Decease and Desist – Early Teaser

An excerpt from Decease and Desist, coming in October: I’d just re-shelved the Elizabeth Peters mystery I was leafing through and taken a step toward the front of the store when there appeared in the entrance-way a shambling six-footer with ragged jeans, tattered jacket, shaved head and scowling demeanor. He […]
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The Eight-Fold Way: Paying Attention

Buddhists like to count things: the four noble truths, the eight-fold way, the ten precepts, and many, many more. It all sounds very precise when you first encounter it and, boy, would you be wrong about that. One way or another, however, all of these countless ideas, concepts, admonitions, suggestions—whatever […]
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A Quick Brawl in Downtown Portland

An action scene from Turnabout is Fatal Play, the first of the McCall-Malone mysteries. A quick brawl ensues when three young men attempt to take on Clint McCall, Devon Malone, and Reuben Keys — without much success: By this time, Reuben was closing with us, grinning in recognition. “Hey, Reuben,” […]
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The Way of Hands and Feet

The martial arts, specifically the Korean martial art of taekwondo, play an important role in the McCall – Malone Mystery series. Clint McCall himself is a fourth-degree black belt and he has a whole set of fellow black belts who occasionally provide backup for him. Fortunately, this is a case […]
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