Partners in Crime, the San Diego chapter of the national organization Sisters in Crime, welcomes local private investigator and forensic artist Jim Gripp as our speaker on Saturday, September 9.
Gripp, a chapter member, has over 40 years' experience working on criminal cases with both the defense and prosecution as both a forensic artist and private investigator. The high profile local cases he has worked on include Sagon Penn, Betty Broderick, David Allen Lucas (San Diego's first serial murderer brought to trial) and David Westerfield.
His subject will be "Murder Illustrated: True Stories to Inspire Crime Fiction Writers."
September’s Reader will be Penn Wallace, author of the political satire Christmas, Inc., the crime novel Murder Strikes Twice, the Ted Higuera Thrillers and the Catrina Flaherty Mysteries.
Sisters in Crime is a national organization with local chapters which supports mystery and crime writers and promotes reading the genre. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our affection for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. We are open for everyone's participation.
Each meeting will feature a short reading from a recently published or soon-to-be-published novel followed by a presentation by a mystery or crime writer or knowledgeable professional in a field of interest to mystery writers and readers.
San Diego chapter meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of the month, starting with a social period with refreshments, followed by a brief membership meeting.
Attendance is free for members. Dues are $25 per year, plus membership in the national organization. Members may join at our meeting, with payment by check, cash or credit card, or online.
Someone is raping women working at massage parlors in China Town. He selects his victims because they are undocumented aliens. They can’t go to the police or they risk deportation.
Now he has escalated to murder.
Who you gonna call?
The Man leads Catrina on a danger-fraught chase through the ancient streets of Chinatown in a race against time. Neither Catrina, nor her ex-lover, Detective Sergeant Tom Brennen, can stop the monster as the body count piles up.
With a shock ending that you’ll never predict, the latest Catrina Flaherty Mystery is a page burner.
Blue Water & Me is a high-adventure story of Penn Wallace's magical first summer fishing with his father, Blue Water Charlie, at age eleven. The pair begin their adventure by ramming a thirty-thousand ton Japanese freighter. Charlie regales Penn with old-time fish stories. Penn swims with dolphins and explores desert islands. As the summer passes, Penn's undying belief in Charlie slowly erodes as he sees his father's feet of clay. Finally, they get caught in an out of season hurricane. They fight for their lives in hundred mile an hour winds and thirty foot waves. Blue Water & Me is a story of father-son bonding that every father and son, or anyone close to a father or a son, should read.
Warning: This is not a children’s book. Exposure to children under 12-years old may cause child to stop believing in Santa Claus or take a cynical view of Christmas.
What would happen if Santa decided to go public and sell shares of Christmas on the NASDAQ?
The Wall Street Journal called it “the biggest IPO (Initial Public Offering) since Facebook.”
But, with the influx of capital comes a host of problems. Now Christmas Inc. comes under public scrutiny. Santa must report to the stockholders and stockholders want to see a profit.
When the economy collapses and Christmas Inc. is in danger of bankruptcy, the Government deems Christmas Inc. “too big to fail.” Santa must accept a government bailout. With the bailout comes increased regulation.
So how does Santa solve his problems? He does what every other major CEO does: cut costs. First, he hires illegal burros from Mexico to pull his sleigh. Then he outsources toy making to China and his IT services to India.
This throws thousands of elves out of work. Most leave the North Pole to find work elsewhere. Christmas Inc. follows the lives of three elves caught in the turmoil.
Henry moves his family to New York to pursue the American Dream. As illegal immigrants, they try to make a life for themselves in mainstream America.
Duncan gathers a group of friends around him, forms a co-op, rents a closed down workshop at the North Pole and starts a toy company to compete with Christmas Inc.
Always the rebel, Alstair starts the Occupy North Pole movement. Sit-ins, political rallies, protests and speeches quickly spread around the world. Before you know it there are Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Paris and Occupy San Francisco movements.
Add in a James Bond-style super villain, Hu U, a general in the Peoples’ Liberation Army of China. Santa outsources his toy making to Joy International, a company under General Hu’s control. Unbeknownst to Santa, Hu’s goal is nothing less than total world domination (of Christmas). Hu’s factories start shipping toys covered with lead based paint, containing melamine, small parts that can choke a child and faulty welds.
Can Santa save Christmas and return us to our cherished values?
Christmas Inc. is a rollicking, politically incorrect satire on the state of our society.