Incident Report

Incident Report No. 42

The Incident Report covers the goings on in the world of small press crime fiction for the week of May 13th through May 19th with links to articles and new and upcoming book releases.

42_375This week, the Incident Report has over 70 links to articles and links to some new and upcoming books. The Incident Report focuses on the world of small press crime fiction for the previous week.

This past week, I reviewed CS DeWildt’s Suburban Dick and Anthony Neil Smith’s The Cyclist. I said of Smith’s book that you should “pick it up, read it and then recommend Smith’s The Cyclist to your friends that only read Stephen King, Lee Child and the rest.” Of Suburban Dick, I wrote that it “is a damn fine private eye book that embraces American suburbia and doesn’t apologize for doing so.” I also interviewed DeWildt who when he isn’t writing crime fiction, he is posting memes on Facebook.

But Memes, yeah, I’m pretty prolific but I don’t think that’s anything to be proud of. I’m a shit poster, that’s it. But I do love the little bastards and it’s simply because they make me laugh, especially when people get mad.

My Do Some Damage article this week was about whether or not an author should think about running a blog tour, “Tours, Blitzes, And Getting The Word Out”.

Last week there were several books released but you might not have noticed, because Alex Segura’s latest Pete Fernandez mystery Blackout was released and Segura was everywhere: here at Do Some Damage, Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds, Criminal Element, LitReactor, and SleuthSayers. There were a couple of reviews last week and some articles the week prior to Blackout’s release. But Segura doesn’t need to apologize for getting the word out about Blackout, it’s kind of Marketing 101 and since publicity work was his day job for years, he’s good at it.

But what if you don’t have Segura’s particular skill set?

New Books

Sunk Costs by Preston Lang
(All Due Respect Books)
Dan is a con man and a drifter just looking for a ride east. A strange woman in a business suit picks him up on the highway, and soon they’re going 70-miles-an-hour and she’s got a gun pointed at his head. Instead of shooting him, she hits him with a proposition to make some fast money. Against his better judgment, Dan sneaks into her office and steals the key to a safe deposit box. He thinks he’s made a clean getaway until he’s stopped on the way out by Kate, a sultry accountant who knows something is up and is looking for a way in on the score.

Kate offers Dan a better deal, and the two figure out a way into the box. But there’s no money inside. What they do find is enough to track down a shady photographer who holds the promise of even more treasure. But deception, misdirection, and murder keep Dan on the run, as he begins to realize that Kate the office drone is not what she seems, and the lady on the highway who he double-crossed may be the most dangerous criminal he’s ever met. (Buy)

Needle Song by Russell Day
(Fahrenheit Press)
Spending the night with a beautiful woman would be a good alibi, if the body in the next room wasn’t her husband.

Doc Slidesmith has a habit of knowing things he shouldn’t. He knows the woman Chris Rudjer meets online is married. He knows the adult fun she’s looking for is likely to be short lived. And when her husband’s killed, he knows Chris Rudjer didn’t do it.

Only trouble is the police disagree and no one wants to waste time investigating an open and shut case.

No one except Doc.

Using lies, blackmail and a loaded pack of Tarot cards, Doc sets about looking for the truth – but the more truth he finds, the less he thinks his friend is going to like it. (Buy)

Tush Hog by Jeffrey Hess
(Down & Out Books)
It’s 1981 in Fort Myers, Florida. Scotland Ross hasn’t given up drinking, but he has sworn off of trouble.

At a waterside tavern the day the Pope got shot, Scotland drank to cloud the memories of his dead infant son on an anniversary such as this. Distraction comes when the bar owner needs his help. Despite his vow of living within the law, Scotland soon finds himself tangling with a redneck clan, a Cuban gang, a connected crew from New York, and the very friend he set out to help.

Crimes of violence, drugs, and theft pale in comparison to the failure of self-restraint in this humid town on the Gulf coast.

When Scotland’s activities involve his girlfriend, he kicks himself into a higher gear. He didn’t know until it was too late that she’d been involved long before they even met. He’s not fully prepared for the ramifications of that, but there is no time to waste.

Can Scotland save his girlfriend, clear his name, get justice for being screwed over, and stay out of jail?

Tushhog is dark noir set in the state of sunshine. A story of crime and compulsion and the depths to which people rise or sink.  (Buy)

Game Players by Anita Waller
(Bloodhound Books)
When a gang of six children playing in their den in the woods spot a man burying drugs nearby, it marks the beginning of the end of their childhoods.

Unsure what to do, the children dig up the drugs and take them away. But when the dealer, who they watched bury the stash, shows up dead, the youngsters are thrown into turmoil.

Scared of what might happen, the children tell the police about the body they have discovered.

Meanwhile, a group of gangsters start searching for their missing drugs.

Soon the children and their families become the target of the vicious criminals who will stop at nothing to retrieve their narcotics… (Buy)

Kill Me Quick by Paul D. Brazill
(Fahrenheit Press)
We’re all lying in the gutter, but some of us are staring at the spaces between the stars…

Seatown may not have a lot going for it – apart from the Roy Orbison lookalikes and Super Seventies Special every Thursday night, of course – but it is at least the place Mark Hammonds calls home. And after a decade away, it’s the place he returns to when he has nowhere else to go.

From dead bikers to dodgy drug deals, from one downbeat bar to another, from strippers to gangsters and back again: the luckless former musician bounces from one misdeed to the next along with a litany of old acquaintances, almost as though he never left. And if only he can shake off everybody who wants to kill, maim or otherwise hurt him, maybe he could even think about staying.

After all, there’s no place like home, eh? (Buy)

Upcoming Books

A Taste of Shotgun by Chris Orlet
(All Due Respect Books)
Nobody likes a shakedown. Especially not Denis Carroll, proprietor of The Brass Lantern, a dive bar in a bleak southern Illinois town. Five years ago Denis gunned down a dirtbag who was attempting to hold up his bar. At least that’s what the cops think.

After the shooting, Denis’ hotheaded younger brother, Vince, insisted on taking the rap. No big deal. He’d plead self-defense. Case closed. What the Carrolls didn’t count on was the cops discovering a huge stash of weed in a back room, locally sourced marijuana the Carrolls peddled “to make ends meet.” Weed supplied by the psychotic Goodwin Brothers, Clay and Randy.

Vince ended up taking the fall for that, too.

With Vince behind bars and Denis promising to keep his nose clean, the Goodwins turn to blackmail to force the Carrolls back into the illegal drug trade. Play along or the Goodwin Brothers (one of whom witnessed the shooting at the bar) will finger Denis as a murderer.

Meanwhile the Goodwins have troubles of their own, specifically their niece, Erica. As a child, Erica witnessed her sister being sexually abused by her Uncle Clay. As a young woman, she saw her fiancé shot down at a local bar by one of the Carrolls. Erica is determined to get revenge on both men. How much better if she can kill two birds with one stone—get rid of her uncle and pin his murder on that murderous bar owner?

In this darkly humorous small-town noir everyone has something to hide and nothing is as it seems. (Buy)

Unloaded Vol. 2 edited by Eric Beetner
(Down & Out Books)
The Anthony-nominated collection of crime stories without guns—the collection we didn’t want to be necessary—is back for Volume 2.

Two dozen more crime writers have come together to raise their voices and take pen in hand to call for a sensible and reasoned debate about guns in America. As the mass shootings continue, the avoidable accidents, the suicides, the gun violence that consumes our country rolls on unabated and unaddressed by our leadership other than to say, “Now is not the time to discuss it,” these crime writers have chosen to start the dialogue.

In stories of crime, mystery and suspense these authors have left the guns out to show for a short while that we can do without them and the plot doesn’t fall apart. Maybe, in a small way, we can show that the American way of life doesn’t cease to be, either.

Not anti-gun, Unloaded Vol. 2 is pro-reason. These authors comprise gun owners and non-owners, voters on both sides of the political aisle. The cause that unites us all is the desire to see the senseless killing stop and to be able to have the discussion without the divisive language, vitriol and name calling that too often accompanies this debate.

The top priority in these stories is to entertain with thrilling action and suspense that readers know and love about a crime story. To do so without guns leads to some creative leaps from writers who spin tales of simians on the loose, androids with buried secrets, punk rock shows and tattoo shops.

Bestselling authors like Chris Holm, Lori Rader-Day, Bill Crider, Laura McHugh, James Ziskin and John Rector along with many more join together to call for an end to the needless violence and a start to a reasoned debate. With a forward by legendary Sara Paretsky, Unloaded Vol. 2 is a book we wish wasn’t needed. But staying silent is no longer an option.

Proceeds go to the non-profit States United To Prevent Gun Violence. (Buy)

The Fairfax Incident by Terrence McCauley
(Polis Books)
Manhattan, 1933. Charlie Doherty may have been kicked off the force after The Grand Central Massacre, but thanks to a wealthy benefactor, his private detective business is booming. Catering to the city’s wealthy elite, Doherty is making a good living chasing down wayward spouses and runaway socialites when the case of a lifetime lands in his lap. Mrs. Fairfax, a wealthy widow, hires Doherty to prove her husband’s suicide wasn’t actually a suicide. It was murder.

At his benefactor’s urging, Doherty takes the case. He expects to pocket a nice chunk of change to prove what everyone already knows: Walter Fairfax walked into his office in the Empire State Building one morning, took a phone call, and shot himself. But Charlie took the widow’s money, so he begins to dig.

He quickly finds out there is more to the Fairfax incident than a simple suicide. Before long, he discovers that Mr. Fairfax was leading a double life; running with a dangerous crowd that has a sinister agenda that threatens to plunge Charlie’s city – and his country – into another war.

In an investigation that quickly involves global implications, Doherty finds himself against not only some of the most powerful people in New York City, but against the most evil men in the world. (Buy)

Pull & Pray by Angel Luis Colón
(Down & Out Books)
Five years after surviving the most harrowing heist of her life, Fantine Park is lured back to the United States by her aunt. The bait: a lead on the identity of her mother’s killer and a score known as the ‘pension plan’, a piece of software that can literally pay out in perpetuity if they can get their hands on it in time.

Working with a team of actual professionals with their own motivations; Fan’s loyalties and beliefs will be tested as nothing is as it seems; especially when one of the members of this crew may have been the last person to see her mother alive.

It’s going to be lies, murder, and gas station hot dogs all the way down as Fan races to get the answers about the day her mother died and maybe, just maybe, the kind of cash that will pull her away from a continued life of crime. (Buy)

Blog Tour and Book Blitzes

Use your favorite social media app (Facebook or Twitter) to search for these blog tours.

No Exit by Taylor Adams; A Fractured Winter by Alison Baillie; Rose Gold by David Barker; Dead Blind by Rebecca Bradley; Married Lies by Chris Collett; No Remorse by Robert Crouch; Dead Bad by Helen H. Durrant; Paul McGraw: Kid to Killer by Paul Elliott; Wrong Way Home by Isabelle Grey; Freefall by Andy Hamby; Absolution by Paul Hardisty; The Journey by Conrad Jones; The Development by Jackie Kabler; This Dark Place by Claire Kittridge; In the Blood by Ruth Mancini; Dead and Gone by D.L. Michaels; The Man on the Middle Floor by Elizabeth S. Moore; Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts
Honor Kills by Nanci Rathbun; Her Name is Mercie by Chris Roy; Absent by Emma Salisbury; The Old You by Louise Voss; Game Players by Anita Waller; and Blood Runs Cold by Dylan Young


Alex Dahl – Q&A – From First Page to Last
I was actually trying to write another novel at the time, but it just wasn’t flowing.

Les Edgerton on Writing: GREAT REVIEW FOR MONDAY’S MEAL!
What I particularly love about this wonderful book is the way each story is presented in a different narrative voice, each voice totally convincing and fully developed.

Writers Who Kill: Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies Authors Visit WWK
E. B. Davis questions the contributors of “Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies”, an anthology from the Sisters in Crime’s Chesapeake Chapter. – DN

Type M for Murder: The Long and the Short of It.
I like reading big crime novels that allow time for the characters and their backgrounds fully to emerge; I like descriptions that let me see the characters’ surroundings and give space for the setting to develop its status as a character in the novel.

Amazon’s control over ebook sales data should upset everyone in publishing — Quartz
Nobody—industry experts, authors, publishers—can gauge the true size of the self-publishing market. So no one can say for sure what’s going on in the larger book industry.

Riding Shotgun and Other American Cruelties by Andy Rausch @writerrausch1 @crimewavepress #KindleUnlimited – BOOKS FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
Andy Rausch has a wicked style of writing that made me chuckle at some of the most bizarre times through the book, hold my breath and feel such floods of relief at one point. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. This was just solid entertainment from beginning to end!

Off-the-Shelf Books: My self-publishing journey by Rodney Hobson
It was a daunting experience and I will probably lose money on the arrangement but the thrill of seeing my name in print is undimmed by 50 years as a journalist and author.

‘Dead Bad’ by Helen H. Durrant – gingerbookgeekWhenever you pick up a book written by Helen H. Durrant, you are guaranteed one hell of a rollercoaster read and this book was no exception.

Length Matters: A Word Count Guide by Genre • Career Authors
Size matters. -DN

The Making of a Florida True Crime | CrimeReads
Actually, the strangest dynamic between us was that when you’re visiting someone in prison, you’re like a lifeline for them.

5 Lies Writers Believe That Are Holding Them Back – Helping Writers Become Authors
Although we won’t all face the same Lies, there are many, many Lies so prevalent that most of us can relate to them. These begin with the big life Lies that are rooted in primal desires for love, safety, and validation—and the instinctive, if ultimately counterproductive, survival mechanisms we enact defensively out of fear that we won’t get them.

What It Really Takes to Get Your First Book Published: 5 Critical Factors | LitReactor
Making sure your first ten pages are smooth, immersive, and compelling is the first battle, because ten pages is usually all an agent or editor will read before deciding whether to move on. But if you pass this first test, your first fifty pages will have to pass the next, which often has to do with the book’s pacing.

Do Some Damage: “Smile, you son of a bitch.” – Chief Brody, JAWS
As a person who treasures the anonymity writing fosters, the idea of a photo is simply…gross. However, if a publisher is willing to print and promote my book, I will do what I must and sit still for a few seconds while someone steals my soul.

Stuff I Wish I’d Written … Beau Johnson on The Dark Tower – Messy Business – Books, Writing, Stuff
I don’t know what’s more impressive, this interview or the fact that Beau Johnson read the entire Dark Tower series. -DN

It’s a Noir Noir Noir Noir World: The Best of the Darkest
There are problems with any list, but I like the start of this one focusing on Patricia Highsmith and Dorothy B. Hughes. -DN

Jenny Boully Wrote a Book By Accident – Chicago Review of Books
I’m not much of a public writer. I suppose I’m more like a den animal—I need the comfort of a carved out, quiet, semi-dark, closeted space.

100 Greatest Literary Detectives (2018) ed. by Eric Sandberg – crossexaminingcrime
A listicle that’s a book. -DN

Deal Diary Entry #5 | The Thrill Begins
It’s seeing my book in a bookstore window and remembering being a little girl and staring at other books in other windows and imagining whole worlds opening up.

The Vanishing Box (Stephens and Mephisto Mystery #4) by Elly Griffiths | Book Review – My Reading Corner
As a crime story with a bygone feel to it, one to recommend. I certainly enjoyed it.

Jungle Red Writers: Ron Corbett, an ice-fishing hut, & a murder on RAGGED LAKE
Although I do love the fact that no matter what I write, I won’t be getting a phone call tomorrow from a politician saying I’d missed the other side of the story.

George Saunders on the Emotional Realism of Bobbie Ann Mason | Literary Hub
How could I have ever forgotten about Bobbie Ann Mason. “Shiloh and Other Stories” and “In Country” were quite important to me years ago. -DN

Yeah, I Skip to the Last Chapter
I thought people like Laura Diaz de Arce were fictional. – DN

First Two Pages: “Cleansing Soil” by Charlie Hughes – Art Taylor
There are elements of suspense/mystery, but the subject matter strays into horror and dark fiction.

Author of the Week: Alec Cizak – DIGITAL MEDIA GHOST
If crime authors want to offer any sort of realism, they have no choice; things need to get nasty.

Guest Blogger: Sharon Torres: 7 Crime Novels That Show the Horrors of Addiction | The Crime Fiction Writer’s Forensics Blog
Addiction has been a re-occurring theme in many works of fiction. It is a common human experience shared by many across the world, so it is no surprise that the theme appears in a large number of books. One genre that is partial to portraying addiction is the classic crime novel. Usually centered on detective characters with humanizing flaws, like Sherlock Holmes, crime novels make no attempt to shy away from the realities of addiction. They can take you on a journey that is both frightening and interesting at the same time.

Nate’s Big List of eBook Market Analytic Tools | The Digital ReaderBook Review: The Fighter by Michael Farris Smith | Dirty Books
At just over 200 pages, The Fighter is a slight book that packs a ferocious punch. Beautifully written, and utterly absorbing, Farris Smith has crafted an emphatic story about a man pushed to the limits – desperate to claw back a slither of self-respect as he backslides into the abyss.

Crime Watch: Enid Blyton and runaway couples: an interview with Graham Smith
The little village where I live is the kind of one-horse town where even the horse is considering leaving.

Writers Who Kill: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery Series by Dorothy St. James—Interview by E. B. Davis
I love chocolate.

Self Publishing Tips: How To Create A Compelling Book Cover | The Creative Penn
If you’re not a designer, find a good one.

One Bite at a Time: Cultural Appropriation
What The Wire did for me was get me to wondering, and David Simon has a knack for getting to things I hadn’t thought of in ways that didn’t turn me off, so I read The Corner.

Tom Wolfe on the Writer’s Hippocratic Oath: “First, Entertain.” | Literary Hub
“I’ve begun working on a writers’ Hippocratic oath. The first line of the doctors’ Hippocratic oath is ‘First, do no harm.’ And I think for the writers it would be: ‘First, entertain.’” – Tom Wolfe

How to Handle Your Critique Results • Career Authors
It’s better to listen and then respond to feedback from trusted readers as best you can than it is to submit work that isn’t ready for prime time.

Behind the Blogger – Nicki from Nicki’s Book Blog – Compulsive Readers
I had a Facebook blog for a couple of years before I was told “that doesn’t count” (Really?) and so started my “proper” blog in May of last year. I am thrilled beyond words that it gets so many “hits” (Am I over using inverted comma’s ? If so- sorry). I like to think that I review with honesty and to keep things on a simple level. Long winded, wordy tomes don;t draw me in so I try not to write them.

Post Vietnam War Crime Fiction | CrimeReads
8 Crime Novels that Explore the Turbulent Aftermath of the Vietnam War

Elmore Leonard’s Gritty Westerns | CrimeReads
As Greg Sutter, editor of the Complete Western Stories, explains, it was in writing his early tales about Apaches, Cavalry, and rustlers that Leonard developed his fondness for characters who were “good, bad, and really bad.” That formula would see him through, whether in Apache Junction, a Detroit alley, or the Everglades.

The Art of the Moving Book Cover | Literary Hub
We decry lost languages and cultures, but rarely laud the new ones that form in their place.

Book Review: Joe Clifford – Broken Ground (2018) — Dead End Follies
It won’t be a surprise to anyone, but I loved the hell out of Broken Ground. It definitely is the saddest and most tragic Jay Porter novel.

Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity: Mega-List of Paying Markets for Horror, Dark Fiction and Poetry
Jesus, that’s huge. – DN

The Interrogation Room – An Interview With C.S. DeWildt | Dirty Books
He’s a combination of Jake Gittes, Jim Rockford, and me.

Formula or Creative Freedom? / Mike Nemeth –
You are either a genre-focused storyteller or a freeform storyteller. Knowing who and what you are will make the writing easier and the distribution, categorization, and selling of your stories less confusing.

“Murder Gone Missing” – Looks at Books
This is a quick book to read, and enjoyable every step of the way. But seriously, be careful; you might just laugh right out loud as you read.

Interview with Alex Segura
I’ve always liked the idea of telling a story about recovery, as opposed to just spotlighting a hard drinking PI.

Putting Together a Literary Magazine | LitReactor
So I imagined a magazine full of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that would be the perfect fit for the audience at AWP. Just the right mix of fun and literary.

Show Don’t Tell, Doesn’t Mean Don’t Ever Tell | Whiskey and Writing Blog – Victoria M. Patton – Crime Fiction Author
I am a big proponent of showing versus telling. I want my reader to be immersed in my story. Showing helps do that.

Pay It Forward: E.A. Aymar | The Thrill Begins
I need someone in my life who specifically gets this crazy, unpredictable, insanely stressful business of writing and publishing.

Crime Watch: Review: BABY
BABY is quite mundanely horrific

SleuthSayers: This Is The Way We Avoid Writing…Avoid Writing…
Watch a master at work. – DN

Pace – I’m undecided on really – mainly due to my own reading issues. At times it felt like I was swimming through treacle, but again, more me than the book I think. I’d willingly try a second book by Rathbun before determining whether I would continue reading her in the future.

Anne Bonny #BookReview Snap by @BelindaBauer #CrimeFiction #NewRelease #SnapBook @TransworldBooks ‘Bauer writes child characters scarily good!!!’ – Anne Bonny Book Reviews
The first 40% of the novel is a difficult read and very slow burning. But once the twists start, the plot really takes off.

A fireside chat with Randy Rawls – Mysteristas
With my first book—probably one of the worst ever written—I discovered my approach was one of ignorance.

The Writing Life of: David Ahern – Whispering Stories
I can’t say I ever wanted to be a writer. It’s just something I do. Like growing onions.

Celebrating the Art of the Book Cover | Literary Hub
Occasionally I’ll even rip off, physically tear off the covers of which I love, the covers of which I hate, just so I can have them in my house and be able to abide them.

The Radical Empathy of Winnie M. Li | CrimeReads
Writing the book from Johnny’s perspective was an extension of me coming to terms with what had happened and trying to make sense of it. The only way I could make sense of it was to try and make sense of his character. I admit that a) I’m not trying to represent the real-life individual, but then b) it’s a complete active imagination to try and imagine what his life was like.

Rough Edges: Coming From Stark House: Hostage for a Hood/The Merriweather File – Lionel WhiteA Quickie with Caroline England – Compulsive Readers
I am Sean Bean in disguise!

Interview with Historical Mystery Author Jennifer Kincheloe – Mystery Thriller Week
Childhood used to be filled with boredom.

Review: Wrong Way Home by Isabelle Grey – THE MISSTERY
If you like police procedurals and mysteries, this is a solid novel that is both well-written and captivating. Was it a favorite? I’m afraid not. Would I recommend it? If you like the genre, for sure!

Safe – A BOLO Books Television Review | BOLO BOOKS
Safe is a thoroughly enjoyable, binge-worthy television show. It’s not breaking any new ground, but sometimes you just want to get lost in a good story for a few hours!

Pulp Friday: Guns with plots | Pulp Curry
For a while now I have been obsessed with the cover above of the 1964 Panther edition of Len Deignton’s The Ipcress File. The cover, done by influential English graphic designer, Ray Hawkey, who would go onto to do a number of paperback covers, exudes a style and tone I could never imagine being used today except as a deliberate retro homage.

11 of the Best Indie Horror Presses | LitReactor
I do my best to spread the good word about all books, and when doing so, I have to accept that Big Five publishers regularly put out outstanding work. That being said, fans of horror will find a lot to dig their teeth into if they pay attention to what’s happening in indie publishing. Why? Because small presses are putting out some of the most unique, exciting, gory, and entertaining horror there is. Here are a few that every horror fiction fan should know.

BLACK GUYS DO READ – Book Reviews Blog: DOWN ON THE STREET by Alec Cizak
In the end, it’s a tricky book and not for everyone, but I enjoy books that challenge me in this way, daring me to follow unlikable characters, forcing me to see them and understand them in all their complexity.

SleuthSayers: Face the Music: Public Readings and How to Survive Them
Keep it short.

Where to Spend Your Book Advertising Budget • Career Authors
For most writers, advertising is a money sink where you pour dollars in, watch them circle the drain, and then see the money disappear. All without budging your book sales numbers.

Be a Better Reader: Get Outside Your Genre Comfort Zone | Literary Hub
By tuning out books from other genres, we cut ourselves off from important parts of the literary conversation.

A Close Reading of True Grit’s Perfect First Paragraph | Literary Hub
Fifty years ago today, the first installment of Charles Portis’s True Grit was published in the Saturday Evening Post. It was reprinted in book form by Simon & Schuster later that year, adapted into a movie (with John Wayne!) the year after, and became a bestseller. It had entered into the murky realm of cult literary classic when it was adapted to film for a second time (with Jeff Bridges!) in 2010, and now I’d rate it as Pretty Famous. If you haven’t read the novel, I will tell you that—even for someone who doesn’t typically go in for Westerns—it is wonderful, due in large part to its narrator, Mattie Ross. There may be action and adventure between these pages, but Mattie Ross’s voice is what makes this novel unforgettable. As Ed Park once put it, Mattie’s “steadfast, unsentimental voice—Portis’s sublime ventriloquism—maintains such purity of purpose that the prose seems engraved rather than merely writ.”

Danielle Bartlett – A BOLO Books Composite Sketch | BOLO BOOKS
Danielle Bartlett is a publicist with Harpercollins/William Morrow. I first met her at one of the various Bouchercons and she has ensured that I receive the relevant review copies I need for BOLO Books ever since. She is truly a delightful person and seeing her smiling face at each Bouchercon and Malice Domestic is always a highlight of those weekends. Because I want this Composite Sketch feature to be inclusive of all areas of our crime fiction tribe, I was more than thrilled when she agreed to be a representative of the publicist’s work – but also because I know that she is a fan of our genre as a reader as well. Let’s see what she is going to reveal.

Writer Types | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Episode 17: Kellye Garrett, Alex Segura, Naomi Hirahara

Malice Domestic Announces 14th Anthology
Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible will be presented by Parnell Hall and published by Wildside Press in time for Malice Domestic 31, which will take place May 3 – 5, 2019.

Days of Smoke by Woody Haut – Review | The Venetian Vase
In forging a new noir style out of political history, personal experience and his encyclopedic knowledge of noir, Woody Haut has crafted a modern classic in the genre. Not to be missed.

There are rogue waves and waves that buck.  My challenge was keeping the ocean as an ever-present threat without being boring.

Do Some Damage: Do You Facebook Live?
Why is this important to authors? For the simple reason that we cannot only communicate to our readers and friends to tell them about a new book we have on sale.

Enjoy the Journey • Career Authors
Writing is hard, getting published and writing under deadline is harder still. Find things that give you a boost—talking to friends who are also writing, finding that perfect cup of tea, taking a walk in the sunshine, communing with a pet. Don’t underestimate the power of taking a break; great ideas can spring forth when you’re doing nothing. Keep at it, learn from your mistakes, and roll with the punches.

Review: The Good Twin by Marti Green | A Haven for Book Lovers
I wasn’t as captivated by the rest of the book though. It was still an entertaining story but something was missing. I guess the twists weren’t what I was expecting.

Saira Viola: Jukebox and Beyond | Mark Ramsden
The new book, American Scandal, is a crime story set in Los Angeles, featuring an all female punk band, and a fast thinking, mean mouthed female mobster and entertainment impresario.

Bookgasm » Blog Archive » No Harp for My Angel / Booty for a Babe / Eve, It’s Extortion
Like the earlier collection, these three Wheeler novels are recommended for their enduring entertainment value as well as their generous glimpse into the kinds of mystery novels that dominated the paperback spin racks of their day.

» A PI Review by LJ Roberts: CHRIS KNOPF – Tango Down.
Tango Down is intelligent, complex, multi-layered, and has a realistic ending. It is also really, really good; it is always surprising that Knopf is not more widely known and read.

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