STOP PRESS: Detective Charged With Corruption Offenses

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in News | Comments Off on STOP PRESS: Detective Charged With Corruption Offenses

Investigator Joe Gardner. He was the lead detective in the Midnight Rider tragedy, the case where a camera assistant was struck by a freight train on a movie set. The movie’s director, Randall Miller, was charged with criminal trespass and involuntary manslaughter and subsequently pled guilty. Wayne County law enforcement extorted that plea from Miller and for more on that, watch the documentary, “Trial of Midnight Rider: Railroaded in the Deep South”. Meanwhile, though, there has been a development involving Investigator Garner that may well have a significant bearing on this case. Gardner has recently been indicted by a grand jury on two counts of “oath of office” violations. While seemingly insignificant these are, in fact, serious charges. The indictment says Gardner stole two firearms on separate occasions from the Sheriff’s evidence lock up and pawned them for a sum total of US$500.00. In short, Investigator Gardner has been busted with his hand in the cookie jar. And there is a strong suspicion that there have been other cookie jars. In a deposition given by Gardner’s supervisor, Captain Joe Naia, and featured in the documentary, Naia suspected that a sudden Gardner spending spree amounting to tens of thousands of dollars, after Miller took the plea, was highly suspicious. It’s well known that Gardner was perpetually broke. Where did he get the money…? Clearly not from the evidence lockup. But in Jesup, Wayne County, there are other ready sources of significant income available… While it’s true Gardner has not been found guilty, it’s equally true that in Georgia, 98% of people convicted of a crime are indeed inevitably found guilty. It’s also worth noting that the prosecutor bringing the indictment the grand jury was Will Ivey, a prosecutor for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, a much bigger fish than Wayne Country law enforcement, the regime in which Gardner oversaw and investigated countless cases in his 30-something-year career. Here’s the thing. You are not occasionally corrupt. It’s like being a virgin. You either are or you aren’t. There was a lot riding on Miller’s case. There was the local landholder Rayonier on whose property this tragedy happened. There was CSX, the railroad company whose train struck and killed Sarah Jones. There was the union that supplies untrained “work to rule” labour to the billion-dollar Georgia film industry. And there was the Lead Investigator Gardner, right in the middle of it all, ignoring jurisdiction, not interviewing key witnesses, selectively ignoring key evidence, feigning ignorance of the law of discovery, and all while spending thousands and thousands of highly questionable dollars. Watch this short except from the documentary: And if you believe, as I do, that this case needs to be given a serious review by untainted law enforcement, send GBI prosecutor Will Ivey a short email and tell him so: And while you’re at it, let Wayne County know you’re making some noise by copying Wayne County Assistant District Attorney Rocky Bridges in on your email: Your email could be the straw that breaks this camel’s back and sees some real justice handed out. Trial of Midnight...

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KINGDOM COME signed copies

Posted by on Feb 26, 2018 in Articles, News | Comments Off on KINGDOM COME signed copies

I’ve decided to do this, but I don’t think there’ll be many takers because it gets pricey. It works like this: I buy the book, have it delivered to me (postage), sign it, then take it up to the post office and, well, post it to you. There ain’t a lot of magic in this, folks. So, if you live in Australia, the printed book arriving at your chosen address will cost around AUS$50, at least $10 of which will be postage (to you) and $30 will be the actual cost of the book (in Australia, the large format trade paperback will retail online for $30). If you live elsewhere on the planet, let’s say North America or the UK, you’ll be looking at around US$56 for a signed copy delivered to your door. The additional cost is simply that postage from Australia to the US costs more. Signed first edition copies in the States (Nelson Demille, for example) retail for around US$36, plus postage, so please don’t think I’m gouging. Payment will be via PayPal. So if you’re interested, email me at and I’ll take it from there. And I nearly forgot…allow 3-4 weeks for postage (two lots of postage don’t...

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8. How to write your best selling novel, by a best selling author.

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Articles, How to write | Comments Off on 8. How to write your best selling novel, by a best selling author.

Getting your book published. I wonder if you’ve skipped forward to this part because, like the people who jump ahead to the conclusion of a murder mystery novel, this bit is the point of it all for you. Well, like the revelation in a whodunit, the answer to getting published really has no worthwhile context unless you’ve read the previous chapters. But as you’ve cheated and you’re here, you might as well read on. “Publishing a book is like stuffing a note into a bottle and hurling it into the sea. Some bottles drown, some come safe to land, where the notes are read and then possibly cherished, or else misinterpreted, or else understood all too well by those who hate the message. You never know who your readers might be.” – Margaret Atwood The answer to your question is, yes, the butler did it and, yes, you can get published. In fact, as I said on page one (or two), getting published has never been easier. But at this point it might be worth asking yourself again why you started writing in the first place? Was there a story you were burning to tell? Were the voices in your head refusing to leave you alone? Were you hoping to write an international best seller so that, having been retrenched, you won’t have to sell your house? Were you after fame and glory? Was the attraction of lording it over you own world as God way too seductive to pass up? Perhaps it was one, all or some of these reasons. Whatever the motivations were for spending the last 12 months hunched over the word processor (rather than hitting the pub) will determine your level of satisfaction over the way in which your book is published. But first, let me give you a little insight into publishing as it stands right now. Printed books are making a bit of a comeback. The growth in eBooks has stalled. Unfortunately, they’ve stalled at around 10 per cent of the volume, which is probably the lion’s share of the profit for bookstore owners. Publishers, though, are much happier than they were, even if many of the book chains have gone. (In Australia, there used to be four big ones: Borders, Angus and Robinson, Collins and Dymocks. Now only Dymocks remains. There has been some carnage in the US too with the closing of Atlantic, Coles, Borders and others.) I’m not at all sure how much of book sales are impulse purchases, but when the retail environment is a quarter what it was, there are far less opportunities to buy. It could be that the demise of these bookstore chains and the stagnation of eBooks means that the market has stabilized and that this favors the remaining book stores, who now have a more viable business with 75 per cent of the competition skittled. I’m sure there’s a point of view about that in publishing boardrooms. None of this augurs particularly well for new authors determined to have their point published the old fashioned bookshop way. While bookshops are still ravenous for new titles, as are publishers, that hunger is probably for more Michael Connolly, Kathy Reich’s and Dean Koontz product (and the like) than it is for new blood. Many publishers these days simply don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts. And the ones that do add the manuscripts to the slush pile in a closet and there they pretty much stay, because there’s not enough margin in the publishing business to hire readers to work their way through the pile, looking for the cream. If...

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Cooper, now posting on Instagram

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Articles, News | Comments Off on Cooper, now posting on Instagram

My buddy, Major Vin Cooper, late of the USAF OSI, is currently in Syria (I think…he won’t confirm in as many words) and posting daily on Instagram, when circumstances permit. I gather the posts are vaguely relevant to a novel I have written, titled, KINGDOM COME, which is set in Syria, among other places. So, if you’re interested, catch up with Vin on Instagram @vincooper04....

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Kingdom Come has come

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Articles, News | Comments Off on Kingdom Come has come

  KINGDOM COME, the 7th book in the Vin Cooper series, is now available. This is Cooper’s most controversial, brutal, and darkly humored outing yet. The Russian president is missing in Syria, the US president is tweeting and playing golf, and meanwhile the dead appear to be rising from their graves, the End of Days pr ophesized in the Koran apparently coming to pass. If you’ve never read a Vin Cooper book, this is a great place to s tart. And if you’re a Cooper fan, I promise you this one has been worth the wait. Available in trade paperback and ebook from a host of the usual suspects corralled...

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6. 40 Words on Grammar.

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Articles, How to write | Comments Off on 6. 40 Words on Grammar.

#6. How to write your best selling novel, by a best selling author. If it feels right, start your sentence with and. And starting it with but is okay too. But, as I said, only if it feels right. (Your high school English teacher who taught otherwise didn’t know shit from fava beans). Please, though, don’t forget your commas. Like doesn’t make sense without them. Next: #7: The nuts and bolts of the writing...

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