September 11 HoTXSinC Meeting
Supervisory Deputy U. S. Marshal
The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force
Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter’s speaker for September 11 is Hector Gomez, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal with the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. Gomez has functioned in all facets of the U.S. Marshal’s Service mission including court security, prisoner transportation, threat investigations, Witness Security Division, fugitive investigations, human resources, and public affairs. During his 25-year career, he has served in leadership and support capacities coordinating security in various high-threat criminal trials involving Timothy McVeigh, Theodore Kaczynski, John Gotti, other organized crime figures, prison gangs, and outlaw motorcycle clubs.
As the coordinator for the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, Gomez is active in seeking and addressing funding issues and identifying fiscal sources to support law enforcement projects and activities such as Operation Falcon and fugitive roundups. The task force is active in the enforcement of the Adam Walsh Act by pursuing federal investigations and prosecutions against sex offenders with a registration requirement who have fled the state.
Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter, meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. at the Westlake Barnes & Noble bookstore, located at the southeast corner of Loop 360 and Bee Cave Road, in The Village at Westlake shopping center.
For information contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity (512) 266-6543.
Before & After the Meeting
HoTXSinC invites members and friends to gather for lunch around 12:30 p.m. at Hangtown Grill at The Village at Westlake Shopping Center–down the drive from Barnes & Noble Westlake. The restaurant has a selection of burgers and sandwiches. A meal usually costs about $10.00.
After the meeting HoTXSinC will take to dinner Supervisory Deputy Hector Gomez,
Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, at La Madeleine Westlake, around the corner from Hangtown Grill, at the opposite end from Barnes & Noble along the same drive. The restaurant has a selection of entrees, and a buffet with salads and quiche and soup and of course desserts. A meal usually costs $10.00 to $15.00.
New Feature: Premeditated Prose
In this issue, HOTSHOTS! introduces Premeditated Prose– a series of stories written by our members. We hope to publish a story each month. To access archived fiction, click the tab on the black crossbar above.
We open Premeditated Prose with Bill Williams’ “Young and Foolish.” Williams was one of HoTXSinC’s Rising Stars in 2010. He recently contributed to the relaunch of Richie Rich by Ape Entertainment. A list of his exciting high crimes and much less interesting misdemeanors can be found at www.billwilliamsfreelance.com.
“Young and Foolish” is the story of Arthur Quinn, a private investigator who can’t be bought–and who is hard to shake.
Young and Foolish
by Bill Williams
“So, why am I here?” Most of the requests I got were from people with a problem they couldn’t solve alone. When a movie star called and asked for a meeting, I had to work not to seem too eager.
“That’s a little abrupt.” Maria showed me a smile that could melt granite if she aimed it right.
“Sorry,” I said, carefully making eye contact. “I drove out under the impression you have some sort of problem that needs solving.”
“Oh, okay,” she said before taking a sip from the water bottle. “Where should I start?”
“How about with the Worst Case Scenario?”
“That’s easy. I never work in Hollywood again.”
I cracked the seal on a water bottle and tried not to stare directly into her eyes for fear that I’d start falling and never stop. “I thought a little scandal was a resume enhancer in your business.”
“Not when you’re America’s Next Sweetheart.”
Looking at her, the threat to her career seemed like a long shot but she knew her dance partners better than I did. Before I could work up another pithy comment, her phone buzzed and she raised a finger to me as she took the call. I watched the lake ripple as she talked with someone about changes to the latest draft of something. Maria lived in a different world from my usual clients.
A beholden senior partner in a local high-powered accounting firm had given my name and contact information to Maria Sessions. She’d used it to invite me to her temporary home in the Mount Bonnell neighborhood in a small compound that overlooked Lake Austin. According to an Internet movie database, Maria was a local girl who’d found overnight success in Hollywood after just five years. Now she was an “it girl” and her name had found its way into the local news. Like many of the young and the rich, she was looking for a house in Austin and that made the local reporters giddy. Austin is usually bright and sunny but this spring morning had a little something extra as I drove the convertible out to her place. I had swung through a brick gate and along the wide curved driveway imagining singing cartoon birds in my wake. The photo on her homepage had made an impression on me.
The house was a sprawling structure without too much pretense, but the size was my second concern. She had good security for a smaller house, with a camera here and a guy there. It felt like it had more than a few seams, but it was probably just enough for a woman moving her way up the first couple rungs on the Hollywood ladder. I had parked and made my way to the front door before checking my best watch. After taking a final look around but before ringing the bell, I had noticed the man on the radio by the gate and the one by the garage. On closer inspection the house was large enough for a small soccer team to live in comfortably and the yard was big enough to run a practice game.
The door had opened, and Maria Sessions had been standing there proving that the photo online did not do her justice. Maria was a walking ad for Texas beauty, her face framed by strands of long dark hair, the rest pulled back into a tight ponytail. I suspected that she’d just finished a workout and was misted with a fine layer of perspiration. Of course, the air conditioning might be broken. She was wearing dark three-quarter-length track pants and a loose oversized white T-shirt with a Chuy’s logo. On top of the looks and the movie career, Maria had good taste in Mexican food. It was almost too much to take. My head was fuzzy as her full lips parted and she spoke my name. “You must be Arthur Quinn.”
“Guilty,” I had said as I extended a hand. Given the amount of wealth I had inherited, I had met movie stars before. Some beautiful people are creations of a team of professionals, and some are naturals. The woman at the door was one of the latter.
“Maria Sessions,” she had said as she shook my hand. “Nice to meet you.”
“Ditto.” I stepped inside, and she closed the door. The house was almost silent as blood thundered in my ears. Laughter from two or three people on the second floor drifted down to the foyer. Normally I had a better grip on my emotions, but her phone call had been vague and I was not sure what she wanted from me. Apparently, she wanted to be alone with me.
“Would you like a drink?”
“I’ll join you if you’re having one,” I said, not quite sure if I should mix alcohol with whatever effect she was having on me.
“I think we can find something.” Maria had led me on a longish walk through the house to the patio, where she had a small table set up to overlook a stretch of Lake Austin. There were a couple of bottles of water on the table, along with a black string-tie folder. She had taken a chair overlooking the water and had motioned at one for me.
There was a boat pulling a pale, roly-poly man on a pitch-black inner tube over the smooth surface of the water. “Nice house,” I’d said, taking a chair that would enjoy the view of the water and not the woman. She was too pretty to look at until I collected my wits. I hoped she was patient.
“Yeah, but it’s temporary” she’d said. “I’m having a place built a little upriver from here.”
Given the direction she was pointing, we might end up as neighbors. “I’ve got a place around the bend and on the other side of the water.”
“Would I lie to you?”
Maria tilted her head and her eyes sparked as the sunlight caught them. “Maybe.” She pulled at the stray locks of hair and fixed them in the ponytail. “Maybe you should tell me something about yourself.”
“Seeing that we’re almost neighbors.”
“Arthur,” she smiled at me and a floodgate opened.
“Call me Quinn. Now. What should I tell you about me? Well, a few years back I inherited a load of cash and now I do favors for friends as a way to keep busy. I can’t be bought and I’m hard to shake.”
“That makes you sound like a supporting character in Gatsby.”
“I’m just a problem solver with a bank roll. Why don’t you tell me why you called me?” The pasty tuber came back by, bouncing along the right side of the wake as the client stalled. “Maybe you should fill in the blanks and let me know how you got here.”
Maria took a long drink from the bottle of water. “When I was young and foolish, I did something young and foolish.” She put the bottle back on the table, and this time she was the one avoiding eye contact. “I dated a photographer for a while. He took some pictures that he said would be good for my career. I wasn’t wearing much.”
“How old were you?”
“I was eighteen and just out of high school.”
I nodded just to have something to do. “Did they show up anywhere?”
“No,” she said in a soft voice. “They stayed buried until I made my third movie.”
I wanted to pat her on the hand or the shoulder or somewhere, but I didn’t know her well enough to do that. “Then what?”
“He called me and said that he read I made eight million on that last movie and that he would like to sell a bit of memorabilia back to me.”
“So, he cut himself in for a share.” I put my hand on the table and drummed my fingers as I ran through possible scenarios. Maria would want the photos back, but what about the graymailer? My stomach clenched like a fist and I felt a chill across my shoulders. I’d done questionable things before, but usually in self-defense. I wondered what exactly she wanted from me?
Maria put her hand on mine. “I can’t let those pictures come out, Mister Quinn. I have a deal with a family-friendly studio in the works.” She looked me in the eye, and I could see why she got the big bucks. “I don’t want to be a has-been at thirty. Can you help me out here?”
“You need a lawyer,” I said, guessing where this part of the conversation would go. “Someone who can negotiate a deal and make sure it’s bulletproof.”
“Lawyers don’t have any loyalty. And an agent might let something slip.” Maria crossed her arms. “I need an outsider,” she said. “Someone who has a track record of careful judgment and thoughtfulness.”
“That’s me,” I grinned. What she meant was that she needed someone not connected to her. An expendable man that she would not see again if things went sideways.
Maria reached out and put her hand on my arm. “I think I need an Austin guy for an Austin problem.”
Until that moment, I had not thought we were sitting that close. “Are you sure that this isn’t the kind of thing that an agent or some sort of Hollywood fixer should handle?”
“I need someone outside the system, and I was told by Tina James that I could count on you.”
“Tina.” She was a rich girl who’d needed a stalker dealt with last year. There was a quick confrontation and now the stalker walks with a limp. Getting physical held no mystery or challenge for me, but an intimate moment like this one was squeezing me. “I understand.” Pulling my hand away, I got back to business. “What exactly do you want from me? I mean, I’ll find the guy and act as a go-between, but I draw the line at thumping people.”
Maria grinned. “Quinn, I just need you to work out the deal for the negatives and the prints.”
“Is that it?”
“No thumping required.” She put her hands on the table and pressed down. “He wants a hundred thousand dollars.”
“The smart thing is to pay him,” I said. “Just make sure you do it right.”
“That’s why I need you,” she said just beaming. “I need to be sure it is a one-time thing. I want all of the copies. Quinn, I want everything.”…
No Rest for the Dead, edited by Andrew Gulli
Reviewed by Gale Albright
How many writers does it take to write a mystery novel? How about twenty-six? I know, it’s usually just one–possibly two, a la James Patterson–but twenty-six? And what a twenty-six. The writers who took turns writing chapters in No Rest for the Dead are all successful authors in their own right, no pun intended.
Andrew F. Gulli, managing editor of Strand Magazine, spearheaded this project. He thought about publishing an anthology, but decided that a mystery novel written by a plethora of successful authors would be a more rewarding venture–not because he wanted to get rich, but because he wanted to donate the novel’s proceeds to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
No Rest for the Dead is told from many points of view. In flashbacks, the story of Rosemary Thomas’s execution by lethal injection emerges. Married to Christopher Thomas, the charming, womanizing curator of the McFall Art Museum in San Francisco, Rosemary is respected in the art world. She allows her husband, an egomaniacal publicity hound, to get all the acclaim, while she fades into the background. Christopher, who uses his charm and power to seduce female employees and steal art objects, treats his wife with disrespect and squanders her considerable fortune. When Rosemary upbraids him in a public quarrel during a museum function, Christopher disappears, only to be discovered two weeks later encased in an iron maiden, a medieval torture device, in a German museum. He’s dead, of course, reduced to a revolting splatter. The authorities find one of his fingers and a tooth with his DNA. They also find “incriminating” evidence from his wife in the iron maiden.
Ex-cop John Nunn, reeling from alcohol, guilt, and a broken marriage, feels that his investigative efforts and testimony at Rosemary’s trial helped put her in the death chamber. By the end of the trial, he believes she was innocent of her husband’s murder. Nunn twists off into a haze of remorse and alcohol. His wife Sarah leaves him for Stan Ballard, an ambitious estate lawyer, who, incidentally, is a key manager of Rosemary’s considerable estate.
Ten years after Rosemary’s execution, most people consider Nunn a crank. But he is determined to clear Rosemary’s name and bring the real murderer to justice. He suspects Peter Heusen, Rosemary’s drunken brother, who got custody of Rosemary’s children and her fortune; Justine, a rejected and abused ex-lover; Belle, a beautiful artist whose ex-con husband has a score to settle; and underworld characters to whom Christopher owed large sums of money.
The ghosts of Christopher and Rosemary are stalking Nunn—but it looks like they just might be flesh and blood ghosts, and dangerous ones at that.
There are both positive and negative points in such a huge ensemble writing project. All the authors are professional enough to maintain the flow and action of the tale without allowing their individual quirks and voices to distract from the story. Of course, that means that the twenty-six disparate authors are constrained from really “wailing” on their own, since they are restricted by set parameters of plotting and action and character. The authors have to submerge their identities into the common good of the novel.
And it is a good novel. Just reading for content, it is not obvious that the story is written by multiple authors, and in my opinion, that is a good thing. To form a perfect whole, each chapter must be a harmonious, integrated piece of the book. Andrew F. Gulli’s skillful editing made sure that No Rest for the Dead is a good mystery. He and his sister Lamia Gulli also made sure that the novel’s profits would go to a worthy cause. And those are definitely good things.
No Rest for the Dead
Simon & Schuster
Co-authors: Jeff Abbott, Lori Armstrong, Sandra Brown, Thomas Cook, Jeffery Deaver, Diana Gabaldon, Tess Gerritsen, Andrew F. Gulli, Peter James, J.A. Jance, Faye Kellerman, Raymond Khoury, John Lescroart, Jeff Lindsay, Gayle Lynds, Phillip Margolin, Alexander McCall Smith, Michael Palmer, T. Jefferson Parker, Matthew Pearl, Kathy Reichs, Marcus Sakey, Jonathan Santlofer, Lisa Scottolini, R.L. Stine, Marcia Talley. Edited by Andrew F. Gulli and Lamia J. Gulli. With an introduction by David Baldacci.
FTC Disclaimer: HoTXSinC received a free review copy of this book from the publisher. Receiving the book did not influence the review.
Gale Albright is a member of HoTXSinC, a former Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writer, and a 2008 Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest Winner, YA Division. She is working on a historical novel for middle grade readers and a mystery novel.
The Word on Our Members
Helen Ginger will help chair the Author Escorts at the Texas Book Festival, October 22-23.
Robin Allen, Kaye George, and Janice Hamrick will discuss their latest books in panel discussion hosted by KAZI Book Review Host Hopeton Hay, October 15.
Janice Hamrick, author of Death on Tour, will sign copies of her book at Barnes & Noble Round Rock on Saturday, October 8th at 2:00 p.m. The store is located in the La Frontera Village at the intersection of IH-35 and SH-45.
Texas high school teacher Jocelyn Shore and her cousin Kyla are on a once-in-a-lifetime guided tour of Egypt with a motley crew of fellow travelers when the most odious of the bunch, a nosy, disagreeable woman named Millie Owens, takes a fatal fall off of one of the great pyramids. And that’s only the beginning of their troubles.
From the guide who always seems to be off on his cell phone having the most urgent conversations to the young woman who begs off of almost every excursion claiming to be ill to the supposed married couple who can hardly speak to each other, Jocelyn and Kyla’s tour group is full of people who may or may not be who they say they are. And one of them may very well be a murderer.
Janice Hamrick’s Mystery Writers of America/Minotaur Books Competition winner Death on Tour is a delightful debut and the beginning of a wonderfully charming cozy series featuring Jocelyn Shore, the determined teacher who always seems to get wrapped up in a mystery, against her usually very sound judgment.
The Uncomfort Zone, with Robert Wilson
What’s the Worst that can Happen?
“Who wants to give their oral report first?” Asked Mrs. Davis, my sixth grade teacher.
The dreaded day had finally arrived when each of us would have to stand in front of the room and speak to the class. The butterflies in my stomach were flapping a tornado.
Not a single hand went up. In fact, there was no movement in the room at all. There wasn’t a desk creaking under the shifting weight of a single body, no paper rustling, no pencils scratching, not even a cough. Nothing. The room had never been quieter. Every kid was sitting as still as a statue. The anxiety in the classroom was palpable.
“If someone doesn’t volunteer, then I will start picking you at random.”
Every student suddenly wished for invisibility. I saw a few heads bow in the hopes of achieving it. But, mostly I saw wide-eyed fright–the deer in the headlights look–predominate the room.
She started scanning the room and said, “Okay, then I’ll choose…”
I couldn’t take it anymore; I just wanted to get it over with. Almost involuntarily, my hand shot up. Then to my surprise, unexpected benefits started coming my way immediately.
Mrs. Davis began praising me for my courage. She said that I would set the standard by which everyone following me would be judged. Her praise gave me instant confidence, and I could feel the nervousness melt away. I stood before the class and delivered my report with authority and self-assurance. I then got to sit down and relax, and enjoy everyone else’s presentation without the fear that I would be called on next.
It was a seminal moment – a life changing experience – I discovered that being bold could have enormous rewards. It was a lesson I have carried ever since.
A few years would pass before I tested my boldness again. I was interested in student government in high school, and on several occasions ran for office. Each time, however, I chose to run for the lesser offices and each time I lost. My last opportunity to run came at the end of eleventh grade. This time I threw all caution to the wind and went after the big prize: President of the Student Council.
I won. As a result I enjoyed a full year of confidence building responsibility. The rewards I enjoyed for that moment of daring were enormous. I went from being just another kid in the school to being treated like an adult by the teachers and administration. It opened more opportunities than I could have imagined.
Tennis star, Billie Jean King, once said, “Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozy, and don’t be afraid to hit the ball.”
I have also learned that when you go for the big prize, you will not face a lot of competition. I’m not saying the competition isn’t tough – there just aren’t as many competitors. That’s true in business too. Go for the higher paying job. Pitch your product to the biggest client. Ask the most beautiful girl or handsome guy for a date.
Emily Dickinson said, “Fortune befriends the bold.” So, the next time you have an opportunity to take a bold step, ask yourself this, “What’s the worst that can happen?” Then go for it!
Robert Evans Wilson, Jr. is an author, speaker and humorist. He works with companies that want to be more competitive and with people who want to think like innovators. For more information on Robert, please visit www.jumpstartyourmeeting.com.
2011 Family Circle Fiction Contest: Submit original, unpublished 2500-word fiction story. Entry must be postmarked on or before September 9, 2011, and received by September 16, 2011.
“The William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grants Program for Unpublished Writers will award grants to two unpublished writers in the malice domestic genre at Malice Domestic 24 in April 2012… Materials will be accepted between September 15 and November 15, 2011 only…” The two $1500 grants are to be used to defray expenses related to attendance at a writer’s workshop or conference. Grants also include registration and lodging at the following year’s Malice Domestic. See item under Events, below, for more about Malice.
Kim Komando presents “Best 6 Freebies to Deal with PDF Files” from Nitro PDF Software.
At http://www.pdftoword.com/, convert a .pdf file to MS Word online. Note: The online service is FREE. The downloadable desktop version is a 14-day trial; after two weeks, it is a paid program.
“Passive Voice Contest Won” is announced by The Daily Post. Amusement will be had by everyone by whom this post is read.
Rachelle Gardner writes about “Questionable Practices by Literary Agents.”
Blogger Rasana Atreya discusses the new social network, Google+. Several brief video overviews of Google+’s features appear there as well. See On Getting Published, Good Books, and Living Goddesses.
In the group blog Writers Who Kill, mystery writer Warren Bull writes about Paul Cleave, winner of the 2011 Ngaio Marsh Award for his novel Shotgun Men. Bull also clears up the mystery of the 2010 winner.
Malice Domestic 24 will be held April 27-29, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland. See the website for comprehensive information about the convention. According to the Malice newsletter, there are only a “set number of registrations” that can be offered, so those wanting to attend should register as soon as they can. Access the newsletter through the Malice Domestic website, or go there directly by clicking here.
Sandra Parshall discusses her Summer Reading on the SinC Blog. Readers are invited to leave their own favorite summer titles in the comments section.
Janice Harayda has compiled a list of 40 Publishing Buzzwords, Cliches and Euphemisms Decoded in One-Minute Book Reviews.
Concerned about scraper sites? Perhaps you should be. They steal content from blogs and paste it into spam sites at new locations. Jason Boog tells How to Report Scraper Sites to Google, on GalleyCat.
9/2 @ 7:00 p.m.–George Pelecanos will speak and sign his latest thriller, The Cut. MysteryPeople @ BookPeople.
9/4 @ 6:00 p.m.–History of Mystery Class will discuss Erle Stanley Gardner’s Top of the Heap. MysteryPeople @ BookPeople.
9/5 @ 7:00 p.m.– 7% Solution Book Club will discuss Tom Franklin’s Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. MysteryPeople @ BookPeople.
9/10 @ 8:30 a.m.–Brazos Writers Presents the Art and Science of Investigation. See “Workshop: The Art and Science of Investigation” in the August 2011 issue of HOTSHOTS!
9/17 @ 7:30 p.m.–The Mystery Book Discussion Group will host “Readers Choice,” where attendees will discuss their favorite book in any genre. Barnes & Noble @ the Arboretum.
9/17 @ 2:00 p.m.–Robert Norris will sign copies of his new novel, The Barrett Solution. Barnes & Noble @ The Arboretum.
9/17 @ 7:00 p.m.–James Houston Turner will sign copies of his new novel, Department Thirteen. Barnes & Noble @ The Arboretum.
9/28 @ 7:00 p.m.–Hard Word Book Club will discuss Gar Anthony Haywood’s Cemetery Road. MysteryPeople @ BookPeople.
10/11 @ 7:00 p.m.–John Sandford will speak and sign copies of his new novel, Shock Wave. MysteryPeople @ BookPeople.
10/19 @ 7:00 p.m.–Jeff Lindsay will speak and sign copies of his new novel, Double Dexter. MysteryPeople @ BookPeople.
10/22 @ 7:00 p.m.–Daniel Woodrell will speak and sign copies of his collection of stories, The Outlaw Album. MysteryPeople @ BookPeople.
10/30 @ 7:00 p.m.–Jeri Westerson will speak and sign copies of her new novel, Troubled Bones. MysteryPeople @ BookPeople. (“Put on your medieval garb…and join us for refreshments…”)
11/6 @ 4:00 p.m.--John Connolly will speak and sign copies of his new novel, The Infernals. He will also speak about his mysteries and the latest Charlie Parker thriller, The Burning Soul. MysteryPeople @ BookPeople.
HotSinC 2011 Program Schedule
- January 9 – Jerry Carruth, Retired Federal Prosecutor, and George Sanchez, Retired Federal Investigator: Human Trafficking and Human Smuggling
- February 13 – Claudia Grisales: Crime Reporting in Austin, Texas
- March 13 – Texas Ranger Sergeant Cody Mitchell: The Texas Rangers
- April 10 – Satish Chundru, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner
- May – Texas Mystery Month
- May 15 – Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Event
- June 12 – George Arnold & Ken Squier present: An Author’s Guide to Successfully Selling Your Book
- July 10 – Jennifer Aguirre: Crime Scene Analysis
- August 14 – Shelia Hargis: Making Sense of Crime in Austin–Crime Analysts in Action
- September 11 – Hector Gomez: Lone Star Fugitive Task Force
- October 9 – Marian K. Williams: The United States Postal Inspection Service
- November 13 – Ron Franscell, Author of Delivered From Evil: My Life of Crime: A Crime Writer’s Journey
- December 11 – Karen and Mike Cross: Christmas Mysteries
Highlights of Shelia Hargis’ presentation at HoTXSinC’s August meeting, which would normally appear in this issue of HOTSHOTS!, will instead appear in the October issue.
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The heading Editor’s Growlery has been changed to Nolo Contendere. Less Dickensian, but more appropriate.
In May of 2002, Time magazine published an article in which Roger Rosenblatt offered his idea of the appropriate memorial for the World Trade Center site: “Ground Zero: Build a Monument of Words.” On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, HoTXSinC remembers by reflecting on Rosenblatt’s beautiful memorial.