Saturday, April 28, 2012

Book 'em, Duffy!

Criminal Minds is having a changing of the guard on Saturdays. Beginning with us two weeks from today will be Agatha nominee Alan Orloff. In the meantime, we welcome Tom Schreck, author of the Duffy Dombrowski mysteries, as a guest.

Who would I mourn?

That’s easy.

Steve McGarrett, the original Steve McGarrett, of Hawaii Five-0, was the coolest man on television.

His hair never moved. He rarely smiled. He drove a bigass Mercury.

And when all was said and done, the bad guy caught and justice served there were no high fives, no “Hoohas!”, no “Who’s the man!”

No, there was not.

There was simply:

“Book ‘em, Danno. Murder One.”

Then cut to absolute best TV theme song and the image of a bunch of Hawaiians paddling in that funky eight-man canoe in the Pacific.

Fucking awesome.

Or how about the climax of the twelth season when McGarrett finally comes face-to-face with his arch enemy, Wo Fat.

Steve was rocking the denim leisure suit, his hair was piled high and the spit curl was just so. And there he was chock full of karate, hands fixed like blades and somersaulting his ass off. We’d waited for Fat to get his and now he was, up close and personal.

Opening up a can of McGarrett on his Fu Manchu ass!

I’m sweating just thinking about Five-0. Chin uttering his monosylabbic responses to Steve and Danny just before McGarrett yelled “Get 50 uniforms and seal this rock off!”

Keep Rockford in LA, let Kojak have New York,  and Karl Malden and Michael Douglas can patrol the city by the bay.

If you’re coming to the big island watch your step.

It’s been a long time since McGarrett visited me on Wednesday nights and I’ve gone through every Kubler Ross stage dealing with it. A man’s man, and like Old Spice, unmistakably masculine.

And in real life Jack Lord hung out with Elvis.

It just doesn’t get cooler.

Tom Schreck writes the Duffy Dombrowski Mysteries and his newest release THE VEGAS KNOCKOUT, will be available on May 15. Visit and “like” his fan page on Facebook at for a chance to win a Kindle Fire.


Meredith Cole said...

Always great to see you, Tom! Thanks for being our guest today.

Rebecca Cantrell said...

Thanks for stopping by, Tom!

Now I have to go add that to my Netflix queue. Or maybe buy them. It'll give me something to watch when I move to Germany and start missing Hawaii.

Sue Ann Jaffarian said...

Thanks for guesting today, Tom!