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About colborne55

I'm a author of mysteries, a book reviewer for Suspense Magazine, and as the Omnivorous Cinephile, I review movies.

No Hiding Place Part 6: “The Biology of the Price”

It’s likely you’ve seen the picture that’s gone viral, taken by a police officer in East Liverpool, OH recently. It shows a man and a woman in an SUV who’ve passed out from opiates, with the woman’s grandchild in a … Continue reading

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No Hiding Place Part 5: Reverse Discrimination

When the Xalisco distributers moved into the US, they didn’t follow the classic route. They avoided slums. In Los Angeles they stayed away from the gang turf of East L.A., Compton, and Inglewood, and instead set up shop in the … Continue reading

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No Hiding Place, Part 4: The Pizza Method

The state of Nayarit could be called the North Dakota of Mexico: it’s not that easy to get to and there aren’t a lot of reasons to go there. The Mexican resort cities like Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta are further … Continue reading

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No Hiding Place Part 3: Small Town America, Small Town Mexico

In Chapter 11 of “To Kill a Mockingbird” Harper Lee presents a vile woman who torments Scout, Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose. She lives with a servant who nurses her, and sits on her porch in her wheelchair when she’s able, … Continue reading

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No Hiding Place Part II – The Marketing of Addiction

Once opioids found acceptance for pain management, several versions of the drugs were introduced. The premier brands were Demerol, Vicodin, and Percocet. Demerol is given by injection but the other two were prescription pills, made by blending hydrocodone or oxycodone … Continue reading

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No Hiding Place – The Opiate Epidemic in America

Note: For the manuscript I’m currently writing, I’ve been researching the heroin epidemic that has stretched into almost all corners of America. Then this week came news that the death of Prince may be linked to prescription opiates. I thought … Continue reading

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When Bad Books Attack

Have you ever read a book that not only disappointed you but it put you off reading for a while? I suffered through one such book that I was reading to review. Worse for me, it also put me off … Continue reading

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Truly a Detective

Recently I – along with almost everyone else who watched – was disappointed by the second season of HBO’s True Detective. The first season had riveting performances by Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, and Michelle Monaghan, and while it required an … Continue reading

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Read a Short Story for Free

A while back I had a short story done as a podcast by Crime City Central. You can now read a text version of that story for free at Inkitt. I published “The Extra Postage” as part of a contest … Continue reading

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A Different Voice

Today I learned that Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine has purchased a short story I submitted to them in October. That’s a pretty quick turn-around time actually, considering the volume of submissions they receive. I signed the contract and sent it … Continue reading

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