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Camaro Run, by Sam HawkenI didn’t make a big hullabaloo about it when it started, but starting a little over a week ago, Camaro Run began to appear in serialized installments on Wattpad. Three chapters have been published so far, with more to follow twice a week for a total of twelve weeks. When the thing is entirely posted, it will once again be available for sale on Amazon for $1.99. You are under no obligation to pay for what you can get for free, but I sure would appreciate it if you do once the time comes.

A while back I swore up and down I wouldn’t do freebies anymore, and for the most part my attitude hasn’t changed. I am not a big fan of giving away work, because work is worth money, but because Mulholland Books asked me so nicely to give Wattpad a whirl, I decided it was sensible to at least explore the option. If, in the end, I feel it’s not worth the effort I put into it, the Wattpad edition of the novella will go poof! and that will be the end of it.

For those who don’t remember what Camaro Run is all about, here’s the pitch:

Camaro Espinoza spent twelve years in the Army, and now she’s out. Riding cross-country, she makes a stop in Las Vegas, where a chance meeting leads to a situation where it’s fight or die. Pursued by the police and by killers for an implacable Mexican drug cartel, she flees to the desert because what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.

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[REVIEW] Miami Vice — “Heroes of the Revolution”/”Contempt of Court”

It’s hard to believe we’ve been at this for nine months already. Well, just about nine months. This week brings us to the end of Miami Vice‘s third season, when it really honestly feels to me like we just started doing these things.

The third season was a time of great upheaval for the show. Executive producer Michael Mann more or less abandoned Miami Vice in favor of Crime Story, leaving the show in the hands of Dick Wolf, who would later rise to prominence as the creator and guiding light of Law & Order. To say Wolf’s sensibilities don’t really fit with Miami Vice‘s is probably understating things a bit, and the show did change, but it’s surprising to note how well Wolf was able to maintain the larger part of Miami Vice‘s look and feel while still bringing his ideas to the table.

Third season was the season where John Diehl abandoned the show, moving on to other things. This had the knock-on effect of pushing Michael Talbott, as Stan Switek, even further to the periphery of the action. He still got more to do than poor Gina and Trudy, but Switek was pretty much an afterthought once his good-natured rapport with Zito was eliminated.

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