About

Nemeth and Thompson. Don’t let the booze on the desks or the shoddy furniture in their office make you underestimate this firm.

– Scott Alderberg, author of Graveyard Love

Unlawful Acts is a blog about crime fiction books filled with news and reviews. Over at Do Some Damage, Sam Belacqua said that Unlawful Acts is “helping spread the word about other authors, and I give a shit about that.” Chris McGinley wrote, “David Nemeth manages to cull from a host of publishers and online sites to deliver a truly comprehensive, and frequent, assessment of independent crime writing.”

Nemeth stands out as one of the few bloggers who focus mainly on small- and indie-press crime fiction. In our world where more books are published than any one person can ever hope to read, it is nice to have a notable and knowledgeable individual to single out those less heavily marketed books from smaller presses that readers should not miss.

– Kristopher Zgorski, editor of BOLO Books, at “Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine”

David Nemeth
David Nemeth lives in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife, son, and two dogs. He is a graduate of Emerson College with a BFA in Creative Writing. He is the editor of Unlawful Acts, a columnist at Do Some Damage and has written for The Thrill Begins. He has had crime fiction published in Flash Fiction Offensive and Shotgun Honey. His poetry has appeared in Lost & Found Times, Mudfish, Old Red Kimono, and Spore 2.0. He was also in “The First Hay(Na)Ku Anthology”. You can reach David at david.nemeth@gmail.com, Facebook, Twitter.

Jim Thomsen
Jim is a writer and manuscript editor whose hardboiled crime fiction has appeared in Shotgun Honey and West Coast Crime Wave. A former newspaper reporter and editor, he lives a noir existence, living nowhere and everywhere as a house sitter and contract copywriter, but makes his home base in his hometown of Bainbridge Island, Washington. He’s at work on his first novel, SOMEBODY COULD GET KILLED, a non-YA tale of teens, bullying, drug smuggling and murder set in 1979. Look for him on Facebook and Twitter, and check out his noir photography on Instagram. His website is at jimthomsencreative.com.


Here’s our disclaimer: Sometimes authors send us books, sometimes publishers, sometimes publicists. Other times we buy books or, heaven forbid, take them out of the library. We like books and we really like crime fiction books. No one tells us what to write, not even a suggestion, and we don’t make any money from this blog. As a matter of fact, our book addiction costs us money. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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