Incident Report

Incident Report No. 97

At Unlawful Acts, Incident Report No. 97 is out and, well, it’s a lot of stories with links to essays, interviews, book reviews, and more.

If someone of you don’t know, I had emergency surgery in the beginning of November to removed my gallbladder. All is well now and I’m able to continue.

That said, if I’m reading a book and someone is shot or stabbed or bludgeoned and there are no ramifications for that act of violence such as rolling around in pain or if they just jump out of a hospital bed and start chasing the bad guy, I’m going to call you out on that shit.

Before we jump into the Incident Report for last week, Rock and a Hard Place magazine announced that they will not be publishing stories with cops as the protagonist. This is a good thing, a very good thing. Police have gotten a pass from white crime writers and this has got to stop. Rock and a Hard Place has taken a stand. How about you?


Sarah Weinman on the odd life of Linda Millar, daughter of Margaret Millar and Ross Macdonald, at CrimeReads.

James W. Ziskin on knowing what you don’t know.

Benoit Lelievre’s essay on his dog dying and Chuck Klosterman at Dead End Follies.

New faces at Tough.

A look back at the prescient book “City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles” by Mike Davis (Verso, 1992). David Helps says “Mike Davis argued that Los Angeles’s ‘ultimate world-historical significance’ was its perverse ability to ‘play’ both ‘utopia and dystopia.'”

Mark Troy on the series “Guns + Tacos”, edited by Michael Bracken and Trey B. Barker (Down & Out Books) at Kevin’s Corner.

Book Reviews

Review of “Invasion of the Brain Tentacle” by P.J. Thorndyke (2020) at Pulp Fiction Reviews.

Review of “The Plotters” by Un-su Kim (Anchor, 2019) at The View from the Blue House.

Review of “Soul Full of Coal Dust: A Fight for Breath and Justice in Appalachia” by Chris Hamby (Little Brown, 2020) at Southern Review of Books.

Review of Kim Stanley Robinson’s “The Ministry for the Future” (Orbit, 2020) at The New York Review of Books.

Review of Dashiell Hammett’s “The Dain Curse” (1929) at The Invisible Event.

Review of “Baghdad Central” by Elliott Colla (Bitter Lemon Press, 2020).

Review of “Deep as Death” by Katja Ivar (Bitter Lemon Press, 2020) at The View from the Blue House.

Review of “The River Within” by Karen Powell (Europa, 2020) at the Los Angeles Times

Review of Nik Korpon’s “Radicals” (2020), an Audible original, at Col’s Criminal Library.

A review of the latest Jack Taylor book, “A Galway Ephiphany” by Ken Bruen at bookgasm.

Review of “Killer, Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury” (Hard Case Crime, 2020) at LA Review of Books.

Review of two novellas by Natalia Ginzburg, “Valentino” and “Sagittarius” at His Futile Preoccupations.

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


New fiction from David Tromblay at Shotgun Honey.

New fiction from Mark Chiusano at Guernica.

New flash fiction by Mark McConville at Bristol Noir.

New flash fiction by K A Laity at Punk Noir Magazine

New flash fiction by Michael A. Raithel at Pulp Modern.

New fiction by Anthony Varallo at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

New fiction by Chris Roy at Close to the Bone.


Gary Basnight, author of “The Madness of the Q” (Down & Out Books, 2020) is interviewed on the Wrong Place, Write Crime podcast.

Wow, just so much to digest here: Jedidiah Ayres and Andrew Nette co-host the Projection Booth episode #495 :To Live and Die in L.A. podcast.

More on To Live & Die in L.A. and The Projection Booth podcast by Jedidiah Ayres at Hardboiled Wonderland.


Read Zach Vasquez’s essay, “The Enduring Noir Legacy of John Cassavetes”, at CrimeReads.

Essay on Jean Luc Godard’s “Alphaville” (1965) at Retreats from Oblivion.

Art & Photography

The Big Lonely City photography series continues at Fragments of Noir.

Illustrations by David Wright at Fragments of Noir.


Three New Books About the Life and Songs of Dolly Parton at No Depression.

A playlist of David Lynch‘s weather reports at Brooklyn Vegan.

If you’ve always been intrigued by the Drive-By Truckers but never listened to them, this Bandcamp introduction will help.

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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