MONSTERS AMONG US

by Lisa Black One afternoon last month I held the hands of a man who had, one night over thirty years ago, raped and murdered both a grown woman and an eleven year old girl. I held them in neither anger nor comfort but as part of my job as a forensic specialist—I was in the courtroom to...

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MY BOOK-LESS 2021

I will not have a new book coming out in 2021. Last summer I finished what I thought would be the first book in a new series. My protagonist could be described as ‘like Jack Reacher, if Jack Reacher were a fortyish ex-housewife with no martial arts training.’ I loved it. My agent was enthusiastic...

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ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS

by Lisa BlackOpening to the first page of a book always has that same delicious thrill of anticipation as when the theater lights dim and the curtain begins to rise from the stage. Will I be delighted? Will I be amazed? What is going to happen? But as wonderful as beginnings are, every book is...

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SOLEDAD CHAVEZ DE CHACON: AN EARLY ROGUE

by Lisa BlackTo celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, I thought I’d take a look at the lesser-known trailblazing women of politics, women who were the first to break through the barriers of their time.Only two years after the 19th amendment was ratified so...

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THE DARK SIDE OF ONLINE ROMANCE

by Lisa BlackThe numbers of romance scams are overwhelming, but stories rarely go into the details of exactly who the victims are and what motivates them. One well-reported case is that of 56 year old Renee Holland of Pennsylvania, who began an online correspondence with a buff soldier named...

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MY ONLINE (NON) ROMANCE

by Lisa BlackWe’ve all gotten them. The friend requests from someone designed to catch our eye. Men will get well-endowed models. Young women will get hunky 20-somethings. Older women like me will get distinguished, successful silver foxes. Most of you are smart, decide you have no idea who this...

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THE PONZI SCHEME’S NOT-SO-HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

by Lisa BlackWe’ve all heard of Ponzi schemes, the shorthand often (but not always) deserved. The name comes from Charles Ponzi, born in Italy in 1882, intelligent and educated (he apparently attended the university of Rome) and charming—oh, so charming. He came to America with big dreams, worked...

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FANTASY HOUSES

by Lisa Black          Admit it. We all have them.Houses that exist only in our wildest dreams. Exotic mansions in Barbados. Cozy bungalows in Bar Harbor. Renovated lofts in Manhattan. The place we’ll live once we retire or win the lottery or dump the spouse or have an...

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