Monthly Archives: April 2023

April 22, 1981 – KEY WEST – JOURNAL ENTRY

Life goes on endelesly on the Key West. I spend my day sunning on the small beach at the end of Duvall Street, ignoring snowbirds’ racist conversations and strangers’ nasty gossip about distant friends and family. It’s the end of Spring Break, so thankfully there are less of them. The color of the Gulfstream cures […]

TOUGH GUYS / BET ON CRAZY by Peter Nolan Smith

Brownsville has always been a tough section of Brooklyn. The one-mile square neighborhood was actually tougher than tough. Its unofficial motto “Brownsville! Never ran, never will!” guaranteed Kings County Hospital the title of the most gunshot victims admitted to a E.R in the USA. The US Army even set up a training program called the […]


SIX The 757 descended for its final approach to Las Vegas. The passengers tightened their safety belts and the male steward knocked on a bathroom door. A single passenger was missing from the flight. “Sir, you have to get back to your seat.” “Just a second.” Sean Coll was unraveling the turban of toilet paper […]

NORTH NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Chapter 4 – by Peter Nolan Smith

FOUR FOUR The red light next to Las Vegas flashed on the departure board. America West’s flight was in the final stages of boarding and Frank deRocco rushed Sean through the JFK’s crowded terminal. The detective’s gold shield got them through the metal detector and Sean’s bag passed the X-ray test. They ran to the […]

NORTH NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Chapter 5 by Peter Nolan Smith

FIVE The warm California sun flayed the storm clouds into fleecy shreds and soon the morning reminded every non-native why they had moved to Los Angeles in the first place. The two days of rain had painted the hillside scrubs a verdant green and the palm trees wavered with the waning wind. The temperature rose […]