Incident Report No. 36

 

36_375Almost 50 article links this week. There are over 40 new books added so there are now links to over 110 new and upcoming releases. The Incident Report covers the goings on in the world of small press crime fiction for the week of April 1st through April 7th. Links to articles and new and upcoming book releases.

Articles

Writers Who Kill: The “Last” Typo
Sure enough, and that sucker had slipped through my editor and all three proofreaders (not to mention all the times I had reread the novel). Expletive deleted. I still had time to read the electronic version “one last time,” so I did.
The Last Stand: Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins | His Futile Preoccupations …..
Hard Case Crime continues to mine gems from some of the greatest names in detective fiction. March 2018 brought a two-fer: A Bullet for Satisfaction and The Last Stand. A Bullet for Satisfaction was edited and completed by Max Alan Collins, Spillane’s long-time friend, while The Last Stand is Spillane’s final novel.
Recommended Read: Answer Death by Richard Prosch – Paul D. Brazill
Paul D. Brazill recommends and then we should all read.
COL’S CRIMINAL LIBRARY: JACK STRANGE – MANCHESTER VICE (2017)
Lots to like in this borderline horror-cum-crime-mystery-thriller. Jack Strange certainly lives up to his name with this fast-paced shocker.
Do Some Damage: A Writer Becomes a Hero: True Fiction by Lee Goldberg
Goldberg keeps the action moving along at quite a pace as befitting a thriller. But he manages to inject some humanity into Ludlow, who, more than once, wishes he was Clint Straker, the uber-hero of his own novels. Those moments are rather humorous, especially when Margo keeps reminding him of his inadequacies. And the humor sprinkled throughout the book made me chuckle more than once.
You Have the Right to Remain Silent … Ross Greenwood – Messy Business – Books, Writing, Stuff
What makes you throw a book out the window?
RG: Cliché. Angst ridden detectives. Goody two shoes etc. I can cope with spelling mistakes but have more issues with poor comma use as you can’t get into any flow.
Crime Watch: Review: GRIZZLY SEASON
Lauden packs a lot into what is a quick, fun read. GRIZZLY SEASON is full of action and excitement. Told in straightforward fashion – Lauden’s talent is for the interesting characters and situations he crafts rather than being a prose stylist – the book fair tears along with barely a pause. Readers are dipped into several different subcultures, as Salem’s worlds interconnect and collide.
You Have the Right to Remain Silent … Dave Jaggers – Messy Business – Books, Writing, Stuff
That voice and tone is the key to cohesion. Down in the Devil Hole is a collection of short stories all connected by place and time, centered on an event (a tornado). I struggled with how to interlink the stories in a way that would pull the reader from one story to the next. Eventually after many rewrites, it occurred to me that having a consistent voice or style and a similar tone in each story made all the difference. That might sound obvious to some smarter writers than me out there, but it was hard-fought knowledge for this guy.
You Have the Right to Remain Silent … Aidan Thorn – Messy Business – Books, Writing, Stuff
I like books with strong characters. I can read a strong character even if the story itself isn’t great, because I invest in the person. I can’t, however, read a story that’s OK if the characters are weak, because why do I care?
You Have the Right to Remain Silent … Tom Leins – Messy Business – Books, Writing, Stuff
I have plenty of non-reading friends, and while I would like to win them over one story at a time, I’m a very busy man…! There are probably fans of opera or sculpture or [insert other impenetrable art form] who think I’m a savage for deriving so much pleasure from grubby pulp paperbacks older than I am, so I will withhold judgement.
Truck Stop by John L Thompson
If you dig hitmen and mafia shoot outs, busted knuckles and the smells of diesel blowing on the wind, this one if for you. Truck Stop should be available by mid-summer. I’d watch for this one in e-reader and paperback format.  If you’re not familiar with John’s work, this full-length, hard-hitting crime novel from Dusty Desert Press would be a good place to start.
Book Review : Lawrence Block – A Ticket to the Boneyard (1990) — Dead End Follies
A Ticket to the Boneyard is the eighth Matthew Scudder novel and it somehow feels fresh and completely different from its seven predecessors, while adding new pieces to the ongoing human puzzle that is Scudder. I don’t know how Lawrence Block does it, guys. I just don’t. 
COL’S CRIMINAL LIBRARY: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH DAVID B. LYONS
I don’t think any subject should ever be off limits for somebody creating an art form. I don’t want to sound pretentious suggesting I’m an artist. I’m not. I’m just a lucky idiot.
SleuthSayers: The Long and the Short of It
Writing a good short story takes concentration and focus. Maybe reading them does, as well.
How Self-Publishing Made Today’s Small Independent Presses Possible
While the burst of small press publications we’ve seen over the last 10 years or so is undoubtedly a good thing, one thing that often gets overlooked is just how it came to be — and more specifically, how modern self-publishing made it all possible.
Author interview with Jo Perry: When the stuff I write feels true, that’s a win – Write with Phil
My father was a comedy writer.  When he wasn’t writing jokes, he was writing letters. The sound of his typewriter was the soundtrack to my family’s life. My husband is a novelist so nothing’s changed except that keyboards are silent now.
SleuthSayers: R.I.P. Philip Kerr
All that said, my life is the richer for having known Philip Kerr in the context of his fiction. And isn’t that really all we can ask of great art?
COL’S CRIMINAL LIBRARY: SAM WIEBE – CUT YOU DOWN (2018)
My second outing with Sam Wiebe and his creation, the ex-cop turned PI Dave Wakeland in the merry month of March. Again Wiebe serves up another compelling, edge of the seat tale.
Pay It Forward: Philip Kerr | The Thrill Begins
Philip Kerr was more than just a friend, though. I had only known him for five years, but he was an inspiration in so many ways. He taught me some important lessons, not just on how to write good books (and, for the record, whenever anyone asks me who my favorite author is, I give his name without hesitation), but on how to be a good author. Yes, there’s a difference. In his honor, and because he can’t roll his eyes and act like he didn’t do anything helpful, I’d like to share a few things I learned from him.
Under The Influence – Richard Brautigan – by Chris Orlet | Dirty Books
I kept coming back to In Watermelon Sugar, like a hippie fisherman to a dependable trout stream. Perhaps I was attracted by the subversive themes of revolution and peace and other radical ideas my parents and the Catholic Church would have disapproved of.
Why your writing environment matters – Write with Phil
The dream is out there. It gets reinforced whenever you see people on TV and films writing stories that flow through them. They sit at a desk and laugh, love and chat with locals. This is usually overlooking a fabulous lake or mountain range or something equally inspiring. The location and the locals always seem to be the inspiration for the end of the story. The ending actually comes from the writing environment.
Gravetapping: Interview: Jo Walpole
I think about it a lot. I can’t put two words together until I have a full technicolour picture of the main story elements in my mind. Once that’s set, I sit and write as the mood takes me. Sometimes I write big chunks and other times I write a few sentences. It can be days or weeks between sessions. That I actually finish a book at all is a miracle. I don’t have a specific time for writing but I do prefer first thing in the morning before the day starts to drain my creativity.
Kentucky author Robert Gipe tackles opioids and poverty in new novel – Insider Louisville
His novels address a variety of problems in Appalachian communities, including the opioid crisis, as viewed through the eyes of a teenage protagonist named Dawn Jewell. 
­­Hurdles and a Pyramid: Plotting Your Short Story | LitReactor
When you’re done with that initial draft and ready to revise, then it’s time to use the plot pyramid. First, make sure your story has all the elements: point of conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, denouement.
Writing the Crime Scene: Blood | LitReactor
How long will your character survive with a bleeding wound? If blood loss isn’t slowed through medical attention, it really depends on the area of the body and the severity of the wound. A nosebleed isn’t likely to kill your protagonist anytime soon, but a cut to the femoral artery (located in the upper leg) will cause unconsciousness in roughly sixty seconds and death in less than five minutes.
Author of the Week: Hector Duarte, Jr. – DIGITAL MEDIA GHOST
Hector Duarte Jr. is a refreshingly honest voice in a tight-knit online society, where he is apparently well loved and respected, and rightfully so. He is unfailingly supportive of his fellow writers, while contributing a steady stream of stellar stories set mostly in his native land of South Florida.
Review: Texas Two-Step, by Michael Pool ~ Out of the Gutter Online
Pool is set to put the reading world on notice with this one. While not as pulpy as Debt Crusher, he shows he can juggle multiple story lines and flesh out his characters with a keen eye. This book is a hell of a ride and will have you excited about, not only the ending of this book, but the future of Pool. He is poised to make some noise in the noir landscape. I am going all-in on Pool.
The Bad Break – The BOLO Books Review | BOLO BOOKS
The Bad Break never takes itself seriously, which allows the reader to escape from real life’s more serious problems. Riley Ellison is like the needy and scatterbrained friend who you sometimes dread hearing from, but with whom you always end up having a grand adventure – hopefully, managing to stay out of jail in the process.
The First Two Pages: Death in Disguise by Karen Neary Smithson – Art Taylor
Next week marks the release of Karen Neary Smithson’s first novel, Death in Disguise, from Touchpoint Press. Karen’s a friend in the DC area and a fellow member of our Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and in fact, it was at one of our SinC meetings toward the end of 2017 that Karen shared the news about her novel being accepted for publication! Shawn Reilly Simmons and I were  chatting about this with Karen before our November meeting, and Shawn ended up offering a cover blurb for the book!
I Don’t Think About My Boobs As Much As Male Novelists Think I Do
Later that day, I read an article about a dog dying but my boobs didn’t droop in sadness, they just kept on being normal boobs while I went to go find my dog to hug him because oh man sad dog stories mean 10000% dog cuddles. My dog looked confused but pleased, and my boobs kept existing.
Letters from My Father in Prison | CrimeReads
Returning to them for the first time while researching my memoir, No Way Home, about my childhood growing up on the run from the FBI, I am fearful of the feelings they might unlock. My relationship with my father in many ways was defined by his absence: first through divorce when I was four, and then by his fugitive status, and finally by his incarceration. My childhood was spent missing him.
The Best Stories Break at Least One of Their Own Rules | Literary Hub
For each story since then, I’ve tried to follow what I called my “touch the bear” rule. It’s a rule that reminds me to break the rules I’ve built up in my head, the ones that encourage tepid style imitations instead of real, suspenseful storytelling. It doesn’t always mean that physical violence or hugely dramatic actions have to happen, but it does mean that the risky consequences of characters’ choices need to be explored. Stories matter when they push the boundaries of what is acceptable and polite; they break their own rules and enter new, uncharted zones of dangerous possibility.
A Series of Extraordinary Crimes By R.N. Morris | Elizabeth A. White — Editing & Reviews | Crime Fiction, Thriller, Noir
The Red Hand of Fury is the fourth book in my series featuring DCI Silas Quinn, of the Special Crimes Department of New Scotland Yard. The first thing I’d like to say is you don’t need to have read the other books in the series to enjoy it. In fact, it’s four years since the last book came out, and even my memory of what happened last time was a little hazy when I started writing!
The Tuesday Night Bloggers – The Great Detectives – Anthony Lotherington Bathurst – In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel
o what is it about Bathurst that places him amongst the ranks of the Great Detectives? Well, he’s fun to be around, he solves some of the most convoluted cases (seriously, take a look at The Spiked Lion) while never losing the reader with his explanations – while the plots he solves are complex and can be far-fetched, the reader never feels lost as to what’s going on, at least once Bathurst reveals all. He’s willing to share his thoughts with his fellow sleuths (and the reader) more than some sleuths and he has a sense of humour (although a few of his jokes are somewhat intellectual and over my head). If any “lost series” needs to be found again, it’s this one, so you all can appreciate the genius of Anthony Lothering Bathurst.
Do Some Damage: Sleep or Work?
Either way, when I do reopen my eyes, I encounter what becomes the most difficult part of the day.  It’s that moment, when you’re relaxed, when you’ve been sleeping, when you really would like to simply go back to sleep, that you may wonder, “What the hell am I doing?”.  Your eyelids feel heavy, your body leaden, and the effort required to rise up from the couch to write seems too much.  “You can always pick up tomorrow,” I say to myself.  “But what if tomorrow I tell myself I can always pick up tomorrow?”  It is, no question, a slippery slope. 
» COLLECTING PULPS: A Memoir, Part 21, by Walker Martin: PULP ART, Part Three.
This is the third and last column on one of my favorite subjects: Pulp Art. The two prior installments may be read on Mystery*File as Part 19 and Part 20.   Often I’m asked where can a collector buy pulp or paperback art? eBay is certainly a source and I have often typed in an artist’s name and looked to see what is available. Or I’ve tried different combinations of words on eBay such as Original Pulp Art, Cover Paintings, Paperback Paintings, etc. Another source that I’ve used are the auction houses such as Heritage Auctions. Or you can visit another art collector. They often have pieces that they would be willing to trade or sell. For instance I’ve bought art from such well known collectors as Bob Lesser, Doug Ellis, and Bob Weinberg. At the recent pulp brunch at my house in November, I bought several Bjorklund drawings from WILD WEST WEEKLY from art collector and dealer, Paul Herman. As I mentioned earlier, Matt Moring and I completed a trade involving 4 pulp paintings at the brunch.

“Do The Thing?” — An FAQ About Doing The Thing « terribleminds: chuck wendig
To once again devolve to semantics, nobody really makes time. You’re not a Time-Shitter, who just prances about, Pooping Temporal Waste everywhere. Time is not feces. It’s a precious resource. You mine it. You steal it. You carve it out of the schist and bedrock.
SleuthSayers: And the Nominees Are …
Many people dream of writing a novel. Few start doing it. Fewer get to typing The End. Fewer still make the leap to published author, with their first book out in the world for others to buy and read and … they hope … love. The authors visiting SleuthSayers today have done all these things, and they’ve accomplished one more thing very few ever will: their books have been nominated for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. These authors and their books, all published in 2017, are: Micki Browning, Adrift; V.M. Burns, The Plot is Murder; Kellye Garrett, Hollywood Homicide; Laura Oles, Daughters of Bad Men; and Kathleen Valenti, Protocol.
How Much Does It Cost To Publish A Book? | Whiskey and Writing Blog – Victoria M. Patton – Crime Fiction Author
How much does it cost to publish a book?Well, it depends. Isn’t that a sucky answer? But it is true. It depends on how much you are willing to learn and do yourself and how much you want to pay people to do it for you.

Elle Nash On Writing As A Parent, Tom Spanbauer’s Basement, and Her New Novel ‘Animals Eat Each Other’ | LitReactor
We met around five years ago now, in Tom Spanbauer’s basement in Portland. We were both there for his Dangerous Writing workshop (alums include Chuck Palahniuk, Suzy Vitello, and Monica Drake). The session was led by Tom and his partner Sage Ricci. We were each given the assignment to write three pages about a moment, after which we were different. And then we spent the weekend workshopping those pieces.I sat between Elle and Tom. We were all so nervous. Everyone around the table—you could tell. Because we were all fans of Tom, but also, we were there to share something intimate and personal, and then dig even deeper into it, to find the beating pulse of the emotions underneath. We started by taking turns reading our pieces out loud and I was so enraptured by Elle’s. I mean, everyone in the class brought it that weekend, but I remember thinking: I am lucky to be sitting next to her.

‘Describe Yourself Like a Male Author Would’ Is the Most Savage Twitter Thread in Ages
Sadly hilarious. -DN
Do Some Damage: Monday Question: Do you have a bucket-list for writing?
Bucket lists. We’ve heard of them. Some of us have one, but do you have a bucket list for your writing?
It’s Okay to Give Up on Mediocre Books Because We’re All Going to Die
These days, I typically give books until around page 25–60, depending on the length of the book; I like to read close to 15% before giving up. If I’m merely confused, sometimes I’ll push further; if I’m bored, I let them go.
A Photographic History of Los Angeles Noir | InsideHook
It’s impossible for me to drive around town and not see the city as it once was. I know pretty much what the whole town looked like at various times, and I have visited the scenes of the crimes, so whenever I go by those places, I see them all over again.
Don’t Quit the Day Job: Chris Ord | elementaryvwatson
Everyone is so different and you only really know what you like. Just write from your heart and I think your passion and sincerity will come through.
COL’S CRIMINAL LIBRARY: SAM WIEBE- CUT YOU DOWN
I enjoyed the setting of Vancouver, which plays a big part in the novel. The gentrification and renewal of the city succeeding in excluding the working classes from property ownership. I don’t think this is a trend exclusive to Vancouver.
Plenty of violence and tension and difficult hurdles to overcome with the biker gang. Wakeland might be ten years too late to save Chelsea, but holding those responsible might be the best he can hope for. Justice of sorts beckons.
COL’S CRIMINAL LIBRARY: MAX EVERHART- ALL THE DIFFERENT WAYS LOVE CAN FEEL (2017)
From Shamus Award finalist Max Everhart comes ALL THE DIFFERENT WAYS LOVE CAN FEEL, a collection of stories exploring the complexities of relationships. Whether its a single father who buys a lake house with a dying man still living in it, or a young Red Sox fan who plots to assassinate George Steinbrenner, or a devoted mother who joins the Army Reserves on her thirty-fifth birthday, just before Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait, these eleven stories charm, provoke, and confound. Not to mention examine up close that most conflicted of emotions: love.
Random Musings: Book love and negative reviews « neverimitate
I don’t have a problem with those who choose to post only positive reviews – their blog, their decision. What I object to is any attempt to force others to follow suit. The start point for last week’s discussion was the increasingly ubiquitous blog tour. As these are used as marketing tools – the organiser, although not the participants, is paid by the author or publisher – I can understand why there is pressure, even when not explicitly stated, to create positive posts. Most book bloggers will not have had a chance to read the book being promoted when participation is agreed. Suitable alternative content is not always readily available. Once again I felt relief at my decision to withdrew myself from blog tours at the end of last year.
Debut Author Spotlight: August Thomas | The Thrill Begins
Everywhere I live, I put up a postcard with my favorite Calvin Coolidge quote: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.” From the outside, it might look like I lucked out on my first try: I sold my novel to Scribner in a two-book deal at 25! Heaven knows, I’m profoundly thankful for my good fortune with LC. I think we all know the role chance can play in this industry. But it’s worth knowing, I think, that I had been writing seriously for over a decade when LC sold. I spent many (8?) years on another novel, which I loved, and which got me my agent, but which currently lives on a flash drive. I almost didn’t apply for the writing fellowship that paid for me to live in Scotland and work on LC for a year. So I’d say: keep persisting, and don’t rule yourself out. I think of it as ‘making it possible to be lucky’. Also, as my (brilliant) mother, the writer Rosanne Daryl Thomas, likes to say, “There’s no book but a finished book.”

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