Remembering Eric Ambler was published in the March 2017 issue of the New Criterion magazine. In the article Mr. Ashforth points out that as a young man Mr. Ambler was quite sympathetic to Russian Communism and that Russian communists were portrayed sympathetically in his early novels. In these books, the villains were often greed-obsessed businessmen. In time, as Ambler’s political views matured, his characters became more believable and more complex – also more interesting.
A Demanding Mistress is a story about a case officer who decides to accept one last assignment to Afghanistan. Hope and Courage, Military Writers Society of America, 2015 Anthology.
A new story The Mills of the Gods Grind Exceedingly Fine – Most of the Time appears in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, December 2015. It tells the story of a newspaper reporter who, after covering the execution of a convicted murderer, receives a Pulitzer Prize and sees his career take off.
Hoosier Humorist, Three Letters was published in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Lawrence J. Trudeau, editor, (Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015). This article, which was originally published in American Scholar, recalls the career of George Ade, who was the author of Fables in Slang and was a successful Broadway playwright. After 1910, Ade’s reputation declined, partly because his style of humor with its emphasis on quaint character types and slang, seems to belong more to rural America and the nineteenth century than to the twenty-first century. However, Ade still has devotees, many of whom consider him one of America’s greatest humorists and funniest writers.
Brooklyn’s Elusive ‘Mr. G’: Bookies and Cops in the City of Churches Events mostly took place during the 1940’s and 1950’s. It’s an account of the biggest police scandal in American history and of the various personalities who were involved. Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, #17.
Tangled Webs – Alex Klear solves the mystery surrounding the death of a former case officer with whom he served in the 766 Military Intelligence detachment during the Cold War. Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, July/August 2015
Pokey Yates – a story about what happens when a boxer decides not to throw a fight. Hardboiled Magazine, September 2014
Going Away Party – a story about a soldier who has already been on two deployments, one to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. All Gave Some, Military Writers Society of America 2014 anthology.
At its annual conference in September 2013, the Military Writers Society of America awarded The Rendition its bronze medal. The award signifies that The Rendition was one of the three best thrillers with a military background to be published during 2012.
Albert’s short story, One Person’s Clutter, is contained in the published anthology, Kwik Krimes, edited by Otto Penzler and published by Thomas & Mercer.
Bad for Business is in the May 2013 issue of Hardboiled. The story is about two women who use their intelligence and charm to stay ahead of their criminal rivals as well as the police.
Incident in Kabul is in the APRIL 2013 issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
His Times Square Princess – a story in the anthology Crime Square, a Vantage Point publication edited by Robert J. Randisi.