Murder & Mayhem a Hit in Orillia

Despite a little damp weather — okay, rain of biblical proportions — the very first Huronia Arts Festival was a great success.
 
I ran into a few old friends and got to read a chapter and a bit from Double Tap.  And even though you decided to stay home where it was nice and dry, I’ll still share the VIDEO my reading.

Happy Trails to Me!

I’m taking a break for the next few weeks and will be off the radar doing some research out in Wyoming and Montana.  If I find anything interesting along the way, I'll share it with you here.
 
 
Reading at the Huronia Arts Festival on August 13th

I am honoured to be one of the featured authors at the first Huronia Arts Festival in Orillia this coming Saturday.  Other writers appearing at the festival include Terry Fallis, Tomson Highway, Matt Lennox, Rachel McMillan, and Marnie Woodrow.
 
The Huronia Arts Festival — a family-oriented event promoting and celebrating culture, artistry, and community — will be held at Lakehead University's Orillia Campus.  For details on times and tickets, see their website.

Book Updates

It’s hard to believe I have now written eight novels!  The only excuse I have for being so prolific is that all these books were getting bottled up inside me during the years I was focused on my business career.
 
My latest, I’m happy to say, is the first one set completely in Canada.  The Right Side of the River tells the story of murder in a small Southwestern Ontario city during the summer of 1965.
 
The next book to see print will be Dark the Light, also a mystery set in the past — on the Western Front in World War I and South Carolina in 1926.  When Rollie DuFaine’s estranged father is murdered, Rollie has to return home to discover the horrifying secret of a monster who is killing innocent girls on an isolated island.  Dark the Light will be published later this fall.
 
Foggy Sunset, which was previewed in Double Tap, is the next Molly Parsons mystery.  It will be released in the new year.  
 
I’ve also written a fourth book in the Sunset series — Stolen Sunset — which we plan to have out late next year.
 
And then there will be ...
 
Guess I’d better get out the chains to keep my editor at her desk 24/7 for the next several months.  Hope she has no other plans, or I’ll have to get Rip and Wilma on the case. 
 
 
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I'm very pleased with the Lansing State Journal REVIEW of Double Tap written by Ray Walsh, who has been reviewing crime novels and Michigan books regularly since 1987.
 

The first Noir at the Bar of 2016, held at the Wallace Gastropub on June 2nd, was a smashing success.  Kudos to all the wonderful authors I had the privilege of sharing the stage with. 

Check out the VIDEO of me reading a short excerpt from Double Tap.

 
 
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And what a long, strange journey it has been.
 
Since their first caper Hair Trigger appeared, readers have been asking, begging — even offering to bear my children — if I would just bring these two lovable psychopaths back for another adventure.
 
This time, Detroit isn’t cruel enough to contain them.  Double Tap takes Rip and Wilma all over the map — from the Swiss Alps to a maximum security prison, and from the deep woods of Michigan to the lip of Niagara Falls.  Finally, they end up in Charleston, South Carolina, in the center of a massive hurricane.
 
Believe it or not, the villains along the way are even more vile and colorful — sadistic prison guards, Mafia kingpins, inept biker gangs, and especially a billionaire former reality show host who has his sights set on the whole world.  Sound like anyone we know?
 
I’m pleased to see that advance orders have been great.  But if you’re one of those people who like to tempt fate, or Rip and Wilma’s wrath, and have not ordered your copy yet, you can get Double Tap through one of the following links:  eBook from Amazon Canada, Amazon U.S., Indigo (Kobo Canada), Kobo (U.S.), and Trade Paperback from Amazon.

 
 
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Double Tap Hits Bookstores on May 17  

Get ready for more Motor City mayhem as Detroit’s most outrageous contract killers return for another nasty and hilarious caper.
 
Double Tap takes Rip and Wilma from Motown to the Swiss Alps, and from a maximum security prison into the eye of a raging hurricane.  Along the way they have to dodge badass bikers, crooked cops, killer lumberjacks, satanic cults, and horny rhinos.
 
The eBook version of Double Tap is available for pre-order now at Amazon Canada, Amazon U.S.,  Indigo (Kobo Canada), and Kobo (U.S.).  Buy your copy today and it will automatically be shipped on May 17th.   The print version of Double Tap will also be available on May 17th at Amazon.ca, and can be purchased now through Amazon.com.

 
 
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For anyone who missed it, watch the video of my reading at the Burlington Library on April 26th. 

At the last moment, and for purely commercial reasons, I decided not to read from the new book Double Tap, but from Dark Sunset instead. 

Please forgive the unsteady camera work. A leg fell off my tripod just minutes before the panel was to start.


 
 
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DOUBLE TAP
, the newest Rip and Wilma caper, will be released on May 17th and I’m very excited to offer you a first look at the cover art. Lesley Stodart, designer extraordinaire, has outdone herself again and managed to capture the spirit of the book.

And if this isn’t enough … I'm pleased to present the teaser trailer for Double Tap.

Reminder


I'll be at the Burlington Public Library – Central Branch, Centennial Hall, 2331 New Street – next Tuesday, April 26th, from 7:00 until 9:00 pm, for a reading and panel discussion on HUMOUR IN WRITING with Melodie Campbell, Viga Boland, and Steve Shrott. 

I look forward to seeing you there!


 
 
I had a great time at the Hamilton Library last fall doing a panel with fellow writers Melodie Campbell and Viga Boland.  Afterward, we all agreed we’d love to do it again.  This time, joined by author Steve Shrott, we’ll be at the Burlington Public Library – Central Branch, Centennial Hall, 2331 New Street, on Tuesday, April 26th, from 7:00 until 9:00 pm, for a very special evening of HUMOUR IN WRITING.

I’ll be reading from my latest book, Double Tap, and signing copies of my other three books — Dark Sunset, Bloody Sunset, and Hair Trigger.   

Since there are no Canadian teams in the hockey playoffs this year (sigh), there is no excuse not to show up, so come join us for an evening of laughs.

I look forward to seeing you there.
 
 
It's been a while, but I am finally back — and I hope you are as well.

The big news is that my first book in almost two years is due to come out in May.  DOUBLE TAP is the sequel to the popular HAIR TRIGGER, which introduced those lovable characters RIP and WILMA.  I could spend an hour describing all the craziness in this novel, but instead will quote from the back cover.

Rip & Wilma are back in action!

Get ready for more Motor City mayhem as Detroit’s most outrageous contract killers return for another nasty and hilarious caper.  

When Rip and Wilma are hired to find the killer of a well-known state senator, the job should be easy – especially since they’re the ones who killed him in the first place!  But with every step they take, the pursuit becomes hopelessly more complicated until they find themselves embroiled with a shadowy organization that just might be the most dangerous adversary they’ve ever faced. 

Double Tap takes Rip and Wilma from Motown to the Swiss Alps, and from a maximum security prison into the eye of a raging hurricane.  Along the way they have to dodge bad ass bikers, crooked cops, killer lumberjacks, satanic cults, and horny rhinos.


Writing a sequel to a book like Hair Trigger was a real challenge.  When I wrote it, I only intended the book to be a one-off.  Readers, however, loved the characters, especially Wilma, so I took on the task with one provision
this book would be even WILDER than the first.

After two years of intensive work, the result is fantastic!  I know you're going to love it and will let you know as soon as it's available for pre-sale.

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So join today.  Rip and Wilma will be extremely happy ... if you get my meaning.

  

 
 
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I got a note from a reader the other day asking about my inspiration for the former horror show host Count Eyegore in HAIR TRIGGER.

She naturally assumed the character had been inspired by Sir Graves Ghastly who hosted a show on Detroit television. While there are aspects of Sir Graves in the character, he is actually based on Cleveland horror host Ghoulardi--who was a huge influence on me when I first arrived in Southwestern Ontario in the mid-60s.

Ghoulardi was a beatnik-type who graced channel 8 every Friday night. He was a strange mixture of hip and schtick. Most of the films he showed were bargain basement garbage, which he was always quick to point out.

Here he is in action...


After leaving Cleveland in 1966 Ghoulardi, whose real name was Ernie Anderson, settled in Los Angeles and went on to a long career as a voice actor. It is his voice you hear on the loudspeakers in the final moments of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND.

Among the writers who worked on the show was Tim Conway, who later rose to fame on the CAROL BURNETT SHOW.

Another interesting fact about Ghoulardi is that his son is acclaimed film director Philip Thomas Anderson (MAGNOLIA, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, THE MASTER), who named his production entity The Ghoulardi Film Company.