Archive for November, 2015


By Cate Holahan

Crooked Lane Books; November 10, 2015

336 pages; $24.99



Dark Turns follows young ballerina Nia Washington from her humble beginnings on the streets of New York City to an unfortunate injury that leaves her sidelined. She accepts a job as a dance instructor at an elite boarding school and suddenly finds herself playing a game of cat and mouse with a ruthless killer.

Advance Praise for Cate Holahan

“In this twisting danse macabre of jealousy, obsession, vanity, and revenge, Cate Holahan gives more than a superb debut performance. Dark Turns provides a master class in murder.”

–       Jan Coffey USA Today bestselling author of Trust Me Once.

“Cate Holahan’s debut novel, Dark Turns, reads like a mash-up of Black Swan and a particularly juicy episode of Gossip Girl.”

Charles Dubow, bestselling IndieBound author of Indiscretion




CATE HOLAHAN is an award-winning journalist and former television producer. Holahan’s articles have appeared in BusinessWeek, The Boston Globe, The Record and on web sites for CBS, MSN Money, NorthJersey.com, BusinessWeek.com, and CNBC. Her short fiction won first place in the 19th annual Calliope competition, a magazine published by the writer’s group of American Mensa.

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Those of us who are into mystery fiction are all reeling from the news of the death of Roger Margason who wrote under the pseudonym Dorien Grey. He was known for his Dick Hardesty mystery series that seemed to go on forever as we thought he would as well. He was 82 and died from a complication of a procedure on Nov 1.

I had just come out of a serious illness to explore the internet yesterday and found the notice of Roger/Dorien’s passing. Though I myself was exhilarated to be out of pain and feeling alive, I was crushed to see the world had lost such a fine man.

He was a wondrously complex man, who loved to post actual spam emails he’d gotten and making ascerbic comments about them.

In recent years, he spent a lot of time going through old photographs of young soldiers in various wars and sifting through photographs of ballet dancers that no one could ever call effete. He missed those he had known personally when he served in the Navy and others who came across his path socially.

He was such a wonderful support to me as a fledgling writer five years ago, giving me a lovely first review blurb. (And I as shaking in my shoes when I sent the email asking for a book blurb! I’d reviewed his books for years and knew how brilliant he was.)

Over the years, Roger offered encouragement when I finally came out at an ridiculously old age. And he continued to support my writing.

I almost met him for lunch last January when I was working briefly outside of Chicago as a private chef. But I couldn’t secure transportation into the city from where I was. I missed my opportunity.

I enjoyed his posts and blogs and, most of all, his books.

He was struggling at the last with a speech problem, finally accepting the fact he must now use the tools he used so well–the written word—to communicate with others face to face. In the end, writing sustained him as it always did.

He wrote fourteen Dick Hardesty novels, four Elliott Smith mysteries, and a western. He also published two non-ficiton books: Short Circuits: A Life in Blogs and A World Ago: A Navy Man’s Letters Home. He also released a book of poetry, Dreams of a Calico Mouse. He was in the process of turning all of his books into audiobooks when he died. Some are available, though.

Roger was also a publisher and a respected member of the gay community.

Though Roger didn’t think there was anything after one died, he missed his family and friends. I hope that he was wrong and that he is reunited with all those dear to him who passed before he did.

Rest now, my friend.

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