Sunday, 15 August 2010 07:08
The USA network series In Plain Sight will be returning for seasons 4 and 5, it has just been announced.
 
titleLike the other series on the USA, In Plain Sight revels in unusual characters who are believable.
 
But unlike other USA series, In Plain Sight is a female-driven drama.
 
The series stars Mary McCormick as Mary Shannon, a U.S. Marshal in the Witness Protection Program. She and the other marshals contend with the personalities of those forced into the witness protection. Some stories are outlandish, some are heartbreaking and some are poignant. But none are dull.
 
In Plain Sight, which is filmed in New Mexico, also stars Frederick Weller and Paul Ben-Victor.
 
In Plain Sight is also about the personal life of Mary Shannon which is always in tatters -- a quirky mother, Jinx, played by Lesley Ann Warren, a sister whose choice in boyfriends is never good and who may be following in the footsteps of their an absent, criminal father.  At the end of season 3, Mary Shannon started a relationship with FBI agent Mike Faber, played by the always reliable Steven Weber.
 
The first two seasons of In Plain Sight are now on DVD.
 
 
The USA network series In Plain Sight will be returning for seasons 4 and 5, it has just been announced.
 
titleLike the other series on the USA, In Plain Sight revels in unusual characters who are believable.
 
But unlike other USA series, In Plain Sight is a female-driven drama.
 
The series stars Mary McCormick as Mary Shannon, a U.S. Marshal in the Witness Protection Program. She and the other marshals contend with the personalities of those forced into the witness protection. Some stories are outlandish, some are heartbreaking and some are poignant. But none are dull.
 
In Plain Sight, which is filmed in New Mexico, also stars Frederick Weller and Paul Ben-Victor.
 
In Plain Sight is also about the personal life of Mary Shannon which is always in tatters -- a quirky mother, Jinx, played by Lesley Ann Warren, a sister whose choice in boyfriends is never good and who may be following in the footsteps of their an absent, criminal father.  At the end of season 3, Mary Shannon started a relationship with FBI agent Mike Faber, played by the always reliable Steven Weber.
 
The first two seasons of In Plain Sight are now on DVD.
 
 
Sunday, 08 August 2010 11:08
It looks as if we'll be seeing more mystery novels coming to the big and small screen.
 
Zoë Sharp's Charlie Fox series has recently been sold to Twentieth Century Fox TV. This should make a great kick bad guys TV series, based on the source material alone.
 
The British author Sharp's novels explore the life of Charlotte 'Charlie' Fox, a self-defense instructor with a shady military background and a painful past. She often takes on jobs as a bodyguard or security consultant.

Charlie, who also is British, at least in the books, is a real action heroine, skillful with weapons, hell on wheels on a motorcycle. She also has a great coat that is similiar to the one the author herself often wears.
 
So, the big question...actually two big questions: Will the TV series ever be made? Probably. Because it is being planned as a TV series and not a movie, the Charlie Fox novels have a better chance of actually going into production and then making it to the screen. 
 
And who should play Charlie Fox? Someone mentioned recently on DorothyL that maybe the best person to play Charlie Fox would be the author herself. You know, I think Zoë Sharp might indeed be the best person.
 
Meanwhile, Sharp's novels, are being reprinted by Busted Flush PressKiller Instinct is a good place to start and this reprint has an original introduction by Lee Child, which is more than appropriate as Charlie Fox has often been called the female Jack Reacher.
It looks as if we'll be seeing more mystery novels coming to the big and small screen.
 
Zoë Sharp's Charlie Fox series has recently been sold to Twentieth Century Fox TV. This should make a great kick bad guys TV series, based on the source material alone.
 
The British author Sharp's novels explore the life of Charlotte 'Charlie' Fox, a self-defense instructor with a shady military background and a painful past. She often takes on jobs as a bodyguard or security consultant.

Charlie, who also is British, at least in the books, is a real action heroine, skillful with weapons, hell on wheels on a motorcycle. She also has a great coat that is similiar to the one the author herself often wears.
 
So, the big question...actually two big questions: Will the TV series ever be made? Probably. Because it is being planned as a TV series and not a movie, the Charlie Fox novels have a better chance of actually going into production and then making it to the screen. 
 
And who should play Charlie Fox? Someone mentioned recently on DorothyL that maybe the best person to play Charlie Fox would be the author herself. You know, I think Zoë Sharp might indeed be the best person.
 
Meanwhile, Sharp's novels, are being reprinted by Busted Flush PressKiller Instinct is a good place to start and this reprint has an original introduction by Lee Child, which is more than appropriate as Charlie Fox has often been called the female Jack Reacher.
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 01:08
In the mystery genre, there have always been authors with a cult following so rabid that eventually they receive the recognition they deserve.
 
Daniel Woodrell is one of those authors.
 
Woodrell is a poet in prose, beautifully writing about hard-scrabble people living in the Ozarks of Missouri. Woodrell's words are authentic and his people realistic, hopeful for the future but limited in their abilities to reach for that future.
 
titleAlthough the Missouri Ozarks are not part of Missouri in which I grew up, I am well acquainted with southwest area of the state through family visits. (I am from the other part of the state -- Southeast Missouri.)
 
Now Woodrell is gaining a bit more recognition for his work -- and deservedly so.
 
The film Winter's Bone, based on his novel of the same title, is now in wide release. Winter's Bone earned the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and has been highly praised for its authentic characters and setting. It is the story of modern poverty, the affects of methamphetamine on the community, and three siblings trying to survive.
 
title
 
And Woodrell's novels are being reprinted by Busted Flush Press.  
 
Tomato Red (originally published in 1998) is in the stores now with an original foreword by Edgar Award-winning crime writer Megan Abbott (Bury Me Deep) 
 
The Death of Sweet Mister (originally published in 2001, and a personal favorite of mine) comes out in March 2011 with an original foreword by New York Times best-seller Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island).
 
I am delighted to know that Woodrell's work are being reprinted.
In the mystery genre, there have always been authors with a cult following so rabid that eventually they receive the recognition they deserve.
 
Daniel Woodrell is one of those authors.
 
Woodrell is a poet in prose, beautifully writing about hard-scrabble people living in the Ozarks of Missouri. Woodrell's words are authentic and his people realistic, hopeful for the future but limited in their abilities to reach for that future.
 
titleAlthough the Missouri Ozarks are not part of Missouri in which I grew up, I am well acquainted with southwest area of the state through family visits. (I am from the other part of the state -- Southeast Missouri.)
 
Now Woodrell is gaining a bit more recognition for his work -- and deservedly so.
 
The film Winter's Bone, based on his novel of the same title, is now in wide release. Winter's Bone earned the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and has been highly praised for its authentic characters and setting. It is the story of modern poverty, the affects of methamphetamine on the community, and three siblings trying to survive.
 
title
 
And Woodrell's novels are being reprinted by Busted Flush Press.  
 
Tomato Red (originally published in 1998) is in the stores now with an original foreword by Edgar Award-winning crime writer Megan Abbott (Bury Me Deep) 
 
The Death of Sweet Mister (originally published in 2001, and a personal favorite of mine) comes out in March 2011 with an original foreword by New York Times best-seller Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island).
 
I am delighted to know that Woodrell's work are being reprinted.