Saturday, February 26, 2011

Recommendations Don't Come Much Higher Than This

Okay, I swear 'm not going to post every reader review. But I do have to share this one, from Steve Malley in earthquake ravaged New Zealand:

I'm writing this review from the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake. Long days of shoveling silt and shifting rubble are tiring as hell, but Lawyers Guns and Money still kept me up late, reading first by electric headlamp until the power was restored. I was so engrossed, I barely noticed the aftershocks!

Now THAT is a damn REVIEW.

God bless you, Steve, and good luck to you and all the folks down your way. I'm sending all the positive energy I can along with my thanks (and a copy of BREAKING COVER).

Who Are You, First Reviewer?

First customer review for LAWYERS GUNS AND MONEY is from the mysterious "redsoxfanworcester" at B & N:

Posted February 25, 2011, 11:44 PM EST: JD Rhoades has a real gift for creating characters with such depth that they seem to live in your parish, and this book is no exception. This gift is particularly powerful because he also has an ability to evoke palpable tension and ethical crises that are based in real life. If you like your thrillers not only well written, but also not straining your suspension of disbelief, I urge you to check out JD Rhoades and "Lawyers, Guns, and Money."

As promised, send me your snail-mail address to and I'll send you a hardcover of BREAKING COVER.

And thanks!

Still got a prize available for the first Amazon review...

Friday, February 25, 2011

Tell You What, Let's Make a Deal....

First person to post a review of LAWYERS, GUNS AND MONEY on Amazon or B & N gets a free hardcover copy of my last print novel, BREAKING COVER. Doesn't even have to be a good review, although I assume if you don't like LG& M you won't want BC. Be sure to message or e-mail me your snail mail address....

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Lawyers, Guns and Money for Kindle

And for other formats (new ones being added)

Andy Cole, small town criminal lawyer and general go-along guy, has built a successful practice defending criminal offenders - and making sure he is paid in advance. But this easy, lucrative professional life changes forever when Danny Fairgreen, the white sheep of the notorious Fairgreen clan, is arrested for murdering a barmaid, and Andy agrees to represent him--for a price.

But an unknown someone wants Danny convicted -- bad -- and starts putting the screws to Andy. At first, the pressure is subtle, but it grows ever more ever more intense until Andy is faced with an unspeakable choice: Go along once again and send an innocent man to death row, or step up to the plate and risk losing everything--including his own life and the life of the woman he loves.

Monday, February 21, 2011


The new cover for my upcoming e-book, LAWYERS GUNS AND MONEY!

Thanks to Jeroen ten Berge for his patience as we worked this one up. The book itself should be live in a couple of days on Amazon (for Kindle) and Smashwords (for other e-readers)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

'Beverage of the Friends of God'

Latest Newspaper Column: The Pilot

So there's this drink called "5 Hour Energy." It comes in a little bitty bottle you can buy almost everywhere, and it purports to have "zero sugar," thus avoiding the sugar crash you can suffer if you eat candy or guzzle soft drinks to try to pep yourself up. One shot, the ads promise, and you'll be over that mid-afternoon slump with which we are all familiar.

So far, so good. I've been tempted to try the stuff myself, since the legal profession frowns on the sanest and most logical way to get oneself over the mid-afternoon slump, which is a quick nap. Or sleeping till noon.

Then the folks who make "5 Hour Energy" started running ads promoting the use of their concoction in the mornings as a substitute for coffee. According to the ads, coffee is just too expensive to buy, takes too long, and is just generally too much trouble. Why not just gulp down our magic elixir, the ads suggest, and do away with all the hassle?

Boy, these people really do not understand the point of coffee.

Oh, sure, the energy boost is a big part of it. While I am not one of those surly types like the guy in the McDonald's ad I wrote about a couple of weeks ago (the jerk who says "don't even talk to me before I've had my coffee"), I do greatly appreciate the caffeinated jump-start a cup of coffee provides. As someone once wrote, "There may be life before coffee, but it is not necessarily intelligent life."

But there's so much more to a good cup of coffee than that. There's the aroma, for one thing. Is there any more pleasant smell to wake up to than the rich bouquet of a pot of coffee wafting its way from the kitchen? It just draws you out of bed and down the hall, and it's particularly nice when it's all hot and ready because someone's already made a fresh pot. (Thanks, honey.)

Then there's the flavor. Ah, the flavor.

Coffee comes in a number of varieties, from all over the world, and caffeine-iacs can get as pretentious and annoying as some wine buffs, discussing the relative merits of Jamaican Blue Mountain over Kona over Sulawesi, and on and on. Some get all excited over their gear - grinders, presses, mills, etc.

All of that foolishness becomes just so much background noise to me once I take that first, hot, richly flavored sip of good, black coffee. Yes, I take mine black, or maybe with just a little sugar.

I confess, I used to be a bit of a reverse snob about it. I used to sneer, "If you want a cup of cream and sugar, why'd you ask for coffee?" I've mellowed a bit with age and experience (and lots of coffee), so I tend to be tolerant these days of those who take theirs with a bit of cream, a shot of frothy milk, even fancy coffee-shop additives like vanilla or nutmeg or caramel.

But as for me, I just love the unadulterated taste of well-made coffee, that complexity of taste, that hint of bite, the feel of it going down and warming me up from the inside out. Ambrosia.

As for its effects, while I have no actual empirical evidence or studies that prove coffee makes you smarter - well, let's just say it's one of those things that coffee drinkers just know. And we know it because we drink coffee and are therefore smarter. See how it works?

An anonymous Arab poet once wrote about coffee: "This is the beverage of the friends of God; it gives health to those in its service who strive after wisdom." French novelist and playwright Honore de Balzac wrote, "When we drink coffee, ideas march in like the army ... things remembered arrive at full gallop ... the shafts of wit start up like sharp-shooters, similes arise, the paper is covered with ink."

Let's see your tiny little bottle full of fancy-schmancy energy drink duplicate that.