Incident Report No. 69

The Incident Report covers the world of small press crime fiction for the week of January 5th through January 11th.

For the rest of January (don’t quote me if I am wrong), Orenda Books is having quite a sale on Amazon’s US site for some of their books. Usually, Orenda has sales in the UK or on Kobo here in the US, but for the next several days, y’all need to jump on this .99¢ ebooks. I counted 11 books on sale, quite a few Nordic Noir. Most seem to be from 2016 and 2017, but no worries, go and buy some of them, maybe all of them.

  • “A Suitable Lie” by Michael J. Malone (buy)
  • “The Bird Tribunal” by Agnes Ravant, translated by Rosie Hedger (buy)
  • “Cursed” by Thomas Enger, translated by Kari Dickson (buy)
  • “Faithless” by Kjell Ola Dahl, translated by Don Bartlett (buy)
  • “Where Roses Never Die” by Gunnar Staalesen, translated by Don Bartlett (buy)
  • “Exiled” by Kati Hiekkapelto, translated by David Hackston (buy)
  • “In Her Wake” by Amanda Jennings (buy)
  • “The Mine” by Antti Tuomainen, translated by David Hackston (buy)
  • “We Shall Inherit the Wind” by Gunnar Staalesen, translated by Don Bartlett (buy)
  • “Block 46” by Johanna Gustawsson, translated by Maxim Jakubowski (buy)
  • “The Old You” by Louise Voss (buy)

Jedidiah Ayres is the author of “Peckerwood” but these days he’s known for watching movies, lots of movies. The last list of movies watched was for a total of 83 . . . that’s not for 2018, that’s just for December 2018. The dude watches a lot of movies.

The other day he published his list of favorite crime flicks of 2018 over at this blog, Hardboiled Wonderland. I heard of some of the movies he listed like “Mandy”, never heard of a couple, and I saw only one on his list, “The Crew”. Read his list and at them to your TBW––is that even a thing?


As you may have noticed there’s a lack of links in this issue of the Incident Report and that’s because there in a daily newsletter of morning crime links. And guess what kids, you can subscribe to it. There’s a new issue coming out on Tuesday morning. In the meantime, peruse the archive and clickity-clack on those links.


Brian Garfield, best known as the author of “Death Wish”, died. The New York Times wrote:

Mr. Garfield, who himself was unhappy with the film portrayals, wrote a follow-up novel to “Death Wish” called “Death Sentence” (1975), which he called his “penance” for the violence in “Death Wish.” His “Death Sentence” protagonist, who does not shoot to kill, notes: “Any idiot can kill people — and you can’t teach someone a lesson by killing him.”


Art Taylor points us to this post by LynDee Walker, “Two series three kids, and adapting to change”. The first section is aptly called, “In the beginning: bedlam”.


You’ll also want to read Jessica Barry’s “Women Read Thrillers Because There’s No Avoiding Danger” (CrimeReads). Here’s a taste.

Reading thrillers as a woman is a funny thing. It’s usually women who are the victims of acts of horrific brutality, and if their bodies aren’t being outlined in chalk, their minds are being called into question. Women in thrillers are there to be killed and raped and terrorized, or to be mistrusted and doubted and dismissed. And the strangest thing is that we can’t seem to get enough of them. I know I can’t.


The image included at the top of the page is by Robert Maguire and is courtesy of Pulp Covers. Maguire’s illustration was for the cover of Honey West series, “Kiss for a Killer” by G.G. Fickling.


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