JOHN BOEHNER: RASTAFARIAN-IN-LAW
Cool! House Speaker John Boehner is dead set against legalizing marijuana, even for medical purposes. His daughter, Lindsay, just married Dominque Lakhan (pictured), a Jamaican-born construction worker with waist-long dreadlocks once arrested for marijuana possession in Florida. As Bob Marley said, "herb is the healing of a nation. Alcohol is the destruction." Have a drink, John.
ISLAND SCAM FRAMES AMERICAN TOURISTS
More from the islands. Americans, BEWARE the Turks and Caicos. On consecutive days two weeks ago, a single bullet was planted in the luggage of each of two American tourists, a retired 80 year old retired neurosurgeon from Sarasota and a 60 year old business woman from Texas. Both were criminally charged. The surgeon was held three stinking nights in a local jail before bail was granted. Full Disclosure: Both Americans are represented by my gal, the Miami legal susperstar Marcia Silvers.
The UK dissolved the Turks/Caicos government a few years ago for corruption and only recently gave back control. The islands' former Premier is incarcerated awaiting a corruption trial. Local opinion seems to be that disgruntled, fired workers -- either from the airport or the tourist industry -- are trying to frame American tourists to sabotage tourism. Last Friday, Sen. Bill Nelson strongly condemned what was happening in the Turks and Caicos and essentially warned all Americans about travel there.
NEW JAKE LASSITER NOVEL IS ON THE WAY
For those who have asked, yes, I've finished the 10th novel in the Jake Lassiter series. It's "State vs. Lassiter," where our hero goes on trial for first degree murder. More info later this summer. It's the first full length Jake tale since "Lassiter" in 2011 with the novella "Last Chance Lassiter" published last year.
For now, there are the nine Lassiter novels in the BACKLIST to choose from plus the "Solomon vs. Lord" series and four stand-alone thrillers.
AUTHORS ON THE AIR...INCLUDING ME
Help me name my new podcast that will be broadcast on Authors on the Air starting next month. I'll be interviewing authors, of course. But also Hollywood screenwriters, lawyers, sportswriters, and maybe my favorite bartender. Working title: "Pulp Friction." Like it? Hate it? Any suggestions?