Conversation with Robert Jones, FBI Counter-Intelligence Security, Part 2

Here is Part 2 of my conversation with Robert Jones which we taped last March. You can find the entire interview on the March Second Sunday Crime show here. Cybersecurity We touched briefly on cybersecurity when I asked which is more common: hackers looking for credit card data or corporate spies? Mr. Jones said that as […]

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Meet Robert Jones, FBI Counter-Intelligence Security, Part 1

My latest Ellie Foreman book, Jump Cut, came out in March, 2016. Rather than talk about the book, I chatted to FBI Counter-Intelligence Deputy Director Robert Jones on the March edition of Second Sunday Crime. He’s been with FBI for 20 years, worked anti-terrorism, and is now with the counter terrorism division. He’s been in […]

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I Really Wanted to Like Eye in the Sky

Last week I saw Eye in the Sky. I really wanted to like it. With Colin Firth producing, Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell and the late Alan Rickman, in his final movie role, as Lieutenant General Frank Benson, the signs were all good. But it fell a bit short. The story goes like this: […]

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The Invisible Uyghurs

Who are the Uyghurs? If you don’t know, you’re not alone. They live deep in the remote desert of China’s Tarim Basin, and they’re the second most populous ethnic minority in China. They are Muslims, and their plight is mostly untold. The Chinese call them terrorists. The Uyghurs deny it, saying all they want is […]

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Can You Revive A Series A Decade Later?

I try to answer that on the Kobo Writing Life blog today. Let me know what you think…   Posted on March 7, 2016 by Kobo Writing Life One comment By Libby Fischer Hellmann My latest thriller, Jump Cut, is the fifth Ellie Foreman mystery, and it’s been ten years since the fourth one came […]

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Publishing in Cuba: Baby Steps

“We have made new friends, fostered business relationships, have fantastic memories, and were a part of history that will forever be a chapter in the publishing industry.” World Book International director Kristin Norell on the Havana Book Fair. Cuba’s publishing scene in 2012 I visited Cuba in February, 2012, and went to the Havana Book […]

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Girl Heroes Shatter The Literary Glass Ceiling

World Book Day is an annual event organized by UNESCO during March or April, depending where you live. It’s designed to be a global celebration of everything to do with books and reading. Prior to this year’s celebrations, a poll of memorable children’s novel characters, created to mark the big day, saw female heroines and […]

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What’s Cook-ing with Apple’s iPhone Rebellion

Remember the first commercial for the Mac? Called “1984,” it was directed by Ridley Scott and starred the English athlete Anya Major. The concept, ‘saving humanity from conformity’, alluded to George Orwell’s novel of the same name.   This week, Apple CEO Tim Cook stoked the embers of the company’s erstwhile image by refusing FBI […]

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Spy Fiction: Where Are All The Women Authors?

A couple of weeks ago, an article came out in The Big Thrill about espionage thrillers. It featured Gayle Lynds, who is one of the best espionage authors around — and yes, I am flattered that she enjoyed and blurbed Jump Cut. But that’s not the point. The article touched on an issue close to […]

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