellites; afros and lasers, wherein Derek Flint, inventor, ballet instructor, editor and contributor of the revised Kama Sutra, transcendentalist and translator of an ancient Mayan cookbook, seeker of the third eye and freelance spy, is the one M.A.C.E. (Mandated Actions for Covert Enforcement) calls on to tackle their most perilous assignments. He also has a graphic novel coming out from DC/Vertigo’s crime line called Cowboys -- about a black cop and a white FBI agent, each undercover and unbeknownst to one another on two ends of the same case and the events that inexorably bring them together in a clash of fatal consequences.
Phillips’ most recent mystery novel was The Underbelly, about a sometimes homeless Vietnam vet’s search for a disabled friend who has disappeared from L.A.’s Skid Row. He was the editor of the bestselling Orange County Noir collection, has a short stories in the recent anthology, Damn Near Dead 2, and another one in the upcoming Green Hornet: Casefiles. He writes a regular column on pop culture, race and politics on fourstory.org and you can visit his website at: www.gdphillips.com/.