Tuesday, November 11, 2008


The weather's turning colder up here at the top of the map and nearly all the leaves from all the trees on my block are down now--and most of 'em are in my yard.

Spent a very pleasant couple of hours in the lounge at the Hat Trick, a St. Paul drinking establishment, Friday evening. An Ex-Rocker from the hot 60’s scene, Mandrake Memorial, one of Philadelphia’s top local bands, has surfaced in a new persona. Michael Kac is revisiting the folk music scene solo with his tasteful blend of ballads and up tempo modern songs. He’s an accomplished keyboardist, banjoist and guitar player with a sweet low tenor voice as an added plus. He has a CD with Linda Cohen and also plays with a new group in the Twin Cities called Mill Street band. Catch his act when you can.

Michael has joined forces with three other musicians to form a folk group called Milltown Band. They're new and still finding their way, but their influences are clear, their talent is pure and the road ahead reveals few rocks.

St. Paul’s Neighborhood Network, (SPNN) is now cablecasting our TV series, MINNESOTA CRIME WAVE PRESENTS, on Thursdays at 7:30 PM, and Fridays at 2:00 AM (!) and 12:30 PM. It’s a series about books, publishing and various aspects of the world of books, with some emphasis on crime fiction, of course. But, our view is larger and there’s always something on the fast-paced program for writers, as well as readers. You can see a list of guest authors at our website,

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

by John T. Lescroart
ISBN 0-440-22104-8
pb Island (Dell) 527 pg.

San Francisco, the most tolerant city in the universe, right? Well, don’t forget it killed Harvey Milk. And now it’s after Kevin Shea, an innocent ordinary white male who was at the wrong place at the wrong time. In fact, if Shea had walked away from the incident that starts riots, lootings and burnings in the city by the bay, he’d have been home free. Instead, he tries to be a good Samaritan. Everything after that is down a very steep hill for Kevin Shea.

In A CERTAIN JUSTICE, Lescroart brings together a divorced, honest cop with serious child care problems, an ambitious black city prosecutor and her mother, police administrators of several races, and other demagogues from the right and the left, so he has to keep track of multiple threads. And he does, in a masterful clean way which allows the reader to move with him cleanly through the story. Besides these sometimes murky relationships, the central very suspenseful story of the attempts to find Kevin Shea before something bad happens.

Anyone who reads A CERTAIN JUSTICE will find he or she must reexamine many previously held and automatic presumptions. But always, this novel deserves the cliché, a real page-turner.