Incident Report No. 37

37_375 (1)Now that I have your attention today if you are able to make nominations for the Anthony Awards and chances are if you are reading this post, could you show some love for Unlawful Acts and nominate this blog in the Best Online Content category of the Anthony Awards? Here’s a link for voting. Please and thank you.

With over 80 article links this week, I can see how the Incident Report could be a bit overwhelming. I’ll let you in on a little secret, I post all of these links through the week on Facebook and Twitter. So if you are a Facebook user, like the Unlawful Acts page. If you on the Twitter, follow me at @nemski.

Let me not forget the books, we have lots of them. There are almost 20 new books added this week totaling over 100 new and upcoming releases. The Incident Report covers the goings on in the world of small press crime fiction for the week of April 8th through April 14th with links to articles and new and upcoming book releases.

Articles

The Writer in The Gutter : SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: Kent Harrington once again shows why he is the best.

Along with the photos, tourists — or anyone, really — might find a place for Harrington’s book and Christopher’s Moore’s “Noir.” Besides satisfying twists and reveals and sharply drawn characters, these two thrillers come replete with images of the city by the bay that are gritty and bright, romantic and melancholy.
The Ghost of Tom Joad* | Confessions of a Mystery Novelist…
The Grapes of Wrath as crime fiction? -DN
My Little Corner: Severn River Publishing – Open for Novel Submissions
Lionel Shriver: ‘Few writers are willing to put themselves on the line for free speech’ | Books | The Guardian
I am dismayed by critics and readers who approach literature in the spirit of Sunday school. We’re judging authors: he put his hand on the wrong knee. From there, you’re only a hop, skip and a jump away from not being able to have your characters put their hands on the wrong knees.
Minnette Coleman Interview: “I started creating my stories as soon as I learned how to form letters with a pencil” – The Dorset Book Detective
I’m a story teller, not sure if that is considered a real ‘style’, but it is how I envision my writing. I like to feel that I am looking at you as I tell my story. My desire is to talk to the reader, not at the reader, and make them feel that I am with them when they take a journey with my words.
In Praise of Writing Groups | Killzoneblog.com
But belonging to a critique group was an important part of my journey to becoming a published novelist and has continued to inspire me in the ten years (and nine more novels) since then.
SleuthSayers: On Coffee
My own writing time starts with a coffee ritual.
Writer Beware®: The Blog: Publishers Weekly Includes Two Vanity Publishers in its List of Fast-Growing Independent Presses
Once again, Publishers Weekly’s annual overview of fast-growing independent publishers features not only innovative indies, but publishers whose business model is largely built on author fees: Morgan James Publishing and Austin Macauley. Seriously, PW? Why do you  keep doing this?
Is British English Conquering America, or Vice Versa? – The New York Times
I see “dodgy” quite a bit where you might once have seen “fishy” or “sketchy.” Another one is “gutted,” to mean emotionally devastated. This week, people have tweeted photos of “lift” for elevator on signs directing you to American ones. What’s funny about that one to me is that “elevator” is an Americanism that some Brits feared was taking over in the 1960s. But no, “lift” is still around, and it’s trying to make American hotels and shopping centers sound cool or cosmopolitan now.
Life is a Fiction By Brandon Daily | Memoir Magazine
When I read of Willy Loman or Prince Hamlet, I feel a strange kinship. I am the doomed salesman. I am the son driven to insanity by the world around me. I am these men, and so many more, and yet I am none of them.
My Little Corner: Shaking My Head
I just ran across an editor’s anthology call that I thought might be interesting.  Of course, there was no payment but when I checked out the Press the editors were using I found that they’d published two other anthologies with a similar theme which sold for $60 and $65 for hardcover copies and $20 and $22 for paperback copies.
You Have the Right to Remain Silent … Renato Bratkovič – Messy Business – Books, Writing, Stuff
“You’re part of the gang now, Beech, so I will not tolerate treachery.”
‘Whiskey’ Is a Fiery, Pacific Northwestern Noir – Chicago Review of Books
This history flows through the blood of brothers Andre and Smoker in Bruce Holbert’s fiery novel, Whiskey, Holbert covers three spans of time: the formation and dissolution of Peg and Pork’s explosive relationship, the formation and dissolution of Andre and Claire’s relationship, and the reformation and near dissolution of Andre and Smoker’s relationship. The pattern is prevalent.
Killer Nashville Interview with J. A. Konrath –
These days, I don’t advise authors to spend years chasing agents and publishers. A saner approach is to self-publish. As you build an audience, agents and publishers will no doubt find you.Remember, the end goal is to find readers. Those are the people you need to be chasing. You can do that with good stories. Or with promises of cash. What reader would turn down piles of cash?

Are you giving out piles of cash at this conference? Is Deaver? Is that why he always has people around him?

Book Review : Dana King – Bad Samaritan (2018) — Dead End Follies
Overall, I’ve enjoyed Bad Samaritan for being structurally sound and confronting me to representation issues in a way it didn’t expect to. The novel incidentally makes a good point about the portrayal of women in detective fiction: women need to take control over the narrative. I don’t know it’ll ever be achievable through a male voice, but if men want to write about women, we really need to make it about women and not about men handling women’s business for them. And that is a big step for us to take. A novel like Bad Samaritan doesn’t take this step, but it made me aware of the inherent challenges of taking it.
Alice Loweecey – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch | BOLO BOOKS
My first memory of Alice Loweecey is seeing her from a distance at one of the many conventions I have been to and thinking “who is that quirky woman in the fabulous fascinator.” Honestly, still when I see her, I think that – but fortunately now I also talk with Alice and can appreciate the tiny hats as well as Alice’s killer sense of humor. A convention never feels complete without an Alice Loweecey sighting, so I am thrilled to welcome her here to BOLO Books for our Composite Sketch series. Hopefully the next time you see you, you too will walk up and introduce yourself.
Michelle Dean: The Problem With “Speaking for Women” | Literary Hub
The reason women don’t like to be abstracted is at once obvious and deep-set: Having others speak for who you are and what you want is what the patriarchy does.
The New Scrivener 3.0 – Should You Upgrade? – Helping Writers Become Authors
Scrivener is famous for its rich functionality, but also its steep learning curve. If you’ve taken the time to learn an existing version of Scrivener, or are a newcomer looking to try it out yourself, making the move to version 3 might seem overwhelming or unappealing.
‘Drawing Is Always a Struggle’: An Interview with Art Spiegelman | by Claudia Dreifus | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
Frankly, I’m “comfortable” in a way that makes me uncomfortable. At the same time, I need to do something with my brain, and so I explore whatever is churning through without necessarily going public with it or publishing.
The Three Times Your Novel is Finished | LitReactor
I’m sure other writers will give different answers, as feeling that your book is finished is, in a sense, as unique as a fingerprint. As a final bit of advice for any writer at any stage in their career, I’ll say this out of experience—whenever you think you’re finished, whenever you think the book is fantastic, commit to doing more work, to soliciting more feedback, to re-reading that manuscript one more time. We live in a time of instant gratification, where it’s tempting and easy to click “publish” in the Kindle direct publishing dashboard.
SleuthSayers: Agatha Award Finalists: Best Short Story
The annual Malice Domestic convention is right around the corner—April 27-29 in Bethesda, Maryland—and two of us SleuthSayers have stories up for this year’s Agatha Award for Best Short Story: Barb Goffman with “Whose Wine is it Anyway?” and me (Art Taylor!) with “A Necessary Ingredient” (mine with ties to other SleuthSayers as well, since the anthology which includes it, Coast to Coast: Private Eyes From Sea to Shining Sea, was co-edited by Paul D. Marks and features stories by several members of our group too). Three other fine writers/fine stories round out the slate: Gretchen Archer’s “Double Deck the Halls,” Debra H. Goldstein’s “The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place,” and Gigi Pandian’s “The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn.” The Agatha Awards will be presented at the annual Agatha Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, April 28.
Crime Review: April 14 2018
New issue of Crime Review is out.
10 great Australian crime films | BFI
There’s a tradition of gritty, hard-hitting crime cinema in Australia dating back to the local filmmaking renaissance of the early 1970s.
Yellow Mama
New issue of Yellow Mama is out.
Kindle Firmware Update 5.9.5 Improves Highlighting Functionality | The Digital Reader
Amazon rolled out an update today for late-model Kindles.
Review Of Culprits edited by Richard Brewer and Gary Phillips
Like master heist men themselves, Richard Brewer and Gary Phillips gathered their crew together and pulled off a perfect hard boiled job, though nothing went sideways. Most “shared novels,” even the best, come off as little more than an interesting experiment and a fun way to get writers together. This was the first time I felt a seamless story was being told with one. If I was going to join a gang of criminals, I’d want Gary and Richard to be the leaders.
Sometimes, You Have to Write Three Novels to Publish One – Chicago Review of Books
This novel has had so many renditions! While it always had a mystery at the heart of it, it was originally meant to be a noir graphic novel (that phase did not last long), and then it became rather Nancy Drew-ish, and then it leaned more contemporary. Finally, my editor, who is brilliant, pointed out that I already had some of the slipperiness and the beats of a thriller, but without enough payoff, so she recommended that I really double down and push it harder in that direction.
Last Stand by Mickey Spillane / Review by G. Robert Frazier –
While it’s not the gritty, in-your-face detective noir Spillane was famous for, and Hammer is absent from its pages, The Last Stand is nonetheless an entertaining adventure.
Numero Uno
Our first online issue features an author snapshot with Earl Javorsky. Earl tells us, “I’ve been a pretty regular guy for a long time now, married, house, grown kids. Before that I was a career criminal, dealing drugs in Los Angeles and pretending to be a professional musician.” Learn about his latest works and how some of his life experiences inform his stories.
You Have the Right to Remain Silent … Kevin Berg – Messy Business – Books, Writing, Stuff
Kevin Berg writes gruesome, painfully dark fiction. One commentator said of his work, “The whole range of human emotions is on display, with the notable exception of happiness, joy, satisfaction and love.”
Charles Soule: On Finding The Joy « terribleminds: chuck wendig
It doesn’t matter how exhausted I am, how idea-dead, how burned out I might be on the very idea of writing one more word – the cure is almost always one thing: writing one more word (or a thousand.)
Do Some Damage: Submitting Your Story: The Cover Letter
If you’re writing a sci-fi story, you probably don’t want to submit to Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.
Bits about Books – Blog | Features & News | Author Interview | David Ahern
A bit of plotting and bit of pantsing. I write character-driven stories, so I have to let the characters take me where they want to go.  On the other hand, a mystery has to be cleverly put together, so you need to plan.
What Are the Rules for Lending Your Books to Friends?
Don’t. -DN
Attention Grammar Pedants, the English Language Isn’t Logical | Literary Hub
I tell this story because it illustrates how very attached people are to the notion that their way of using English is more logical than other ways of using English—until the logic is tested.
What Happens When a Book Designer Is Totally Stumped? | Literary Hub
This cover is a prime example of one that could have become someone else’s project if the art director had not stuck with me, helped me mold the messy ideas into something neater, and helped tie my passable final comps up into awesome ones with a few masterful tweaks. Sometimes the design isn’t as far off as I think it is, it just needs a little magic touch.
COL’S CRIMINAL LIBRARY: KEITH NIXON – DIG TWO GRAVES (2017)
Dig Two Graves is short for a police procedural – approximately 230 pages long – though the novel never feels rushed. Nixon’s just gets to where he wants to take the reader without any undue fuss. That said the relationships and characters of the main players are developed and interesting. There is a resolution to the initial tragedy and the subsequent deaths, but there is definitely some unfinished business for Solomon Gray.
Recommended Read: Spalding’s Groove by Richard Prosch – Paul D. Brazill
Whatever Paul D. Brazill recommends, we should all read. -DN
Whatever With The ‘I Don’t Like Thing’ Culture – Angel Luis Colon – Medium
Frankly, if someone decides that’s what it takes for you to be deemed “serious” by them, well, they can fuck off into the sea.
Criminal Minds: Making money and spending time
Where do I draw the line on marketing and promotion? That’s easy. It’s not just about making money, but of spending time. If too much of my focus is on marketing and promoting then who’s writing the books? So, while I do my bit, I avoid becoming distracted by anything that keeps me from writing.
The Interrogation Room – An Interview With Jason Beech | Dirty Books
The freedom to write what the hell you want is the top selling point of independent publishing. As long as you iron out all the work’s deficiencies and get other eyes involved, it is brilliant for creativity.The biggest drawback is getting your work seen. I’ve sold a few, but I’m a terrible marketer and I’m sure I could reach a lot more readers with the skills pro publishers have in their hands.
The Portrayal of Women in Detective Novels (a guest post by Dana King) — Dead End Follies
What I want to talk about is the treatment and depiction of characters other than the protagonist. Peers and friends. Romantic partners. Women who merely pass through the story, such as the secretary in an office or the waitress who brings coffee. How has their treatment changed over the years? Has it changed at all? If so, has it been for the better
You Have the Right to Remain Silent … Tess Makovesky – Messy Business – Books, Writing, Stuff
Tess Makovesky wrote a bonkers short story featured at Spelk Fiction a few months ago which sums her up. She’s dark, unorthodox, and a lot of fun.
Rough Edges: Coming From Stark House: Wayward Girl/The Widow – Orrie Hitt
New Orrie Hitt works coming out on Stark House. And by new, I mean old. -DN
Tangerine – The BOLO Books Review | BOLO BOOKS
Debuts this strong do not come along often. I fully expect that Christine Mangan and Tangerine will be mentioned throughout the year and as year-end round-ups and award season once again descend upon us.
Graham Greene’s ‘Entertainments’ and The Problem of Writing from Life – The Millions
“The first question I’ve mulled over since childhood, when I vacillated between Stephen King and John Steinbeck: what distinguishes a piece of fiction as either commercial or literary?”This could be why so many detest the literary genre. -DN
The Grim, Potent World of David Peace | CrimeReads
This was Peace’s first novel but right out of the gate his style was confident, idiosyncratic, and coherent. Peace had something to say and that something was the bad news that we ordinary blokes down the pub or the bookies or the dole office are doomed because our lives are governed by a cabal of the wealthy, the wicked, and the powerful.
Guess Which Kurt Vonnegut Tattoo is By Far the Most Common? | Literary Hub
Today, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. has been dead for eleven years. Somehow, it seems longer. Like Anne Rice, Sylvia Plath, and J.R.R. Tolkien, Vonnegut seems to inspire an unusually intense form of fandom—maybe because his work, like theirs, is often encountered in one’s formative years. Of course, if you’re not careful, intense fandom can sometimes lead to proselytizing, overstuffed bookcases, and in extreme cases, permanent body art. After all, a lot of people have Vonnegut-related tattoos. But on the anniversary of his death, I wondered: which line from his oeuvre, or image from his brain, is walking around on the most bodies?
Gregory Pardlo: How to Pretend You’ve Read a Book You Haven’t | Literary Hub
Whenever someone references a book I haven’t read, but they assume I have, I turn into an amateur mentalist reading and mirroring that person’s facial cues to give them the impression that of course, it goes without saying, I was thinking the exact same thing, there’s no need to discuss it further, we’re on the same page.
The Truth About Silencers | Killzoneblog.com
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is yet another example of how movies and television get pretty much everything wrong when it comes to firearms and tactics.  Where, oh where to begin?
Tom Gauld’s bookish art | Fictionophile
There is nothing more entertaining for a bookworm than humour about their favourite pastime.
Scottish artist/illustrator Tom Gauld has created many pieces of art with bookish themes.
Why Crime Authors Need to Stop Pretending They’re Badasses | LitReactor
The streets you write about are full of people who also write about them, so learn to be more open, more accepting, more diverse, more understanding with those from the other side of the tracks.
Laying Down the Law with Jeff Noon | LitReactor
Next, I came up with the concept of the four levels of imagination. It’s way too complex to go into here, but by applying the Law to my work in a very conscious way, I found that I could first of all generate lots of ideas, and secondly, work on those ideas to find the even better idea hiding behind or within the original thought. I was in my early 20s, when I was thinking along these lines.
COL’S CRIMINAL LIBRARY: 2 BY E.A. AYMAR
E.A. Aymar is a recent discovery and these two are a couple of recent purchases.Aymar came to my attention with his co-editing alongside Sarah M. Chen of Down and Out Books recently published anthology – The Night of the Flood

Aymar has two of the three published in his planned trilogy and as yet there’s no word on the finale.

5 Tips to Understanding Genre in the Publishing Industry / Sydney Mathieu –
At the end of the day, a genre isn’t “what your book is.” Instead, it’s a tool for editors, publicists, and readers to describe your book to others to ensure that the readers who will love the book find it, and that’s what every author wants!
My Little Corner: Bizzarro Central – Calls for Novella and Novel Submissions
From Bizzarro Central come word that both Eraserhead Press and Deadite Press have posted calls for submissions of novels and novellas of 20,000 to 100,000 words.  Eraserhead Press is seeking Bizzarro fiction and Deadlite Press is seeking extreme horror and splatterpunk.  The deadline is June 30, 2018 and payment is a 50% royalty split.  You can find the details for both here.
My Favorite One-Star Reviews of My Books – Lee Goldberg
Too Daisy Duke for me!
There’s no female conspiracy in publishing – your book might just not be good | Lauren Spieller | Books | The Guardian
When I was targeted by the #MisandryInPublishing hashtag, I assumed it was a joke – but this conspiracy is indicative of the entitlement some male authors feel
Author of the Week: Pearce Hansen – DIGITAL MEDIA GHOST
Writers unfamiliar with real world violence typically underestimate how arresting the experience is, for all concerned including bystanders. Time stops. The tableau dominates the attentions and emotional states for everybody involved.
You Have the Right to Remain Silent … Robert Cowan – Messy Business – Books, Writing, Stuff
I’ve got Robert Cowan jellied from his mouth down and strapped to a dentist’s chair.
The Most Important Writing Advice You Need Right Now « terribleminds: chuck wendig
you gotta carve time away from the fuckery because fuckery always exists at some level and yes right now it’s at truly epic levels but it’s always there, like air, like anxiety, and you still need to make things, you still need the silence you deserve to create things, because the world keeps on turning until it doesn’t
Review: Slaughterhouse Blues, by Nick Kolakowski ~ Out of the Gutter Online
With great character growth throughout, this most recent installment in the trilogy offers lots of action, fun, and has piqued my interest in reading the final installment upon its release. This offering has lots of action and plenty of laugh out loud moments, the same recipe which made the first book so much fun. This is well worth your time.
In the Gap Between Writer and Reader the Novel Comes to Life
Iser’s theory suggests that the space left for the reader is unintentional, but in fact many writers have deliberately pushed the gap, forcing readers to consciously interact with the text, becoming more aware of themselves, and that they are creating something beyond what is on the page.
The First Two Pages: “The End of the World” by Susan Breen – Art Taylor
Kicking things off is Susan Breen, reflecting on her story “The End of the World.” Susan’s short stories have appeared in both Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and in the anthology Best Nonrequired Reading, among other publications. Her Maggie Dove mystery series is published by Alibi/Random House.
An Interview With the NORMANDY GOLD Comics Creators
A woman seeks to avenge her murdered sister. Just one problem: Lila was a mistress for a powerful Washington D.C. politician. Normandy Gold finds resistance from apathetic police, who couldn’t care less about one dead woman, and from people who want to sweep another corpse under the rug. That doesn’t deter her. She will avenge Lila.The first issue for Normandy Gold is out this month. Creators Alison Gaylin and Megan Abbott sat down to talk about their latest work, about their inspirations and how women are viewed in media.
COL’S CRIMINAL LIBRARY: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH ROBERT PARKER
I’m afraid I don’t really plot at all. I have a collection of scenes, and moments that inspire the story and characters, and place I want to get to. So I think when I start a book I have a bunch of things I want to achieve by the time I get to the end and a flavour of the kind of story I want to tell.
How It Happened by Alan Orloff | The Thrill Begins
After business school, I worked for a while, always steering clear of creative writing. Then, out of the blue, a funny thing happened. I decided I wanted to try creative writing! I can’t really trace this about-face to any specific event. No head trauma, no hallucinogens, no mid-life crisis. It was as if someone had thrown a switch in my addled mind.
The Rap Sheet: Mentioned in Passing
Links and more links. -DN
You Have the Right to Remain Silent … Ian Ayris – Messy Business – Books, Writing, Stuff
Ayris patted me on the shoulder with a grin. Sadistic bastard.
A guide to John Connolly’s Charlie Parker » CRIME FICTION LOVER
Charlie Parker was introduced to the crime fiction world in May 1999 with Every Dead Thing. It won a Shamus Award for best debut novel, and was also the LA Times Book of the Year. Parker is the creation of John Connolly, a Dublin-based author who was once a journalist for The Irish Times. The character is easily one of our favourites in the crime genre, even though the books often detour into the supernatural. So, we decided to put together this guide to the fictional life and times of Charlie Parker…
Nobel prize judges quit over handling of sexual misconduct allegations | Books | The Guardian
The #metoo movement strikes the committee that selects the winner of the Nobel prize for literature. -DN
Waterstones is Being Sold This Month (?) | The Digital Reader
Don’t look now, but the UK’s second-largest bookseller is up for sale, with a deal rumored to be closed this month.
Woody Haut’s Blog: The Best-Laid Plans: William Boyle’s The Lonely Witness
The Lonely Witness (pub date May 1st) is a tense, and, at times, darkly funny, thriller. Reminiscent of writers from Daniel Fuchs to George Pelecanos, it’s safe to say that if you liked Gravesend, you’ll love The Lonely Witness. And if you haven’t read Gravesend, you will no doubt  want to do so after reading The Lonely Witness.
If You Know, Love, or Are a Black Man, Jamel Brinkley‘s Stories Will Feel Like Home
That said, I think all writers use refracted experiences. So my stories are rooted in things I’ve lived, be they house parties in Brooklyn, or J’ouvert, or day camp, or what have you. But often the root that get be started on a story becomes very small by the time the story is done, or it becomes transformed in a really significant way.
Do Some Damage: The Publishing Industry’s Head Is Up Its Ass… and So Is Politico’s
Politico published an article that threw David Joy into a Twitter rant of epic proportions.The article claims that, in the wake of Trump’s political victory, the publishing industry is rethinking its approach to publishing.
“Its members are asking themselves how literature became so detached from the contours of American life in so many parts of the country. The perspectives of the white working classes and the rural poor, the demographics that handed Trump the presidency in 2016, have been largely absent from the novels printed every year.”
David goes on to list title after title
Your Ultimate First Chapter Checklist, Pt. 1: Hooking Readers – Helping Writers Become Authors
Like every chapter to follow, your first chapter must fulfill all the usual requirements of a chapter: introducing the scene, the characters’ current orientation within the setting, and their personal goals for this particular episode within the larger story.
Plotting Your Psychological Thriller • Career Authors
Most thriller writers start with one of three elements: a premise, a beginning, or an ending.
The Trap of Solid Gold: Invisible Industry
There are errors, of course, like calling his neighborhood “Crisp Point” rather than Point Crisp, and Mitchell doesn’t seem to have actually read anything MacDonald had ever written. Still, he lets MacDonald talk, which is interesting enough. The photos alone, none of which I’ve ever seen before, are perhaps the best part of this piece.
Don’t Quit the Day Job: James A Tucker | elementaryvwatson
But it also gave me a glimpse into the lost world of employment inhabited by my father: where bosses could be bumbling, relaxed and kindly.
One Year of Podcasting About Stephen King: A Retrospective | LitReactor
And, since I don’t stress about the podcast providing any kind of monetary income, there’s no extra pressure to overly promote it. A real catharsis comes with the ability to just release something and be done with it, to wash your hands of a creation and move on to the next thing. It’s difficult to reach that level of satisfaction with writing or publishing. Podcasting, however, is exactly the kind of side-project my anxiety-ridden ass needed. I’m glad I embraced it and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Second Novels: A Conversation with K.J. Howe and David Morrell | The Thrill Begins
Writers famously dread the second novel. Once you’ve been published and your first book is out in the world, it’s not uncommon for some of that earlier freedom and charm to fade. The freedom you felt with your first novel can disappear, and the expectations (your own, as well as your publishers) have likely risen. NO PRESSURE.
Kindle readers read novels. Physical book readers read self-help. | Thinknum Media
Pie charts! -DN
“Sunday Night, Saturday Morning” in Down & Out: The Magazine – Art Taylor
The latest issue of Down & Out: The Magazine features my story “Sunday Morning, Saturday Night”—and fair warning, it’s a dark little piece.
hardboiled wonderland: EZ Streets: A Hidden Gem in a Sea of Mediocrity
When someone bestows the designation hidden gem on a creative work whether it be a movie, a book or in this case a television show what they are really saying is: This was so far ahead of it’s time and you sheep couldn’t recognize it.
Mystery Fanfare: Lee Child & Stephen King talk Jack Reacher
Great talk at the Harvard Bookstore. Lee Child and Stephen King talk Jack Reacher!
One Thriller and Two Historical Mysteries Debut – Elena Hartwell
I love meeting and finding new authors! This week I’m hosting three fantastic new debut authors, all members of the International Thriller Writers’ Debut Author Program. It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you: James Tucker, L.A. Chandlar, and Dianne Freeman.
COL’S CRIMINAL LIBRARY: ROBERT PARKER – A WANTED MAN (2017)
Lots to like, a Manchester setting, plenty of action, a quick-moving fast-paced narrative, a main character that grew on me as the book progressed and an ending that paves the way for a continuation of the series and Ben Bracken’s main goal – revenge, without feeling like a cliff-hanger.
How to manage the expectations of a non-writer (or, why aren’t you a writer yet?) – Write with Phil
This week I’m going to talk about one of the most damaging things for writer’s confidence. It can stop you writing in a second, and make you feel absolutely rotten about anything you have already created. The expectations of other, non-writer friends can be sky high, and are usually unrealistic. So it’s important to learn some ways to manage the expectations of a non-writer friend.

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