NEW FICTION: Bourbon & Blondes has arrived!

From the bus stations of Rt. 66 to the smoky, neon-tinged jazz dives of the big cities, these wanton tales of longing introduce us to vixens on the fringe and those shifty men that drove them there.

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Watch: The 'Bourbon & Blondes' Book Trailer

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Watch: The 'Front Page Palooka' Book Trailer

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Mark your calendars...

This newbie will be doing his very first reading at the New Jersey Noir At The Bar on Dec. 2. And the coolest part? The event is pegged to a bit of Jerrseyana, specifically Bruce Springsteen.

The event will feature some of lit's top noir scribes reading work from the cool new tome 'Trouble in the Heartland.' Featuring stories by Dennis Lehane, James Grady, Hilary Davidson, tales in the book are inspired by the songs of Bruce Springsteen.

In addition to this humble scribe, the hit list of writers scheduled to read includes: Erik Arneson, Jamez Chang, Jen Conley, Thomas Pluck, Chuck Regan, Joe Samuel Starnes, Kieran Shea, Wallace Stroby and Dennis Tafoya.

Door open at 7 p.m. at The Saint in Asbury Park. Readings start at 8 till 10ish, music to follow.

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Monday, November 10, 2014


Clockwise for top left, Michael Pitt, Stephen Graham, Bobby Cannavale and Steve Buscemi in the historical drama 'Boardwalk Empire.'


I recapped 'Boardwalk Empire' for my newspaper The Star-Ledger (and its web site since the show debuted in 2010. What follows below are links to very single episode.

Series logline: Atlantic County Treasurer Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) navigates politicos and gangsters in a show set in Atlantic City during the Roarin' 20s and the dawn of Prohibition.


Episode 1: Pilot

Episode 2: The Ivory Tower

Episode 3: Broadway Limited

Episode 4: Anastasia

Episode 5: Nights in Ballygran

Episode 6: Family Limitation

Episode 7: Home

Episode 8: Hold Me In Paradise

Episode 9: Belle Femme

Episode 10: The Emerald City

Episode 11: Paris Green

Episode 12: 'A Return to Normalcy'


Episode 1: 21

Episode 2: Ourselves Alone

Episode 3: A Dangerous Maid

Episode 4: What Does The Bee Do?

Episode 5: Gimcrack & Bunkum

Episode 6: The Age of Reason

Episode 7: Peg of Old

Episode 8: Two Boats and a Lifeguard

Episode 9: Battle of the Century

Episode 10: Georgia Peaches

Episode 11: Under God's Power She Flourishes

Episode 12: To the Lost


Episode 1: Resolution

Episode 2: Spaghetti & Coffee

Episode 3: Bone For Tuna

Episode 4: Blue Bell Boy

Episode 5: You'd Be Surprised

Episode 6: Ging Gang Goolie

Episode 7: Sunday Best

Episode 8: The Pony

Episode 9: The Milkmaid's Lot

Episode 10: A Man, A Plan

Episode 11: Two Imposters

Episode 12: Margate Sands


Episode 1: New York Sour

Episode 2: Resignation

Episode 3: Acres of Diamonds

Episode 4: All In

Episode 5: Erlkönig

Episode 6: The North Star

Episode 7: William Wilson

Episode 8: The Old Ship of Zion

Episode 9: Marriage and Hunting

Episode 10: White Horse Pike

Episode 11: Havre de Grace

Episode 12: Farewell Daddy Blues


Episode 1: Golden Days for Boys and Girls

Episode 2: The Good Listener

Episode 3: What Jesus Said

Episode 4: Cuanto

Episode 5: King of Norway

Episode 6: Devil You Know

Episode 7: Friendless Child

Episode 8: Eldorado


WATCH: Anthony Venutolo on 'Boardwalk Empire'

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As 'Boardwalk Empire' ends, watch our favorite moments and tell us yours

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