Incident Report No. 55

Unlawful Acts’ Incident Report covers the world of small press crime fiction for the week of August 12th through August 18th with links to news, reviews, short fiction, podcasts, and new releases.

Here at Unlawful Acts, it’s been Aaron Philip Clark week. I reviewed “The Science of Paul” and “A Healthy Fear of Man”, both published by Shotgun Honey. Clark sat down with me for a short interview as well. I also reviewed Ed Kurtz’s “The Wypipo”, a timely satire on white people’s problems with black people doing normal things.

If you didn’t get a chance to complete this one question survey, would you, please?

 


News

Left Coast Crime is offering five scholarships for those that want to attend but cannot afford the Vancouver conference in March 2019. Hat tip to Classic Mysteries.

The Left Coast Crime national committee is offering FIVE scholarships to Left Coast Crime #29 in Vancouver, British Columbia, March 28-31, 2019. The LCC Scholarships include a free registration to the convention in Vancouver (currently $300 Canadian) plus $200 US expense money (or Canadian equivalent). For more info on LCC #29, visit the Whale of a Crime website.

Hopefully more conventions will take this step.


The other day Brian Lindenmuth had several tweets about Allan Guthrie, a writer that both he and Eric Beetner could not speak to highly about. Based on these tweets, I ordered three books by Guthrie and they should be arriving at my house in the next week or so. Lindenmuth has a piece at Toe Six Press called I come to praise Allan Guthrie that further expounds on his adoration of Guthrie.

I believe Guthrie’s momentum was lost and he is now, unfortunately, more of a cult writer with less recognition than he previously enjoyed, especially among writers and readers who have come to crime fiction in the last couple of years. Publishing can be like putting logs on a fire. When logs are regularly put in a fire, the flame burns constant and bright. When no logs are put on the fire, the flame can gutter or extinguish.


Lindenmuth again. This past week he started at series on western writers. Though I haven’t had a opportunity to read any westerns, they’ve always been on the periphery of my TBR.

I’d like to try and do something about it. I plan on writing a series of profiles on western writers that will gather together good information on western writers both remembered and forgotten. I will be relying heavily on the books in the picture above. These books are a great study of the western genre in the 20th century. There is a ton of great information contained in these books. I hope to free some of it.

The first writer featured was Elmer Kelton.


Janie Millman, author of “Sky’s the Limit” (Dome Press), interviewed at Elementary Watson.

What do you like and dislike about writing?

I love it when the story starts to come together; I love it when the unexpected happens; I also love it when the characters misbehave – although not too much!

I don’t like the solitude, the doubts that creep in and the frustration when the words don’t flow and the characters appear one-dimensional. But that passes…. usually!


Nick Kolakowski, author of the “Boise Longpig Hunting Club”, wrote about the problems with incorporating real-life places in your fiction.

Midway through her reading of the manuscript, my wife, who doubles as a key beta reader, began to make gentle sounds of consternation. She liked the book, but she was concerned that I had mixed my characters’ clay with a bit too much real-life detail. “I don’t want anyone to get offended,” she said.

(A quote from Czeslaw Milosz drifted to mind: “When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished.” You could probably extend that idea to friend groups, as well.)


George R.R. Martin blamed J.R.R. Tolkien’s killing of Gandalf on his proclivity to kill off his characters.

“And then Gandalf dies,” Martin says admiringly. “I can’t explain the impact that had on me at 13. You can’t kill Gandalf. I mean, Conan didn’t die in the ‘Conan’ books. Tolkien just broke that rule, and I’ll love him forever for it. Because the minute you kill Gandalf, the suspense of everything that follows is a thousand times greater. Because now anybody could die. And, of course, that’s had a profound effect on my own willingness to kill characters at the drop of a hat.”


At Do Some Damage, a wonderful essay by Scott Adlerberg, author of “Jack Waters”, on the recent passing of V.S. Naipaul. Adlerberg’s essay starts with a Jason Statham heist movie, decends a bit into black militancy of the 1970s and winds up at Naipaul. Give it a read, you won’t be disappointed.


Another great read at Do Some Damage, this time it’s by Scott D. Parker, author of noir and westerns. Parker pseudo-reviewed “The Pulp Jungle” by Frank Gruber.

It is a sobering read.

Like many of the successful pulp writers in the depth of the Great Depression, Gruber wrote everything. A ledger from the months August 1932 to June 1934 indicated he wrote 174 “pieces” which totaled 620,000 words, all on a Remington manual typewriter.

[snip]

For any person who dreams of a full-time writing career in 2018, that dream is still attainable. But what the story of Frank Gruber’s professional life suggests is that hard work, determination, and perseverance will enable a writer to hone the skills necessary to become a full-time writer. It also demonstrates that writers must recognize and seize opportunities when they present themselves. Don’t think you could write a story overnight (insert your own personal challenge)? Perhaps Gruber didn’t think he could do it either…until he said “yes” and then he had to deliver.


Over news you can use: Dana King on why Bouchercon is awesomeMillennials may be the death of classic books which really has nothing to do with millennials or classic books, just a change of reading habits;  NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro interviewed David Joy upon the release of his latest book, “The Line That Held Us” and Joy wrote about his journey to crime fiction; the noirness of Porter Wagoner’s music; Nikki Crutchley, author of “Nothing Bad Happens Here”, interviewed; Kellye Garret, author of “Hollywood Ending”, interviewed at Writers Who Kill; oh, FFShow to talk about Vonnegut at parties; NPR’s list of 100 horror novels; and looking back at Josephine Tey.


 

Short Stories

Some short fiction to read this week:

A new issue of Yellow Mama is out.


 

On Writing

“The way you write a novel is that for the first 83 drafts, you pretend nobody is ever, ever going to read it.” – Anne Tyler


Margot Kinberg suggested some ways for writers to handle new readers who enter the series late.

There are lots of other reasons, too, for which readers don’t follow a series in strict order. So, if an author wants to win (and keep) fans, it’s wise to be aware of this, and try to welcome readers wherever in a series they start.


Agent Paula Munier advice to a young writer;

The hardest thing about being a writer is the hardest thing about mastering any craft: It takes time. And it’s hard work. When I joined my first writer’s group, I was a punk in my twenties who’d sold my first story to Cosmopolitan at 19 and thought I was hot stuff. Then the most successful writer in our group, published many times over in most every format, told me with a stern stare that it took a million words to make a writer. I was about 950,000 words short. Oops.


More writing words and stuff: James Scott Bell on early writing lessons; Elena Hartwell on the query letter; L.V. Hay’s own version of Elmore Leonard’s Rules for Writers; Ann Janzer, author of “Writing to be Understood”,  on the curse of knowledge;  more about “The Fellowship of the Ring” and its three-act structuresome habits that helped Kay Kendall become a writer; Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, author of “From Page to Stage”,  on how to write better; Zoe Sharp on procrastination; K.M. Weiland on how to market when you hate marketing; and Holly West wrote about her short story in the Bouchercon anthology for Art Taylor’s The First Two Pages;


 

Podcasts

Selected podcasts released this week:

  • 7 Minutes with: Steve Weddle chatted with Jedidiah Ayres, Chris Holm, and Holly West.
  • The Bastard Title: Angel Luis Colón interviewed Johnny Shaw
  • Crime Syndicate: Mike Pool interviewed Nick Kolakowski
  • Fresh Air: Replay of Terry Gross’s interview with John Le Carré from September 2017.

 

Book Reviews

Teresa Solana’s “The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories” (Bitter Lemon Press) reviewed by Marina Sofia at Crime Fiction Lover.

How can you resist a title like that? Even if you prefer your crime fiction long and dark, this collection of grotesque short stories is well worth your time. Teresa Solana has already established an international reputation as a Catalan crime author and Bitter Lemon Press has published several of her novels, including the imaginatively entitled The Sound of One Hand Killing. Her love of zany, surrealist touches and black humour shines through in her novels, but it’s in this short story collection that it really comes to the fore.


SJI Holliday’s “The Lingering” (Orenda Books) reviewed Jacob Collins at Hooked From Page One.

SJI Holliday weaves a crime element into her plot and this was done to great effect. But I’m not going to talk any more about this here, you’ll have to read the book yourself to find out what happens. The atmosphere in the book is excellent and it brings the commune and the surrounding countryside to life. If I ever see a building remotely similar to the commune whenever I’m driving round country lanes, I think I’ll be speeding up and keeping very clear.


Nick Kolakowski’s “Boise Longpig Hunting Club” (Down & Out Books) reviewed by Paul D. Brazill at Crime Fiction Lover.

The author is on stronger ground here. It’s a good set-up, and he doesn’t disappoint. There are several good set pieces, including a shoot-out in an abandoned family hotel, and a couple of encounters with angry rattlesnakes. Kolakowski makes some attempts to draw some thematic parallels with his protagonists’ situation and the exploitation of the working classes by today’s business elites, but it is no more than window dressing for his pulp-infused thriller. He is sensible enough to make sure it doesn’t slow down proceedings.


Max Allan Collins’ “Black Hats” (Brash Books) reviewed by Alan Cranis at Bookgasm.

Wyatt Earp versus Al Capone — the premise of Max Allan Collins’ 2007 novel BLACK HATS, now in a new edition from Brash Books — sounds like something out of science fiction. But there is neither time machine nor alternate dimension here. Rather, Collins uses little-known facts of these familiar real-life characters to construct this wonderfully entertaining yarn.

[snip]

Yet the pace seldom lags, thanks in equal parts to the fascinating histories of the characters and Collins’s skill at incorporating historical facts within his fiction. The dialogue is also credible throughout and avoids any stereotypical contrasts between the speech patterns of urban New York and that of the Old West where Earp and Masterson established their reputations.


You say you want more book reviews. Well, have at it.

  • D.A. Bartley’s “Blessed Be the Wicked” (Crooked Lane Books) reviewed at dru’s book musings: “… well-written police procedural.”
  • Carol Wyer’s “The Birthday”(Bookouture) reviewed at Minimac Reviews: “… the writing was exceptional …”
  • Graham Smith’s “Watching the Bodies” (Bloodhound Books) reviewed at A Haven for Book Lovers: “This is an excellent, suspenseful crime thriller …”
  • L.V. Hay’s “Do No Harm” (Orenda Books) reviewed at Keeper of Pages: “… it’s an engrossing read, perfect for fans of contemporary crime, who crave the drama only a domestic thriller can deliver.”
  • Aidan Thorn’s “When The Music Is Over” (Fahrenheit 13) reviewed by Coleman Keane at Col’s Criminal Library: “One of the best of bunch from Number 13 so far.”
  • Brian Klingborg’s “Kill Devil Falls” (Thorndike Press) reviewed by Kevin R. Tipple at Kevin’s Corner: “An intense read full of misdirection and action, the story unravels at a rapid clip from start to finish. Kill Devil Falls is mighty good and well worth your time.”
  • Paul Heatley’s “The Runner” (Near to the Knuckle) reviewed by Tom Leins at Dirty Books: “The Runner is hardcore, dog-eat-dog Geordie noir.”
  • Mason Cross’s “Presumed Dead” (Orion Books) reviewed by Kristof Zgorski at BOLO Books: “Crime fiction fans who have not yet met Carter Blake should certainly rectify that as soon as possible. Mason Cross has crafted a modern-day hero – flaws and all – and fans will happily follow him to any destination.”
  • Kellye Garrett’s “Hollywood Ending” (Midnight Ink) reviewed at Lesa’s Book Critiques: “I think I’m getting a little tired of the escapades of Stephanie Plum-like characters.”

 

New Releases

Boise Longpig Hunting Club
by Nick Kolakowski
(Down & Out Books)

When you want someone found, you call bounty hunter Jake Halligan. He’s smart, tough, and best of all, careful on the job. But none of those skills seem to help him when a shadowy group starts taking his life apart piece by piece.

First Jake comes home to find a dead body in his gun safe. He thinks it’s a warning–and when you drag people back to jail for a living, the list of people who want to send that kind of message is very long indeed. With backup from his sister Frankie, an arms dealer and dapper criminal, Jake plunges into the Idaho underworld, confronting everyone from brutal Aryan assassins to cops who want his whole family in jail.

But as Jake soon discovers, those threats are small-time compared to the group that’s really after him. And nothing–not bounty hunting, not even all his years in Iraq–can prepare him for what’s coming next. Jake’s about to become a player in the most dangerous game ever invented…

Boise Longpig Hunting Club is a wild ride into the dark heart of the American dream, where even the most brutal desires can be fulfilled for a price, and nobody is safe from the rich and powerful. (Buy)


The Line That Held Us
by David Joy
(Putnam)
From critically acclaimed author David Joy comes a remarkable novel about the cover-up of an accidental death, and the dark consequences that reverberate through the lives of four people who will never be the same again.

When Darl Moody went hunting after a monster buck he’s chased for years, he never expected he’d accidentally shoot a man digging ginseng. Worse yet, he’s killed a Brewer, a family notorious for vengeance and violence. With nowhere to turn, Darl calls on the help of the only man he knows will answer, his best friend, Calvin Hooper. But when Dwayne Brewer comes looking for his missing brother and stumbles onto a blood trail leading straight back to Darl and Calvin, a nightmare of revenge rips apart their world. The Line That Held Us is a story of friendship and family, a tale balanced between destruction and redemption, where the only hope is to hold on tight, clenching to those you love. What will you do for the people who mean the most, and what will you grasp to when all that you have is gone? The only certainty in a place so shredded is that no one will get away unscathed. (Buy)


The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories
by Teresa Solana
translated by Peter Bush
(Bitter Lemon Press)

An impressive and very funny collection of stories by Teresa Solana but the fun is very dark indeed. The oddest things happen. Statues decompose and stink out galleries, two old grandmothers are vengeful killers, a prehistoric detective on the verge of becoming the first religious charlatan trails a triple murder that is threatening cave life as the early innocents knew it. The collection also includes a sparkling web of Barcelona stories–connected by two criminal acts–that allows Solana to explore the darker side of different parts of the city and their seedier inhabitants. (Buy)


In Loco Parentis
by Nigel Bird
(All Due Respect Books)

Joe Campion is the kind of teacher any child would want for their class. He’s also the kind of teacher who never turns down a drink, a smoke or a lay.

When Joe finds out some of his students are suffering abuse, he doesn’t trust the system to take care of it. His impulsive nature, dedication to his pupils and love of women lead him on a long, strange and bloody trip.

Praise for IN LOCO PARENTIS:

“In Loco Parentis is terrific, start to finish.” —Charlie Stella, author of Tommy Red

“Beautiful, painful and excruciatingly brilliant writing.” —McDroll, crime fiction author

“A unique voice that sets the writing head and shoulders above and apart.” —Anonymous-9, author of Hard Bite and Bite Harder

“The writing is beautiful and spare and by the end I felt a cathartic relief. This story is a roller coaster ride of emotion, but a ride well worth taking.” —Mike Miner, author of Hurt Hawks (Buy)


Know Me From Smoke
by Matt Phillips
(Fahrenheit Press)

Stella Radney, longtime lounge singer, still has a bullet lodged in her hip from the night when a rain of gunshots killed her husband. That was twenty years ago and it’s a surprise when the unsolved murder is reopened after the district attorney discovers new evidence.

Royal Atkins is a convicted killer who just got out of prison on a legal technicality. At first, he’s thinking he’ll play it straight. Doesn’t take long before that plan turns to smoke—was it ever really an option?

When Stella and Royal meet one night, they’re drawn to each other. But Royal has a secret. How long before Stella discovers that the man she’s falling for isn’t who he seems?

A noir of gripping suspense and violence, Know Me from Smoke is a journey into the shadowy terrain of murder, lost love, and the heart’s lust for vengeance.

Praise for Know Me From Smoke:

“Two great characters here in Stella and Royal. Couple that with a psychotic villain and a grudge-bearing cop, and you’re gonna be hooked til the end. Happy endings? Well, maybe…” – Paul Heatley, author of The Runner, FatBoy, and An Eye for an Eye

“A beautifully written, brutal & brilliant slice of hardboiled crime fiction. A Knockout.” – Paul D. Brazill, author of Last Years’s Man and A Case Of Noir. (Buy)


An Eye for An Eye
by Paul Heatley
(Near to the Knuckle)

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

When it comes to Neil Doyle’s daughter, Gandhi had no idea.

An accident leaves Jasmine Doyle permanently disfigured, and the patriarch of one of Newcastle’s crime families goes on the warpath to find the perpetrator. He doesn’t care who gets in his way, or what he has to do to them, to get his hands on the man responsible.

Graeme Taylor and ‘Tracksuit’ Tony Gordon find themselves dragged into this brutal quest for vengeance, pushed physically and mentally to the breaking point by all that they see, and all that they are forced to do.

By the end, the streets will run with blood, and no one walks away unscarred.

This is a second edition and part of Near To The Knuckle Novellas. (Buy)


Triple Dipped Murder
by Gretchen Allen

(Summer Prescott Books)

Ready for a creamy, dreamy treat…with a scoop of murder?

Ice cream shop manager, Yvette Lockhart, dishes up tasty treats in the quaint, touristy town of Heritage, Massachusetts. Trying her best to protect a trusted employee, she finds herself smack dab in the middle of investigating a murder that rocks the tiny town to its foundations. Situations get sticky as secrets are exposed, forcing Yvette to race against the clock to solve the crime in this edge-of-your-seat Cozy Mystery. (Buy)


The Long Revenge
by Andrew Barrett

(Bloodhound Books)

Looking for an explosive crime thriller? Then discover Eddie Collins, CSI, today.

They say you can always trust a policeman. They are lying.

They lied thirty years ago and they are still lying today.

When a booby-trapped body is discovered in a long-abandoned chapel, CSI Eddie Collins and his team are called to investigate. But when the scene examination goes horribly wrong, Eddie and DI Benson are injured and one of the team killed.

Heartbroken by the death, Eddie is also guilt-ridden. But more than that he is angry. Very angry.

Eddie will stop at nothing to bring the guilty to justice and will teach them that even when served cold, revenge is a killer dish.

*** Please note this is a revised edition of a book previously published as Ledston Luck*** (Buy)


Abandoned
by Allison Brennan

(Minotaur Books)

New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan weaves the intimate, unputdownable story of an investigator confronting the most important–and most dangerous–mystery of her career.

Investigative reporter Max Revere has cracked many cases, but the one investigation she’s never attempted is the mystery from her own past. Her mother abandoned her when she was nine, sending her periodic postcards, but never returning to reclaim her daughter. Seven years after the postcards stop coming, Martha Revere is declared legally dead, with no sign of what may have happened to her. Until now.

With a single clue―that her mother’s car disappeared sixteen years ago in a small town on the Chesapeake Bay―Max drops everything to finally seek the truth. As Max investigates, and her mother’s story unfolds, she realizes that Martha teamed up with a con man. They traveled the world living off Martha’s trust and money they conned from others.

Though no one claims to know anything about Martha or her disappearance, Max suspects more than one person is lying. When she learns the FBI has an active investigation into the con man, Max knows she’s on the right path. But as Max digs into the dark secrets of this idyllic community, the only thing she might find is the same violent end as her mother. (Buy)


Deadly Diamonds
by John F. Dobbyn

(Oceanview Publishing)

Bringing the deadly brutality of Sierra Leone to the streets of Boston

What do Boston, Dublin, and Sierra Leone have in common? The movement of blood diamonds at enormous profit but grave human expense: mafia killings in Boston and Ireland and child enslavement and murder in Sierra Leone. And who is ensnared in the middle of all of this Michael Knight and Lex Devlin. Can they stop the enormously profitable trade of these tainted jewels? They must come between the Italian mafia in North Boston and the Irish mafia in South Boston including some remnants of the IRA in Ireland. They must also pit themselves against the enslaved and deadly child-army in Sierra Leone, who smuggle these diamonds into the mainstream for cash to buy weapons and drugs. At great personal risk, Knight and Devlin struggle to find a solution that satisfies this disparate combination of characters and, hopefully, dampens the diamond flow. (Buy)


Don’t Eat Me
by Colin Cotterill

(Soho Crime)

Between getting into a tangle with a corrupt local judge, and discovering a disturbing black-market business, Dr. Siri and his friend Inspector Phosy have their hands full in the thirteenth installment of Colin Cotterill’s quirky, critically acclaimed series.

Dr. Siri Paiboun, the 75-year-old ex-national coroner of Laos, may have more experience dissecting bodies than making art, but now that he’s managed to smuggle a fancy movie camera into the country, he devises a plan to shoot a Lao adaptation of War and Peace with his friend Civilai. The only problem? The Ministry of Culture must approve the script before they can get rolling. That, and they can’t figure out how to turn on the camera.

Meanwhile, the skeleton of a woman has appeared under the Anusawari Arch in the middle of the night. Siri puts his directorial debut on hold and assists his friend Phosy, the newly promoted Senior Police Inspector, with the ensuing investigation. Though the death of the unknown woman seems to be recent, the flesh on her corpse has been picked off in places as if something—or someone—has been gnawing on the bones. The plot Siri and his friends uncover involves much more than a single set of skeletal remains. (Buy)


Death in Summer
by Michael Theurillat
translated byAyca Türkoglu

(Zaffre)

The chilling first novel in the internationally bestselling Inspector Eschenbach series.

On a blazing hot day in the heart of summer, a renowned banker is shot dead on the golf course. There are no witnesses, and no obvious suspects.

When Inspector Eschenbach is assigned to the case, he knows that someone must be hiding something.

And as he delves deeper into the victim’s life, he starts to uncover a past darker than any he could have imagined, and secrets that spread wider than he could possibly believe.

Secrets that those involved will do anything to keep hidden . . .

Someone, somewhere knows the truth. (Buy)


The Story of H
by Marina Perezagua

(Ecco)

From an audacious new talent, The Story of H describes a searing quest by a Japanese woman and an American soldier to find a girl who goes missing in the aftermath of Hiroshima, a journey that spans the globe and travels to the darkest corners of the human mind and memory

August 6, 1945: the day Enola Gay unleashed an atomic inferno over Hiroshima. In the wake of its devastation, two stories unfold. There’s Jim, an American soldier who was entrusted with taking care of Yoro, a Japanese girl who then disappears after the atomic bomb falls. And there’s H, a Japanese child who is at school when the bomb drops and is indelibly marked by its destruction. Both victims of the bomb, H and Jim meet for the first time in New York years later—their paths cross by chance, they fall in love, and together they continue Jim’s search for Yoro. A quixotic twenty-first century quest to discover what makes us human, from refugee camps to the slave mines of Africa, from Brazil to Borneo, Japan to Mexico, it’s also a journey that plumbs the depths and heights of cruelty and compassion, vulnerability and violence.

Marina Perezagua’s urgent, incantatory, and highly original novel moves us beyond our understanding of history as broad and sweeping to the individual stories of those who feel joy and pain, who suffer and transcend. Both dazzling and dark, The Story of H pulsates with a terrible beauty and power that lingers with the reader long after the last page. (Buy)


Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu:
The Adventure of the Neural Psychoses
by Lois H Gresh
(Titan Books)

Entities leak into the human realm and enter human minds. Two of the victims are Dr. Watson and leader of the cult, Prof. Henry Fitzgerald–who seeks to use human sacrifice to open the door to the Old Ones. As violence erupts in London, Holmes secludes himself in the Diogenes Club, developing an antidote to counter the neural psychoses. As Moriarty uses the drug to amass an army of addicts, Holmes discovers a link to a town in America. Innsmouth. (Buy)


Smart Moves
by Adrian Magson
(Dome Press)

International troubleshooter Jake Foreman loses his job, house and wife all in one day. And when an impulsive move lands him in even deeper water – the kind that could lose him his life – he decides it’s time to make some smart decisions. The trouble is, knowing the right moves and making them is a whole different game. And Jake, who has been happily rubbing along things he always suspected were just a shade away from being dodgy, finds it all too easy to go with the flow. Now he’s got to start learning new tricks. If he doesn’t, he could end up dead. (Buy)


Down & Out: The Magazine Volume 1 Issue 4
edited by Rick Ollerman
(Down & Out Books)

Issue four closes our exciting first year with the very talented debut of Arthur Klepchukov. His intelligent “A Damn Fine Town” is followed by film director and writer John Shepphird and a prequel to his award-nominated “Shill” trilogy, a bit of a teaser for those of you who may not have discovered Jane Innes…yet.

Brian Silverman is up next with a story set on his fictional Caribbean island of St. Pierre featuring his characters, Leonard and Tubby. The featured story this issue is of the most excellent Inspector Kubu by the writing team of Michael Stanley. If “Shoot to Kill” is your first Kubu tale, believe me, he’s only better when he’s in a novel.

Our featured historical story is by the very prolific, very good Frederick C. Davis, who became one of Harry Whittington’s “St. Pete Boys,” the group of writers like Gil Brewer, Day Keene, and occasionally John D. MacDonald, that met on Sunday afternoons at Harry’s house. Davis’s story is the first Secrets, Inc. installment, “Blood on the Block.”

We close out the issue with an offbeat heist story by Robb T. White called “Inside Man,” and a short piece by the always terrific Lissa Marie Redmond, who first appeared in issue two, called “We Don’t Talk About Lester Anymore.” There’s a good reason for that. (Buy)


Other new releases can be found at dru’s book musings, Criminal Element, and Crime Reads. Here are some more as well.

  • “The Weight of Silence” by Gregg Olsen (Thomas & Mercer) (Buy)
  • “Letters from the Dead” by Steve Robinson (Thomas & Mercer) (Buy)
  • “Beethoven’s Tenth” by Richard Kluger (Rare Bird Books) (Buy)
  • “The Second Son” by Martin Jay Weiss (Rare Bird Books) (Buy)
  • “A Spy in Time” by Imraan Coovadia (Rare Bird Books) (Buy)
  • “City of Knives” by William Bayer (Crossroads Press) (Buy)
  • “Bohemian Heart” by James Dalessandro (Crossroads Press) (Buy)
  • “Valentina” by S.E. Lynes (Bookouture) (Buy)
  • “Never Say Goodbye” by Richard Parker (Bookouture)(Buy)
  • “Keep You Safe” by Rona Halsall (Bookouture) (Buy)
  • “Strike” by Michael Retzer (Black Rose Writing) (Buy)

Thanks for stopping by and reading Unlawful Acts’ The Incident Report.

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