Update on the Missing DA

Ray Gricar, the District Attorney in Centre County, Pennsylvania, disappeared in April 2005. His county-issued laptop computer and hard drive were later found, separately, in the Susquehanna River. But Gricar has never been found. That was true when I first posted about this case in April 2012, and it’s still true today.

On the 10th anniversary of Gricar’s disappearance, Pennlive.com has put together an in-depth analysis of the case. I’d say it’s required reading for anyone who likes true crime.

Noir at the Bar Harrisburg: A Recap

The first-ever Noir at the Bar event in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, took place on Monday night — and we had a great time! Nine authors read their work to a pretty much packed room at The Sturges Speakeasy.

Thank you to everyone who came out to join us! I’m very confident we’ll do it again, so keep your eyes open for information. (The best way not to miss the next event would be to sign up for my email newsletter.)

Here’s the full Noir at the Bar reading crew (left to right): Jon McGoran, Joe Samuel Starnes, Nik Korpon, Don Helin, Merry Jones, John Luciew, Lori M. Myers, Tom Joyce, and Erik Arneson (that’s me behind Mr. Joyce):


And here’s each reader, in order (at least as best I remember the order!)…


Noir at the Bar: Harrisburg – April 13

I hope you can join us for NOIR AT THE BAR in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Monday, April 13!

We have a great lineup of writers set to read their fiction — Don Helin, Merry Jones, Tom Joyce, Nik Korpon, John Luciew, Jon McGoran, John Micek, Lori Myers, Joe Samuel Starnes, and me.

NOIR AT THE BAR: Harrisburg will take place at the Sturges Speakeasy, 400 Forster St., Harrisburg, PA. The fun begins at 8 p.m.

See you there!


Word Crimes: “Death Runs Faster” by Duane Swierczynski

Word Crimes Podcast LogoA new episode of the Title 18: Word Crimes Podcast is now available!

This time, Scott Detrow reads “Death Runs Faster” by Duane Swierczynski, the author of CANARY, FUN AND GAMES and seven other novels, along with hundreds of comic books — including the new THE BLACK HOOD.

To listen, subscribe to Word Crimes on iTunes or Stitcher, or use the media player below.


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New Website for Word Crimes Podcast

Word Crimes Podcast LogoScott Detrow and I are excited to let you know that our Title 18: Word Crimes podcast has a new home:


I’ll still post updates here when new episodes go live, but all of the show notes and related features will now live on the new site.

Speaking of new episodes, check out the two latest:

Live at NoirCon: Three Minutes of Terror, Part 1 (with readings by Patricia Abbott, Jedidiah Ayres, Richard Godwin, David James Keaton, Jon McGoran, Anthony Neil Smith, Marshall Stein, and Jonathan Woods)

Live at NoirCon: Three Minutes of Terror, Part 2 (with readings by Kevin Catalano, Matt Cook, Keith Gilman, Rob Hart, William Hastings, Nik Korpon, Peter Rozovsky, Wallace Stroby, Graham Wynd, and me).