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About Me
I spent most of my adult life running pro sports teams, first NBA teams and then a group of seven minor league baseball teams.

With each job, there was a tremendous amount of travel. In fact, several years ago I passed the two million mile mark on United Airlines. That was clearly an indictment to my lifestyle. However, with all those miles I read and I wrote and when I got tired sitting on a plane or a hotel room I would read and write some more. My fifth book, Marketing Outrageously, became a Wall Street Journal best-seller.

And then, Amazon Kindle came out. I loved it. Someplace along the line I vowed never to read a book that wasn't on Kindle. (That vow didn't last, but most of the books I read are on Kindle.) Kindle also got me thinking about my own writing.

I wrote Red Chaser, a noir thriller about the 1950s, the Cold War and the Brooklyn Dodgers. I didn't even go to a mainstream publisher. I only wanted it on Kindle. After all, it's projected that there will be 28 million of these devices out there in three or four years. Wow, this gives an author the opportunity to reach readers on a direct path. I could market this any way I wanted.

For the past year, Red Chaser has been in the top 10% of Kindle books sold. While I would like to push it further up the charts, it has encouraged me to write another novel. I need to do some more editing, but it will be coming out this year.

So, if you like my writing, here's an opportunity to like more of it. Read Red Chaser and let me know what you think of it. My personal email is

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The Thirteenth Hour by Richard Doetsch
Port Hazard by Loren Estleman
Crash Course by Paul Ingrassia
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Free Kindle thriller plus a buck

I want to nudge my novel, RED CHASER, into the viral world a bit. To do that, I need, of course, more readers. Like you. So, I would like you to read my novel Red Chaser. I’ll provide a free copy, plus a bonus.…


Posted on June 28, 2010 at 9:45am

What to read when you get old

At my age, I read for fun. Don't talk to me about books that will make me smarter. I was already as smart as I'll ever be a few decades ago. And, reading retirement financial books is the best way to nod off quickly.

Give me a good mystery book. For me, I prefer a different era like the Nate Heller books by Max Allan Collins or James Ellroy books.

I don't give any book a big chance. If it isn't interesting from the get-go, I let go. Sure I paid for the book, but I don't…


Posted on March 15, 2010 at 11:34am

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At 3:09pm on April 3, 2010, Marian Horsley said…
I discovered that there is a copyright problem with the audio. At this time it is left to the publisher whether to allow it. From my list of books, it appears that none of them like the idea. My ability to listen has been diminishing one by one until they are all gone. I think it may be foolish - the audio certainly isn't good enough to listen to a book in its entirety. I would turn it on to continue my reading (listening) when I was unable to use my hands to turn the pages. I will miss it.
At 2:04pm on April 3, 2010, Marian Horsley said…
Hi, I am wondering what happened to our ability to listen to the Kindle -text to audio - seems to have been removed (from mine). Does anyone have an explanation?
At 4:59pm on March 30, 2010, Leon Rue said…
If you are wondering about the uniform, it is my old (61 years) Military School uniform. I am holding my school picture from '49.
At 9:41am on March 16, 2010, Geraldine C. Lyda said…
I enjoyed your blog. I, too, won't give a book more than 20 pages to grab me. Have you read Steig larson, The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo? It was a different kind of mystery (Swede style), but quite engrossing. Geri

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