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Trejo My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood

Danny Trejo is the most dangerous man in the history of cinema. He is the real deal. He is a face biter, neck stabber, and armed robber; he is a drug dealer, drunk, and survivor of the most dangerous prisons in America. He should be dead many times over. But God had other plans.

Miracles happen, the story of Danny Trejo is proof of that. As is the way with such biographies the story starts early. But Trejo’s up bringing was more fraught than most. His entire family were career criminals. Drug dealing from aged seven, he had his first shot of heroin age 12 [courtesy of his uncle]. Drugs, booze, and wild bouts of violence, car theft, holding up liquor stores when he was still a teen, it is little wonder he was in San Quentin by the time he was twenty. And what a horror show that was—fights, stabbings, death and insanity a constant shadow. It was here that Trejo saw his darkest hour and turned his life in a direction that was truly remarkable.

Many will have witnessed Trejo’s rise through the Hollywood talent grinder. He has starred in, and appeared in, literally hundreds of movies and television shows, until his battle-scarred countenance has become a cultural icon. Trejo is much more than a bad guys bad guy, he has become a true legend.

But Danny Trejo is much more than that. His time as a street gangster was abruptly curtailed when God reached out to him in the deepest seediest cell in San Quentin and showed him another path. A path of sobriety and recovery, and a dedication to helping others that few cinema goers, or gang-banging fight fans may know of. This part of his life—a world of meetings and talks and direct action to help substance abusers is by far the major part of his life. The business of recovery and helping others is a redemptive task he has dedicated more than fifty years to. Sure, he had other struggles too, family struggles, a battle against liver cancer, a double cerebral aneurism, and a painful battle against hepatitis that could have killed him. But Danny Trejo is one tough cat. He is still going at the hard to believe age of 77. 

He also has seven dogs and a thriving taco business. Matter of fact there is a lot about the guy you don’t know yet. Crimezine recommends you rush out and buy Trejo, My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood. Do it now, you will be glad you did.


The last rights of Joe May, Dennis Farina

Farina: a Crimezine favorite

Dennis Farina has played more gangsters than Crimezine Neighbor Jennifer Anniston has scarfed pizzas, and trust us, the high pitched rom-commer has the Domino’s crew on her doorstep three times a day at least. Dennis however is not playing it for laughs.

The last rights of Joe may is about an aging short money hustler (Farina) who after a long illness is released from hospital to find he has lost pretty much everything he owned, His home , his car his livelihood, even his friends.

But Joe strikes up a friendship with Jenny, and her eight year old daughter who are living in his old apartment. Jenny’s boyfriend is a crooked detective with a penchant for domestic violence.

The last rights of Joe May is a dark brooding Crimezine classic and Dennis Farina is a legend, check it out today.

Everyone likes a nice wedding, which is just as well, as there are not one but two wedding related additions to the Patterson oeuvre  this week, Christmas Wedding, which Jimbo “Wrote” with Pattersonian elf, Richard DiLallo and the eagerly awaited mass market release of the latest Alex Cross book Cross Fire, which Big Jim wrote with no apparent help from anyone.

First up Christmas Wedding and Big Jim is bravely hawking this one in person, live and diect on the interweb! Thrill to the

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Cross Fire

great mans reedy monotone: A bride walks down the aisle on Christmas day, three men wait for her, only one will be the groom: James Patterson’s Christmas Wedding, get out the hankies… Thanks Jimbo, but here at Crimezine we like the tears of derisory laughter to run free and unchecked.

Cross Fire, sees the great man return to form, in the genre he does best: the big budget crime thriller. And Patterson delivers as usual: lots of juicy murders,  dirty congressmen, an  intractable mystery and  a dark alliance with FBI agent Max Siegel, and to cap it all off poor Alex has to put his wedding plans to voluptuous squeeze Bree on hold (sob!).

Thankfully Big Jim has heeded Crimezine’s pleas to lay off the fluffy animal serial killers in this latest tome, which is a welcome relief. But oh, no! Alex Cross’s dastardly nemesis Kyle Craig is back… and there is nothing worse than a psycho Fed serial killer to put the kibosh on a chaps nuptials.

Patterson is a master of the unexpected twist and the final face off between Cross and Craig is classic Patterson. One cannot help but wonder why Jimbo doesn’t focus on the genre he does best. At this stage of the game he surely doesn’t have to hawk cheesy gift books, such as the Christmas Wedding for the cash? According to Forbes He struck an eleven book publishing deal in 2009, for $150 million, which for Jimbo and his elvish clan is about three months work.

Cross Fire By James Patterson
ISBN: 031603617X
432 pages
Little, Brown and Company

Mass Market
ISBN: 0446574716
384 pages
Grand Central Publishing

Criminals can no longer afford to hire the great Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer? Crimezine knew these were

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Fifth Witness

recessionary times,  but you got to be kidding right? Haller representing foreclosed home owners?  Surely not!

But just a second, one of the aforementioned home owners’ Ebeneezer Scrooge style banker is grusomely  murdered? Now you are talking! Organized crime connections you say? Awesome!

But uh-oh Crimeziner’s we are headed for court, and there is the rub, with so many legal novels—the dangerous deputy DA, a dashing defense attorney and a whole host of stock in trade genre favorites, including dastardly discoveries, shocking revelations and wobbling witnesses all presided on by a raging judge.

No nodding off at the back, or you will be held in contempt!

Luckily Connelly is the man, when it comes to surprising twists, well written prose and climatic suspense. The observant among you will note that Mickey Haller novels are now called Lincoln Lawyer novels. Unfortunately this novel is no Lincoln Lawyer and is therefore best reserved for Connelly Completists, jury junkies and those of you enjoy the judicial gymnastics of the court room drama.

For the rest of us, the return of Connelly’s shambling LAPD detective Hieronymous Harry Bosch is eagerly awaited.

The Fifth Witness
Michael Connelly
Little, Brown