That’s Criminal Podcast

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

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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

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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 johnstampwriter.com.

TCP Ep. 20 Bestselling Author James Chandler and his Sam Johnstone Series

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Tonight I get to talk to bestselling author of the Sam Johnstone Series James Chandler.

James Chandler spent his formative years in the western United States. When he wasn’t catching fish or footballs, he was roaming centerfield and trying to hit a breaking ball.

After a college baseball career, he exchanged jersey No. 7 for camouflage issued by the United States Army, which he wore around the globe and with great pride for twenty years before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel of Air Defense Artillery.

He earned his Juris Doctor by attending night school at the George Mason University School of Law while assigned to the Pentagon and practiced law in Wyoming for twelve years before his appointment to the bench.

 When he isn’t working or writing, he’ll likely have a fly rod, shotgun or rifle in hand.

His Sam Johnstone series includes: Misjudged, One and Done, False Evidence, and Capital Justice.

James is a master of the legal thriller. We talk process, his background with the US Army, and his life as a judge. A great interview.

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 johnstampwriter.com.

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TCP Ep. 19 Retired Police Chief Paula May Author of First Degree Rage

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Tonight I get to talk to retired Chief of Police and author of First Degree Rage : The True Story of ‘The Assassin,’An Obsession, and Murder, and Raging On of The “Rage” True Crime Series.

Paula May has been a sworn law enforcement officer in the state of North Carolina since 1989, the last ten as a Chief of Police. Years prior to that she was a detective investigating major violent crimes. Her books First Degree Rage: The True Crime Story of ‘The Assassin,’ An Obsession, and Murder, and Raging On cover the case of LC Underwood. A police officer convicted of murdering his estranged girlfriend’s new lover in 1993.

This was a great interview. We discussed everything from a frozen crime scene in the middle of winter, to going head to head with a murderer in the interrogation room. You’re going to enjoy this one.

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 johnstampwriter.com.

Follow @thatscriminalpodcast on Instagram.

TCP Ep. 18 Author and Retired Undercover Game Warden Bill Livesy

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Bill Livesy spent 30 years as a Game Warden in Maine. 20 of those years he worked for a covert operations group conducting undercover operations. He was great to talk to and offered a rare look into the life of an undercover agent. We covered everything from when a group of pot growers put a contract on his head to fighting corrupt politicians, and chasing night hunters in the Maine wilderness. I highly recommend his book, “Let’s Go for a Ride: The Wild Life of Maine’s Longest Tenured Undercover Game Warden.”

Thank you for your continued support for Blood Red Ivory, available in e-book, paperback, and audible everywhere.

As always big thanks 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.

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