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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

On My eReader - Paul Bishop

This week's On My eReader section, in which writers talk about the books currently on their eReader features  American author, Paul Bishop, or as he is known amongst his friends, The Bish.

Paul is a novelist, screenwriter and television personality....we only feature the best at the Archive.

Paul is a 35 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, Paul Bishop’s career has included a three-year tour with his department's Anti-Terrorist Division and over twenty-five years’ experience in the investigation of sex crimes. His Special Assaults Units regularly produced the highest number of detective initiated arrests and highest crime clearance rates in the city. Twice honored as Detective of the Year, Paul also received the Quality and Productivity Commission Award from the City of Los Angeles.

As a nationally recognized interrogator, Paul starred as the lead interrogator and driving force behind the ABC reality show Take The Money and Run from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Based on his expertise in deception detection, he currently conducts interrogation seminars for law enforcement, military, and human resource organizations.

Paul has published fourteen novels, including four in his L.A.P.D. Detective Fey Croaker series, and one collection of short stories which includes a novelette featuring Croaker. He has also written numerous scripts for episodic television and feature films. He is the co-creator and editor of the Fight Card series of hardboiled boxing novels, which includes over forty titles, published under the pseudonym Jack Tunney. Paul’s own entries in the series are Fight Card: Felony Fists and Fight Card: Swamp Walloper, both featuring the two-fisted cop turned fighter, Patrick ‘Felony’ Flynn.

You can find Paul HERE

And so it's over to Paul -

My Kindle is completely overstocked, but that doesn’t mean I stop grabbing new books whenever something strikes my fancy. I’m a bit of an attention deficit fiend, so I always have three or four books going at the same time—two or three on my Kindle and at least one physical paperback to sniff and fondle—I mean to have and hold.

Currently on my Kindle, I’m halfway through the second book in the Charlotte Holmes series, The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro. Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes—young adult descendants of their famous forbearers—are in a chase across Europe to untangle a web of shocking truths about the Holmes and Moriarty families. Like the first book in the series, it’s good fun and Cavallaro gets the voices and the Holmesian rhythms right. A cut above the normal pastiche efforts.

I’m a bit bogged down in The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman, a highly praised novel of female Victorian pugilists. The first few chapters kept my interest and raced along, but I’m now five chapters in and waiting for something more to happen. If it doesn’t pick up steam quickly, I’m out before the ten count. 

True Fiction by my friend Lee Goldberg has kept me chuckling as the electronic pages zip past—think Three Days of the Condor lite in a mashup with a Hitchcockian innocent-man-on-the-run film. His character, writer Ian Ludlow (the name an in-joke referring to a pseudonym Goldberg once used) is constantly out of his depth, surviving by whims of fate more than skill or luck. Humor is a hard thing to pull off, but Goldberg is a master at this type of light touch.

Finally, I finished reading True Grit for the third time (in preparation for a presentation) and needed to jump into another western. I chose Forty Guns West from the William W. Johnstone fiction factory. This is a hunted-turns-hunter tale in The First Mountain Man series. If I had to guess, based on the writing, I’d say the super-secret identity behind the Johnstone byline on this effort is James Reasoner   

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