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Incident Report No. 100

Walter Mosley. Photograph by PunkToad. Licensed CC BY.

If you’ve been looking for my daily Small Crimes report, apologies. Last week, my father, who lives with us, went to the emergency room. He’s now in overnight after-care and should be home by the end of the year. The daily posts will be on hiatus.


The big crime news last week was the death of John le Carré, one of the giants of crime fiction. I’ve put together a page of links to appreciations, obituaries, videos, interviews, etc earlier in the week and I am trying to keep it updated.

Another bit news is that we have reached the 30th anniversary of Walter Mosley’s “Devil in a Blue Dress”, one of the more important and great books of American crime fiction. Mosley’s wide-ranging essay lays down some truths about where America once was and where we are today. The lead character Easy Rawlins and his daily struggle are described by Mosley.

“He and his friends face every morning having to scramble up the slippery slope that is America, that is business as usual, that is an unequal sense of innocence and guilt, that recognizes and prejudges race, gender, and class before wondering about the who, what, and why of the crime committed. Easy is an American hero. He does not expect recognition, acceptance, or any sense of equality in the land that defines his experience as something other. He knows that he will never be seen as equal to those that believe equality is weighted by color and class, gender and belief. But Easy doesn’t care how he is seen or perceived; as long as they know he is blessed with the willingness to fight back, then the rules begin to tip, ever so slightly, in his favor.”


Features

I love this quote from Matthew Salesses’s new book, “Craft in the Real World” (Catapult, 2021): “Figure out what you want from publishing—a byline or community or enough money for groceries—and don’t feel like you have to follow someone else’s values.” You can read the review at Poets & Writers.

Benoît Lelièvre on the importance of Chuck Klosterman at Dead End Follies.

Daulton Dicky, author of “Flesh Made World”, on what experimental fiction gives to the writer and brings to the reader at Babou 691.

Everything you wanted to know about Tom Leins but were afraid to ask.

Exotic Indian poisons in pop culture by Aditi Sen at The Cultural Gutter.

Alex Segura interviews Ed Brubaker on the eve of his most recent collaboration with Sean Phillips, “Reckless”.

Scott Adlerberg is enjoying horror fiction during the dark winter nights of the pandemic especially “The Beckoning Fair One” by Oliver Onions.

Creative accounting, manipulated ethics, and late-stage capitalism. These are all things Disney. So while Alan Dean Foster and dozens more don’t get paid for their work, please enjoy the Marvel movies.

Bookshop.org may be fighting Amazon but destroying small publishers at New Statesman, h/t The Digital Reader.

Interview with Holly and Ryan Garcia, authors of “The Easton Falls Massacre: Bigfoot’s Revenge” (Close to the Bone, 2020).

Tara Laskowski’s “What Scares You” series continues with Kellye Garrett.

The First Two Pages: “You Know How Actresses Are” by C.M. Surrisi at Art Taylor’s blog.

A nice aggregation of best books lists at Literary Hub.

J. Kingston Pierce is a fan of the Cast of Characters.

Interview with Emily Schultz, author of “Little Threats” (Putnam, 2020) at Dietrich Kalteis’s blog.

LitReactor continues with its best book series with Part III.

The horror of Paris’s Grand Guignol Theater by Olivia Rutigliano at CrimeReads.

How two Oxford medievalists, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, saved fantasy by Maria Sachiko Cecire at Aeon.


Reviews

Review of “Beat Back the Tide” by Dolores Hitchens (Stark House Press, 1954/2020).

Review of Stephen J. Golds’s “Always the Dead” (Close to the Bone, 2021) at CrimeBookJunkie.

Review of Jess Lourey’s “Bloodline” (Thomas & Mercer, 2020) at BOLO Books.

Review of “Bloodline” by Jess Lourey (Thomas & Mercer, 2020).

Review of Edwin Hill’s “Watch Her” (Kensington Books, 2020) at BOLO Books.


Fiction

New fiction by Morgan Boyd at Punk Noir Magazine.

New fiction by Mark McConville at Bristol Noir.

New fiction by Phil Forsyth at Flash Fiction Magazine.

Shotgun Honey presents us with new flash fiction by Alan Orloff.

New flash fiction by Alpheus Williams at Bristol Noir.

New fiction by Jeff Esterholm at Tough.

MysterTribune gives us new flash fiction by Aeryn Rudel.

I love Paul D. Brazill’s weekly stories. This week we can read “The Bucket List” which is from his short story collection, “The Last Laugh” (All Due Respect, 2018)

New fiction by J.B. Stevens.

Two new pieces of flash fiction from Bobby Mathews at Bristol Noir and at Flash Fiction Magazine.

New flash fiction by Lawrence Allen at Shotgun Honey.

Christmas fiction by Tom Leins at Bristol Noir.

Christmas fiction at Punk Noir Magazine by Travis Richardson.

New Christmas fiction by Sally Spedding at Crime Cymru.

Ink Heist presents a new horror story by Laurel Hightower.

New fiction by Roy Christopher at Close to the Bone.

New flash fiction from Matthew Spence at Pulp Modern.

New flash fiction by Alexa Hailey at Ellipsis Zine.

Beat to a Pulp returns with new fiction from Kieran Shea.

New fiction by James A. Reeves at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

New fiction from Judith Barrow at Crime Cymru.

Three new poems by Jay Passer at Punk Noir Magazine.


Poetry

The Five-Two presents new poetry from Nancy Scott.

Live Nude Poems has new poetry by Melissa Eleftherion.

Poetry by Carrie Magness Radna at The Rye Whiskey Review.

Punk Noir Magazine has poetry by Kristin Garth.

New poetry by Mickey J. Corrigan at The Rye Whiskey Review.

Punk Noir Magazine presents three new poems by Dan Provost.

The Rye Whiskey Review featuring new poetry by Ian Lewis Copestick.


Podcast

Frank Zafiro interviews Bruce Robert Coffin, author of “Within Plain Sight” (Witness Impulse, 2020) at Wrong Place Write Crime.


Film

A look back at David Cronenberg’s “Crash” (1996) at We Are Cult.

Andrew Nette’s series on Donald Westlake’s Parker films continues with “Payback Straight Up” (2006) at Pulp Curry.


Music

Review of Alison Self’s “Whiskey Drunk” at Post to Wire.

No Depression’s Best Music Books of 2020.

An appreciation of Charlie Pride at The Paris Review.

Review of Sturgill Simpson’s “Cuttin’ Grass Vol. 2” at Saving Country Music.


Art and Photography

Photographer Lori Garnes interviewed by Amy M. Vaughn at Babou 691

Fragments of Noir presents some photography by Clemens Kalischer.

Photographs by Alex Prager at Fragments of Noir.

The Big Lonely City photography series continues at Fragments of Noir.


All Due Respect is accepting short story submissions. We’d love to publish more stories from women, writers of color, and other marginalized voices. We pay $25 upon publication. Submission guidelines here.

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John le Carré

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A special edition of Small Crimes featuring the life and work of John le Carré.

Obituaries from The Guardian, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, and The Irish Times.

The Guardian present’s John le Carré’s life in pictures.

“9 Great John le Carré Adaptions” at the New York Times.

David Cranmer wrote this wonderful George Smiley primer for Criminal Element in 2017.

Anthony Lane’s appreciation at The New Yorker.

“John le Carré didn’t just invent the characters in the foreground of the spy world. He designed the entire set.” at The Washington Post.

The 1997 George Plimpton interview with John le Carre at the Paris Review.

“Why John le Carré is more than a spy novelist” at NewStatesman.

A wonderful collection of words and artwork at The Guardian.

“9 Great John le Carré Adaptions” at the New York Times.

All Due Respect is accepting short story submissions. We’d love to publish more stories from women, writers of color, and other marginalized voices. We pay $25 upon publication. Submission guidelines here.

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Holly Rae Garcia, Ryan Prentis Garcia, and Bobby Mathews

“The Easton Falls Massacre: Bigfoot’s Revenge” by Holly Rae Garcia and Ryan Prentis Garcia (Close to the Bone, 2020) is out.

I love Paul D. Brazill’s weekly stories. This week we can read “The Bucket List” which is from his short story collection, “The Last Laugh” (All Due Respect, 2018)

Review of Stephen J. Golds’s “Always the Dead” (Close to the Bone, 2021) at CrimeBookJunkie.

New fiction by J.B. Stevens.

Two new pieces of flash fiction from Bobby Mathews at Bristol Noir and at Flash Fiction Magazine.

New flash fiction by Lawrence Allen at Shotgun Honey.

A look back at David Cronenberg’s “Crash” (1996) at We Are Cult.

Andrew Nette’s series on Donald Westlake’s Parker films continues with “Payback Straight Up” (2006) at Pulp Curry.

All Due Respect is accepting short story submissions. We’d love to publish more stories from women, writers of color, and other marginalized voices. We pay $25 upon publication. Submission guidelines here.

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Incident Report

Incident Report No. 99

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Features

Gabino Iglesias on the crime writing of Paco Ignacio Taibo II at CrimeReads.

“Why Is Publishing So White?” by Richard Jean So and Gus Wezerek at The New York Times.

Interview with Ron Rash, author of “In the Valley”, at Southern Review of Books.

Jay Wilburn live-streamed writing 50,000 words during NaNoWriMo.

KKUURRTT and Tex Gresham chat about Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe’s film “Greener Gass” at Babou 691.

Interview with Erika T. Wurth, author of “Buckskin Cocaine” (Astrophil Press, 2017) at Full Stop.

Tom Quiller, author of “Evergreen” (Dream Paladin Books, 2020), is interviewed by John Wisniewski at Punk Noir Magazine.

“The Long, Dark Legacy of William Hjortsberg’s Supernatural Neo-Noirs” by Andrew Nette at CrimeReads.

Interview with cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, creator of “Bloom County”, at The New York Times.

Interview with crime fiction master Janet Evanovich at CrimeReads.

Brian Morton on the politics of cultural appropriation at Dissent Magazine.

A fantastic essay in The New York Times by Ligaya Mishan, “The Long and Tortured History of Cancel Culture”.

Gabino Iglesias on agents, can’t live with them, can’t stuff them in a sack.

Everyone has a different journey to writing, and Chris Whitaker’s path was certainly odd.

Some new short story collections via Chicago Review of Books.

A short interview with Andrzej Sapkowski, the mind behind “The Witcher”, at Literary Hub.

CrimeReads presents us with a 1965 TV interview with John le Carré.

There’s some much juiciness in Joanna Scutts’s The Times Literary Supplement essay on self-help books and their relationship to literary criticism.

An appreciation of Alison Lurie at the Los Angeles Times.

Electric Lit’s Favorite Short Story Collections of 2020

Part II of LitReactor’s Best of 2020.

Taking a test spin of the Netflix of Books, BingeBooks.

Interview with Les Edgerton, author of “Hard Times” (Bronzeville Books, 2020).

Interview with science fiction master Kim Stanley Robinson at Los Angeles Review of Books.

The First Two Pages: “When the Wind Is Southerly” by Leone Ciporin at Art Taylor, Writer.

What the pandemic could mean to Arts in the United States.

Interview Judith Levine and Erica R. Meiners, authors of “The Feminist and the Sex Offender”, who talk about the history of the sex offender registry and explore how we can strive to reduce sexual harm without mass incarceration.

Longreads Best of 2020: Crime Reporting.

Quite a few stories and poems were released on Hypnopmp.

Reviews

Review of “The Wingspan of Severed Hands” by Joanna Koch (Weirdpunk Books, 2020) at Babou 691.

Kevin Tipple reviews “All Due Respect 2020” edited by Chris Rhatigan and yours truly.

Review of “The Aosawa Murders” by Riku Onda, translated by Alison Watts (Bitter Lemon Press, 2020)

Ian Ayris reviews “The Art of Serial Killing” by Mark Ramsden (Fahrenheit 13, 2015).

Review of “The Ancient Hours” by Michael Bible (Melville House, 2020) at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

Review of “Saying Uncle” by Greg Gifune (2008) at Black Guys Do Read.

Scott Alderberg reviews of “Loveloid” by J.L. Morin (Harvard Square Editions, 2020) at Do Some Damage.

Fiction

New fiction from Daniel Torday at Guernica.

New flash fiction by Max Thrax at Bristol Noir.

New fiction by Phil Hurst at Punk Noir Magazine.

Bristol Noir presents us with new disturbing flash fiction from William R. Soldan.

New fiction from Bryan Costales at Close to the Bone.

Bristol Noir has new fiction from C.W. Blackwell.

New fiction by Rosemary McLean at Tough.

New flash fiction by Ted Flanagan at Shotgun Honey.

New fiction by Mark McConville at Bristol Noir.

New fiction from David Summers at Close to the Bone.

Fiction from Paul D. Brazill.

New fiction by Stephen J. Golds.

New flash fiction from Jeff Esterholm at Pulp Modern.

New fiction by Ian Ayris at Punk Noir Magazine.

Poetry

New poetry by Sharon Waller Knutson at The Five-Two.

Review of Alex Balgiu and Mónica de la Torre’s “Women in Concrete Poetry: 1959–1979” at BOMB Magazine.

New poetry by J.J. Campbell at The Rye Whiskey Review

New poetry by Ian Lewis Copestick at Punk Noir Magazine.

New poetry by Timothy Gager at Live Nude Poems.

New poetry by Brian Rihlmann at The Rye Whiskey Review.

New poetry from Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal at The Rye Whiskey Review,

Punk Noir Magazine has new poetry from John Patrick Robbins.

New poetry by Scott Ferry.

Louise Glück’s Nobel Lecture.

New poetry by Lisa Reynolds at The Rye Whiskey Review.

Podcasts

Frank Zafiro interviews TK Thorne, author of “House of Rose” (Camel Press, 2020) at Wrong Place, Write Crime.

Interview with Christopher Golden, author of Red Hands (2020) at Ink Heist.

Film and TV

Nick Kolakowski thinks that “The Good Thief” might be the best heist movie you’ve never seen.

Growing up watching “Bewitched” and loving Elizabeth Montgomery in “The Legend of Lizzie Borden”, I’m interested in watching the TV movie “Mrs. Sundance” (1974) that was reviewed by David Cranmer in Western Fictioneers.

That’s a hell-a lotta words about Goodfellas.

The Babou 691 interview with Chris Kelso and Laura Lee Bahr, screenwriters of the short film, “Strange Bird”.

Music

New music from Sturgill Simpson.

Ambient composer Harold Budd has died.

Best Southern Albums of 2020 from The Bitter Southerner.

The importance of the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack 20 years later.

Art and Photography

Photography of Joan Colom at Fragments of Noir.

Fragments of Noir presents more photographs by Roger Schall.

The Dirty Femmes series continues at Fragments of Noir.

Books

Jason Parent’s “Eight Cylinders” (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2020) is out.

Scott Grand’s “The Girl with the Stone Heart” (All Due Respect, 2020) is out.

“Damaged Goods”, a short story collection, by J. Travis Grundon (2020).

“Killer, Come Back to Me” by Ray Bradbury (Hard Case Crime, 2020), a collection of crime stories.

All Due Respect is accepting short story submissions. We’d love to publish more stories from women, writers of color, and other marginalized voices. We pay $25 upon publication. Submission guidelines here.

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Jason Parent, Joanna Koch, and Max Thrax

Jason Parent’s “Eight Cylinders” (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2020) is out.

Gabino Iglesias on the crime writing of Paco Ignacio Taibo II at CrimeReads.

“Why Is Publishing So White?” by Richard Jean So and Gus Wezerek at The New York Times.

Review of “The Wingspan of Severed Hands” by Joanna Koch (Weirdpunk Books, 2020) at Babou 691.

New fiction from Daniel Torday at Guernica.

New flash fiction by Max Thrax at Bristol Noir.

New music from Sturgill Simpson.

All Due Respect is accepting short story submissions. We’d love to publish more stories from women, writers of color, and other marginalized voices. We pay $25 upon publication. Submission guidelines here.

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Scott Grand, Ron Rash, and William R. Soldan

Scott Grand’s “The Girl with the Stone Heart” (All Due Respect, 2020) is out.

Interview with Ron Rash, author of “In the Valley”, at Southern Review of Books.

Jay Wilburn live-streamed writing 50,000 words during NaNoWriMo.

New fiction by Phil Hurst at Punk Noir Magazine.

Bristol Noir presents us with new disturbing flash fiction from William R. Soldan.

New fiction from Bryan Costales at Close to the Bone.

Nick Kolakowski thinks that “The Good Thief” might be the best heist movie you’ve never seen.

All Due Respect is accepting short story submissions. We’d love to publish more stories from women, writers of color, and other marginalized voices. We pay $25 upon publication. Submission guidelines here.

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Jason Beech, Erika T. Wurth, and Elizabeth Montgomery

The second book of Jason Beech’s City of Forts series is out and it’s called “American Spartan” (2020). It’s going for .99¢ right now, so get on it.

Tom Quiller, author of “Evergreen” (Dream Paladin Books, 2020), is interviewed by John Wisniewski at Punk Noir Magazine.

Interview with Erika T. Wurth, author of “Buckskin Cocaine” (Astrophil Press, 2017) at Full Stop.

“The Long, Dark Legacy of William Hjortsberg’s Supernatural Neo-Noirs” by Andrew Nette at CrimeReads.

Kevin Tipple reviews “All Due Respect 2020” edited by Chris Rhatigan and yours truly.

Growing up watching “Bewitched” and loving Elizabeth Montgomery in “The Legend of Lizzie Borden”, I’m interested in watching the TV movie “Mrs. Sundance” (1974) that was reviewed by David Cranmer in Western Fictioneers.

KKUURRTT and Tex Gresham chat about Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe’s film “Greener Gass” at Babou 691.

All Due Respect is accepting short story submissions. We’d love to publish more stories from women, writers of color, and other marginalized voices. We pay $25 upon publication. Submission guidelines here.

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Dave Zeltserman, C.W. Blackwell, and Rosemary McLean

“Unlucky Seven”, a collection of short noir stories, by Dave Zeltsersman (2020) is out. One of the stories, “Brother’s Keeper”, is a nominee for this year’s Edgar and Macavity awards.

Interview with cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, creator of “Bloom County”, at The New York Times.

Brian Morton on the politics of cultural appropriation at Dissent Magazine.

Bristol Noir has new fiction from C.W. Blackwell.

New fiction by Rosemary McLean at Tough.

Ambient composer Harold Budd has died.

Best Southern Albums of 2020 from The Bitter Southerner.

All Due Respect is accepting short story submissions. We’d love to publish more stories from women, writers of color, and other marginalized voices. We pay $25 upon publication. Submission guidelines here.

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J. Travis Grundon, Cancel Culture, and Ted Flanagan

“Damaged Goods”, a short story collection, by J. Travis Grundon (2020).

A fantastic essay in The New York Times by Ligaya Mishan, “The Long and Tortured History of Cancel Culture”.

Gabino Iglesias on agents, can’t live with them, can’t stuff them in a sack.

Interview with crime fiction master Janet Evanovich at CrimeReads.

New flash fiction by Ted Flanagan at Shotgun Honey.

New fiction by Mark McConville at Bristol Noir.

New poetry by Sharon Waller Knutson at The Five-Two.

All Due Respect is accepting short story submissions. We’d love to publish more stories from women, writers of color, and other marginalized voices. We pay $25 upon publication. Submission guidelines here.

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Ray Bradbury, David Summers, and J.J. Campbell

“Killer, Come Back to Me” by Ray Bradbury (Hard Case Crime, 2020), a collection of crime stories.

New fiction from David Summers at Close to the Bone.

Fiction from Paul D. Brazill.

Review of Alex Balgiu and Mónica de la Torre’s “Women in Concrete Poetry: 1959–1979” at BOMB Magazine.

New poetry by J.J. Campbell at The Rye Whiskey Review

New poetry by Ian Lewis Copestick at Punk Noir Magazine.

The importance of the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack 20 years later.

All Due Respect is accepting short story submissions. We’d love to publish more stories from women, writers of color, and other marginalized voices. We pay $25 upon publication. Submission guidelines here.