Arch Criminals (AC) is the name of a group of mystery writers from St. Louis. The main thing we accomplish is to meet once a month for a long lunch. It's a wonderful break from sitting behind a desk! I listen a lot, talk some, and enjoy just hanging out with a group of authors. We meet at the Lewis & Clark's Restaurant in the historic downtown area of St. Charles (on Main Street--can't get more downtown than that) just across the Missouri River from St. Louis County. We have a reserved round table for the ACs who show up that month.
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Some of those anecdotes dealt with a writer named Albert Nussbaum, a man with an interesting path to a writing career. John and Robert both shared personal recollections.
Albert Nussbaum was a bank robber in the early 1960s who was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. After eight robberies, he and his partner were caught and Al was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the robberies and a murder that occurred during one of them. (His partner was the shooter.) Al served 14 years, during which he had a lot of time on his hands. He was a very smart man, adaptable to whatever circumstance he ended up in, so he became a writer. After his parole, he wrote for Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchock’s Mystery Magazine, and other places. He was prolific, and sometimes had multiple stories in the same magazine under different names. Al passed away in 1996.
I can hardly wait to find out what next month's Arch Criminals lunch meeting brings!
John Lutz is the NYT Bestselling author of SWF Seeks Same, which was made into the movie Single White Female starring Bridget Fonda. His novel The Ex was made into an HBO original movie. His work includes political suspense, private eye novels, urban suspense, humor, occult, crime caper, police procedural, espionage, historical, futuristic, amateur detective, thriller; virtually every mystery sub-genre. He is the author of more than forty novels and over 200 short stories and articles. His current release is Serial, a Detective Frank Quinn novel.
Eleanor Sullivan is a former Professor and Dean of Nursing and has had a nursing career in which she was showered with honors and awards, including testifying before the U.S. Senate. She has published several nursing textbooks, and has turned her hand to fiction now. She has written the Monika Everhardt series of medical mysteries and has started a new project. Her current release is Cover Her Body, a historical mystery set in 1830s Ohio, in a community that is part of her own family history. An amazing history it is, too.
Robert Randisi writes primarily in the detective and Western genres. He has authored more than 500 published books and has edited more than 30 anthologies of short stories. He co-founded and edited Mystery Scene magazine and co-founded the American Crime Writers League. He founded The Private Eye Writers of America, where he created the Shamus Award. His latest project, the Rat Pack series of books about the legendary Hollywood group of Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop and others from the 1950s-1960s and even later, in various combinations at various times.
Christine Matthews works, in part, as a writing duo with Robert Randisi.