Have you no decency?

Have you no decency?

“This brushing aside of the presumption of innocence is becoming commonplace…Defaming the dead is just plain cowardly.” Something’s been bugging me for a while now. A bit like that piece of popcorn that gets stuck in your teeth during a movie that you can feel, but you can’t quite locate and remove. I’ve been wanting […]

Journalism is Dead

Journalism is Dead

  There was no one thing that killed journalism. There was no singular tragic moment. No literary or poetic climax. This is real life, not Hollywood. When I was a kid, I remember hearing “old folks” complain about how the young had no respect for their elders—just a bunch of goddammed hippies singing about love […]

Violence Against Women in Fiction: Sunlight or Ostriches?

Violence Against Women in Fiction: Sunlight or Ostriches?

“I was about ready to fire my publicist when she sent me a draft press release for EYE FOR EYE which stated that the book handled violence with “sensitivity.”   Cringe… What kind of publicity is that? Since when does “sensitivity” sell thrillers? Then we chatted, and I understood what she meant. You see, there has […]

EXCLUSIVE J.K. Franko / Oliver Tompkins Interview in London

EXCLUSIVE J.K. Franko / Oliver Tompkins Interview in London

  J.K. Franko doesn’t often give interviews. So when he does, it’s a real treat. Here, Oliver Tompkins caught up with the author of the Talion series at The Shard, Europe’s tallest building, in London to talk about his 5-star thriller EYE for EYE, his writing process and more.         SPANISH VIEWERS […]

Our Obsession with “Stranger Crime”

Our Obsession with “Stranger Crime”

  “It’s when fiction approaches reality that we start to feel uncomfortable. And it’s this uncomfortable corner of our psyche that I wanted to explore.”   This is a true story. It’s a dark and moonless night. My wife and two daughters were staying in a small cabin in the woods. The storms that had […]