TCP Ep. 30 That’s a Wrap!

Hey Everybody!

As always, don’t forget to like, subscribe, and rate the TCP. Do that and I send you a free ebook. Hit me up by DM on IG @thatscriminalpodcast or email,, and I’ll send you either Brother’s Keeper, Shattered Circle, or Wraith of Sheltermount.

Tonight it’s just me. Capping off the first season of That’s Criminal. This was so much fun, especially since I kind of just jumped into the podcast game, everything came together kind of quick. The name, the logo, I just kind of threw it all together and hit record. I had no idea what to expect, pleasantly surprised at how it turned out.

To start I want to say a big thank you to all the authors and creatives that joined me this season. Some great discussions, diving deep into some important stories both true crime and fiction. Especially those first few episodes, Frank Stanfield, and Robyn Maharaj. You guys were really patient with the rookie host. In 2023 I’ll probably add a little more fiction in the mix. Speaking of, If you guys have any authors you want to hear from pass them on, either DM me or email me at I’ll reach out and see if I can get them. I’ve got a tentative roster already planned, but there’s always room for more right. So, let me know who you want me to talk to and I’ll make it happen.

I also want to thank the other hosts who have been so supportive, helping me get the TCP off the ground. Emily Webb, Jason Piccolo, Lee Clemens, John Kozma, Patrick Faulkner, Pat O’Donnell, CJ Lopez, Scott Kafka, Ryan Permison. Hope I’m not missing anyone. Each of these folks helped get me off the ground with either technical advice, business advice, or tips for hosting this thing. Thank you, guys, I really appreciate it.

Finally, I mentioned this before but Brother’s Keeper is on its way to audible. Chas Mandala and I were so happy with the way Spoilers turned out, we decided to collaborate on bringing Alex and Charlie to the spoken word.

Coming early 2023.

Happy holidays everybody, and stay safe, and if you are still looking for the perfect gift for your book junkie, I have seven ideas for you. Check me out on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, wherever books are sold.

Big thanks to Crush Limbo for the music.

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TCP Ep. 26 Matthew Gentile, Writer/Director of American Murderer starring Tom Pelphrey and Ryan Phillippe

NOTE: Attached at the end of this episode is a sample of my new audiobook Spoilers. Also, don’t forget about our deal. Follow, rate, and review the TCP and I’ll send you a free ebook. DM me at @thatscriminalpodcast or email

Tonight, I’m excited to talk to award-winning filmmaker Matthew Gentile. Matthew is the writer and director of American Murderer, coming to theaters on October 28th.

American Murderer is based on the true story of Jason Derek Brown – a charismatic con man turned party king who bankrolls his luxurious lifestyle through a series of scams. When his funds run low and his past catches up with him, he plots his most elaborate scheme yet and, in the process, becomes the FBI’s most unlikely – and elusive – top ten fugitive.

AMERICAN MURDERER stars Tom Pelphrey, Ryan Phillippe, Idina Menzel, Jacki Weaver, Shantel Vansanten, Paul Schneider, Moises Arias, and Kevin Corrigan. Traveling Picture Show Company produced the film with Gigi Films, Productivity Media Inc, and Radiant Films International.

I got to screen American Murderer and I can tell you this movie is solid. Tom Pelphrey plays a fantastic bad guy. Stream it or go see it, October 28th!

For reference here’s a link to the FBI’s page on Brown: 

Matthew Gentile can be found at:

ABOUT | mgdirector (

Thanks Matthew for a great interview.

As always, thank you to Crush Limbo for the music.

TCP Ep. 24 Spoilers is on Audible!

Spoilers came out on Audible this past week. Figured I would offer a sample and talk about how the book and all those great characters came to life. Enjoy. Talk to you next week.

Thanks to Crush Limbo for the music.

TCP Ep. 22 David Larson Returns to Talk About the Last Jewish Gangster: The Middle Years


Anyone who likes subscribes, and rates the TCP gets a free e-book. Hit me up by DM on IG @thatscriminalpodcast or email,, and I’ll send you either Brother’s Keeper, Shattered Circle, or Wraith of Sheltermount.

Spoilers is coming to Audible. I just finished some last minute edits. The producer/narrator Chas Mandala has been amazing to work with. He’s so good bringing Banks and Wilke, Thompson, DeGuello, and of course Biannca and Poppy to life. Look for that on pre-order in the next couple of weeks. 

Also, gotta give a big thanks to Jen, Cheri, and Cassidy at Books at the Beach. Had a great time this weekend. Thank you to all of you who took a minute to tell me how much you’ve enjoyed That’s Criminal and the books.

Tonight I’m excited to talk, again, to bestselling author of The Last Jewish Gangster trilogy David Larson.

Last time we talked to David we covered the early years of Michael Hardy. The godson of Bugsy Seigel, the son of one of the most prolific female associates of Murder Inc. Hardy’s life is like a modern day western. An almost mythical adventure through the invisible world of the mob and criminal underground. To summarize, Hardy is ignored by his mom, and has Gangsters for role models. Hardy just decides one day he was taking on that life. He was going to be a gangster. Robberies, heists, the drug trade, and other rackets right up to when he and mom get nabbed in Mexico facilitating a stolen car ring.

Hardy takes the wrap and does Mom’s time in one of the most notorious prisons in the world. La Mesa, The Devils Table, in Tijuana Mexico.

Today we’re going to talk about The middle years, volume two of the Last Jewish Gangster series.

Book two picks up with Hardy, now going under the alias of Richard Mandel being booked into La Mesa prison and it bounces from there to New York, Israel, and California. Like book one, Michael Hardy’s story is like watching a Tarantino movie.

As always thank you for your continued support for Blood Red Ivory, available in e-book, paperback, and audiobook everywhere.

Thank you to Crush Limbo for the music.

TCP Ep. 21 Bestselling Crime Writer Frank Zafiro


As a way of saying thank you for helping me get the TCP off the ground, anyone who likes subscribes, and rates the TCP gets a free e-book. Hit me up by DM on IG @thatscriminalpodcast or email,, and I’ll send you one of my titles either Brother’s Keeper, Shattered Circle, or Wraith of Sheltermount.

I’m excited to talk to bestselling author of multiple crime series, novellas, and short stories and Host of the Wrong Place, Write Crime Podcast Frank Zafiro.

Frank served in the U.S. Army from 1986-91 in Military Intelligence as a Czechoslovak linguist. In 1993, he became a police officer in Spokane, Washington. During his career, he worked as a patrol officer, corporal, and detective before entering into leadership roles, becoming a sergeant in 2002. He was fortunate enough to command patrol officers, investigators, K-9 officers (and their dogs!), and the SWAT team. He also commanded both the patrol division and investigative division of the police department at different points in his career.

Frank retired from law enforcement in 2013 as a captain to write full time and teach in both the Criminal Justice and Writing fields.

Frank primarily writes gritty crime fiction from both sides of the badge. This includes his River City series (an ensemble cast of police officers) and his SpoCompton series (a rotating cast of criminals). His storytelling creed is that the good guys usually win… but not always, and never without a cost.

He has two recent releases:

The Ride-Along (a police procedural in the Charlie-316 series) puts a police reform activist and a police officer in the same patrol car for a ten-hour graveyard shift. Sparks fly, ideas get argued, but these two good people also listen to each other.

All That This Life Requires is the second Jack McCrae Mystery. Jack “Mac” McCrae is a retired police officer. In this book, Mac’s mentor and hero has died. The man’s son comes to Mac with a letter that seems to confess to a vague misdeed. Mac must discover what it was, and upon discovering it, decide if justice was truly served.

As always thank you for your continued support for Blood Red Ivory, available in e-book, paperback, and audiobook everywhere.

Thank you to Crush Limbo for the music.

Like I mentioned I’ll be at Books at the Beach September, 8th to the 10th. Tickets still available.

Show notes are at

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