Ira Berkowitz's Blog

November 19, 2009

Crossword Puzzle Contest

I will now be starting a new contest, read on to learn the rules and PRIZES!!

The Crossword puzzle contest will be going on now until March 1, 2010.  All you have to do is complete the puzzle and email me the answers to Make sure in the email you write Crossword Puzzle Contest in the subject line. Also, number your answers with the corresponding crossword puzzle clue, so I know what name goes to what clue. The prizes will be awarded based on “first correct answers sent, first received” procedure. Now about the prizes:

  •  One First Prize winner will receive a named character in my next book
  • Five Second Prize winners will receive an autographed copy of Sinners’ Ball
  • Ten Third Prize winners will receive a Sinners’ Ball  T-shirt

Puzzle Below:

All About Steeg

Think you know everything about Jackson Steeg? Test your knowledge and don’t forget to check out my wikipedia page for help (!


3. Steeg’s old flame
4. The only person who uses Steeg’s given name
6. Steeg’s neighborhood
8. College Anthony attended
10. The nickname of the Russian mobster in Old Flame
12. Title of Berkowitz’s latest book
14. DeeDee’s boyfriend
15. Steeg’s brother
1. Steeg’s girlfriend
2. Steeg’s parochial school
5. Steeg’s favorite kid
7. Steeg’s father’s name
9. Mobster who doesn’t kill on the Sabbath
11. Steeg’s favorite hangout
13. Owns Feeneys

November 17, 2009

Speaking & Signing

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I will be doing a book reading and signing, come see me in ACTION!!!

When: January 20th, 2010 (so you have plenty of time to save the date)

Where: The Mysterious Book Shop
           58 Warren St
           New York, NY 10007-1099 
           (212) 587-1011

Time: 6:30 pm – 8pm

November 4, 2009


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November 3, 2009

New Jackson Steeg Short Stories:

Welcome to Ira Berkowitz’s blog.  This blog is meant to share short murder mystery stories about Jackson Steeg (the main character of my three books: Family Matters, Old Flame and his new upcoming book Sinners’ Ball)  that take place in Hell’s Kitchen.

The Stalker Part I

Whoever said April is the cruelest month never spent January in Hell’s Kitchen.

The wind off the Hudson is stiletto sharp, slush ankle deep, and  a lot of anger in the air. So, I tend to spend a lot of time indoors. 

Most of it at Feeney’s.  

The saloon was warm, congenial, and frequented by the people I care about – even the lowlifes. 

One morning, as I was picking at a plate of corned beef hash, a woman sat down at my table. No Is this seat taken? No Can I have a minute of your time? Just parked herself. She was in her early thirties, with small features, hair pulled back in a pert little ponytail, a dancer’s body, and a tightness around her eyes.

“You’re Steeg, right?”

I assured her I was.

“And you are?”

“Sharon Dunne. That’s my stage name. Real name is Giovanna Bucanfuso. But that was taken.”

“I kinda like Giovanna Bucanfuso. Lots of character.”

“Whatever,” she shrugged. “Look, I got a problem.

I did too. The hash was just shy of edible and I welcomed the interruption.

“What can I do for you?”

“I’m being stalked.”

“By who?”

“If I knew would I be wasting my time sitting here with you?”

I was definitely warming up to Sharon/Giovanna.

“How long’s this been going on?”

“Couple of weeks.”

“What’s he look like?”

“A creep!”

“Could you maybe narrow that down a bit?”

“Late forties. Comb over. Pasty-looking. With a gut that spills over his belt like a sack of dirty laundry.”

“Every woman’s dream man.”

“You’re making jokes, and I’m scared out of my mind! Every time I turn around he’s lurking around.”

“He threaten you?”

She gave her thick black hair a vigorous shake. “Just creeps me out.”

“Maybe he’s an admirer?”

“Or maybe he’s a Ted Bundy clone.”

“And you want me to . . .

“Take him out of my life.”  

Stay tuned for the next installment of The Stalker next month! And don’t forget to facebook.

Sinners’ Ball the third book in the Jackson Steeg Mystery Series will be published December 2009 and is available for pre-order.  

Kirkus Reviews called it, “Exceptional . . . Another shot to the guts from a guy who should have started writing these barnburners a long time ago.” 

You can purchase Sinners’ Ball now at Amazon, Barnes, Borders or at your favorite independent bookseller.

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