Incident Report

Incident Report No. 96

At Unlawful Acts, Incident Report No. 96 is out and, well, it’s a lot of stories –  over 130 links to articles, book reviews, short stories, and books.

Let’s just jump right in.


“Inside, a Fake Website Busting Would-Be Criminals” at Rolling Stone. It’s as crazy as it sounds.

“Bringing the Traditional Murder Mystery to India” by RV Raman, author other of the upcoming “A Will to Kill” (Agora Books, 2020).

Interesting article by Stuart Turton, “Mixing Genres Is All About Messing With Structure”. He is the author of “The Devil and the Dark Water” (Sourcebooks Landmark, 2020).

Interview with Stephen J. Golds at Bristol Noir.

James McCrone, author of “Emergency Powers”, looks at the election with a crime writer’s eye at Murder is Everywhere.

Wonderful essay by Drew Bratcher, “Visions of Cash”, at Los Angeles Review of Books.

The Strand Bookstore is in trouble. Maybe you can help.

“Rubem Fonseca: Modernist Crime Fiction’s Reluctant Star” at CrimeReads.

Dana King on his writing process.

John Woods on the intersection of noir and horror. Woods is the author of “Lady Chevy” (Pegasus Crime, 2020).

Interview with Rachel Abbott, author of “The Invitation” (Grand Central Publishing, 2020).

‘Rebecca’ at Eighty: The Women Behind the Hitchcock Classic.

Interview with Mark Bergin, author of “Apprehension” (2020).

Only because I’m a huge The Great British Bake Off fan, here’s some shameless Hachette UK promotion.

Gabino Iglesias on “How Horror and Crime Fiction Help Us Examine Ourselves”.

Alex Kapitan updates The Radical Copyeditor’s Style Guide for Writing About Transgender People.

The First Two Pages: “Old Soles” by Chris Dreith – Art Taylor.

Upcoming releases from Allison & Busby at Shotsmag Confidential.

LitReactor has some suggestions of new horror books to read not from the big publishers.

B.V. Lawson’s “Media Murder for Monday” – all things crime related.

A bookstore in the dark, intentionally.

The science behind reading at
Book Riot.

Kaye Spencer gives us some old West Colorado ghost stories at Western Fictioneers.

Interview with Archer Mayor, author of the Joe Gunther series – 31 books in all.

Profile of the late Michelle McNamara, author of “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark”.

Interview with Lisa Unger, author of “Confessions On the 7:45”.

“How to Find and Use Images in Your Blog Posts” at The Digital Reader.

New Releases ~ Week of October 18, 2020 at dru’s book musings.

Interview with Sue Coletta, author of “Pretty Evil New England: True Stories of Violent Vixens and Murderous Matriarchs”.

The Dorset Book Detective wonders if virtual literary festivals are here to stay.

Interview with Lis Wiehl, author of “Hunting the Unabomber” (2020).

“Worlds of Weird: Paul Green on Weird Detective” in Retreats from Oblivion: The Journal of NoirCon.


Review of Stephen J. Golds‘s “Say Goodbye When I’m Gone” (Red Dog Press, 2020).

Colman Keane reviews “The Ancestor” by Lee Matthew Goldberg (All Due Respect, 2020).

Review of the graphic novel “The Big Hoax” by Carlos Trillo and Roberto Mandrafino (Hard Case Crime/Titan Comics, 2020) at The Stiletto Gumshoe.

Review of “Antioch” by Jessica Leonard (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing; 2020) at Dead End Follies.

Review of “Too Many Bones / Blood From A Stone” by Ruth Sawtell Wallis. Here’s the review for the second of this two-book package. (Stark House Press; 1943,2020)

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

Tom Leins reviews Adrian McKinty‘s “The Chain” (Orion, 2019).

Review of “A Private Cathedral: A Dave Robicheaux Novel” by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster; 2020) at Kevin’s Corner.

Review of “Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality in a Divided World” edited by John Freeman (Penguin, 2020).

The New York Times reviews “The Silence” by Don DeLillo.

Review of “Burning the Books: A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge” by Richard Ovenden (Belknap Press; 2020).

Review of “The Housewarming” by S.E. Lynes.

Review of “Pulpit Rock” by Kate Rhodes (Simon & Schuster UK, 2020).

Review of “Armageddon House” by Michael Griffin (Undertow Publications, 2020).

Review of “Reality, and Other Stories” by John Lanchester (Faber, 2020).

Review of “Breakers” by Doug Johnstone (Orenda Books, 2019).

Review of “The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman (Pamela Dorman Books, 2020).

Review of “They Never Learn” by Layne Fargo (Gallery / Scout Press, 2020).

Review of “the Hollow Places” by T. Kingfisher (Gallery/Saga Press, 2020).

Review of “The Night Workers” by Brian Selfon (MCD, 2020).

Review of “Stranded” by Stuart Jones (Bloohound Books, 2020).

Review of “Unbound Ties” by Liz Mistry (Murder Books Publications, 2020).

Review of “A Bady Day for Sunshine” by Darynda Jones (St. Martin’s Press, 2020).

Review of “Lies” by T.M. Logan (twenty7, 2017).

Review of “Five Little Words” by Jackie Walsh (Hera Books, 2020).

Review of “Savage Road” by Chris Hauty (Atria Books, 2021).

Review of “Harry Kenmare, PI: At Your Service” by A.B. Patterson (2020).

Review of “Ring of Spies” by Alex Gerlis (Canelo Action, 2020).

Review of “Vegas Heist” by Van Allen Plexico (2018).

Review of “The Last Resort” by Susi Holliday (Thomas & Mercer; 2020) at BOLO Books.

Review of “The Solace of Bay Leaves” by Leslie Budewitz (Seventh Street Books; 2020).

Review of “The Lingering” by SJI Holliday (Orenda Books; 2020).

Review of “The Girls in the Snow” by Stacy Green (Bookouture; 2020).

Review of “A Cut-Wound” by Anita Nair (Bitter Lemon Press; 2014).

Review of “The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman (Pamela Dorman Books; 2020)

Review of “Dead Perfect” by Noelle Holten (One More Chapter; 2020)

Review of “The Nobody” by Tom Piccirilli (2009).

Review of “Play the Red Queen” by Juris Jurjevics (No Exit Press; 2020).

Review of “The Windsor Knot” by S.J. Bennett (Zaffre; 2020).

Review of “The Split” by Sharon Bolton (Trapeze Books, Minotaur Books; 2020)

Review of “A Song Of Isolation” by Michael J. Malone (Orenda Books; 2020)

Review of “One Left Alive” by Helen Phifer (Bookoutre; 2020)

Review of Betrayal by Lilja Sigurðardóttir (Orenda Book;2020)

Review of “The Search Party” by Simon Lelic (Viking; 2020).

Review of “Little Girl Lost” by Carol Wyer (Bookouture; 2020).

Review of “Hell Bay” by Kate Rhodes (Simon & Schuster UK; 2018).

Review of “Writing in the Dark” by Tim Waggoner (2020).

Review of “The Lion Tamer Who Lost” by Louise Beech (Oreanda Books; 2018).

Review of “The Seven Doors” by Agnes Ravatn (Orena; 2020)

Review of “The Creak on the Stairs” by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir (Orenda Books; 2020).

Review of “Dreaming Death” by Heather Graham (Mira; 2020).

Review of “A Conspiracy Of Silence” by Anna Legat.

Review of “Gone Before” by Sam Hepburn (Bookoutre; 2020).

Review of “A Bowl of Cherries” by F.E. Birch (2020).

Review of “Dead Perfect” by Noelle Holten (One More Chapter; 2020).

Review of “The Department of Sensitive Crimes” by Alexander McCall Smith.

Review of “Santa Monica” by Cassidy Lucas (Harper Perennial; 2020).

Review of “The Guns of Pluto” by Allen Steele (Experimenter Publishing; 2020).

Review of “Plague” by Julie Anderson (Claret Press; 2020).

Fiction and Poetry

New fiction from Tom Leins.

New fiction from Stephen Golds at Mystery Tribune.

New flash fiction from K A Laity at Punk Noir Magazine.

New fiction by Bobby Mathews at Bristol Noir.

New fiction by Aeryn Rudel.

New fiction by Andy Rausch at Close to the Bone.

New flash fiction by B.L. Conradis at Shotgun Honey.

New fiction from Paul D. Brazill.

The Bishop Rider Week comes to a end at Punk Noir Magazine with “Mamet and Son” by Beau Johnson.

New flash fiction by Michael Bracken at Pulp Modern Flash.

New fiction from Marie S. Crosswell at Tough.

New fiction from TJ Fuller at Cheap Pop.

New poetry from Kristin Garth.

New poetry by Alec Solomita.

New fiction from Jaco Graysol at Every Day Fiction.

New fiction by Katherine Gleason.

New poetry by Linda Lerner at The Five-Two

A week of Beau Johnson short stories at Punk Noir Magazine starts to wrap up with “Changing of the Guard”.

Podcasts and Other Media

Alec Cizak‘s video series Creative Writing Tips continues with POV.

Interview with Beau Johnson at Wrong Place, Write Crime.

Interview with J. Daniel Stone at inkHeist.

Interview with Rick Mofina, author of “Their Last Secret”.

Claire Messud on Chekhov’s Best Advice at First Draft.

Building A Creative Business Brand With Pamela Wilson at The Creative Penn podcast.

Writing The End at Writing Excuses.

New music from Sierra Ferrell.

Illustrations by James Alfred Meese at Fragments of Noir.

Illustrations by Larry Schwinger.

New Springsteen. After first listen, it’s leagues better than Western Skies.

“Cordelia On Screen” at The Stiletto Gumshoe.

The New Sound of Electronic Music in Egypt at Bandcamp.

If you haven’t stopped by Fragments of Noir, shame on you. The photographs and other artwork posted is a joy to look at. The Big Lonely City continues with the 129th post of that series.

A Guide to the Music of Archie Shepp, Who Kept Jazz Vitally Political at Bandcamp.

Rescued From Obscurity, The Heshoo Beshoo Group’s Debut is a South African Jazz Classic at Bandcamp

Illustrations by Jean Claude Gotting.

Album review of Sturgill Simpson’s “Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 1”



Paul Michael Anderson (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, 2020)


Devil May Care / Sinner Take All

Wade Miller (Stark House Press, 2020/1950/19600


Suicide Blonde

Brian Thornton (Down & Out Books, 2020)


Say Goodby When I’m Gone

Stephen J. Golds (Red Dog Press, 2020)


Fools Gold

Ian Patrick (Fahrenheit Press, 2020)


Revenge of the Widow Malmon

Kate and Dan Malmon (Down and Out Books, 2020)


All Due Respect is accepting short story submissions. We’d love to publish more stories from women, writers of color, and other marginalized voices. We pay $25 upon publication. Submission guidelines here.

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