Incident Report

Incident Report No. 100

Walter Mosley. Photograph by PunkToad. Licensed CC BY.

If you’ve been looking for my daily Small Crimes report, apologies. Last week, my father, who lives with us, went to the emergency room. He’s now in overnight after-care and should be home by the end of the year. The daily posts will be on hiatus.

The big crime news last week was the death of John le Carré, one of the giants of crime fiction. I’ve put together a page of links to appreciations, obituaries, videos, interviews, etc earlier in the week and I am trying to keep it updated.

Another bit news is that we have reached the 30th anniversary of Walter Mosley’s “Devil in a Blue Dress”, one of the more important and great books of American crime fiction. Mosley’s wide-ranging essay lays down some truths about where America once was and where we are today. The lead character Easy Rawlins and his daily struggle are described by Mosley.

“He and his friends face every morning having to scramble up the slippery slope that is America, that is business as usual, that is an unequal sense of innocence and guilt, that recognizes and prejudges race, gender, and class before wondering about the who, what, and why of the crime committed. Easy is an American hero. He does not expect recognition, acceptance, or any sense of equality in the land that defines his experience as something other. He knows that he will never be seen as equal to those that believe equality is weighted by color and class, gender and belief. But Easy doesn’t care how he is seen or perceived; as long as they know he is blessed with the willingness to fight back, then the rules begin to tip, ever so slightly, in his favor.”


I love this quote from Matthew Salesses’s new book, “Craft in the Real World” (Catapult, 2021): “Figure out what you want from publishing—a byline or community or enough money for groceries—and don’t feel like you have to follow someone else’s values.” You can read the review at Poets & Writers.

Benoît Lelièvre on the importance of Chuck Klosterman at Dead End Follies.

Daulton Dicky, author of “Flesh Made World”, on what experimental fiction gives to the writer and brings to the reader at Babou 691.

Everything you wanted to know about Tom Leins but were afraid to ask.

Exotic Indian poisons in pop culture by Aditi Sen at The Cultural Gutter.

Alex Segura interviews Ed Brubaker on the eve of his most recent collaboration with Sean Phillips, “Reckless”.

Scott Adlerberg is enjoying horror fiction during the dark winter nights of the pandemic especially “The Beckoning Fair One” by Oliver Onions.

Creative accounting, manipulated ethics, and late-stage capitalism. These are all things Disney. So while Alan Dean Foster and dozens more don’t get paid for their work, please enjoy the Marvel movies. may be fighting Amazon but destroying small publishers at New Statesman, h/t The Digital Reader.

Interview with Holly and Ryan Garcia, authors of “The Easton Falls Massacre: Bigfoot’s Revenge” (Close to the Bone, 2020).

Tara Laskowski’s “What Scares You” series continues with Kellye Garrett.

The First Two Pages: “You Know How Actresses Are” by C.M. Surrisi at Art Taylor’s blog.

A nice aggregation of best books lists at Literary Hub.

J. Kingston Pierce is a fan of the Cast of Characters.

Interview with Emily Schultz, author of “Little Threats” (Putnam, 2020) at Dietrich Kalteis’s blog.

LitReactor continues with its best book series with Part III.

The horror of Paris’s Grand Guignol Theater by Olivia Rutigliano at CrimeReads.

How two Oxford medievalists, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, saved fantasy by Maria Sachiko Cecire at Aeon.


Review of “Beat Back the Tide” by Dolores Hitchens (Stark House Press, 1954/2020).

Review of Stephen J. Golds’s “Always the Dead” (Close to the Bone, 2021) at CrimeBookJunkie.

Review of Jess Lourey’s “Bloodline” (Thomas & Mercer, 2020) at BOLO Books.

Review of “Bloodline” by Jess Lourey (Thomas & Mercer, 2020).

Review of Edwin Hill’s “Watch Her” (Kensington Books, 2020) at BOLO Books.


New fiction by Morgan Boyd at Punk Noir Magazine.

New fiction by Mark McConville at Bristol Noir.

New fiction by Phil Forsyth at Flash Fiction Magazine.

Shotgun Honey presents us with new flash fiction by Alan Orloff.

New flash fiction by Alpheus Williams at Bristol Noir.

New fiction by Jeff Esterholm at Tough.

MysterTribune gives us new flash fiction by Aeryn Rudel.

I love Paul D. Brazill’s weekly stories. This week we can read “The Bucket List” which is from his short story collection, “The Last Laugh” (All Due Respect, 2018)

New fiction by J.B. Stevens.

Two new pieces of flash fiction from Bobby Mathews at Bristol Noir and at Flash Fiction Magazine.

New flash fiction by Lawrence Allen at Shotgun Honey.

Christmas fiction by Tom Leins at Bristol Noir.

Christmas fiction at Punk Noir Magazine by Travis Richardson.

New Christmas fiction by Sally Spedding at Crime Cymru.

Ink Heist presents a new horror story by Laurel Hightower.

New fiction by Roy Christopher at Close to the Bone.

New flash fiction from Matthew Spence at Pulp Modern.

New flash fiction by Alexa Hailey at Ellipsis Zine.

Beat to a Pulp returns with new fiction from Kieran Shea.

New fiction by James A. Reeves at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

New fiction from Judith Barrow at Crime Cymru.

Three new poems by Jay Passer at Punk Noir Magazine.


The Five-Two presents new poetry from Nancy Scott.

Live Nude Poems has new poetry by Melissa Eleftherion.

Poetry by Carrie Magness Radna at The Rye Whiskey Review.

Punk Noir Magazine has poetry by Kristin Garth.

New poetry by Mickey J. Corrigan at The Rye Whiskey Review.

Punk Noir Magazine presents three new poems by Dan Provost.

The Rye Whiskey Review featuring new poetry by Ian Lewis Copestick.


Frank Zafiro interviews Bruce Robert Coffin, author of “Within Plain Sight” (Witness Impulse, 2020) at Wrong Place Write Crime.


A look back at David Cronenberg’s “Crash” (1996) at We Are Cult.

Andrew Nette’s series on Donald Westlake’s Parker films continues with “Payback Straight Up” (2006) at Pulp Curry.


Review of Alison Self’s “Whiskey Drunk” at Post to Wire.

No Depression’s Best Music Books of 2020.

An appreciation of Charlie Pride at The Paris Review.

Review of Sturgill Simpson’s “Cuttin’ Grass Vol. 2” at Saving Country Music.

Art and Photography

Photographer Lori Garnes interviewed by Amy M. Vaughn at Babou 691

Fragments of Noir presents some photography by Clemens Kalischer.

Photographs by Alex Prager at Fragments of Noir.

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

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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Gabino Iglesias on the crime writing of Paco Ignacio Taibo II at CrimeReads.

“Why Is Publishing So White?” by Richard Jean So and Gus Wezerek at The New York Times.

Interview with Ron Rash, author of “In the Valley”, at Southern Review of Books.

Jay Wilburn live-streamed writing 50,000 words during NaNoWriMo.

KKUURRTT and Tex Gresham chat about Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe’s film “Greener Gass” at Babou 691.

Interview with Erika T. Wurth, author of “Buckskin Cocaine” (Astrophil Press, 2017) at Full Stop.

Tom Quiller, author of “Evergreen” (Dream Paladin Books, 2020), is interviewed by John Wisniewski at Punk Noir Magazine.

“The Long, Dark Legacy of William Hjortsberg’s Supernatural Neo-Noirs” by Andrew Nette at CrimeReads.

Interview with cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, creator of “Bloom County”, at The New York Times.

Interview with crime fiction master Janet Evanovich at CrimeReads.

Brian Morton on the politics of cultural appropriation at Dissent Magazine.

A fantastic essay in The New York Times by Ligaya Mishan, “The Long and Tortured History of Cancel Culture”.

Gabino Iglesias on agents, can’t live with them, can’t stuff them in a sack.

Everyone has a different journey to writing, and Chris Whitaker’s path was certainly odd.

Some new short story collections via Chicago Review of Books.

A short interview with Andrzej Sapkowski, the mind behind “The Witcher”, at Literary Hub.

CrimeReads presents us with a 1965 TV interview with John le Carré.

There’s some much juiciness in Joanna Scutts’s The Times Literary Supplement essay on self-help books and their relationship to literary criticism.

An appreciation of Alison Lurie at the Los Angeles Times.

Electric Lit’s Favorite Short Story Collections of 2020

Part II of LitReactor’s Best of 2020.

Taking a test spin of the Netflix of Books, BingeBooks.

Interview with Les Edgerton, author of “Hard Times” (Bronzeville Books, 2020).

Interview with science fiction master Kim Stanley Robinson at Los Angeles Review of Books.

The First Two Pages: “When the Wind Is Southerly” by Leone Ciporin at Art Taylor, Writer.

What the pandemic could mean to Arts in the United States.

Interview Judith Levine and Erica R. Meiners, authors of “The Feminist and the Sex Offender”, who talk about the history of the sex offender registry and explore how we can strive to reduce sexual harm without mass incarceration.

Longreads Best of 2020: Crime Reporting.

Quite a few stories and poems were released on Hypnopmp.


Review of “The Wingspan of Severed Hands” by Joanna Koch (Weirdpunk Books, 2020) at Babou 691.

Kevin Tipple reviews “All Due Respect 2020” edited by Chris Rhatigan and yours truly.

Review of “The Aosawa Murders” by Riku Onda, translated by Alison Watts (Bitter Lemon Press, 2020)

Ian Ayris reviews “The Art of Serial Killing” by Mark Ramsden (Fahrenheit 13, 2015).

Review of “The Ancient Hours” by Michael Bible (Melville House, 2020) at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

Review of “Saying Uncle” by Greg Gifune (2008) at Black Guys Do Read.

Scott Alderberg reviews of “Loveloid” by J.L. Morin (Harvard Square Editions, 2020) at Do Some Damage.


New fiction from Daniel Torday at Guernica.

New flash fiction by Max Thrax at Bristol Noir.

New fiction by Phil Hurst at Punk Noir Magazine.

Bristol Noir presents us with new disturbing flash fiction from William R. Soldan.

New fiction from Bryan Costales at Close to the Bone.

Bristol Noir has new fiction from C.W. Blackwell.

New fiction by Rosemary McLean at Tough.

New flash fiction by Ted Flanagan at Shotgun Honey.

New fiction by Mark McConville at Bristol Noir.

New fiction from David Summers at Close to the Bone.

Fiction from Paul D. Brazill.

New fiction by Stephen J. Golds.

New flash fiction from Jeff Esterholm at Pulp Modern.

New fiction by Ian Ayris at Punk Noir Magazine.


New poetry by Sharon Waller Knutson at The Five-Two.

Review of Alex Balgiu and Mónica de la Torre’s “Women in Concrete Poetry: 1959–1979” at BOMB Magazine.

New poetry by J.J. Campbell at The Rye Whiskey Review

New poetry by Ian Lewis Copestick at Punk Noir Magazine.

New poetry by Timothy Gager at Live Nude Poems.

New poetry by Brian Rihlmann at The Rye Whiskey Review.

New poetry from Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal at The Rye Whiskey Review,

Punk Noir Magazine has new poetry from John Patrick Robbins.

New poetry by Scott Ferry.

Louise Glück’s Nobel Lecture.

New poetry by Lisa Reynolds at The Rye Whiskey Review.


Frank Zafiro interviews TK Thorne, author of “House of Rose” (Camel Press, 2020) at Wrong Place, Write Crime.

Interview with Christopher Golden, author of Red Hands (2020) at Ink Heist.

Film and TV

Nick Kolakowski thinks that “The Good Thief” might be the best heist movie you’ve never seen.

Growing up watching “Bewitched” and loving Elizabeth Montgomery in “The Legend of Lizzie Borden”, I’m interested in watching the TV movie “Mrs. Sundance” (1974) that was reviewed by David Cranmer in Western Fictioneers.

That’s a hell-a lotta words about Goodfellas.

The Babou 691 interview with Chris Kelso and Laura Lee Bahr, screenwriters of the short film, “Strange Bird”.


New music from Sturgill Simpson.

Ambient composer Harold Budd has died.

Best Southern Albums of 2020 from The Bitter Southerner.

The importance of the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack 20 years later.

Art and Photography

Photography of Joan Colom at Fragments of Noir.

Fragments of Noir presents more photographs by Roger Schall.

The Dirty Femmes series continues at Fragments of Noir.


Jason Parent’s “Eight Cylinders” (Crystal Lake Publishing, 2020) is out.

Scott Grand’s “The Girl with the Stone Heart” (All Due Respect, 2020) is out.

“Damaged Goods”, a short story collection, by J. Travis Grundon (2020).

“Killer, Come Back to Me” by Ray Bradbury (Hard Case Crime, 2020), a collection of crime stories.

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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Ever so often, I come across an article that I want to make sure you read. This is one of them. K.A. Laity’s “Folk Horror Noir?” is a fantastic essay weaving through Dorothy Hughes’s “Ride the Pink Horse” (1946), a definition of folk horror noir, and “heteronormative male gaze”.

Here’s a list of “Weird, Bloody, Wonderful Westerns” by Sadie Hartmann.

Adrian McKinty’s essay “The Extraordinary Mind of Philip K. Dick” is well worth your time.

Interview with Stephen Graham Jones at The Rumpus.

J. Kingston Pierce looks at the work of the largely-forgotten Stanley Ellin.

Scott Alderberg on the forgotten pleasure of browsing in a bookstore at Do Some Damage.

The crazy, mixed-up world of Pac Man ripoffs at Babou 691.

Jay Wilburn recommends some writing and creativity books that aren’t the usual suspects one usually comes across at LitReactor.

Thank fucking god, a book list at CrimeReads that doesn’t include “Girl on the Train”, Andrew Shaffer on the 21st-century slasher novel.

I’m including this article solely because of this opening line which piqued my interest, “The Soviet writer Andrei Platonov is a prime example of an author who manages to make his sentences work twice.

The rich love them some pedophilia even in literary France.

Some interesting picks for the best books of 2020 at LitReactor.

Holiday horrors at Electric Literature.

“The Best Southern Books of December 2020” from, you guessed it, the Southern Review of Books.

Matt Paust has some thoughts on Robert Coover’s short story, “You Must Remember This”.

The First Two Pages: “The Rock Star” by Frances Aylor at Art Taylor’s bog.

Interview with John Copenhaver, author of “Dodging and Burning”, at Tara Laskowki.

New Noir City magazine is out.

NPR’s Best Books Of 2020 is out. A better list of “best of” mystery books would be hard to find.


Review of “Matthew Henson and the Ice Temple of Harlem” by Gary Phillips (Agora Books, 2020) at Pulp Fiction Reviews.

Review of Jonathan Lethem’s “The Arrest” (Ecco, 2020) in the Sonora Review.

Review of “The Dark Earth of Albion” by Gareth Spark (Plastic Brain Press, 2020) at Tom Leins’s Dirty Books.

Review of Andrew Davie’s “Dig Two Graves” (Close to the Bone, 2020) at Bristol Noir.

Review of “Love, Kurt: The Vonnegut Love Letters, 1941–1945” edited by Edith Vonnegut (Random House, 2020)

Review of “Beyond the Truth” by Bruce Robert Coffin (Witness Impulse, 2018) at Kevin’s Corner.

Review of “The Tease” by Gil Brewer (1967) at Rough Edges.

Review of “The Silence” by Don DeLillo (Scribner, 2020) at the Los Angeles Review of Books

Review of “Blind Vigil” by Matt Coyle (Oceanview Publishing, 2020) at BOLO Books.

Review of “Pulp Reality 1: Action & Adventure Publication” edited by Charles Millhouse (Stormgate Press, 2020).

Review of “The Searcher” by Tana French at the Los Angeles Review of Books.


One of my side gigs is working as an editor for the monthly All Due Respect ‘zine. We released some new fiction by BV Lawson. Y’all should go read it now.

New flash fiction by David Nemeth, editor of this blog, at Punk Noir Magazine.

New fiction from ACF Wilson at Punk Noir Magazine.

New fiction – Welsh Christmas crime fiction – by Eamonn Griffin at Crime Cymru.

New fiction by Jim Woessner at Close to the Bone.

New flash fiction by Ian Ayris at Bristol Noir.

New fiction by Mark McConville at Punk Noir Magazine.

New fiction from Kieran Shea at Shotgun Honey.

New fiction from Dylan H. Jones at Punk Noir Magazine.

The fiction by Blake Johnson at Bristol Noir.

New fiction by L.P. Ring at Close to the Bone.

New flash fiction from Curtis Ippolito at Pulp Modern.

New fiction by Andrew Davie at Bristol Noir.

New fiction by Paul Beckman at Fictive Dream.

New fiction by David Tromblay at Bristol Noir.

New flash fiction by Brooks Mendell at Mystery Tribune.

New issue of The Molotov Cocktail is out and features Rebecca N. McKinnon, Tamara Rogers, and Hannah Hoare.

New fiction by Mike Zone at Punk Noir Magazine.

New flash fiction from Tim Craig at Ellipsis Zine.

New fiction by Tita Chico at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

New fiction from Paul D. Brazill.

New flash fiction by Kip Knott at Flash Fiction Magazine.


New poetry by Angelina Mitescu at The Five-Two.

New poetry by Amy-Jean Muller at Close to the Bone.

New poetry by Jennifer Perrine at The Rumpus.

New poetry from Lauren Scharhag at The Rye Whiskey Review

New poetry by Mark James Andrews at The Rye Whiskey Review.

New poetry by John Patrick Robbins in The Rye Whiskey Review.

New poetry from Ian Lewis Copestick at Punk Noir Magazine.


Tim Waggoner, author of “Writing in the Dark” (Raw Dog Screaming Press, 2020) is interviewed on the Ink Heist podcast.

Film and TV

“Farz” is the first Bollywood spy movie and this sentence from The Cultural Gutter article is why you’ll want to read about it: “I haven’t mentioned the plot yet because it hardly matters.”

Review of “The Lost Adventures of James Bond” by Mark Edlitz (Bowker, 2020) at We Are Cult.


I’ve never heard of this album before, “Money Jungle” by the greats Duke Ellington, Charlie Mingus, and Max Roach. Here’s a review from The Paris Review and here is the album on Spotify.

Dave Alvin on the touring life.

gorilla vs. bear’s albums of 2020.

Art and Photography

Illustrations by Greg Clark at Fragments of Noir.

Photographs by Roger Schall

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


Come on. With this cover and such a great title, this book deserves to be read. “Deer Shoots Man (then steals his cigarettes)” by Tyler Knight (Fahrenheit Press, 2020) is out now.

The new issue of Rock and a Hard Place is out and features Jay Bechtol, Michael Chin, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, Laura Dizon, Paul J. Garth, Dan Georgakas, Stephen J. Golds, Bruce Harris, Russell W. Johnson, Wilson Koewing, Diane Krauthamer, Susan Kuchinskas, Jeff Maschi, Jess Messier, Roger Nokes, Andrew Novak, Thomas Pluck, Richard Risemberg, Peter Rozovsky, Jason Mykl Snyman, Stefen Styrsky, N.B. Turner and Jane Young. Holy fuck, that’s a packed issue.

Hoosier Noir: Two, the anthology of Indiana crime stories, has been out for a few days. It features Serena Jayne, Don Stoll, Zakariah Johnson, Michael Bracken, C.W. Blackwell, Stephen J. Golds, Marianne Halber, and Joseph S. Walker.

“My Funny Valentine” by Nigel Bird (Down & Out Book, 2020), the second in The Rat Pack Series, is out.

“Boinking Bizarro”, a new anthology from Death’s Head Press is out featuring stories by Brian Asman, Danger Slater, John Wayne Comunale, Autumn Christian, Gina Ranalli, Betty Rocksteady, Christine Morgan, John Skipp, Whit Slorp, Cody Goodfellow, Chad Stroup, Charles Austin Muir, Michael Allen Rose, Max Booth III, Lucan Mangum, Chandler Morrison, Amy Vaughn, and Jessica McHugh.

The 13th issue of Switchblade is out. They call themselves “the world’s only no-limit outlaw noir magazine. The issue features Robert Ragan, David Harry Moss, Gene Breaznell, Serena Jayne, Jay Rohr, Brian Beatty, Elliot F. Sweeney, Stanton McCaffery, Danny Sophabmisay, Andrew Bourelle, George Garnet, David Rachels, Alec Cizak, and Serena Jayne.

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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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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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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Incident Report No. 95

With so much information out there, as well as many other bloggers doing fantastic aggregation, I’ve trying to do something a bit different. On Monday through Saturday, the Small Crimes posts will be restricted to six stories and one book. And then on Sunday, the filters are off and you are basically trying to drink from a fire hose of weekly crime links. Today’s Incident Report has over 100 links. Enjoy.

Over at the All Due Respect zine, we are accepting submissions for 2021. We are looking for “hard-as-nails” crime fiction and we pay $25 at publication. If you are wondering what we mean by hard-as-nails, the first story we published in 2020, Stephen D. Rogers’s “Mad Dog”, is a great example. Also at the end of the year, we gather all the short stories and publish them in book form.

I cannot stress this enough, but both Chris Rhatigan and I would love publish more stories from women, writers of color and other marginalized voices, so please, send us your short fiction.


Rachel Howzell Hall’s South L.A. novel “And Now She’s Gone” featured in the Los Angeles Times.

How “Blacktop Wasteland” by S.A. Cosby wasn’t on this list is astounding.

A wonderful article about crime fiction getting back to its roots, the voices of the Invisibles and how writers of color are leading the way.

“A New Language of Literature: Borges on Universalism and Nationalism” by Matt Bluemink at 3:AM Magazine

Joshua Isard, author of “Conquistador of the Useless” (Cinco Puntos Press), on trusting the reader.

Cullen Thomas continues his interviews with writers/ex-cons, this time with Gustavo Alvarez, author of “Prison Ramen”.

On the successes and constraints of exploiting a lexicon of equivalent and opposite unit of language expressions whist scripting characters at Kill Zone.

“How to Set Up a Bookstore on an Author Website: The Beginner’s Guide” at The Digital Reader

Thirty Everyday Phrases that Perpetuate the Oppression of Indigenous Peoples at the Radical Copyeditor.

“Sexism and Science Fiction: An Interview with Tang Fei” at Words Without Borders.

Because we have this sick need to rank everything, “A Definitive Ranking of Tana French Novels”.

The podcasters and writers Layne Fargo and Wendy Heard talk amongst themselves.

“What Happens When Literary Events Move Online?” by Anna Leahy, Sam Riask, and Tryphena Yeboah at LitHub.

Interview with Ron Corbett, author of “Mission Road” (ECW Press; 2020).

“‘American Psycho,’ ‘American Beauty,’ ‘American Pie’: White Male Rage at the Turn of the Millennium” at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Interview with Isabel Allende at Fictions Writers Review.

The First Two Pages: “The Hollywood Gangster” by R.J. Koreto at Art Taylor’s blog.

If you’ve bought any books recently from Barnes & Noble, your information my have been compromised.

The Digital Reader with some instructions on how to set up and run daily website backups.

James Crumley‘s Unofficial Rules for Writing.

Interview with V.M. Burns, author of “Steal Away”, the third book in her RJ Franklin Mystery series.

A wonderful article about bookselling in the time of COVID.

Interview with August Norman, author of the “Sins of the Mother” (Crooked Lane Books; 2020) at Killer Nashville.

Gregory Maguire, author of “Wicked”, on writing by hand.

“We All Live in Don DeLillo’s World. He’s Confused by It Too” as The New York Times.

Interview with J.J. Hensley at The Real Book Spy.

New issue of The Molotov Cocktail is out.

Chloe Maveal on lesbian pulp fiction at CrimeReads.

A conversation with Chuck D at The Quietus.

Say what? The Incident Report came out yesterday.

No one talks about the consequences of a bear shifter romance.

Ivy Pachoda interviews Smith Henderson and John March Smith, authors “Make Them Cry” (Ecco; 2020).

New Releases for Week of October 11, 2020 at dru’s book musings.

“Murder, Molotov Cocktails, and Burning Police Stations: Black Lives Matter, White Feminism, ‘Three Billboards,’ and Intersectionality” by Jerrine Tan at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Interview with Rea Frey, author of “Until I Find You” (St. Martin’s Press; 2020).

Book Reviews

Review of “Light into Ink: A Critical Survey of 50 Film Novelizations” S.M. Guariento (2019) at Bookgasm.

Review of “The Southland” by Johnny Shaw (Agora Books; 2020)

Review of “Cradle of the Deep” by Dietrich Kalteis (ECW Press; 2020)

Review of “Black Stiletto: Endings and Beginnings” by Raymond Benson (Oceanview Publishing, 2020).

Review of “The Hardest Hit”, a children’s book by Frank Scalise aka Frank Zafiro at Col’s Criminal Library.

“The Magic of Terry Pratchett” by Marc Burrows at LitReactor.

Review of Keven McQueen’s “Weird Wild West” (Indiana University Press; 2019) at the Cleveland Review of Books.

Review of “The Silence” by Don DeLillo at The Millions.

Review of “Map’s Edge” by David Hair (Jo Fletcher Books; 2020) at The Tattooed Book Geek.

Review of “The Domino Killer” by Neil White (Sphere Books; 2016) at

Review of Kim Stanley Robinson’s “The Ministry for the Future” at neverimitate.

Review of “Growing Things and Other Stories” by Paul Tremblay (William Morrow; 2019)

Review of “The Kingdom” by Joe Nesbo (2020) at Crime Fiction Lover.

Review of “The Mathematical Murder of Innocence” by Michael Carter (The Book Guild; 2020) at Crime Fiction Lover.

Review of “Dead Man in a Ditch” by Luke Arnold (Orbit; 2020).

Review of “Shelter in Place” by David Leavitt (Bloomsbury; 2020) at the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Review of “The House on Abigail Lane” by Kealan Patrick Burke at Black Guys Do Read.

Review of “Anything Short of Murder” by Tony Piazza (2010).

Review of “A Bullet for the Bride” by John Messmann (1972).

Review of “The Rage” by Gene Kerrigan (Europa Editions; 2012) at Kevin’s Corner

Review of “Stanley Kubrick: American Filmmaker” by David Mikics (Yale University Press; 2020) at Washington Monthly.

Review of “Truth Lies Bleeding” by Tony Black (Stark House Press; 2020/2011) at Bookgasm.

Review of “Recursion” by Blake Crouch (Crown; 2019) at Do Some Damage.

Stories and Poetry

Monday kicked off Bishop Rider Week at Punk Noir Magazine with the short story, “Fire in the Hole” by Beau Johnson.

New fiction by Paul McDonald at Fictive Dream.

New poetry by Kristin Garth.

Two poems from Ian Lewis Copestick at Punk Noir Magazine

“Ruin and Pain”, a short story, by Beau Johnson.

New fiction by Kevin Tasker at Flash Fiction Magazine.

New poetry by Bruce Morton.

New fiction by Melissa Bowers.

“Like Minded Individuals”, a Biship Rider short story, by Beau Johnson at Punk Noir Magazine.

New poetry by Joumana Altallal.

New fiction by Lance Mason at Close to the Bone.

New flash fiction from Gordon Pinckheard.

New poetry by Mark James Andrews.

Beau Johnson’s short story, “A Better Kind of Hate”, at Punk Noir Magazine.

New flash fiction by Tim Seyfert.

New poetry by Dan Provost at The Rye Whiskey Review.

New flash fiction from Andrew Davie at Bristol Noir.

New short fiction from Andy Rausch.

“The Only Thing That Fits” by Beau Johnson at Punk Noir Magazine.

New fiction by Charlotte Derrick at Flash Fiction Magazine.

“Mayonnaise, The Bastard” by Andrew Davie at Shotgun Honey.

New fiction by Mark McConville at Bristol Noir.

New fiction by Jim Woessner at Close to the Bone.

Poetry by Charles Rammelkamp at The Five-Two.

“Error Printer Jam”, a short story, by Calen MacDonald.

Right Place, Wrong Time, a short story, by Paul D. Brazill

New fiction by Susan Mockler at Flash Fiction Magazine.

Short fiction by John Weagly at Shotgun Honey.


Kim Johnson, author of “This is My America”, interviewed on the Crime Writers of Color podcast.

The third episode of “The Disembodied Parts: A Rhapsody” is out, it’s Pablo D’Stair reading his latest novel. You’ve got to check it out.

Eric Van Lustbader is interviewed on Wrong Place, Write Crime.

Interview with Cinelle Barnes, editor of “A Measure of Belonging: Twenty-one Writers of Color on the New South” (Hub City Press; 2020).

Interview with Laura Bogart, author of “Don’t You Know I Love You” Dzanc Books).

The latest episode of Writer Types feels like an episode of “St. Elsewhere” with Dr. Ian K Smith, Dr. Joel Shulkin, and Dr. John Bishop.

Interview with Mark Edward Langley, author of “Death Waits in the Dark” (Blackstone Publishing; 2020) at It’s a Mystery.

Researching the FCK out of Things with Cory Doctorow at Writing Excuses.

Ayad Akhtar, author of “Homeland Elegies” interviewed on the Los Aneles Review of Books podcast.

Art, Film, and Photography

Fragments of Noir continues their Big Lonely City noir photography series.

Review of “Killing Them Softly,” directed by Andrew Dominik.

The artwork of Claudio Parentela is featured at Punk Noir Magazine.

Review of “Arm in Arm”, the new album from Steep Canyon Rangers.

Fragments of Noir continues its illustration series, “Dirty Femmes”.

Scott Adlerberg reviews “Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror” directed by Xavier Burgin (2019) at Do Some Damage.

David Cranmer reviews “Man of the West” directed by Anthony Mann (1958)

Illustrations by Leonard Pytlak.

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

Featured Books

Dig Two Graves

Andrew Davie (Close to the Bone; 2020)

The Better of the Bad

J.J. Hensley (Down & Out Books; 2020)


Emergency Powers

James McCrone


The Unstable One

Mike McCrary



John Bowie (Red Dog Press; 2020)



Christopher Chambers (Three Rooms; 2020)


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Incident Report No. 94

Way too many links. Let’s give y’all a headstart.


A nice article about the importance of indie publishers by Matt Keyes.

The 1951 adaptation of Native Son (starring Richard Wright) is a darkly satiric noir.

Bilingual authors are challenging the practice of italicizing non-English words.

Poetry is coming to Close to the Bone at the end of the month.

Dana King on the (un)importance of backstory.

“The Children of the Appalachians” by Rebecca Bengal at The Paris Review.

Raymond Chandler’s letters to a younger crime writer offer a revealing—and often ugly—glimpse into his later years.

Colman Keane continues his deep dive into the works of Ed Gorman.

“The Strange History of Mickey Spillane and New Zealand’s ‘Jukebox Killer’ by Andrew Nette at CrimeReads.

The Stiletto Gumshoe looks at two recent stories about sex in crime fiction.

Interview with M. E. Browning, author of “Shadow Ridge” (Crooked Lane Books; 2020).

The First Two Pages: “Schemes in the Dark” by Jennifer Berg at Art Taylor’s blog.

Why Bryn Greenwood is proud to have her books called crime fiction.

An introduction to the latest volume of “Coast to Coast Noir” (Down and Out Books; 2020) from one of the editors, Paul D. Marks.

“Contextual Cues for Predatory Targeting: Pattern repetition improves the speed and efficiency of victimizing” by Katherine Ramsland, PhD at The Crime Fiction Writer’s Blog.

Book Reviews

Review of “Find The Dead” by Peter James (Macmillan UK; 2020) at The Rap Sheet.

Review of “An Obscure Road to Hollywood: Scoundrels and Spitballers- Writers and Hollywood in the 1930s” by Philippe Garnier (Black Pool Productions; 2020)

Review of “The Six” by Luca Veste (Simon & Schuster UK; 2020)

Review of “Lost Writings” by Franz Kafka, translated by Michael Hofmann (New Directions; 2020).

Review of “Chesapeake Crimes:Invitation to Murder” edited by Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman & Marcia Talley (Wildside Press; 2020) at BOLO Books.

Review of “The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained” by Colin Dickey (Viking; 2020).

Review of “To Cook a Bear” by Mikael Niemi (MacLehose Press; 2020).

Review of “Winter Counts” by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Ecco; 2020) at Lesa’s Book Critiques.

Review of “The Searcher” by Tana French at NPR.

My review of “Third Degree” by Ross Klavan, Tim O’Mara, and Charles Salzberg (Down and Out Books; 2020).

Review of “No Strings” by Mark Safranko (2012) at Col’s Criminal Library.

Review of “Touchfeather” by Jimmy Sangster (1968).

Review of “Dear Child” by Romy Hausmann (Flatiron Books; 2020)

Review of “21 Immortals: Inspector Mislan and the Yee Sang Murders” by Rozlan Mohd Noor (Arcade Crimewise; 2020) at Los Angeles Review of Books.

Review of “Kiss Her Goodbye” by Wade Miller (1956) at The Dark Time.

Review of “Only the Women Are Burning” by Nancy Burke (Apprentice House; 2020)

Review of “Dig 2 Graves” by Andrew Davie (Close to the Bone; 2020) at NewRetroWave.

Review of S.A. Cosby’s “Blacktop Wasteland” (Flatiron Books; 2020) at Pulp Curry.

Review of “Innocent or Guilty?” by A.M. Taylor (One More Chapter; 2019).

Review of “The Man in the White Linen Suit” by David Handler (William Morrow; 2019).

Review of “Devil May Carer” and “Sinner Take All” by Wade Miller (Stark House Press; 2020, originally published in 1950 and 1960).

Review of “The Mystery of the Cowboy Summit” by Darryle Purcell (2020) at Pulp Fiction Reviews.

Review of “Deception by Gaslight” by Kate Belli (Crooked Lane Books; 2020)

Review of “Burn You Twice” by Mary Burton (Montlake; 2020)

Fiction and Poetry

New fiction by Catherine A. Kelley at Every Day Fiction.

New poetry by Michael Minassian.

New fiction by Erika Veurink at Cheap Pop.

New flash fiction by J.B. Stevens at Mystery Tribune.

New short fiction by Judith Present.

New poetry by Mike James.

New fiction by Joe Taylor at The Rye Whiskey Review.

New fiction by H.E. Vogl at Every Day Fiction.

New fiction by Dana Liebelson at Cheap Pop.

“card shop carl”, a poem by John Grochalski.

Short fiction by Sebnem Sanders.

Flash fiction by Paul Garrett.

Poem by Jay Passer.

New flash fiction by A.G. Hilton at Pulp Modern.

Short fiction by Nathan Pettigrew at Bristol Noir.

“The Only Time Fun Comes Before Work is in the Dictionary” by Andrew Davie, a short story, at The Daily Drunk.

New fiction from Nikki Dolson at TOUGH

Poetry by Ian Lewis Copestick at Punk Noir Magazine

“Stakes For Sea Creatures Replaced By Something New” by Kristin Garth, a poem at Punk Noir Magazine

New poetry by Giovanni Mangiante at The Rye Whiskey Review

A new poem by Tom Barlow at The Five-Two.

Short fiction by Sean Thor Conroe at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

New fiction by Darrent Sant at Close To The Bone.

Poetry by Ben Newell.

New poems from Mark McConville at Punk Noir Magazine.

Short fiction by Paul D. Brazill.

Podcasts and Other Media

Gytha Lodage interviewed on Two Crime Writers And A Microphone.

Interview with Dean Koontz at Otherppl.

Via Punk Noir Magazine, “The Disembodied Parts”, a podcast by Pablo D’Stair.

Helping Writers Become Authors: Ep. 522: The Link Between Your Story’s First Plot Point and Third Plot Point

K.M. Weiland appears on The Creative Penn or is it the other way around?

Writing Excuses on “Researching for Writing the Other”.

Murder in a Small Canadian Town with J.G. Toews on It’s a Mystery.

Illustrations by Geraldine Theurot.

Billy Strings on World Cafe.

Craig Sisterson on fifteen great crime shows to watch at Crime Fiction Lover.

Kronos Quartet Blends Words, Music, and Magic to Celebrate Pete Seeger at No Depression.

Pulp illustrations by Glen Orbik.

“Modern Western Films Written Better Than Ever” by David Cranmer at LitReactor.

Paul Matts reviews the various artist album “Sir J.J. Special: J.J. Johnson’s Ska and Rock Productions 1966-1968” at We Are Cult.

Big Lonely City photography series continues.

Pulp illustrations by the Unknown at The Stiletto Gumshoe.

Film Review of “Female Human Animal” (2018) at Punk Noir Magazine.

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Incident Report No. 93

I’m on vacation in the land of the Hatfields and McCoys. Cell phone connectivity is non-existent and wi-fi is spotty at best. This is my last post this week, except a review that will magically get posted on Friday.


Flash Bang Mysteries is soon to be no more.

Michael Cannell gives us a brief tour of New York gangster nightclubs of the 1920s.

Interview with Michael Pool, author of the Riley Reeves mystery series

On the importance of Richard Wright’s “Native Son”.

Interview with crime fiction editor Jim Thomsen.

Austin Camacho interviews Ian K. Smith, author of “The Unspoken” (Thomas & Mercer; 2020).

Alison Stine, author of “Road Out of Winter” (MIRA Books!; 2020) interviewed on the Unlikeable Female Characters podcast.

Jenny Bhatt on the art of literary criticism.

Six Ridiculous Questions: Lee Matthew Goldberg at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

Pat Kinsella on the problem with exporting America’s writing programs at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The First Two Pages: “All Shook Down” by Libby Cudmore at Art Taylor’s blog.

Interview with Jeremy Robert Johnson, author of “The Loop” (Saga Press; 2020) at LitReactor.

At The Times Literary Supplement, “Taken at the flood How Agatha Christie moved with her times” by Laura Thompson.

Charles Pappas of the death of Bad Girls in movies at Retreat From Oblivion.

The Los Angeles Review of Books has put together a small anthology, “The Banned Book Reader”. It’s available for a donation as small as $1.

Stories and Poetry

New short fiction by Bobby Mathews at All Due Respect.

New flash fiction from Mark McConville at Bristol Noir.

New short story by Joe Kilgore at Close to the Bone.

New short fiction by Lucy Zhang.

New short fiction by Gabriel Hart at Bristol Noir.

“The Gravitational Constant”, a short story by Bill Gillard.

“Crucial”, a poem by Susan Tepper.

“The Man from Goldman Sachs” by Preston Lang, flash fiction at Pulp Modern.

Short fiction from Paul D. Brazill, “Everyday People”.

“A Bachelor’s Guide To Everything”, a poem by John Patrick Robbins at Punk Noir Magazine.

“A Rotten Plan” by Morgan Boyd, short fiction at Punk Noir Magazine.

The Quietus looks back at Radiohead’s “Kid A” which turned 20.

Short fiction by Phebe Jewell at Fictive Dream.

“Men In the Moon”, short fiction by Mary B. Sellers.

“His Last Vignette”, a poem by Mark Tulin at The Rye Whiskey Review

“Hex Boyfriend” by Andrea Smith, a short story at Close To The Bone.

“Shot Three Times” by Terry Dawley, poetry at The Fifty-Two.

Peter Derk on the joys and sorrows of loving obscure books.

“An Algorithm for Murder” by Michael A. Raithel, short fiction at Shotgun Honey.


Review of Lisa Unger’s “Confessions on the 7:45” (Harlequin; 2020) at BOLO Books.

Review of Maryse Meijer’s “The Seventh Mansion” (FSG; 2020).

Review of “Slow Bear” by Anthony Neil Smith (Fahrenheit Press; 2020) at Econoclash Review.

Review of “The Island” by Ben McPherson (Harper Collins; 2020) at BOLO Books.”

Review of “Culture in the Third Reich” by Moritz Föllmer, translated by Jeremy Noakes and Lesley Sharpe (Oxford; 2020).

Review of “Bank Blogger” by Jeffrey Frye (Murder Slim Press; 2020) at Col’s Criminal Library.

Review of “The Familiar Dark” by Amy Engel (Dutton; 2020) at Black Guys Do Read.

Review of “The Night Drop” by Ian D. Wright (2020) at Col’s Criminal Library.

Podcasts and Other Media

Hari Kunzru interviewed on The New York Times Book Review podcast.

Film Noir posters from aroud the world.

“Times Square”: A Forgotten Punk And New Wave Movie Soundtrack Turns 40.

Album review of Brent Cobb’s “Keep ‘Em On They Toes”.

Photographs by Lawrence & Lothar Stelter at Fragments of Noir.

More illustrations focusing on “Dirty Femmes” at Fragments of Noir

Review of “Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck” by William Souder (Norton; 2020)

Review of Netflix’s “American Murder”, their latest true crime documentary.

Why “Miller’s Crossing” Is the Best Coen Brothers Movie

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

K A Laity reviews “The Long Goodbye” (1973) at Punk Noir Magazine.

Interview with David Gaughran about author promotion at The Creative Penn Podcast.

Andrew Nette continues his series Parker on the Screen with “Slayground” (1983).

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Incident Report No. 92

Here are several sites that I go to on a regular basis to get a run down of crime fiction news and reviews. You should too.

Kevin’s Corner, which luck has it is run by a Kevin, specifically KevinTipple is an indispensable website if you follow crime fiction. Kevin covers all sorts of crime fiction on his website and it should be a daily stop for you.

Next up is dru’s book musings by Dru Ann Love. It focuses more on the cozy side of the tracks but police procedurals and psychological thrillers make the presence known.

J. Kingston Pierce’s The Rap Sheet is also an important website to visit regularly. Pierce also runs Killer Covers, which focuses on, you guessed it, book covers.

Another important crime news and reviews site is Kristopher Zgorski’s BOLO Books which was received the Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 2018.

Yeah, I know these are all sites based in the US, so I’ve got some work to do next time I post something like this again.

If you haven’t watched “The Social Dilemma” on Netflix, please do so. A lot of what is covered is stuff we already know, specifically we all live in a social media bubble, but there are some scary tidbits. Though the documentary peters out towards the end as it tries to wrap everything in a nice red bow, it’s still worth the 94 minutes of your life. I also wasn’t a fan with after-school special style of the docudrama that was interspersed throughout the more important interviews, but I get it – maybe that’s an effective way to get the message out to more people.

The big takeaway that we all tend to forget as we scroll through our social media addictions is that these companies are selling our attention to advertisers as well as manipulating what we see.

We are the product.

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Incident Report No. 91

Yonder’s Noir at the Bar was a highlight for me last week. Each writer brought it from Katy Munger’s smokey performance to S.A. Cosby reading from a funeral home. It was fantastic to kick off with Christa Faust and Russell Johnson, and I was unsure if the readings could continue as such a high level. I got to see Johnny Shaw read and later that same night, I picked up his latest “The Southland”, which I am enjoying greatly. But the night, the night belonged to Eryk Pruitt and his performance piece. I’ve paused the Noir at the Bar video a few seconds before Eryk’s reading.

If you have a spare dime or two, why don’t you buy a t-shirt or maybe Venmo them a tip.

On Tuesday first thing or thereabouts, I’ll be out buying the new Rachel Howzell Hall book, “And Now She’s Gone”.

I’ve been a fan of hers since I read the first in her Eloise Norton series and then last year’s “They All Fall Down” which is so good. Great writing and story telling.

Hall is one of the best crime writers today and a new book of hers should bring excitement to all readers. She’s that good.

I’m putting this here for me as much as you. Last week Frank Zafiro had chance to interview Walter Mosley. I haven’t been able to get around to listen to it yet. Who knows, today might be the day.

Some highlights of last week’s published links.

Donald Ray Pollock, author of “The Devil All the Time” (2011), is interviewed on Terri Gross’s “Fresh Air”.

Jim Thomsen reviews “A Man’s Game,” by Newton Thornburg (1996) as part of The Rap Sheet’s “The Book You Have to Read” series.

Over at Punk Noir Magazine, K.A. Laity reviews the supernatural noir film, “Cast a Deadly Spell” (1991) staring Fred Ward.

Over at LA Review of Books, Kathleen B. Jones reviews two new film noir books which focus on women: “Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock” by Christina Lee (Chicago Review Press; 2020) and “The Autobiography of Veronica Lake” by Veronica Lake (Dean Street Press; 2020)

Dietrich Kalteis interviews Rob Pierce, author of the soon-to-be-released “Blood by Choice” (All Due Respect Books; 2020).

The incomparable Joe R. Lansdale is interviewed by Scott Montgomery over at MysteryPeople.

“The Ancestor” by Lee Matthew Goldberg is out at All Due Respect Books. As Matt Phillips said, “I expected a crime novel, but I got a spell-binding epic, an epistolary revelation, a tale as rich as a paying gold mine.”

“The Otsego House”, a short story, by DAH at Close to the Bone.

“Carrion Heart”, a short story, by Nicholas Kish at Shotgun Honey.

Over at CrimeReads, “The Evolution of Joe Lansdale’s Hap and Leonard” by Scott Montgomery.