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Friday, August 15th, 2008

an ice cold paradise

When Valerie Sabatino arrives at his home on Oahu, the last thing Harry Pines wants is missing-persons action. There are two reasons why Harry’s not the kind of guy who knocks on doors looking for business with his hat in his hand, and the other one is he doesn’t wear a hat. But when he learns the missing person is the son of Harry’s long-ago cellmate, he has no choice but to strap it on. Helping friends is how Harry pays back. It also doesn’t hurt that Valerie is the kind of woman who could bring drool to a statue’s chin. Harry’s only human.

In AN ICE COLD PARADISE Harry and his handy band of friends in Chicago and Hawaii peel back the curtain on a world of runaway girls turned into hookers and of soldiers paying off their gambling debts by stealing firearms. The stolen goods are used to fuel the mean little army of a loony Mormon Fundamentalist named Orrin Massey, who thinks he’s the “One Mighty and Strong” right out of the original Mormon playbook.

Before it ends, Harry has fallen hard for Valerie and doesn’t take kindly to it when Massey kidnaps her for one of his wives. Harry can bring a lot of pain when he gets in a bad mood. If he has to put together a small army of his own and lead them to a mountaintop redoubt in northern Idaho to get Valerie back and settle the score, the degree of difficulty makes it all the sweeter.

Harry Pines is the enormously entertaining creation of Terry Holland, who arrives here walking in the footsteps of Hammett, Chandler, Spillane, MacDonald, and Parker.

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809572427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809572427
  • Price: $17.95


RUSHES by Josh Becker

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008


Josh Becker has been making movies since he was a teenager. His first film was made at age thirteen, and by 9th grade he was tackling Oedipus Rex with future cult-icon Bruce Campbell. Since then he has written and directed numerous short films, four feature films, several television movies and worked on successful tv shows. RUSHES is at heart a passionate, honest and opinionated look behind the scenes of writing, producing and directing low-budget movies.

From Josh’s early days working with future Spider-Man director Sam Raimi on his original Evil Dead to his days writing and directing Xena: Warrior Princess in New Zealand and beyond, RUSHES is filled with stories.

Whether you’re a budding thespian, scriptwriter, director or you simply just love movies, you’ll find insights, frustrations and answers to your questions in the experiences Josh has enjoyed and endured in his three and a half decades of filmmaking trenches. His supporting cast in these adventures include aforementioned Sam Raimi and frequent collaborator Bruce Campbell, as well as stars small and great like Anthony Quinn, Lucy Lawless, Rob Tapert, Renee O’Connor, Gary Jones, Scott Spiegel, Joe LoDuca, Rick Sandford, Mariah Carey, Stephen Baldwin, John Cassavetes and many, many others.

“There are plenty of folks putting out filmmaking ‘theory’ books, but Josh got his know-how from over twenty-five years of being in the filmmaking trenches. I’ve worked with him during every phase of production—from generating the kernel of an idea, to putting on final touches in post-production—and he’s as committed a filmmaker as you’ll find … As a filmmaker, he favors a well-planned, fiscally responsible approach to telling stories. As a person, he’s encyclopedic, bright and brutally honest. What’s not to love?”
Actor, Director, Best-Selling Author

Made In Miami Reviews

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

MADE IN MIAMI by Charles Willeford
MADE IN MIAMI is a great discovery, bristling with Willeford prose throughout, and shows the writer that he’d become … if you’ve never tried any of his stuff, this is a great starting point in a career that just got better with age. (full review)
Bruce Grossman, Bookgasm

“It’s just fine as a historical document, and the quirky characters, the downward spiral, and the wry Willeford observations make this one worth reprinting and reading. Check it out.” (full review)
Bill Crider

“…a valuable contribution to the body of Willeford’s in-print work and shows that even when Willeford was not mining his signature themes of obsession and maintaining artistic integrity in the face of an indifferent world as deeply as he could, he still managed to keep them in mind and in print.” (full review)
Nathan Cain, Independent Crime