Watching the writer at work on Deadly Lullaby

An organized crime thriller novel, by crime fiction author Robert McClure, published by Random House imprint Alibi

BooksChatter met up with Robert McClure, the author of the new crime fiction thriller, Deadly Lullaby, for an interview to find out what inspired him to write the book, what makes the book unique, whether his novel reflects any of his experiences, and more (click here).  When asked to describe his writing process, McClure responded: “In a word, boring.”  McClure said he rises very early to write, usually at 5:00 a.m., but often earlier with a lot of interesting and even weird thoughts swirling around in his head.  But, he said that “[t]he mechanics of the process is boring to watch: I just sit at the computer and stroke the keyboard.”  But one creature has been at his side during the entire process to watch it all . . .

Ricky sticks by author's writing of Deadly Lullaby. . .  okay, well, maybe even he had a hard time staying awake but . . .

Ricky sticks by author's writing of Deadly LullabyRicky says it’s a really good read, even though the author, his “servant”, ignored requests to include him in the story.

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Deadly Lullaby: virtual book tour includes author interview

Robert McClure, author of crime fiction thriller, Deadly Lullaby published by Random HouseThe on-line book tour for crime fiction thriller, Deadly Lullaby, kicked off with I Heart Reading this week and runs through October 22, 2015.  BooksChatter met up with the author, Robert McClure, to talk about his inspiration for this father-son suspense thriller and its characters, among other things.  McClure shares the story of how his writing caught the eye of “uber-agent” Nat Sobel, who said he was a fan and offered representation.  McClure says “the mere thought of [Nat’s] compliment still blows my mind“.

To read the entire interview, including the inspiration for his characters and who he would envision playing them if made into a movie, click here.  For the virtual book tour schedule, click here

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Crime fiction thriller, Deadly Lullaby . . . brawn, blood and . . . babes

Babe Crucci, Deadly Lullaby, crime fiction thriller novelWhen people talk about Babe and Leo Crucci they talk brawn, they talk blood, and they talk . . . babes . . . Deadly Lullaby, a story about tough men and bad women who are sooooo good.

Release date is Tuesday, 9/29/15.  Pre-order it today for only $2.99 from one of the following eBook retailers:

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John Leonardo Crucci and Leonardo Dominic Crucci, a Deadly Lullaby

#crimefiction thriller, Deadly Lullaby When characters with beautiful, melodic names like Leonardo and Dominic, go by “Babe” and “Leo”, it can only mean one thing: There’s a Deadly Lullaby in the offing.  McClure juxtaposes the lives of a career hit man father and a police detective son, a son who rebuffs his father’s attempts at reconciliation. Could he fear revealing a darker side within himself?  This crime fiction thriller, told in the voices of both Babe and Leo, skillfully weaves a story of a father’s undying love for his son while giving readers a riveting view into the often intense world of organized crime and the fights from both within and without.  Peter Swanson, author of The Kind Worth Killing, says, “I loved both of these flawed characters. Robert McClure has written a rousing debut, elevated by pitch-perfect dialogue and a whiplash pace.”

Release date is Tuesday, 9/29/15.  You can pre-order it today for only $2.99 from one of the following eBook retailers:

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Father-son crime thriller, Deadly Lullaby, leaves folks choked up, breathless!

Babe Crucci, Deadly Lullaby, #crimefiction thriller novel Career hitman Babe Crucci has just come away from a long stint in San Quentin.  He looks forward to making amends with his estranged son, Leo, a detective with the LAPD, and putting a life of crime behind him. But can he?  Leo needs a little help settling a beef over some gambling debts owed to a local mobster.  This kind of thing is child’s play for Babe–until a sudden twist in the negotiations leads to a string of corpses and a titanic power shift in gangland politics.

“Too compelling to put down.”  Roger Hobbs, best selling author of Ghostman.

“Robert McClure is the real deal, an author who produces pulp fiction the way Chandler and Hammett did—with depth and heart.”  Otto Penzler, editor, Best American Mystery Stories.

Release date is Tuesday, 9/29/15.  You can pre-order it today for only $2.99 from one of the following eBook retailers:

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Deadly Lullaby: A Thriller, is a rollicking crime novel of family and felony

LAPD policy badgeFresh off a nine-year stint in San Quentin, career hitman Babe Crucci seeks reconciliation with his estranged son, Leo, who just so happens to be a rising star in the LAPD.  As Babe sits before him at breakfast, Leo realizes that although his knowledge of psychology is pretty basic, he doesn’t have to be Sigmund Freud to conclude that his father is a criminal sociopath in light of the morning’s jaw dropping events.  What transpires later presents an even rockier path for Babe and Leo.  Can there be any hope for reconciliation between father and son? Order it today and find out!

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Click here to read a review of this father-son thriller by Andrew Eichner.  For additional reviews, click Reviews on the Menu above or click here.

Carrots, celery sticks and flank steak make for a healthy dose of crime fiction

steak and veggies can make for some twisted crime fiction

There is a scene in my crime fiction novel, Deadly Lullaby, where our man Babe Crucci whacks a bad guy using a “twisted” technique he perfected using a carrot and celery sticks, all wrapped up in a flank steak and anchored in a vise. This lean meat and veggie combo might be good for some people, not so much for those who get on the wrong side of Babe.  With all this in mind, Deadly Lullaby will be available on 9/29/15 and Babe strongly suggests that you buy it.  Order it now from any of the following eRetailers:

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Bouchercon 2015 / Murder under the Oaks

Bouchercon 2015 crime fiction conferenceI’m looking forward to meeting up this October with many of my fellow crime fiction authors at the 46th annual, mystery and crime fiction conference, Bouchercon 2015.  Here’s a special shout out to attendees who share my literary agent, Sobel Weber Associates, and with whom I hope to have a drink (or two) at Bouchercon:  Tom Franklin, New York Times best seller Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter; Brian Panowich, Bull MountainMichael Sears, Long Way Down and Black Fridays; and Otto Penzler, anthologist, Best American Mysteries Stories (to whom I’m especially indebted).

The Last Good Kiss, by James Crumley

Book Review of The Last Good Kiss by James CrumleyThis morning I absentmindedly picked up a book that has remained untouched on my bookshelf for many years, James Crumley’s The Last Good Kiss, and was treated to one of the best (arguably the best) opening line in hardboiled crime fiction history:

“When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside of Sonoma, California, drinking the heart right out of a fine spring afternoon.”

What a setup. There’s not a true fan of fiction in the world who wouldn’t read the next sentence, and it’s a killer one, too.

R.I.P., Mr. Crumley, your work lives on, and inspires.

French translation of crime novel, Deadly Lullaby by Robert McClure

Calmann-Levy publishing firm in France to publish Deadly Lullaby by Robert McClureToday I firmed up plans to meet with my French publisher of Deadly Lullaby, esteemed editor Robert Pepin of Calmann-Levy, the oldest publisher in France. Robert is also a renowned translator of American crime fiction authors, and though he is a very busy senior editor at Calmann-Levy, he has paid me the distinct honor of deciding to translate Deadly Lullaby himself.  Robert was one of the first to believe in one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly, who has authored many crime novel series, one involving lawyer Mickey Haller, the main character in The Lincoln Lawyer.  Thanks a million to Robert for searching out and discovering new authors with works that inspire him.  Vive Robert!