Former Tucson Citizen reporter A.J. Flick authors “Toxic Rage: A Tale of Murder in Tucson”


A.J. Flick, former Tucson Citizen reporter for 17  years (31 years plus as a journalist)  has authored a book about the 2004 stabbing murder of  37 year old Tucson ophthamologist Dr. Brian Stidham, allegedly perpetrated by his business partner Dr. Brad  Schwartz.   A.J. reported on this crime so she knew firsthand about this newsworthy murder.

Most of us remember reading all the gory details in the newspapers as this  heinous and famous crime was committed and prosecuted. Dr. Stidham was stabbed 15 times and his body was found in the parking lot of his office. And oddly enough, Dr. Schwatz’s girlfriend Lourdes Lopez was an attorney/county prosecutor.

“A.J. Flick is a writer, editor and repurposed journalist based in Tucson, Ariz. Her byline has appeared in numerous news websites and publications across the country. When she isn’t writing, she loves endurance hikes and wilderness explorations. Just kidding. She would rather read and watch a lot of TV and movies.”

A.J. Flick, photo credit to Kathleen Dreier

Book is available now for pre-order on, and will be released on Oct. 9, 2018.

More info on the murder:

Congratulations AJ!  Can’t wait to read your book. I was one of those former practicing  attorneys who was following this horrible story as it unfolded and waited to see who would be prosecuted for the murder.


  1. AJ will be speaking & signing Toxic Rage at Tucson Festival of Books on March 2 and 3:

    March 2, 1 p.m. Koffler 218 panel
    March 3, 1 p.m. ILC 130 panel (Integrated Learning Center, underground)
    and 3 p.m. in booth #480 signing her book at Clues Unlimited

  2. “First book signing and talk set. (May not be the first one to happen, but first booked!) November 17 from 1-2:30 p.m. at Mostly Books, 6208 E Speedway Blvd., Tucson.” (FB message from AJ Flick)

    • Yes, it sounds like it will be quite a dramatic, local Tucson story of murder, jealousy, rage, set in the Foothills.

Comments are closed.