Tuesday, November 22, 2022

SINS OF EDOM My latest crime novel


When the beloved Pastor of a local church is murdered,

members of the congregation ask Marjorie Kane, retired

exotic dancer Kandy Kane, for help. She turns immediately

to her partner in puzzle-solving, retired army intelligence

officer, Alan Lockem. Together the pair of retired citizens

have formed a special bond that allows them to interact

adeptly with multiple agencies of law enforcement across

the world, and dip into sometime grungy elements of the

real world.

Art thieves, traces of Edomite copper mining, and a local biker

gang all add to the puzzle, along with envy, jealousy and

marital discord.

Using experience, keen observation and persistence, Lockem

and Kane are able to avoid being killed and identify the


SINS OF EDOM is available from Once Upon A Crime,

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Wednesday, November 02, 2022


I’m against the Death Penalty. It’s too easy a solution. I understand, to a degree, the anger, the frustration Florida families have that the Parkland killer will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. The parents want retribution for the deaths of their children. I understand. So would I.

But I’ve worked in prisons. They are not pleasant places to spend time. Even modern prisons are collection places for people with evil in their souls. One associates prison modernization with reform. But however progressive prison administration may be, prisoners are denied far more than they receive through the persistence of life. The list of missing advantages is lengthy and adds to a sense of aggressive loss. Latent aggression pervades prison atmosphere. Prisons are dangerous places.

I approach a narrow passageway between cell blocks. Two inmates stand in our way. My escort cautions in a near whisper not to look either man in the eyes and not to hesitate. We walk up to the inmates; invade their space and they slowly yield so we can pass. I hear murmurs behind us. There is a growing sense of suppressed violence. A man I taught confided that even at night he was never able to relax fully into restful sleep.

Reading materials, for those who wanted it, was carefully vetted. Novels involving murders or prison breaks were censored or not allowed. Permanent incarceration in prison for life is not a vacation, not an easier sentence than the death penalty. I waited one day in a small room for my teaching companion. She’d forgotten the rule and had to remove her underwired bra before going inside. The guard looked at our assignment and handed me a soiled Sam Browne belt with a large red button on the belt that rested under my left elbow.

“Press the button and guards will show up in fifteen seconds,” he said.

“What If it take longer?” I asked.

“You won’t care, anymore,” he said.

Life in prison without parole is not a humane alternative to death. Death is a kind of permanent black peace.

Wednesday, August 03, 2022


Near Death

By Richard Wall


A 2020 release from

Burning Chair Ltd


A carefully crafted thriller of a crime novel. While the credibility of the novel requires substantial suspension of disbelief, the end result is eminently satisfying. A NYPD detective becomes embroiled in a devilish manipulation of the minds of authorities with the horrific repetition of the murder of a family in New York.

The killer confesses and is put to death in the Sing Sing electric char. The prison priest, a central character in the novel, is noticeably disturbed by his encounter with the convicted murderer. When the crimes are repeated, the pastor, has already left his position and his religious order and retreated to a small mountain village in South Carolina. Will the plea of a despicable murderer result in the return of the pastor to New York? What are the psychological implications of an apparently unbreakable link between pastor and the deceased killer?

These are some of the fascinating questions author Richard Wall addresses in this moving, emotional and very well plotted crime novel that moves between urban New York and rural South Carolina. The contrasting physical settings are effectively used by the author. The rising tension rises steadily as former pastor John Henry Beauregard, with help from a small cadre of friends and supporters, struggles to create and enact a winning position against a crafty, immoral Satanic killer. In the end, readers will decide for themselves the acceptability of the results. But in the meantime, readers will experience a well-designed and enthralling crime novel.

Friday, July 22, 2022

TRACES, an international mytery for my senior sleuths



Alan Lockem is a former Army Intelligence Officer. Now retired, he looks for ways to informally help people in difficulty. Marjorie Kane is a retired exotic dancer, once a headliner, who toured worldwide as Kandy Kane. She’s an experienced, self-trained psychologist, with high-level computer skills. She is attracted to the sharp, tall Lockem during an encounter at a golf club. Now Kane & Lockem, have joined forces as unlicensed investigators dedicated to helping ordinary folks in fraught circumstances.

A UK colleague requests Lockem acquire a computer disk or flash drive from an agent in Minneapolis. After two aborted tries, the agent is murdered in front of Lockem while Lockem’s house is burgled. Events entangle the couple with the discovery of a “dead” terrorist still very much alive.

Traces of past events collide with current espionage and danger to Marjorie and Alan. The couple is forced to engage local criminals and international forces before extracting themselves from danger and erasing the traces of another evil force from the world.


Published by Beavers Pond Books, Saint Paul 2020

Available from Itascabooks.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Once Upon A Crime bookstore.