Incident Report No. 22

 

22_375.pngSome bloggers wrote posts honoring Bill Crider and his work. Patricia Abbott put together several of these posts on her blog. Bill has been in hospice care since early December.

Other sad news I missed is that blogger Kevin Tipple’s wife died after a long battle with cancer. Kevin’s posts are heartbreaking.

After doing a lot online yesterday, I have not been online at all today except to write this post. We had to run errands today and as part of that we had to pick up prescriptions at the old store Sandi used to work at while she was attending TWU because I have not moved them yet. That meant I had to talk to folks who knew Sandi and cared about her. Trying to tell them and watching them as the shock and pain of the news hit was very hard.

Hearing two different songs on the radio as we came home that were favorites of hers and ones we danced to at our wedding did not help. Nor did seeing an old movie that contained a song that I used to sing to her back in the day as we danced. So, I spent part of this afternoon and evening back in bed, occasionally crying, and missing her so much.

Tomorrow it will be a week. Seven days. It still feels like it just happened…..and it hurts so bad.

New Books

Accidental Outlaws by Matt Phillips
All Due Respect Books

Publisher Description: Three linked crime novellas that follow working class antiheroes as they indulge in theft, murder, and lawless shenanigans. Ain’t no cops running things out this way.

In “Mesa Boys,” Ronnie plots a haphazard heist with a twisted con man. In “The Feud,” tough-as-nails Rex lets his resentment for a local pot dealer cloud his judgement. And, in “Bar Burning,” a mysterious drifter goes toe-to-toe with his new lady’s psychotic ex-husband.

Accidental Outlaws is a hellfire ride through working class America’s angsty underbelly.

Down & Out: The Magazine (Vol. 1 Issue 2) edited by Rick Ollerman
Down & Out Books

Publisher Description: Picking up from where our last issue left off, we have another group of crime stories written especially for us. Starting with ex-police detective Lissa Marie Redmond whose short fiction has appeared in anthologies like Akashic’s Buffalo Noir and whose debut novel will be out in February 2018, we move along to novelist Andrew Welsh-Huggins, author of the Andy Hayes PI series.

Then we have a chilling new tale by short story specialist Nick Kolakowsi, followed by this issue’s featured writer, Bill Crider, who takes us to Blacklin County, Texas, where he treats us to a new story starring everyone’s favorite sheriff, Dan Rhodes.

Tim Lockhart’s debut novel came out earlier this year amidst a lot of buzz and he’s here with a very dark tale indeed. Next we offer a taste of J.J. Hensley’s fast-paced writing with an airborne story as we await the premiere of a new series early next year.

Our trip to the past brings us to the legendary writer Carroll John Daly and his no-holds-barred character Race Williams, who never shot any man that didn’t deserve it. We close out the issue with a story strong with irony by Ben Boulden. Throw in a terrific column by J. Kingston Pierce and you’ve got another issue of Down & Out: The Magazine.

The End of Lies by Andrew Barrett
Bloodhound Books

Publisher Description: My name is Becky. I arrived home to find my husband, Chris, stabbed to death and a gang of men ransacking our house.

Turns out that Chris has something that belongs to them. And if I want to stay alive, I have to find it and return it. They have given me seven days. And a beating.

There is nowhere to hide and no time left to look. So I will stand my ground as the deadline approaches. All I have is a head full of lies and a very bad plan.

This is my story.

The Silent Children by Carol Wyer
Bookoutre

Publisher Description: The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this…

Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed.

Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint.

Then a nurse is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her friend’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies connected, and has the killer only just begun?

When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, one of her own team goes missing.

Buried in the past is a terrible injustice. Can Robyn uncover the truth before another life is lost?

An absolutely heart-stopping and compelling serial killer thriller that will keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter, Rachel Abbott and Robert Dugoni.

Crossing the Line by Kerry Wilkinson
Bookoutre

Publisher Description: A serial killer with a past. A detective with a secret…

Twenty-five years ago, the Stretford Slasher murdered eight women and was locked behind bars for life. But after the notorious serial killer dies in prison, there is a new series of attacks bearing all the hallmarks of the originals. Victims are being targeted in broad daylight and people are scared to go out…

Recently promoted Detective Inspector Jessica Daniel is heading up the investigation. To unmask the culprit, Jessica must first unravel the truth behind decades of secrets. With so many leads, she enlists the help of Detective Superintendent Niall Hambleton – the man who arrested the Stretford Slasher.

Will Jessica be able to connect the crimes before someone else gets hurt? And how far will she go to solve the case?

Fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Bryndza and Rachel Abbott will be hooked by this pacey, addictive crime thriller, guaranteed to keep you turning the pages until the unforgettable ending.

Foul Trade by B.K. Duncan
Bloodhound Books

Publisher Description: Looking for a compelling new mystery which will have you hooked?

It is March 1920. May Keaps, the Poplar Coroner’s Officer, has never failed to provide a jury with sufficient evidence to arrive at a just verdict.

The poverty, drunken fights between visiting sailors, drug trafficking, and criminal gangs, haunting the shadows of the busiest docks in the world, mean that the Coroner sees more than its fair share of sudden and unnatural deaths.

May relishes the responsibility placed upon her but there are many who believe it’s an unsuitable job for a woman. Even May begins to wonder if that is the case when the discovery of a young man’s body, in a Limehouse alley, plunges her into an underworld of opium dens, gambling, turf wars, protection rackets and murder.

As her investigations draw her into danger, it becomes increasingly clear that whoever is responsible intends to avoid the hangman’s noose by arranging to have May laid out on one of her own mortuary slabs.

A-List by D.P. Lyle
Oceanview Publishing

Publisher Description: Nothing is easy in The Big Easy

PI Jake Longly and Nicole Jamison head to New Orleans at the behest of Nicole’s uncle, movie producer Charles Balfour, when his megastar, A-list actor Kirk Ford, awakens in his hotel bed with the body of Kristi Guidry, a local college coed. Ford, in the Big Easy for a location shoot, remembers little of the evening and nothing of the murder. And, to make matters worse, Kristi is the niece of a local mafioso-type who will do whatever is necessary to avenge her death. Balfour is losing money every day the filming is stalled—he needs his actor cleared, and quickly.

Surrounded by glitzy Hollywood stars and intimidated by seedy underworld characters, Jake and Nicole encounter nothing but obstacles. Something isn’t right. The facts don’t fit. Who would want Kristi dead? Why frame Kirk for the murder? Everyone has an opinion, including Kristi’s friends and ex-boyfriend, the local homicide detectives, and a fortune-teller. The clock is ticking as Jake and Nicole struggle to decipher who’s lying, who’s telling the truth, and exactly who schemed to murder Kristi Guidry. Nothing is easy in The Big Easy.


Selected Upcoming Releases

We Were the Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard
Orenda Books

Publisher Description: As Montrealer Catherine Day sets foot in a remote fishing village and starts asking around about her birth mother, the body of a woman dredges up in a fisherman’s nets. Not just any woman, though: Marie Garant, an elusive, nomadic sailor and unbridled beauty who once tied many a man’s heart in knots. Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, newly drafted to the area from the suburbs of Montreal, barely has time to unpack his suitcase before he’s thrown into the deep end of the investigation. On Quebec’s outlying Gaspé Peninsula, the truth can be slippery, especially down on the fishermen’s wharves. Interviews drift into idle chit-chat, evidence floats off with the tide and the truth lingers in murky waters. It’s enough to make DS Morales reach straight for a large whisky.

May by Marietta Miles
Down & Out Books

Publisher Description: May, lonely drifter and small time weed dealer, has spent years running from her ugly past. As a damaging nor’easter takes aim at her sleepy island home of Folly, however, she rushes to shore up, settle in and keep safe. Though most of the islanders have evacuated, May is not entirely alone. Spoiled city kid Curtis, fleeing his own dark secrets, along with naïve local boy Tommy, are also stuck on the island, both boys tweaking, both desperate but only one grows vile and violent. To save the boy and to save herself, May must learn to be bad.
Hang Time by S.W. Lauden
Rare Bird Books

Publisher Description: Touring in a band is murder. Or is it suicide? After narrowly surviving a hellish season with a murderous drug kingpin, Greg Salem and his sidekick/drummer are back at home in The Bay Cities. A tour looms for their infamous punk band, Bad Citizen Corporation, but first Salem & Associates must wrap up a jealous husband case tied to a cheating hip-hop bombshell. BCC plays a warm up show when a dead body turns up in their dressing room―the first of many during this ill-fated reunion.

The final book in the Greg Salem trilogy, Hang Time, brings together the colorful cast of characters from Bad Citizen Corporation [and] Grizzly Season in a thrilling and atmospheric series finale fueled by sex, drugs, backstabbing band mates, cheating spouses and vicious cops. The non-stop action will keep readers dangling until the very end.

Walk in the Fire by Steph Post
Polis Books

Publisher Description: Life hasn’t gotten any easier for Judah Cannon. He may have survived the fiery showdown between his father, the tyrannical Pentecostal preacher Sister Tulah, and the Scorpions outlaw motorcycle club, but now Judah and Ramey, the love of his life turned partner in crime, are facing new and more dangerous adversaries. It will take all of their cunning and courage, their faith in one another and some unexpected help to give them even a shot of making it out alive.

In attempting to extricate the Cannon family from the crime ring they are known and feared for, Judah finds himself in the sights of Everett Weaver, a cold blooded killer and drug runner in Daytona Beach who shouldn’t be underestimated and doesn’t take no for an answer. Threatened by Weaver, saddled with guilt from his recovering, but now pill-popping, younger brother Benji and pressured to use his head and do the right thing by Ramey, Judah quickly arrives at a breaking point and things soon begin to go south.

Meanwhile, Special Agent Clive Grant, who has been unwillingly sent down from ATF headquarters in Atlanta, arrives in town to investigate the fire at Sister Tulah’s church. Clive, looking to prove himself, becomes obsessed with Tulah and her iron grip on Bradford County and is determined to take her down. His search leads him to Judah’s door and soon the Cannons are caught up in an increasingly tangled web of violence, lies and retribution spanning both sides of the law. Backed into a corner, but desperate to protect his family, Judah finds himself walking a dangerous path that might cost him everything or might win him it all, if only he can walk through the fire and come out on the other side.

Jack Waters by Scott Alderberg
Broken River Books

Jen Conley, author of Cannibals, writes, “Scott Adlerberg’s Jack Waters is the story about a man who doesn’t believe in murder, unless you haven’t paid your gambling debt. Reminiscent of the great South American novels, this tale takes us to an unnamed island in the Caribbean where Jack Waters takes refuge in the gorgeous tropics, hiding out from the Americans who want to hang him for his crime. But Jack Waters is too full of bravado, too American to stay low for long. Mixing with both the island’s wealthy elite and poor rebels, Jack Waters must eventually choose a side, and grow a moral center, if he wants to keep his head. With Adlerberg’s effortless prose and compelling characters, Jack Waters is a wonderful novel to curl up with.”

The Devil at Your Door by Eric Beetner
Down & Out Books

Publisher Description: Lars and Shaine have returned to a quiet life on the islands, but for Lars there is unfinished business. When he gets information that will lead him to exact revenge on behalf of his young protégé, the young woman he’s grown to think of as a daughter, he decides to take action in secret.

When he lands in a hospital Shaine is called in from a thousand miles away and she must take the lead in the last job of Lars’ storied career of death for hire.

Facing his own aging body, Lars struggles to take a back seat to the youngster he has trained in his image. They’ll face a local drug boss along with an old enemy as they work to fire the last bullet they’ll ever need to—before one finds them first.


 

Articles

So What the Hell Comes Next, Fellas?
by Angel Luis Colón | Do Some Damage
“Well, for one, how about you take an hour a day and research new writers from underrepresented communities in our genre (especially women)? Sisters in Crime has a pretty extensive list on their site HERE. Go check that out. Grab an anthology or book from an author that sounds interesting. Maybe give a few clicks to their websites—share a blog entry or two. Small steps. Incremental change. Those small changes can become the norm easier than you think.”

Your Novel Blows Because … It’s Cartoonishly Bleak
by Ben Lelievere | Dead End Follies
“If you’re in a predicament and aren’t really trying to work your way out, you and I aren’t going to connect, whether you’re real or fiction. Is the protagonist trying to improve his situation? Does he have a reason to (this is like, even more important) and are support characters trying to confront him and call him out on him bullshit, or are they only a mean to an end? If the answer to all these questions is ‘no’, you’re crossing the line between bleak and into self-important-pseudo-cartoonish-waliowing-in-self-pity-goth territory.”

Meet Yuri Herrera, the Mexican Crime Novelist Elevating the Drug War Into Myth
by Lincoln Michel | Playboy
“Herrera is the author of three novels, each one published in the United States by And Other Stories. Each novel is short (under 150 pages), and each has a taut crime plot with the requisite twists, turns, and dead bodies. You could read his entire oeuvre in a weekend binge. But each short novel is packed tightly with meaning, like a small bomb waiting to explode in the reader’s mind. These are page turners with something to say about how crime and violence weave a dark web throughout society”

Interview with Ragnar Jónasson
by Abigal Endler | Crime By the Book
“RJ: The challenges are the constrictions of a small town. It has to be realistic. There are hopefully never going to be multiple crimes committed in such a small town. Everyone knows each other quite well in a small town and there are few places to hide and more difficult to keep secrets. All this gives me limits which I have to work with. My way to deal with this was to focus on the town in Snowblind and Nightblind, but to move the action around northern Iceland in the three subsequent books, although Siglufjörður is always in a way the centerpoint.”

Two-Part Interview with John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, authors of Mindnhunter
by Elsie Cooper | Crimespree Magazine
“JD: It is amazing how the casting had them look so much like the killers. Maybe the time line was different but the conversations were accurate. For example, Richard Speck who killed eight student nurses did throw a live bird into the fan, but it happened before we got to the prison. I did open the interview with him using street language, which had him open up because he thought I was as crazy as he was.” Link to Part Two.

Our Love-Hate Relationship with Punctuation
by Stephen Spector | Literary Hub
“You want your punctuation and mechanics to enhance what you’re saying, not to distract from it. In fact, as [Robert] Allen says, the key test of good punctuation is whether your readers are aware of it or not. The less they notice it, the more successful you’ve been. But isn’t it difficult to stitch words together? And how many of us are master tailors anyway?”

Why I am Writing Under a New Name
by John Mantooth | LitReactor
“Enter Crooked Lane Books, an independent crime publisher with a solid distribution and an excellent (though short) track record. Not one of the big five publishers, but maybe that was a good thing. They were willing to take a chance. They let my agent know they were interested but had some questions. Really, I think they only had one question: Would I take a pseudonym in order to position the book as a debut and alleviate the bad sales record of The Year of the Storm?”

A Conversation with Les Edgerton
by Dana King | One Bite at a Time
“Occasionally, I’ll get a new student who seems proud that they’re a “pantser.” That seems to mean to them that they’re the captain of their destiny and that creating an outline somehow makes them less creative or something. Often, they’ll quote someone like Hemingway who also claimed to never outline. Only… he did. He didn’t call them outlines. He called them “Draft 1” and “Draft 2” and “Draft 9” but in truth, they were all outlines. Just kind of longish ones, at around a hundred thousand words…”

Questions and Answers with Rusty Barnes
by Colman Keane | Col’s Criminal Library
“Knuckledragger is a book I had in mind for a long time before I sat down to write it. I’ve spent my entire career writing about Appalachian Pennsylvania, and for my own sanity and to prove I could do something set elsewhere I wanted to write this book, set in my adopted hometown. It took me about three months to get it down and maybe another month of tinkering to get it tight and right.”

The Power of Pulp Fiction: Girl Gangs, Biker Boys and More
by Scott Alderberg | Literary Hub
“That [Andrew] Nette and [Ian] McIntyre have produced a book that is not esoteric serves as a testament to their clarity of purpose. Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats is a book they want a broad audience to enjoy. They want readers to partake of the pleasures they’ve derived from pulp’s sense of the outre. For each of them, this pleasure has been deep and sustained, back to when, years ago, they first discovered pulp.”

How the Internet Changed the Way We Write – And What To Do About It
by Emmy Favilla | The Guardian
“However, the way we communicate – the punctuation (or lack thereof), the syntax, the abbreviations we use – is dependent on context and the medium with which we are communicating. We don’t need to reconcile the casual way we talk in a text or on social media with, say, the way we string together sentences in a piece of journalism, because they’re different animals.

Interview with Matthew Fitzsimmons
by S.W. Lauden | S.W. Lauden: Crime + Mystery + Interviews
“I did set out to write a thriller, but for me story is always first and foremost about the relationships. I like action as much as the next guy, but I’m much more interested in the scenes in between. Take a move like Guardians of the Galaxy, which is a superhero/action movie that came out of nowhere to be a big crowd favorite. I’d bet that the first thing people remember about that movie are the scenes between the core characters not the action sequences. There are exceptions to the rule but generally well-developed relationships are why people readers/viewers become attached to a story.”

Interview with Matt Phillips
by Tom Leins | Dirty Books Blog
“Yeah – I’ve got a thing inside me that, for some damn reason, makes me write about flawed people. And, sometimes, they aren’t the most logical of people. Most of the ‘good guys’ I know are pretty damn boring. Good thing I don’t know very many… the truth is that all humans are flawed. And all humans make costly and tragic mistakes. Nobody wants to read about somebody who does everything right. That’s because nobody identifies with that—I sure as hell don’t. I write about stuff I’ve experienced. That means I write a lot about screwing up and making shit worse. Are flawed characters more enjoyable to write about? Wouldn’t want to write about perfect people so…I’ll never know if I’m missing something. If I did write about a perfect person, I’d make sure he or she met a brutal end.”

Chuck Palahniuk on the Awful Necessity of Author Photos
by Chuck Palahniuk | Literary Hub
“The author photo is the “reality” that underscores the magic of the fictional work. For a person who does the “labor” of inventing and executing the make-believe, the photo is the staid, clear-eyed proof of their professionalism. It’s as if an adult version of our annual childhood school photos, this posed, stylized us will convince readers that writing is a real job. The photo is the equivalent of the actor taking his bow. A performer breaking character, even better, removing his wig or prosthetic nose and breaking the fourth wall to face the audience and prove his humanity. And by creating that contrast, prove his gift. Again, the “real” thing seems intended to highlight the quality of the preceding “fake” thing.”

Under the Influence – David Goodis
by Matt Phillips | Dirty Books
“David Goodis somehow knew in his soul what it was to be down and out; more than anything else, that’s what you get from his novels, a surging and ceaseless sense of dread.”

Noir is the New Black: 9 Great Noir Books
by Liberty Hardy | Book Riot
Dumb title, good selection of books.


 

Book Reviews

Whiteout by Ragnar Jónasson
by Sheila Howes | The Quiet Geordie
“This is written in very much a “golden age” style of novel – there is no gore and with only a handful of potential killers, it is like a locked room mystery. I felt the plot moved at a good pace, and it was a page turner, although I’m not sure I would call it a thriller as such. It’s kind of difficult to explain, but it felt more like a quiet, thoughtful crime novel – more like an Agatha Christie than what you normally get from the Nordic genre!”

Quarry’s War
by Mike Parker | Crime Fiction Lover
“Quarry’s War, the comic, takes us back to Chicago in 1972, prior to his the split with The broker. He is on a job for his boss along with his spotter Boyd, aiming to kill a mid-level mob guy. Quarry doesn’t know the reason for the hit, but his dalliance with another mobster’s girl is the likeliest reason for getting his ticket punched.”

Blood Truth by Matt Coyle
by Colman Keane | Col’s Criminal Library
“I really liked the twin strands of dual mystery, particularly with the differing time lines. I know elements of the past and an overhanging threat to Rick’s freedom irritated me in the last book, but not so this time.”

The Silent Second by Adam Walker Phillips
by Lesa Holstine | Lesa’s Book Critiques
“With his melancholy attitude and knowledge of HR jingoism, Chuck Restic makes a perfect narrator. The author, and the character, show a knowledge of Los Angeles that adds to the atmospheric story. There’s a hopelessness at times that is perfect for this novel. Adam Walker Phillips’ debut mystery, The Silent Second, introduces an amateur sleuth worth following.”

4 Kids Walk into a Bank
by Dan Malmon | Crimespree Magazine
“While there are many laugh-out-loud moments in the story, 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK is a crime story. A crime story told with foul-mouthed preteen roleplaying-game children, but a crime story none the less. The events in the story have real emotional weight, and it isn’t long before the reader will feel that very real punch to the gut. Have a box of tissues handy.”

Knuckledragger by Rusty Barnes
by Derrick Horodyski | Out of the Gutter
“Barnes has a great feel for grit; the characters are gritty and sleazy, the setting is gritty and bleak, and the dialogue to true to form. The paintbrush Barnes uses leaves no color and only streaks of depressing grey. This book is noir at its best.”

Huntress Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff
by Craig Sisterson | Crime Watch
“There are many very impressive aspects to Huntress Moon, which all add up to it just being a heck of a good read. The storytelling is seamless, and works on multiple levels. If you’re looking for a fast-paced, adrenalin-pumping tale, then Sokoloff delivers spectacularly on that front. But then she layers in much more too: issues and themes that are unsettling and stay with you beyond the final page. There’s depth and richness to the settings, the characters, and the underlying story. It’s the kind of book that matches ‘airport thrillers’ for pace and suspense, but feels much ‘bigger’ and richer.”

Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats by Andrew Nette and Ian McIntyre
by Jedidiah Ayres | Hardboiled Wonderland
“Often the jacket art is more important in the long run than the books/films themselves. It’s the cover design that sells us, grabs our attention and infects us with an itch, or rather enflames the itch we didn’t know was already within… Regardless of how satisfying said book or film actually turned out to be, the awakening, the realization that we have an appetite is what inspires us to become active agents in our own evolution.”

Hell to Pay by Rachel Amphlett
by Joseph Calleja | Relax and Read Books
“Well, Hell to Pay is yet another well-written, fast-paced, nail-biting thriller that kept me interested and on the edge of my seat from start to finish. In this book internal police politics and corruption play a central role.”

Devil in the Hole by Charles Salzberg
by Chris McGinley | Out of the Gutter
“And here’s where Salzberg defies narrative convention. Be assured, this is not a whodunnit in any traditional sense, even though many of the elements of the detective novel are here. In fact, there are aspects of other genres, too: psychological thriller, journalism procedural, even true crime. In synthesizing these forms, Salzberg manages to deliver a satisfying postmodern thriller (contradiction of terms?) in which he explores the action of a solitary character and its affects on those who have come into contact with him through a host of varied styles and voices.”

The Student by Iain Ryan
by Ben Lelievre | Dead End Follies
“I should’ve known that only someone like Ryan could take such a hackneyed and predictable premise, turn it on its head and deconstruct the everloving shit out of it. The Student is as good as anything he’s ever done and it’s noir, yet it’s far from anything he’s ever done before or from any noir you’ve ever read. That novel is a trip.”

What We Reckon by Eryk Pruitt
by Marietta Miles | Do Some Damage
“RECKON is an addictive read, slipping along at a mesmerizing clip, darkly rich in atmosphere and character definition. Looking into the mental and emotional machinations of our main characters is fascinating and terrifying. RECKON is also pessimistic, perfectly painting the life of those enslaved by drugs, mental-illness or their own devices.”

Burn the Evidence by Keith Nixon
by Sandra Mangan | Crime Fiction Lover
“Nixon spends much of the book building up the tension, layering on the detail and developing the narrative – to such an extent that I was wondering whether we were going to be left hanging. The final reveal comes very late in proceedings and in something of a rush, with vital information bombarding you from all sides, so keep your wits about you.”

A Brutal Bunch of Broken Heared Saps by Nick Kolakowski
by Jochem Vandersteen | Sons of Space
“This isn’t a novella, it’s a Tarantino movie in prose…”

The Savage by Frank Bill
by Elizabeth White | Editing & Reviews
“The story that author Frank Bill unfurls from that point is an authorial masterclass in mixing horror with beauty, vengeance with grace, despair with hope. The Savage is an unflinching look at one possible result of the deepening gulf between the haves and have-nots, of what could happen when those being continually marginalized and pushed into bleak existences from which they see no escape finally say enough is enough.”

Wrestling Maniacs edited by Adam Howe
by Ben Lelievre | Dead End Follies
“So, it is good? Pretty much, yeah. It’ll be a little difficult to understand if you’re unfamiliar with the concepts of pro wrestling, but who never watched am episode of Raw here, huh? WHO?”


 

Podcasts

Writer Types Episdoe 12
hosted Eric Beetner and S.W. Lauden
Turns out bribery works as I appear on the podcast for a few minutes.
“Our year end wrap up with book picks from a whole host of reviewers and interviews with authors Zoe Sharp, Matthew Fitzsimmons, Sheena Kamal and Chuck Caruso. Best Reads of 2017 from a few of our favorite reviewers including Kate Malmon, Dan Malmon, Craig Sisterson. Keir Graff, Erica Ruth Neubauer, David Nemeth and Benoît Lelièvre.”

Skidrow Chatter
hosted by Tom Pitts
Welcome writer – director Jeremy Rush, who’s debut feature Wheelman is rockin’ Netflix around the world. The “Wheelman” is the debut film for writer/director JEREMY RUSH, and currently has an 88% favorability rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In this tense thriller, Grillo portrays a getaway driver who is double crossed, and suddenly has to protect his family from retribution. The film’s scenes takes place mostly in the vehicles that the WHEELMAN drives – similar to the movie “Locke” from 2013 – and features Grillo at his action star best.
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Crime Friction Episode One
hosted by Jay Stringer and Chantelle Aimée Osman
In the first episode, Chantelle and Jay are joined by NYT bestselling author Reed Farrel Coleman, to talk about pet peeves, craft, and meeting Elmore Leonard in an airport.
https://podomatic.com/embed/html5/episode/8650917?autoplay=false

Two Crime Writers and a Microphone: Episode 51
hosted by Luca Veste and Steve Cavanaugh
“They’re back! The two crime writers return for a new season (or series) of all brand new episodes. First up, it’s time for the Bad Sex award special. Celebrating the best examples of bad sex scenes in fiction for the past year, as voted for by the Literary Review. Expect explicit shared extracts, much giggling, and strange things to think about during certain “acts”. Also, the two discuss what they’ve been up to (and failing at) in the month they had off!”
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Wrong Place, Write Crime: Episode 10
hosted by
“In which Steve discusses being a punk rock drummer, his new Greg Salem novel HANG TIME, his Anthony-nominated novella CROSSWISE, the “Writer Types” podcast he co-hosts with Eric Beetner, discovering Kurt Vonnegut, and he draws comparisons between the punk rock scene of his youth and the indie book scene of today… and more”


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