A week in review of the world of small press crime fiction covering Sunday, December 24th, to Saturday, December 30th. Sections this week include New and Recent Books, Book Reviews, Articles, Short Stories, Podcasts, and Upcoming Releases.
Sue Grafton Dies at 77
“Hello Dear Readers. This is Sue’s daughter, Jamie. I am sorry to tell you all that Sue passed away last night after a two year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family, including her devoted and adoring husband Steve. Although we knew this was coming, it was unexpected and fast. She had been fine up until just a few days ago, and then things moved quickly. Sue always said that she would continue writing as long as she had the juice. Many of you also know that she was adamant that her books would never be turned into movies or TV shows, and in that same vein, she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name. Because of all of those things, and out of the deep abiding love and respect for our dear sweet Sue, as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y.”
Great Jones Street Shutters Doors
Great Jones Street is no more. I don’t know about you but I just never got into it. If my memory services me correctly when the app first launched you couldn’t search by genre which I found cumbersome. I put it down and never really picked it up again. Oh, I read free stories when pointed to them by authors, but I never opened the app of my own volition. Giving the general lack of reactions on my social media feeds, many people had similar reactions to Great Jones Street. (Before you argue my social media point, there have been a few, but not many.)
When people complain about the lack of a short story market for crime fiction, and they will and have been, I’ll point you to John M. Floyd’s recent post in SleuthSayers, Non-Vital Statistics: 2017 in Review. Thirty of his thirty-four published short stories when to paying markets. -DN
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New and Recent Releases
Hydra by Matt Wesolwoski
Publisher Description: One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the north west of England, 26-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the “Macleod Massacre.” Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation. King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was a diminished as her legal team made out. As he unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust into a world of deadly forbidden “games,” online trolls, and the mysterious Black-eyed Children, whose presence extends far beyond the delusions of a murderess.
Blue Night by Simone Bucholz
Publisher Description: After convicting a superior for corruption and shooting off a gangster’s crown jewels, the career of Hamburg’s most hard-bitten state prosecutor, Chastity Riley, has taken a nose dive: she has been transferred to the tedium of witness protection to prevent her making any more trouble. However, when she is assigned to the case of an anonymous man lying under police guard in hospital—almost every bone in his body broken, a finger cut off, and refusing to speak in anything other than riddles—Chastity’s instinct for the big, exciting case kicks in. Using all her powers of persuasion, she soon gains her charge’s confidence, and finds herself on the trail to Leipzig, a new ally, and a whole heap of lethal synthetic drugs. When she discovers that a friend and former colleague is trying to bring down Hamburg’s Albanian mafia kingpin single-handedly, it looks like Chas Riley’s dull life on witness protection really has been short-lived.
The Missing Children by M.A. Comley
Publisher Description: The first gripping thriller in the DI Kayli Bright trilogy. “I want my mummy…” The whisper seems to echo through the rooms of the abandoned house. DI Kayli Bright and her partner, DS Dave Chaplin, aren’t strangers to dealing with bad cases, but no one can prepare for the emotional and mental anguish caused by the discovery of a child’s remains. Determined to find the responsible culprit, several of the dead child’s family members surface on their radar of suspects…until they learn of another child’s abduction. The investigation leads Kayli to the shocking conclusion that even more children in the area have been abducted. A race against time ensues to find the children before they get lost in a sinister, evil world. Killer on the Run (second book in the trilogy) on pre-order,release date 31st January. Hidden Agenda (third book in the trilogy) due to release Feb/March 2018.
Disorder by Gerard Brennan
No Alibis Press
Shadow Man by Margaret Kirk
by Sharon | Chapter in My Life
“The novel is also peppered throughout with fascinating snippets of the history around the Highland Clearances and while it might sound peculiar, it worked perfectly well and gave the novel just that something a little bit different, there was a real sense of “cosy crime” set in modern day times and the political backdrop combined with the breathless beauty of the Scottish Highlands resulted in a taut and atmospheric police procedural beautifully written by the author”
City of Saviors by Rachel Howzell Hall
by Rob Latham | Los Angeles Review of Books
“City of Saviors is the fourth entry in Rachel Howzell Hall’s series featuring LAPD Homicide Detective Elouise (“Lou”) Norton, and it definitely behooves readers to know the previous installments. While the new novel has its own freestanding plot — an investigation into the mysterious death of an elderly Vietnam vet in his junk-strewn South Central home — it is also filled with callbacks to earlier Norton cases, detailing the lingering fallout from the murder of her sister in Land of Shadows (2014), violent capture of an arsonist in Skies of Ash (2015), and from her bloody confrontation with a serial killer in Trail of Echoes (2016).”
Criminology of Homicidal Poisoning by Michael Farrell
by Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D. | The Crime Fiction Writer’s Forensics Blog
“Farrell not only describes how homicidal poisoning fits the most popular criminological theories for why people kill but also examines the nature and lethality of various poisons, identifies trends in poisoning, provides a history, and shows offender traits and victim characteristics. In one chapter, he even discusses issues for investigators and prosecutors who will be taking a poisoning case to trial.”
Dark Pines by Will Dean
by Amy | Novel Gossip
“This read like a classic murder mystery, a nod to old school style books and I thought the pacing was spot on. The chapters would often end kind of abruptly but oddly enough it worked really well for me. I was totally caught up in this one, it had a quiet ferocity that reminded me of Ragnar Jonasson and fans of his work should definitely give this a try!”
Hang Time by S.W. Lauden
by Jochem Vandersteen | Sons of Spade
“The pacing of his novel is just as fast as the punk rock songs being referenced through out. There’s twists and turns and intense feelings of lust, pain and anger.”
The Devil Doesn’t Want Me by Eric Beetner
by Mark Allen | Guns ‘n’ Guts
“Usually the hardboiled genre doesn’t get me whipped into a lather due to a lack of action—I am primarily an action-adventure reader/writer—but Beetner serves up plenty of shootouts and fisticuffs that make this more of an action-crime novel than a straight-up hardboiled entry.”
Tampa Two by David Chill
by Jochem Vandersteen | Sons of Spade
“Burnside is as always a nice almost everyman kind of guy who however can be very tough when he needs to be. Another solid entry in a solid series.”
Come and Find Me by Sarah Hillary
by Jackie Law | neverimitate
“A crime thriller that dives straight into the action and maintains a roller coaster tension through to the unanticipated denouement. It will appeal to fans of the genre but contains sufficient depth and consideration to satisfy any reader. A fiercely assured addition to an unflinching series. This is a recommended read.”
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
by Jacob Collins | Hooked From Page One
“This is one hell of a psychological thriller. It is utterly unique with a cast of intriguing characters. This is going to be one of the most talked about books of 2018. Stuart Turton’s novel is a mind bending piece of work. It’s hard to believe that this is his debut!”
Kiss and Kill by Richard Deming
by James Reasoner | Rough Edges
“Deming’s writing is great, as lean and fast and hard as a bullet, and Sam Carter’s jovial, matter-of-fact evil is downright chilling. The reader never knows how much to trust what Sam is saying, and there’s no telling where the dark paths these characters go down are going to lead.”
Dark Chapter by Winnie M. Li
by Tom Leins | Dirty Books Blog
“Li’s decision to fictionalise her own experiences in such a matter-of-fact way is a brave move, but crawling into the mind of her teenage attacker is an even bolder one. While the characterisation of Johnny does little to dispel negative stereotypes associated with traveller families, the supporting characters do offer a welcome degree of light and shade in this regard.”
A Lesson in Violence (aka She Rides Shotgun) by Jordan Harper
by Tom Leins | Dirty Books Blog
“As someone who reads and enjoys a lot of crime fiction from independent publishers, A Lesson In Violence feels like a particularly important breakthrough, as it strikes me as one of the best examples of a big publisher embracing the aesthetics, values and energy of the small press scene.”
A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
by David Cranmer | The Education of a Pulp Writer
“Still, you may have a problem getting close to Kinsey because outside of Rosie, who runs her favorite local bar, and Henry, her landlord, she pretty much sticks to herself—not counting a few relationships sprinkled throughout the series. She did, though, reconnect to family members not long ago. Weird that I’m talking about Kinsey like she’s real? Well, she has that effect on us fans.”
How Not To Promote a Writing Contest: The NY Literary Magazine
by Victoria Strauss
“Could there be a better Christmas gift? Recognition by a “distinguished print and digital magazine”! The chance to “add to your bio and credentials that you are a Best Story Award 2017 Nominee”! An award recognized by the New York Times and Writer’s Digest!
Anyone who clicked the email link discovered that this isn’t so much a nomination as a solicitation (for a monthly writing contest; winners get a “distinguished award seal”), and not so much an unexpected holiday gift as a rather deceptive buying opportunity (the entry fee is $19.95, discounted to $14.95 for, you know, Christmas).”
In an Era of Online Outrage, Do Sensitivity Readers Result in Better Books, or Censorship?
by Alexandra Alter | The New York Times
“It’s a craft issue; it’s not about censorship,” said Dhonielle Clayton, a former librarian and writer who has evaluated more than 30 children’s books as a sensitivity reader this year. “We have a lot of people writing cross-culturally, and a lot of people have done it poorly and done damage.”
Hidden Mysteries and Closed Societies: Nina Revoyr interviews Nelson George
by Nina Revoyr | Los Angeles Review of Books
“Between the O. J. trial and the uprising, Los Angeles was home base to events that laid bare the racial divisions in the country. Add to that the fierce gangsta rap records that came out during that period and the often brutal policies of that era’s LAPD and you have a historical epoch we, as a national culture, keep revisiting in documentaries and fiction. I think the scars are still here.”
The First Two Pages: “Separation Anxiety” by Angel Luis Colón
by Art Taylor and Angel Luis Colón | Art Taylor, Writer
“In this small space, I’ve laid down a base that allows me to stretch as far as I want—or really can stretch based on word count limits. A lot of that is down to word economy. It’s okay to simply state facts. I even use common details (such as the pictures on the fridge) to immediately evoke a mental image without having to spend five paragraphs discussing every picture or magnet. You have a fridge at home and more than likely have pictures on it—you can do that work for me.”
46 Books By Women of Color to Read in 2018
by R.O. Kwon | Electric Literature
Only one piece of crime fiction, but an important article. -DN
How Indie Presses Are Elevating the Publishing World: Three independent publishers discuss their mission
by Jennifer Baker | Electric Literature
Interview with Rosalie Morales Kearns (Shade Mountain Press), Leland Cheuk (7.13 Books), and Laura Stanfill (Forest Avenue).
Top 10 experimental thrillers
by Tony White | The Guardian
“Of course not all thrillers and detective novels are “modern”, let alone experimental, although the genre is nothing if not innovative. In order to limit the field here, I have taken my cue from Stein’s idea, but also sought out novels where watching the experiment unfold is perhaps as essential and thrilling as the detective story itself.”
5 Crime Must-Reads for January
by Lisa Levy | Literary Hub
Sigh. All from majors except one which seems to be a run-of-the-mill thriller. -DN
by Samuel Parker | The Strand Magazine
“The classical antihero is a far cry from what we see onstage and onscreen today. Deadpool is a perfect example of what the antihero has become in modern form. Witty, violent, extremely self-centered, and fighting the bad guys not out of any sense of justice but out of a naked lust for revenge. The antihero is an ‘ends justify the means’ individual, which, deep down inside, our lizard brain is darkly attracted to in a world that appears more abjectly unjust every day.”
Why Microsoft Word’s New Grammar and Style Corrections Suck
by Peter Derk | Lit Reactor
Or, you can turn them off. -DN
Writer Resolution, 2018: Write with Intentionality
by Chuck Wendig | terribleminds
“And play, too, to find out how to make it work. Compose and recompose a scene. Go one way with it, then rewrite it another way. Learn to see how intentional changes make for a butterfly effect in the work. Learn the weave and the weft of it. Don’t just go down the river. Put objects in the water, see how fast they move. See if they block the flow or speed it up or break the river in twain.”
‘Cat Person’ and ‘Zola’: Two Viral Shorts, Two Different Reactions
by Rachel Carter | Booktrib
“But ‘Cat Person’ is more universal, more characteristic of a larger segment of women and, therefore, forces us to examine our own behaviors more closely.”
A World Of My Own
by Terence McCauley | Elizabeth A. White — Editing & Reviews
“The best part about creating that world is when it takes on a life of its own. When the characters move off in various directions I hadn’t planned or an entirely new group of characters or events exist that I never anticipated. It’s great to turn them loose and see where they go. It’s even more fun to write about it, especially when it all makes sense.”
Crime Novels Have Two Stories
by Brian Thiem | Career Authors
“When I first began writing crime novels, I discovered that every crime novel (call them mysteries, police procedurals, crime thrillers, or whatever) consists of two main stories: the crook’s story about how and why he committed the crime, and the detective’s story about how he solved it and brought the crook to justice.”
by Joe Clifford | Joe Clifford: Blog
“2017 sucked. I know it was rough for a lot of people. I’m not sure if it’s because I am getting older and have entered the hell and a hand basket stage, waving angry fist at cloud, but I can honestly say last year ranks among the very worst of my life. And, yes, that includes the homeless junkie years.”
There is a sadness that pervades Sue Waterman’s “House Fire” (Flash Fiction Magazine), it is a lovely story. Other stories, though not crime fiction per se, but have that desperate feel to them are Diana Powell’s “Child” (Spelk), L.V. Olivera’s “Fairies in the Lillies” (Flash Fiction Magazine), and Kathleen Latham’s “Rubbernecking” (Flash Fiction Magazine).
On the crime front is P.K. Augustyn’s “Let the Towns Drift By Slowly” (Near to the Knuckle) is a tale of hopping trains. Some other stories you may be interested in is Kurt Newton bizarre take of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (Flash Fiction Offensive) and a new story by Frank Bill that his tattoo artist shares, “Nostalgia Purvis”.
Writer’s Bone Podcast: The 35 Best Books of 2017
hosted by Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy
“2017 was a remarkable year for fiction and nonfiction. From fearless debut novelists to established literary veterans at the top of their games, authors provided the artistic tonic we needed to survive a turbulent time both politically and culturally.
Narrowing down a reading list of 116 titles to just 35 was torture. The final grouping you’re about to read (and judge) could have easily been expanded to include 50 to 60 books.”
There are 35 podcasts to chose from, so I’ll chose this one with David Joy.
Writer’s Bone Podcast: Eric Rickstad
hosted by Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy
“Best-selling author Eric Rickstad read from his latest Canaan Crime novel, The Names of Dead Girls, and answered questions from the Writer’s Bone crew during a live podcast recording from Belmont Books on Dec. 7.”
Writer Types: Special Episode – Crime Quiz 3
hosted by Eric Beetner and S.W. Lauden
“Recorded live at Bouchercon in Toronto with one microphone and an iPhone (apologies for the sound quality) this fast and funny crime quiz features panelists Jess Lourey, Jay Stringer and Owen Laukkanen.”
The Segilola Salami Show: Andrew Nette
hosted by Segilola Salami
“Andrew Nette is today’s guest on The Segilola Salami Show. Andrew reads from his crime fiction novel “Ghost Money” and shares his inspirations for writing it. There are a few words in the book that are not appropriate for young children, so please proceed with caution. Other than that, I assure you, you need to click play now.”
Blue Plate Special: James L’Etoile
hosted by Terri Lynn Coop
“Author James L’Etoile’s crime fiction work has been recognized by the Creative World Awards, Acclaim Film, and the Scriptapalooza Television Script Competition. Specializing in gritty crime fiction, his complex, edgy stories are fueled by two decades of experience in prisons and jails across the country. An experienced Associate Warden, Chief of InstitutionOperations, Hostage Negotiator and Director of Parole, James brings these stories to life with his background in probation, parole, investigation and prison operation.”
Thrill Seekers Radio: Louis Bayard
hosted by Alex Dolan
“Louis Bayard is the author of seven novels, including Roosevelt’s Beast, The School of Night, The Pale Blue Eye and Mr. Timothy. A New York Times Notable author, he has been nominated for both the Edgar® and Dagger awards and has been named one of People magazine’s top authors of the year. Joyce Carol Oates has noted, “Louis Bayard is a writer of remarkable gifts: for language, for imagination, for that mysterious admixture of audacity and craftsmanship that signals a major talent in the making.” He is also the author of the popular Downton Abbey recaps for the New York Times.”
We Were the Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard
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.
Killed by Thomas Enger
Publisher Description: Henning Juul sits in a boat on a dark lake. A man with a gun sits opposite him. At the man’s feet is a body that will be soon be dumped into the water. Henning knows that the same fate awaits him. And he knows that it’s his own fault. Who started the fire that killed Henning’s young son? How is his sister, Trine, involved? Most importantly, who can be trusted? Packed with tension and unexpected twists, Killed is the long-waited finale of the internationally renowned series featuring conflicted, disillusioned but always dogged crime reporter Henning Juul, and one of the most chilling, dark and moving crime thrillers you may ever read.
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.
Praise for MAY:
“Every page has a lovely line, something to savor, even as the story uneasily slips under your skin. There’s beauty in the violence in this novella about loneliness and the lengths people go to free themselves from its grasp. You read May and imagine Marietta Miles sitting at the edge of the abyss, peering into it and scribbling into her notebook.” —E.A. Aymar, author of You’re As Good As Dead
“Marietta Miles is a unique voice in modern noir, a writer of such dark scenes that only the power of her words can provide the light that releases the reader into a world where hope remains. Showcasing a Southern sensibility that reminds at times of Flannery O’Connor, Miles continually reveals further breadth (and depths) to her characters. A book of dark charms, May adds to the staggeringly beautiful intoxication delivered by last year’s Route 12.” —Rob Pierce, author of Uncle Dust and With The Right Enemies
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
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 Adlerberg
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.
The Cost of Doing Business by Jonathan Ashley
Down & Out Books
Publisher Description: Jon Catlett, a misanthropic literary obsessive, is facing the loss of the only thing in the world he loves; his used bookstore, a haven for fellow weirdos, outcasts, misunderstood geniuses and malcontents. Jon has several other problems, the least of which are his love affair with a bi-polar femme fatale heiress to a thriving northern steel company or the exponentially growing opiate habit he has developed.
When Jon, during a deal gone wrong, accidentally kills a fellow drug addict, getting away with murder turns out to be the least of his worries. The steps he and Paul, the obsessive-compulsive manager of Jon’s store, must take to cover up the killing result in the two cornering Louisville’s blossoming heroin trade.
From West End gangbangers to dirty cops and crusading narcotics detectives, Jon and his unstable partner in crime must dilute their morals and thicken their skin if they are to have any hope of surviving the lucrative but deadly life they’ve stumbled upon.
Life During Wartime and Other Stories by Thomas Pluck
Down & Out Books
Publisher Description: A blackjack 21 of stories of people caught up in crime, facing bleak horrors, or spun in the whirlpool of human absurdity, this collects the best stories of Thomas Pluck.
Take a ride on the neuter scooter in “The Big Snip”, selected as one of the best crime stories of 2016. Follow a mountain man who’s not what he seems into a snowbound frontier town where evil has sunk its claws. Dine at the most exclusive restaurant in New York, where “Eat the Rich” takes on a whole new meaning. And meet Denny the Dent, a hulking 350 pounds of muscle who wouldn’t harm a fly…but who’ll glad crush a bully’s skull. And read the Jay Desmarteaux yarn that takes off where Bad Boy Boogie ends.
Read the stories readers call “hard-hitting bombs” full of “gut punches and belly laughs”…and be ready to get Plucked.
Street Whispers: Stories by Liam Sweeny
All Due Respect
Publisher Description: An eclectic collection of pulp, grit and noir stories inspired by the Capital Region of New York, a rust-belt crossroads in the shadow of the city that never sleeps. Here’s a trip led by fat slobs in smoky, vomit-stained cabs, heading to the oasis of the strip club on a street lined with rusted out factories, ventilated with beer cans and rocks. No heroes and villains in these pages, just shades of grey and characters making choices between bad and worse.
Tales of woe and macabre, the profane and ordinary dance with each other in a building where the forgotten stay, passing their street whispers like bottles from the bottom shelf.