Incident Report

Incident Report No. 90

The Incident Report is back with its 90th edition. There are links to articles, interviews, book reviews, short stories, and more. Enjoy.

Photograph by Roo Pitt – Concrete (CC-BY)

Welcome to the latest edition of Unlawful Acts’s Incident Report.


“Why Indigenous Crime Fiction Matters” by David Heska Wanbli Widen (Ecco Press; 2020) (CrimeReads)

Penguin Random House releases its Workforce Report on Diversity, and it’s not pretty (Publishers Weekly)

Management problems at New York City’s Strand Bookstore (The Baffler)

Paul D. Marks, author of “The Blues Don’t Care” (Down & Out Books; 2020), on the issues with marketing a book in the time of COVID-19 (Criminal Minds)

Dana King, author of the Penns River series, on James Ellroy’s “The Cold Six Thousand” (One Bite at a Time)

Nate Hoffelder plays the world’s tiniest violin for publishers saddened by a 25% increase in eBook revenues (The Digital Reader)

Jay Wilburn on what to do on how to perform a reading (LitReactor)

Some great bloggers are listed here (The Rap Sheet)

“When Speculative Fiction Becomes Reality” by Rob Hart, author of “The Warehouse” (Ballantine Books; 2019) (CrimeReads)

Nitya Rayapait on how health insurance became a literary device (Electric Literature)

“12 Neo-Noir Authors Too Good Not to Be Crazy Famous” by Greg Levin, author of “The Exit Man”, “Sick to Death”, and “In Wolves’ Clothing”. (Criminal Element)

“Sympathy for the Devil: 5 Classic Noir Villains with a Touch of Humanity” by Nick Kolakowski, author of the upcoming “Rattlesnake Rodeo” (Down & Out Books; 2020) (CrimeReads)

“Seven Essential Native American Crime Novels” by David Heska Wanbli Weiden, author of “Winter Counts” (Ecco; 2020) (Strand Magazine)

On the future of political thrillers featuring James McCrone’s self-published “Emergency Powers” (2020) (The Dorset Book Detective)

Interview with Nancy Jooyoun Kim, author of “The Last Story of Mina Lee” (Park Row; 2020) (CrimeReads)

“Hate the Sin, Not the Book” by Alan Jacobs (The Atlantic)

“The Nature of Gary Snyder” by Robert Haas (The Paris Review)

If you like your books from big publishers, then this list of upcoming releases is for you (CrimeReads)

“Reviewing Chuck Palahniuk’s Reviewers” by Peter Derk (LitReactor)

“Call for Fiction: Autumn 2020” (3:AM Magazine)

Interview with Tess Gerritsen (Crimespree Magazine)

The First Two Pages: “For Love or Money” by Marcia Adair (Art Taylor)

“Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Nunez, Rankine, Bhatt, and More” (The Millions)

Interview with Greg Mania, author of “Born to be Public” (Clash Books; 2020) (Everything Through Humor: Greg Mania Interviewed – BOMB Magazine)

“It’s Hard to Be Scared of the Man with the Knife, Anymore” by Paul Michael Anderson, author of “Standalone” (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing; 2020) (LitReactor)

“The Unexpected Politics of Book Cover Design” by Jenny Bhatt, author of “Each of Us Killers” (7.13 Books; 2020) (Literary Hub)

Matthew Salesses on grief. Salesses is the author of “Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear” (Little A Publishing; 2020) (Literary Hub)

Interview with Megan Cummins, author of “If the Body Allows It” (University of Nebraska Press; 2020) (Full Stop)

“10 Novels About Working Lives in India” by Jenny Bhatt, author of “Each of Us Killers” (7.13 Books; 2020) (Electric Literature)

Interview with V.M. Burns, author of “Paw and Order (Kensington; 2020) (Crimespree Magazine)

Nathan Ma on the perpetual death-throes of zines . . . especially during the pandemic (The Baffler)

And the chatter begins for E.A. Barres’s “They’re Gone” (Crooked Lane Books; 2020) (Do Some Damage)

“A History of Punctuation” by Florence Hazrat (Aeon)

James Scott Bell has some ideas on how to write through the sluggishness of COVID-19 (

New Releases ~ Week of September 6, 2020 (dru’s book musings)

Joe Hartlaub on a writing lesson he learned from reading Stephen King’s “Cujo” (Kill Zone)

Besides being a shitty writer, Dan Brown is a shitty person. (The New York Times)

“Five Novels On Motherhood and Maternal Fear” by Kate Riorden, author of “The Heatwave” (Grand Central Publishing; 2020) (Strand Magazine)

Book Reviews

“The Ancestor” by Lee Matthew Goldberg (All Due Respect Books; 2020) (Bibliotica)

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones writes about Leon Turro, one of America’s greatest detectives. Jeffrey-Jones is the author of the upcoming “The Nazi Spy Ring in America: Hitler’s Agents, the FBI, and the Case That Stirred the Nation” (Georgetown University Press; 2020) (Strand Magazine)

“More Better Deals” by Joe R. Lansdale (Mulholland Books; 2020) (Col’s Criminal Library)

“Rattlesnake Rodeo” by Nick Kolakowski (Down & Out Books; 2020) (Econoclash Review)

David Joy’s “When These Mountains Burn” (G.P. Putnam’s Sons; 2020) (Vol. 1 Brooklyn)

“Mystery Weekly Magazine” April 2020 (Kevin’s Corner)

“The Living Dead” by George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus (Tor Books; 2020) (neverimitate)

“A Most Wicked Conspiracy of the Gilded Age” by Paul Starobin (PublicAffairs; 2020) (Los Angeles Review of Books)

“The Seven Doors” by Agnes Ravatn (Orenda Books; 2020) (bertyboy123)

“The Killings at Kingfisher Hill” by Sophie Hannah (William Morrow; 2020) (BOLO Books)

The Patient by Jasper DeWitt (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2020) (MBTB’s Mystery Book Blog)

“Three Bodies” by NR Brodie (Pan Macmillan; 2020) (Crime Fiction Lover)

“True Story” by Kate Reed Petty (Viking Books; 2020) (Entropy)

“Hanging Falls” by Margaret Mizushima (Crooked Lane Books; 2020) (Lesa’s Book Critiques)

“The Pulp Jungle” by Frank Gruber’s memoir, “The Pulp Jungle” (1967) (The Dark Time)

“Fifty-Fifty” by Steve Cavanagh (Flatiron; 2020) (The Tattooed Book Geek)

“Rabbit Foot Bill” by Hellen Humphreys (HarperCollins; 2020) (Chicago Review of Books)

“The Bass Rock” by Evie Wyld (Pantheon Books; 2020) (Chicago Review of Books)

“Nostromo” by Joseph Conrad (1904) (FictionFan’s Book Reviews)

“Fifty Fifty” by Steve Cavanagh (Flatiron; 2020) (

“Past Tense” by Catherine Aird (Minotaur Books; 2011) (Kevin’s Corner)

“Where the Bullets Fly” by Terrence McCauley (Pinnacle Books; 2018) (Pulp Fiction Reviews)

“Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio” by Derf Backderf (Abrams Comicarts; 2020) (Lesa’s Book Critiques)

“Blood of Empire” by Brian McClellan (Orbit; 2019) (Kevin’s Corner)

“Russian Roulette: The Life and Times of Graham Greene” by Richard Greene (Little, Brown; 2020) (The Spectator)

“Winter Counts” by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Ecco; 2020) (Air Mail)


“Even As We Breathe” by Annett Saunooke Clapsaddle (University Press of Kentucky; 2020) (Literary Hub)

“One Step Behind” by Lauren North (Berkley; 2020) (CrimeReads)

“Dear Ann” by Bobbie Ann Mason (Harper; 2020) (Literary Hub)

“Exorcisms: A Brief History of Banishing Demons” edited by Joseph P. Laycock (Penguin; 2020) (CrimeReads)

“The Seven Doors” by Agnes Ravatn (Orenda Books; 2020) (Nordic Noir)

Stories and Poetry

“Saturday Night Off” by Linda Boroff (Close To The Bone)

“The Opaque Detachment” by Samuel Prince (Shotgun Honey)

“Cockatoo’s Flight” by Michelle Xu (Cheap Pop)

“Goldmine” by Mark McConville (Bristol Noir)

“The Smell of Death” by Carola Schmidt (Close To The Bone)

“After Sex, We Find a Praying Mantis in Our Bed” by Cortney Phillips Meriwether (Cheap Pop)


“Virginia Creeper” by Sebnem Sanders (Spelk)

“Phoebe: by J. M. Moultrie (Close To The Bone)

“£10 per day” by Ian Lewis Copestick (Punk Noir Magazine)

“Donors” by Craig Francis Coates (All Due Respect)


3 Meanings of ‘Out of Pocket’ (Grammar Girl)

Creative Writing Tips: Plotting by Alec Cizak, author of “Lake County Incidents” (ABC Group Documentation; 2019) (YouTube)

Episode 670 — Matthew Salesses (Otherppl with Brad Listi)

Episode One Hundred and Seven – An Incident with Stephen King – with John Connolly (Two Crime Writers And A Microphone)

Episode 2.46 – Shut Up and Eat Your Shredded Wheat with Jonathan Janz (Ink Heist)

Douglas Stuart Reads “The Englishman” (The Writer’s Voice: New Fiction from The New Yorker and WNYC)

Episode 25: Blogger Kristopher Zgorski of BOLO Books (Central Booking)

WNDB Communications manager and writer Alaina Lavoie returns to the MiP podcast to discuss ableism in the workplace, how remote working has been possible but not available in publishing, and what progress she’s observed in the industry. (Minorities in Publishing)

15.36: Collaboration, with Shannon and Dean Hale (Writing Excuses)

Creativity, Business, And Ambition With Emily Kimelman (The Creative Penn)

Episode #519: 15 Steps to Self-Publish Your Book (Helping Writers Become Authors)

Cold Cases, Hollywood and Homicide with Kellye Garrett (It’s a Mystery Podcast)

Photography, Art, Music, Film

Illustrations by Miles Hyman (Fragments of Noir)

Big Lonely City #123 (Fragments of Noir)

“Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of the Family Band” by Willie Nelson and Bobbie Nelson (Random House; 2020) (No Depression)

Photographs by Chaloner Woods (Fragments of Noir)

A Ceremonial Chord Change for John Cage’s 639-year-long Concert (Hyperallergic)

“Noir Inside and Out: Two Retrospectives” by Kurt Brokaw (Retreats from Oblivion: The Journal of NoirCon)

David Cranmer reviews “The Spikes Gang” (1974) (Western Fictioneers)

“Class Action Park”, a documentary (Do Some Damage)

Review of “Tenet” directed by Christopher Nolan (Dead End Follies)

Works by Renato Fratini (The Stiletto Gumshoe)

Big Lonely City #122 (Fragments of Noir)

Cahalen Morrison’s “Wealth of Sorrow” (Saving Country Music)

Dirty Femmes (Fragments of Noir)

“A Very American Zombie Virus in ‘Blood Quantum'” by Robert Sullivan (The New York Review of Books)

Featured Books

“Find Me When I’m Lost” by Cheryl A. Head (Bywater Books; 2020) (Bywater Books)

“Winter Counts” by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Ecco Press; 2020) (Ecco Press)

“Ace Boon Coon” by Danny Gardner (Bronzeville Books; 2020) (Bronzeville Books)

“And Now She’s Gone” by Rachel Howzell Hall (Forge Books; 2020) (Forge Books)

“Blacktop Wasteland” by S. A. Cosby (Flatiron Books; 2020) (Flatiron Books)

“Love and Other Criminal Behavior” by Nikki Dolson (Bronzeville Books; 2020) (Bronzeville Books)

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