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Peace, love … and murder

How long did you think it would take me to find a good true-crime story in my new digs, the tiny village of Placitas in northern New Mexico? Yeah, well, I never bogart a good yarn. This’ll blow your mind. In the 1960s and ’70s, Placitas was a far-out satellite in the hippie universe, man.…Read More…

How to recognize a toxic narcissist—and survive

According to the Mayo Clinic, narcissistic personality disorder — related to sociopathy under the umbrella term Antisocial Personality Disorders — is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of…Read More…

Better Angels: No veteran should die alone

It was after 2am and the graveyard-shift nurses drifted like ghosts in the hallway, tending to the dead and dying. It wasn’t that Michael* couldn’t sleep, even with meds he refused to take. He fought sleep with every fiber of his fragile body. He had fought in a war he barely remembered. A crucifix hung…Read More…

A few of my recent Facebook posts

With the latest true-crime manuscript submitted and getting reasonably settled in a new house, I've turned my attention to a new crime story, my first fiction in more than 20 years. It's a different kind of mystery, about murder, friendship, and men growing invisible—because, well, I don't want to do it the old way. ... See MoreSee Less

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MYSTERY SOLVED! With the help of two new FB friends, I've found the nearest kin of a WWII soldier who lost this identification bracelet near the village of Sisson, France, in 1944 or '45. Native Texan Edmund Herbst Jr. came home and lived a good but short life, dying from kidney disease in 1979 at age 54. Neither he nor his only sibling had kids, but his mother's sister did. The lost bracelet—found by a weekend metal-detector in France— will soon be on its way to Edmund's first cousin in the Texas Hill Country (very close to the Three-Acre Wood!) ... See MoreSee Less

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