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Incident Report No. 87

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The Incident Report No. 87 features highlights from the Small Crimes posts I run almost every day. If you don’t have the time to read the daily missives then this might just be for you.

Several months ago, Chris Rhatigan, publisher of All Due Respect Books, asked if I’d like to help out his plan on resurrecting the All Due Respect zine. The idea was simple: we would publish hard-as-nails crime fiction with a touch of drinking money sent to the writers. I was already used to reading a slush pile. Years ago I use to read the slush pile for a literary magazine in Boston but reading so many stories again was definitely eye-opening with what makes or breaks a short story.

Luckily for y’all, over at Do Some Damage, Rhatigan lays down some guidelines that could be followed when writing short stories.

You don’t need a twist to construct a good short story. In fact, one of the most common mistakes I see is writers constructing stories that are built around a twist. In other words, the first three-quarters of the story seems to express, “wait for it, wait for it, the twist is coming!” Every part of a story should be engaging—not just the end. A related problem is that twists are so common that the law of diminishing returns kicks in. I would imagine most readers have seen plenty of twist endings. 

Simple plots that are handled with expert care and focus on a natural progression of events tend to make stronger stories.

Throughout Rhatigan’s “One Approach To Writing Short Stories”, he also recommends some great examples by Tom Pitts, Paul D. Brazill, and Stephen D. Rogers.

Over at LitReactor, Max Booth III wrote about trigger warnings in horror fiction and, not surprisingly, there’s a lot of carryover to the crime fiction genre.

Imagine the following scenario: You are lounging on the couch wanting nothing more than to chill out with a cool-ass horror book. You are enjoying everything going on in the story until—whoa wait what the absolute fuck suddenly—you’ve come across a random rape scene, and now instead of having a good time you are reliving a past traumatic experience from your own life. Your entire goddamn day is ruined. Replace “rape” with “suicide” and it’s the same outcome. All you can think about now is a lost loved one who took their own life or perhaps the long struggle you faced overcoming personal suicidal ideations. Or, to continue with one more example, imagine reading a book where a young child dies in a gruesome manner soon after losing your own child. No way are you in any mental state to possibly continue reading. Shit like that is very likely to wreck you.

I feel I’m giving this essay short shrift, but it’s quality especially given Booth’s wearing of multiple hats in the horror genre: writer, editor, publisher, reviewer, and fan.

The fifth book of Dana King’s Penns River series, “Pushing Water” (Down & Out Books), recently came out, and King has been busy. There’s his Do Some Damage article about writing police procedurals which is quite informative.

It bothers me that so many people think what they “learn” in cop and courtroom novels and shows are how things really are. It creates unhealthy ideas of how law enforcement works, or doesn’t. To feel one has to choose between realism and entertainment is a door to lazy writing. There’s no reason the story can’t be both.

Then King’s off to be interviewed by Dietrich Kalteis at Off the Cuff.

I read cop memoirs to get an idea of how they think. I still leaf through Connie Fletcher’s books of cops’ stories. Adam Plantinga’s books 400 Things Cops Know and Police Craft are wonderful resources. Ask some cops how cases get solved and they’ll tell you it’s usually because someone talks.

But wait there’s more!

King interviewed Tom Pitts on the eve of his upcoming release Cold Water (Down & Out Books). Pitts talked about his new book.

I think the Everyman facing insurmountable odds is a powerful theme, and very relatable. I wanted to write something akin to Joe Lansdale’s Hot in December or Cold in July, but my own version. And in Northern California. And I wanted it to play out in a few locations, not just San Francisco. I think the suburban sprawl is under-represented in fiction. Gentrification has made the big cities so banal. Where’s the hunger, where’s the struggle, where’s the passion? In the burbs, baby.

Other Articles

Adam Scovell on reading crime fiction during the pandemic (3:AM Magazine)

Alex George on letting it all burn, “Why Do Some Writers Burn Their Work” (Lit Hub)

“The Comprehensive Guide to Finding, Hiring, and Working with an Editor” by Chantel Hamilton (Jane Friedman)

“Author Spotlight: Andrew Davie” by Scott Cumming (Eight Million Books to Read)

Rachel Howzell Hall and Alex Segura discussed crime fiction (Writer’s Digest)

“The Origins of Scandinavian Noir” by Wendy Lesser (The Paris Review)

Book Reviews

“This Letter to Norman Court” by Pabo D’Stair (All Due Respect Books) (Col’s Criminal Library)

“Love is a Grift” by Graham Wynd (Fox Spirit Books) (Sonia Kilvington)

“We Need To Do Something” by Max Booth III (Perpetual Motion Machine) (Dead End Follies)

“Dead Man’s Mistress” by David Housewright (Minotaur) (Kevin’s Corner)

“Blacktop Wasteland” by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron) (So Much To Talk About)

“Sordid: Five Crime Stories” by Harry Hunsicker (Kevin’s Corner)

“Broken Dreams” by Nick Quantrill (Fahrenheit Press) (Ian Ayris)

“The Waiting Rooms” by Eve Smith (Orenda Books) (Crime Fiction Lover)

“Rock and a Hard Place Issue #2” (Eight Million Books to Read)

Featured Books

“Shotgun Honey Presents Volume 4: Recoil” edited by Ron Earl Phillips (Shotgun Honey)

“Throwing Off Sparks” by Michael Pool (PI Tales)

“The Good Book: Fairy Tales for Hard Men” by Tom Leins (All Due Respect Books)

“We Need To Do Something” by Max Booth III (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing)

“Nightmare Asylum and other Deadly Delights” by Sonia Kilvington (Close to the Bone)

“The Brooklyn Trilogy” by Robert J. Randisi (Down & Out Books)

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Incident Report No. 86

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The Incident Report No. 86 features highlights from the Small Crimes posts I run almost every day. If you don’t have the time to read the daily missives then this might just be for you.

The week began well for Shawn Cosby. There was an interview in Publishers Weekly and he made the cover of Booklist, a book review journal published by the American Library Association. Everything was coming up Cosby. But as Eryk Pruitt pointed out, “Book Twitter is why we can’t have nice things.”

The short of it is that a Twitter Mob formed and resulted in Booklist pulling their cover. Please read Cosby’s response.

Again, I am a 46-year-old black man who lives in the former capitol of the Confederacy. I understand that images matter and can be used to reinforce negative ideas. But I feel, no I pray that we, each of us, will do our best to slough off the shackles of our preconceived notions. That we will take time to ask ourselves why is it that when we see the words “crime fiction’ and the image of a black man we didn’t assume he was the hero? 

Adrian Bardon, author of “A Brief History of the Philosphy of Time”, was interviewed for Vox to discuss how the quarantine is affecting our perception of time.

You mentioned this kind of paradoxical thing: We feel that time is dragging, but it’s also flying by. That comes out of the same situation. We’re out of our routine. We’re out of our structure. We’re out of doing tasks that we would normally feel productive and good about. It’s more like we’re treading water or trying to deal with situations we don’t want to deal with. And then in our retrospective judgment of the passage of time, it seems like things went by really quickly because we didn’t really accomplish anything.

Here are the first paragraphs of two short stories that deserve your attention: K.A. Laity’s “The Click of the Shutting” (Punk Noir) and Paul J. Garth’s “Paper Boats” (Tough).

She waited for the sound of it, the sound that meant safety, the sound that meant it was over for now. The time it was when his shouts might soften, sometimes even turn to tears and beg forgiveness, beg for comfort, remind her again how it was all her fault.

“The Click of the Shutting” by K.A. Laity (Punk Noir)

They had only been gone a few hours, just long enough to see a movie and pick up some food for the kid, but somehow that’d been long enough for Taylor Olsen to die, the boy still strapped to the metal folding chair Neil had tied him to before they left, his face blue, his little clenched mouth filled with vomit.

“Paper Boats” by Paul J. Garth (Tough)

Garry Rodgers, author of “From the Shadows”, wrote “What Really Goes On In The Morgue” (Kill Zone). He also peppered his story with anectodes from his law enforcement career.

One was “Mister Red Pepper Paste Man”. My friend Elvira Esikanian, a seasoned forensic pathologist of Bosnian descent who cut her teeth by exhuming mass graves, is a gem. She also has a wicked eye for detail.

I brought this old guy into the morgue after finding him dead in his apartment. Neighbors reported him screaming like someone was skinning a live cat. They rushed in and found him collapsed on the floor. No idea what killed him, but no sign of foul play.

Elvira opened his stomach and it was positively crawling. She knew what it was—botulism. Elvira told me to go back to the scene and look to see what he’d been eating. I found it. It was a jar of red pepper paste that was years past its expiry date, and the inside was a mass of organic activity.

Featured Books

“The Faking of the President: Nineteen Stories of White House Noir” edited by Peter Carlaftes (Three Rooms Press)

“Still Life with a Suitcase” by Scott Eubanks (Down & Out Books)

“Bleak Friday” by Various Artists (King Shot Press)

"KIng of the Crows" by Russell Day | Crows, Cliffs, Stephen King

 “King of the Crows” by Russell Day (Fahrenheit Press)

“Tales from The Longcroft Estate” by Darren Sant (Close to the Bone)

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

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Incident Report No. 85

Pasquale Paulo Cardo | Incident Report No. 85
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The Incident Report No. 85 features highlights from the Small Crimes posts I run almost every day. If you don’t have the time to read the daily missives then this might just be for you.

McSweeney’s is usually a good place to have a laugh, but Walter Jones’s “Philip Marlowe, Doordash Deliver Guy” is a step above the usual fair.

The phone buzzed the way babies cry when they’re hungry. I wasn’t available and didn’t want to be, but in the Dashing world you’re either available or you’re broke. I picked it up and read: Five Guys. Three bacon cheeseburgers with everything and one chocolate shake. I grabbed my hat and headed for the jalopy.

Chris Rhatigan, publisher of All Due Respects, sat down with Colin Conway and Frank Zafiro, authors of “Charlie-316” and the upcoming “Never the Crime” (Down & Out Books). There are so many crappy police procedural novels, so when Rhattigan spent the time to recommend one of books from this often-maligned genres, I took notice.

The concept and the original bones of the plot was all Colin’s idea. He asked me to collaborate based on my longer police background and the positions I held. Once we got started on the brainstorming, a lot of the details changed and a couple of characters emerged differently than we’d planned, but the bones of his original idea remained intact. I just loved the idea, the question of whether a city or a police department would be willing to sacrifice their favorite son on the altar of public opinion.

Over at The Big Thrill, Paul D. Brazill was interviewed about his new book, “Man of the World” (All Due Respect). The conversation bounced from violence, careers, music and novellas.

“Oh, I really don’t know why they’re not [more] popular,” Brazill said. “I love them! Though, apparently, Don Winslow is doing novellas now so that may change. For me, the novella is just the right length to tell a story without getting bogged down with exposition, soap opera, and holding the reader’s hand—without needless repetition and hammering home the point. A good novella is a short, sharp shock. Fast and furious.” And just to punctuate the point about music, Brazill added that novellas are “more like a Ramones single than a Genesis LP.”

Nate Hoffelder rightly skewers Macmillian CEO John Sargent and all other publishers, big and small, over the price of ebooks. What got Hoffelder going was Tor’s giveaway of the MurderBot series, four ebooks totaling 625 pages and a whopping $36 if bought individually.

John Sargent wonders why his ebook sales are down, and he has repeatedly blamed library ebooks. It’s really weird how he never seems to realize its his own policies (as evidenced by this series) that are causing the shortfall in sales.

I mean, Sargent was running Macmillan when he decided that the publisher’s first move into ebooks was to conspire with Apple and bring about agency pricing, raising Macmillan’s ebook prices in the process.  And he was still in charge when he brought about Agency 2.0 in 2014.

And now, as a result of Sargent’s policies, we have Macmillan charging $36 for a novel-length story.

The reason this is the perfect example of what is wrong with tradpub, folks, is that for the past decade trad pub has refused to sell the public what it wants at a price the public wants to pay. The whole point of agency pricing was to raise ebook prices and force consumers to buy the print books the publishers want to sell.

Some other quick links for you are “Leaving Home For Work with OCD” by Stephen J. Golds (Punk Noir), Kevin Tipple’s review of “Hosier Noir: One” (Kevin’s Corner), and “Going Down Slow“, a film by Eryk Pruitt.

featured books

“Recoil: Shotgun Honey Presents Vol. 4”
edited by Ron Earl Phillips (Shotgun Honey)

“Pushing Water”
by Dana King (Down & Out Books)

Rock and a Hard Place: Issue 2 (Winter/Spring 2020)

“The Girl in the Video” by Michael David Wilson (Perpetual Motion Machine)

“A Bouquet of Bullets” by Eric Beetner (Self-Published)

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Incident Report No. 84

What follows are some highlights from the Small Crimes posts I run almost every day, but it’s still the Incident Report. If you don’t have the time to read the daily missives then this might just be for you.

I am not a fan of American football and less of a fan of the National Football League’s yearly draft. Draft Day, which spans out several days, has approximately 50 million viewers. It’s a big deal with U.S. sports nerds. (For you non-Americans, Draft Day is akin to football’s Deadline Day.)

When I stumbled across Christoph Paul’s LitReactor essay “What Writers Can Learn From Watching The NFL Draft“, I immediately passed it by with nary a thought.1 But if Paul was willing to die on this analogy’s hill, I should at least give it a go. And I’m glad I did. It almost had me turning on the NFL Draft on Thursday night.

Michael Pool’s essay on the similarities and dissimilarities of the fictional and real private eye is worth your time. Pool talks about the clothes, the car, and, yes, the drinking.

Far from drinking on the job, real-life P.I.s are more likely to be snacking in the car between interviews. Or listening to podcasts to pass the time out on surveillance. Even after work, most of us tend to keep the alcohol intake lower than you might expect. Morning comes early in this job. Those early mornings can turn into long days, sometimes in the range of 15-18 hours. That’s a tall order with a hangover, so I rarely over-indulge.

In a Los Angeles Review of Books interview, Steve Weddle talked with William Boyle on the release of Boyle’s latest book “City of Margins”.

City of Margins is set between 1991 and 1994. I was ages 13–16 at that time, walking everywhere, taking the bus to school, making regular stops at my regular video store and pizza joint, getting into fights in the schoolyard, playing stickball at dusk, discovering the records and books and movies that would change my life, learning about evil. It was a really important, transitional time for me. I don’t know if it’s about the feeling of something being lost now that wasn’t lost then, but there was definitely a deeper sense of wonder and distance. 

K.A. Laity examined the origins of Patricia Highsmith’s most famous character Tom Ripley. In this Bristol Noir essay, Laity tied some of her thoughts of the literary Ripley, not the cinematic one, with “Eel in the Bathtub”, a short story she published in college literary journal in 1940.

Over at Punk Noir, Laity wrote about “Detour”, the book and the two movies–yeah, I didn’t know there was a remake of “Detour” in 1992. Martin H. Goldsmith’s 1939 is less famous than its 1942 classic film noir version, but like most books, in my opinion, it’s far better.

If you’ve never read or watched “Detour”, do yourself a favor. The movie is readily available, the book not so much.

I reviewed Jason Beech’s new novel “Never Go Back” (Close to the Bone, 2019). The book follows a man’s return to home and its ramifications.

“Never Go Back” is told from Vine’s perspective, a man driven by outside forces throughout, though he would disagree, he believes he is in complete control. This confusion between Vine’s reality and his interpretation is one of the great conflicts that propels the reader through this gritty crime novel.

There’s a new Twitter parody account everyone should follow, it’s @PublishrsWeakly. The folks at Electric Literature interviewed the duo behind the account.

There’s an elitism to publishing that stems from the product it produces. Books are “art,” books can “change the world,” and therefore publishing is necessarily good and just, that we’re all doing noble work, when that’s not exactly the case. Publishing is a business like any other, and so that comes with the trappings of many other industries, i.e. wealth inequality, mistreatment of workers, and racially segregated workforce, often determined by the disparity in wages. Publishing is an industry that very much believes in paying one’s dues, and then once those dues have been paid, they expect you to turn around and uphold that same system.

Daniel Vlastay’s “Stay Ugly” (All Due Respect Books) was reviewed at This Desperate City.

If you didn’t get a chance to read Greg Levin’s essay, “Why We Read (and Write) Dark Fiction Even During Terrible Times“, please do so.

If you’re looking for some fun to read, there is, of course, “The Exquisite Corpse”, a multi-author novel at Do Some Damage. The ebook, edited by Nick Kolakowski and Steve Weddle, is available for as a free download.

featured books

Never Go Back
by Jason Beech (Close to the Bone)

The Exquisite Corpse
edited by Nick Kolakowski and Steve Weddle (Do Some Damage)

Some Awful Cunning
by Joe Ricker (Down & Out Books)

All Kinds of Ugly
by Ralph Dennis (Brash Books)

Southern Cross Crime
by Craig Sisterson (Old Castle Books)

The Last Scoop
by R.G. Belsky (Oceanview Publishing)

The Aosawa Murders
by Riku Onda,
translated by Alison Watts (Bitter Lemon Press)

  1. People don’t say “nary a thought”, but man do they write it. Is it one of those phrases that make the reader notice the writing too much?
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Incident Report No. 83

This edition of the Incident Report covers the world of indie crime fiction for the last of November.

Jedidiah Ayres wraps up Noirvember at Hardboiled Wonderland, read his wrap-up.

So what does Jedidiah due for an encore, how about crime fiction Christmas movies. Kicking off December is Sandra Ruttan on “In Bruges” and Josh Woods on “The Godfather”. I’ll be participating in this whacky celebration of Christmas.

Have you checked out the ebook sale at Down & Out Books?

On this special sale page you will find links to purchase digital titles published in early 2019 by Down & Out Books from our Bookstore or from all major online booksellers. All titles are priced at $2.99 for the ebook format; prices are valid from Monday, November 25th, 2019 through Sunday, January 5th, 2020. Titles on this page are sorted alphabetically by author’s last name.

Over at Mystery Tribune, Richie Narvaez on “Sticking It To The Man: Revolution and Counterculture in Pulp and Popular Fiction, 1950 to 1980”, edited by Iain McIntyre and Andrew Nette.

I wrote this thing on Do Some Damage on the anthology “Dark Yonder” edited by Liam Sweeney. Yeah, I have a story in it too.

The newly released anthology, “Dark Yonder”, is more than a bunch of writers toasting the opening of Eryk Pruitt and Lana Pierce’s bar, Yonder: Southern Cocktails & Brew, it is also a celebration of the work and life of Eryk’s mother, Jan Pruitt, who died in January 2017. Jan “served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) from 1997-2016.” The NTFB provides 200,000 meals every day to residents of North Texas. A portion of the money raised from the sales of “Dark Yonder” will go to the NTFB.

Some submission info. Pulp Modern will have a 24-hour window open for submissions on January 8, 2020. Rock and a Hard Place is currently open for submssions. Write, submit, repeat.

Over at Punk Noir Magazine, Paul D. Brazill recommends Rob Pierce’s “Tommy Shakes” (All Due Respect) saying, “Think of a lethal cocktail of Charles Bukowski and Eddie Bunker and you’re halfway there.”

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Incident Report No. 82

This edition of the Incident Report covers the world of indie crime fiction for the two weeks of mid-November.

Have you stopped by Jedidiah Ayres’s Hardboiled Wonderland yet? He’s invited a slew of people – mostly writers – to list out five forgotten Noir movies. It’s a great series. Some folks to check out are S.A. Cosby, Jake Hinkson, William Boyle, and Scott Adlerberg. But seriously, check out the entire Noirvember series.

All Due Respect Books released their publishing schedule for 2020.

  • January 24: Trevor English 1: this letter from Norman Court by Pablo D’Stair
  • February 21: Stay Ugly by Daniel Vlasaty
  • March 20: Trevor English 2: Mister Trot from tin street by Pablo D’Stair
  • April 17: Man of the World by Paul D. Brazill
  • May 8: Trevor English 3: Helen Topaz, Henry Dollar by Pablo D’Stair
  • June 19: Cutthroat by Paul Heatley
  • July 10: Trevor English 4: Akerman motel/rooms for rent by Pablo D’Stair
  • Aug. 21: The Ancestor by Lee Matthew Goldberg
  • Sept. 18: Blood by Choice by Rob Pierce
  • Oct. 23: Trevor English 5: this gun from Norman Court by Pablo D’Stair
  • Nov. 20: Stone Heart by Scott Grand
  • Dec. 18: Ourobouros by Andrew Davie

Exciting stuff.

Jesse Rawlins has been quite busy of late. The first is her interview with Jason Beech, author of “Never Go Back“. Her second interview is with Paul Matts, author of “Donny Jackal“. And you thought you were hustling.

It’s official, I’m looking forward to the Bouchercon Anthology for 2020. The reason being is that Art Taylor is the editor.

Scott Adlerberg reviews Nick Kolakowski’s “Maxine Unleashes Doomsday” (Down & Out Books) at Do Some Damage. Adlerberg writes that “J.G. Ballard would have been proud”.

Also at Do Some Damage, I wrote this thing about “The Joy of Quitting”.

We’ve learned to tolerate crap as the alphabet police shows and the war-porn that spills onto our movie theatre screens every summer help keep us in a perpetual state of numbness while keeping Comcast and Disney’s pockets stuffed with cash.

New Release post is forthcoming.

Remember the time when a family member might send out an email regarding something innocuous like Olive Garden giving out $500 gift cards or the dangers of drinking cold water after meals and you’d have to correct them with a Snopes link? But times have changed over the last twenty years and the misinformation has moved from email chains to Twitter mobs. But now it’s not as fun and maybe even dangerous. Just ask Brooke Nelson.

An Aberdeen (South Dakota) News article about the Common Read at Northern State Unversity had the following midway through the article:

During her junior year, Brooke Nelson said she fought hard against a Sarah Dessen book being selected.

“She’s fine for teen girls,” the 2017 Northern graduate said. “But definitely not up to the level of Common Read. So I became involved simply so I could stop them from ever choosing Sarah Dessen.”

Sarah Dessen must spend her days Googling herself because she found this article What happened next was ugly.

And then it got worse.

From Roxanne Gay to Jodi Picault, the attacks came and they didn’t stop. Here’s an example from Jennifer Weiner:

Author Jennifer Weiner, who has made a career of defending so-called chick lit from misogynist criticism, elaborated. “When we tell teenage girls that their stories matter less—or not at all—there are real-world consequences,” she tweeted. She added the hashtag #MeToo and linked to a Vox story about why it took so long for the teenage victims of gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar to be heard. Incredibly, the implication seemed to be that there was a connection between sexual assault and the literary taste of one committee member of a small college’s common reading program.

Everyone has apologized and, more importantly, deleted their wrong-headed and vicious tweets, so the Twitterverse will go on from here, pretending nothing has happened, and await their next prey.

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Incident Report No. 81

After some time off, I’m back and will be hanging around with more of a focus on dark indie crime.

The Incident Report covers the world of dark indie crime fiction for roughly the first week of November.

In the spirit of noir-is-whatever-people-say-it-is, Jedidiah Ayres of hardboiled wonderland has invited 30 people to list out their five favorite underrated noir films.

8: Michael A. Gonzales
7: Jay Stringer
6: Christa Faust
5: Johnny Shaw
4: Gary Phillips
3: Minsoo Kang
2: Adam Howe
1: Pete Dragovich

Shawn Cosby won the 2019 Anthony Award for Best Short Story. Here’s Cosby’s take on the good and the bad of Bouchercon 2019 (Do Some Damage). You can read Cosby’s Anthony Award Winning Short Story, “The Grass Beneath My Feet” at TOUGH which is edited by Rusty Barnes.

Walter Mosley interviewed by Chauncey DeVega (Salon). Mosley said:

“There are two things in America we don’t have much time for now. Reading is rereading and writing is rewriting. And I’ll go even further, watching movies is watching them again and again. You’re never going to get everything the first time through, ever. When you start to rewrite a novel, you’ve written it once and as you’re going through, you’re discovering what things feel off. Sometimes it’s this person doesn’t have that kind of education or this description is flat. It only says one thing and it doesn’t work well. But there are other things there. It’s just something not right about this sentence, but it does everything it’s supposed to do. But the rest of the novel has a kind of a dance to the language, either the whole book or certain characters. You start to see and to recognize that when you are rereading.”

Gabino Iglesias on the goings-on at ChiZine (Horror DNA).

Nick Kolakowski, author of “Maxine Unleashes Doomsday” (Down & Out Books) talked to Ron Earl Phillips, publisher of Shotgun Honey. A sprawling interview which is oddly compact. (Shotgun Honey)

“The Middle Way of Ursula Curiss” by Xaviar Lechard (At the Villa Rosa). Lechard wrote:

“It is surprising that the current resurgence of interest in psychological suspense and vintage crime fiction in general has yet to reach Ursula Curtiss despite her being one of the most important American post-war crime writers.”

Michael Nava, author of the Henry Rios mystery series, interviewed by Désirée Zamorano (LARB). Zamorano wrote:

“The latest in the Rios series, Carved in Bone, continues to tackle themes of identity and displacement, along with — like all good mysteries — a suspicious death and a cast of suspects.”

Icy Thug Nutz’s “WHOOP! WHOOP!” (Dockyard Press) reviewed by Nick Kolakowski (Mystery Tribune). Kolakowski wrote when comparing to Henry Miller’s “Tropic of Cancer”:

“Both books focus on down-and-out types scrounging for survival, surrounded by a number of shady characters more than happy to kick their ass; both also feature major existential realizations on the part of their protagonists. Only one book, however, features a protagonist who’s a fan of the Insane Clown Posse, and you can probably guess which one.”

Melba Escobar’s “House of Beauty” (4th Estate) reviewed by Gabino Iglesias (Mystery Tribune). Iglesias wrote that it is “a unique novel that pulls readers into the harsh realities of modern-day Colombia”.

Tommy Shakes
by Rob Pierce
(All Due Respect Books)

Tommy Shakes is a career criminal, and not a very good one. He earned his name as a heroin addict. Now he’s just a drunk, drinking so much that he spends much of his time in bathrooms, exploding from one end or the other.

He’s in a marriage he wants to salvage. He convinces himself that his wife, Carla, will allow him to stay with her and their teenage son, Malik, if he can bring home enough money. She tells him that won’t do it, he needs to quit crime altogether, but Tommy gets a crack at a big heist and decides to pull the job.

The job is ripping off a popular restaurant that runs an illegal sports book in back. A lot of money gets paid out on football Sundays; the plan is to pull the robbery on Saturday night. The back room has armed guards but, according to Smallwood, Tommy’s contact on the job, there’s no gang protection.

Tommy recons the job and finds two problems: Smallwood’s plan will get them all killed or up on murder one, and one security guy works for a local gangster, Joey Lee. Tommy’s desperate for money and figures he can make his own plan. As to the gangster, there’s enough money that it’s worth the risk.

They pull the robbery but one gang member gets gun happy and it turns into a bloodbath, which includes killing Lee’s man. Now they’re wanted for murder, and the law is the least of their problems.

Price Hike
by Preston Lang
(All Due Respect)

Jane is a struggling con artist, estranged from her ex and her sick son, just trying to raise a little cash to buy some black-market meds from a mysterious seller called P8, a dangerous, raspy-voiced woman.

Kanganis is a widely-hated pharma executive, furious that the raspy-voiced girl he picked up at a chic downtown bar just ripped him off for millions in prescription drugs.

When Jane figures out a way to con P8 out of her entire stash of stolen meds, it’s great news for her kid’s lungs, but it also puts Jane and her family in grave danger. Soon they’re on the run from a criminal network bigger and darker than they understand. And when Kanganis begins to use all of his resources and guile to catch up with his lost drugs, the game becomes even more deadly.

“Price Hike” is a fast-paced tale of con games, corporate greed, and one of the douchiest bros of modern times.

Maxine Unleashes Doomsday
by Nick Kolakowski
(Down & Out Books)

The United States has collapsed. Bandits stalk the highways, preying on the weak and unaware.

In order to transport goods between heavily fortified cities, companies hire convoy escorts. Maxine is the best of these new road warriors: tough, smart, and unbelievably fast. But she also has a secret: She’s the niece of New York’s most notorious outlaw, a man hunted by what’s left of the nation’s law enforcement.

Maxine wants to live a normal, upstanding life. But a bad incident on the road leaves her mauled, penniless…and fired. If she wants to survive, she’s going to need to embrace her outlaw roots—and carry off the biggest heist that the post-apocalypse has ever seen. It’s a journey that will take her through obstacle after obstacle to the edge of death itself—and beyond.

“Maxine Unleashes Doomsday” smashes the gritty frenzy of Mad Max: Fury Road with the top-notch suspense of a crime saga like Heat. It’s a brutal thriller that offers a terrifying glimpse of our future.

Behind the Wall of Sleep
by James D. F. Hannah

It’s the kind of offer only Henry Malone would get: Local strip club owner Wallace “Bada” Bingham wants Henry to run for sheriff of Parker County, West Virginia, and he’s willing to back the candidacy. But while Henry considers the proposal, Bingham’s got an additional job offer: Investigate the robbery of a money-counting room at a washed-up country musician’s concert.

One dead body later, Henry, along with his well-armed A.A. sponsor Woody, quickly figures out Bingham’s not telling him everything. To discover the answers and catch the killer, Henry and Woody must put everything at risk and confront the forces who want control of Parker County—no matter what the costs, or who has to die.

The image at the top of this page is by artist Rob Rowland. The painting is called “Moonlight Walk”. I found Rowland’s work via Fragments of Noir. Check out Rowland’s work as well as the pages of Fragments of Noir.

Incident Report

Incident Report No. 80

The Incident Report covers the world of small press crime fiction for the week of June 2nd through June 8th.

Three huge stories this week. First, Linda Fairstein is gone.

Linda Fairstein has been dropped by her publisher as fallout continues for the former Central Park Five prosecutor over the wrongful conviction of five teens for the 1989 rape and beating of a female jogger.

On Friday, Dutton spokeswoman Amanda Walker confirmed a statement that the publisher’s customer service line has been giving to inquiring callers, saying that it had “terminated its relationship” with the best-selling crime novelist. The publicist declined further comment.

Barnes & Noble has been sold. As this is the closest bookstore to me in for many miles, this makes me quite happy.

Barnes & Noble has been acquired by the hedge fund Elliott Advisors for $638 million, a move that has momentarily calmed fears among publishers and agents that the largest bookstore chain in the United States might collapse after one of the most tumultuous periods in its history.

The sale was announced Friday morning after months of speculation over the future of Barnes & Noble. The acquisition follows Elliott’s purchase of the British bookstore chain Waterstones in June 2018. James Daunt, the chief executive of Waterstones, will also act as Barnes & Noble’s C.E.O. and will be based in New York.

“The main thing is that there isn’t a template; there’s not some magic ingredient,” he said in an interview on Friday. “The Birmingham, Ala., bookshop, I imagine, will be very different from the one in downtown Boston. They don’t need to be told how to sell the exact same things in the exact same way.”

Otto Penzler, besides being upset that his buddy Fairstein is out of a job, has his new imprint exactly where he wants it–men writing books for women.

The optics of all this, in other words, absolutely suck—especially as the mystery/thriller industry continues to wrestle very openly with issues of gender, privilege, access, and misogyny. I feel empathy for [Stephanie] Buelens, who probably had a pretty good idea for a novel and accidentally ended up in a metaphorical dumpster fire (and doesn’t have control over her own Twitter feed, apparently, which is… well, if you’re an author, always control your own Twitter feed).

Note: There will be no editions of Small Crimes this week.

Incident Report

Incident Report No. 79

The Incident Report covers the world of small press crime fiction for the week of May 26th through June 1st.

If you haven’t read the 2017 interview with Walter Mosley in The Paris Review, make haste. It’ll go behind their paywall soon enough and you have got to read it.

Every day. People ask me if I write even when I’m on vacation. And I say, Man, do you take a shit on vacation?

I was once at an event at the New York Public Library, and I was standing with a poet, who will remain unnamed, and Toni Morrison. A woman came up who was obviously rich—the poet wanted to get more money from her for the library, and she said, Let me introduce you to Toni Morrison, the novelist, and Walter Mosley, the mystery writer. I said, I’m a novelist. And she said, Well, yes, a mystery writer. And I said, No, I’m a novelist. And she said, Mystery writer. She wouldn’t let me have that. But I can’t help what people think. I don’t care what people think. I only care what I do. So if I’m going to write a short story in Harlem that’s kind of like a Western, that’s what I’m going to write. Fuck ’em.

Fahrenheit Press had some big news this week. The first was the announcement their paperback/ebook bundle and the second was the unveiling of their new imprint, 69Crime.

I wrote about the bundle deal over at Do Some Damage, “if you purchase paperbacks directly from them, they will throw in the e-book version of the book as well.” As Chris McVeigh told me:

We’ve been thinking about doing it for a while and in the end we knew bundling the download with the paperback was the right thing to do. We gave ourselves a hard look in the mirror and we just couldn’t reconcile NOT doing this.

69Crime pairs work by two different authors and releases them in one physical book, a tête-bêche book.

Over at It’s an Indie Book Blog, they are excited about all of these changes as well.

This is how indie publishing will survive. Continuing to provide great stories, putting their readers first and looking for ways to innovate in a crowded market. They have done their bit, we now need to do ours. There are loads of links in this piece to go and buy a book …

If you haven’t had a chance to read Lawrence Maddox’s two-part SleuthSayers interview with Gary Phillips, here are the links: Part 1 and Part 2. Please don’t miss the interview Lori Rader-Day did with the great Sara Paretsky in CrimeReads. It’d be criminal if you did.

The sad news from this past week was the announcement of Sandra Seamans’s death. So before we get on with the links, here’s what I wrote about Seamans on Friday.

Sandra Seamans, short story writer and blogger, has died. Her blog, My Little Corner, was instrumental in making whatever I do here at Unlawful Acts successful. As I wrote here in October 2018, “f you are a writer this is the blog [My Little Corner] you need to be reading!” Or back in May 2018, “As always you should be reading My Little Corner . . .”

I never had the pleasure of meeting Sandra in person and our contact was only a stray blog comment here and there, but Sandra will be greatly missed. Patti Abbott wrote, “Sandra Seamans served the writing community selflessly . . .”

Steve Weddle pointed us to an interview he did with Sandra back in July 2012 and Do Some Damage published Albert Tucher’s “Remembering Sandra Seamans” last night.

I briefly thought out writing a separate post regarding Sandra’s importance, but I figured adding my remembrance of her in my daily links would be something she’d appreciate.


I thought about organizing the links by category like I did last week, but after some thought, I left them in the order they were published every day. My hope is you’ll read through them–categories or not–and you might accidentally find something of interest.

Interview with Annette Dashofy, author of “Fair Game” (Henery Press, 2019) (Writers Who Kill)

Book Review: “Budapest Noir” by Vilmos Kondor (Harper, 2012) (Men Reading Books)

TV: Claire Booth on “Elementary” (Do Some Damage)

Short Story: “Anniversaries of the Heart” by Beau Johnson (Punk Noir Magazine)

Poetry: “We’re All Whores After All” by John Patrick Robbins (Punk Noir Magazine)

“Pulp Appeal: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” by Matthew X. Gomez (Broadswords and Blasters)

Interview with Lauren Wilkinson, author of “American Spy” (Random House, 2019) (Los Angeles Review of Books)

What exactly are eco-thrillers? Joel Burcat, author of “Drink to Every Beast” (Headline Books, 2019) has that answer. (The Thrill Begins)

New Releases ~ Week of May 26, 2019 (Dru’s Booking Musings)

Book Review: “The Summer of Ellen” by Agnete Friis (Soho Crime, 2019) (NPR)

Book Review: Andrew Nette reviewed “Moseby Confidential: Arthur Penn’s ‘Night Moves’ and The Rise of Neo-Noir” by Matthew Asprey Gear (Jorvik Press, 2019) (Pulp Curry)

Short Story: “The Garden Room” by Lisa D. Jones (Close to the Bone)

Podcast: Gabriel Valjan, author of “The Naming Game” (Winter Goose Publishing, 2019) , interviewed by Pam Stack (Authors on the Air)

Jason Beech interviews Tom Leins, author of “Repetition Kills You” (All Due Respect, 2018) (Out of the Gutter)

“How To Write A Thriller” by Ian Fleming (1963) (Literary Hub)

Read “Fiction of Facts” by Alice Attlee and you will twist your mind (Times Literary Supplement)

“Hiking Cormac McCarthy’s Western Wilderness During an Immigration Crisis” by Raksha Vasudevan (Literary Hub)

Revue of the Reviewers, 5-27-19 (The Rap Sheet)

Book Review: “A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary” by Terry Shames (Seventh Street Books, 2019) by Kevin R. Tipple (Kevin’s Corner)

Book Review: “Deception Cove” by Owen Laukkanen (Mulholland Books, 2019) (Murder by the Book)

Book Review: “The Essential Poems” by Jim Harrison (Copper Canyon, 2019) by Dean Kuipers (Literary Hub)

Short Story: “Burning Down My Father’s House” by Michael Gills (Tough)

Podcast: Interview with Hilary Davidson, author of “One Small Sacrifice” (Thomas & Mercer, 2019) (Speaking of Mysteries)

“On Chicago, and the Joys and Agonies of Choosing a Setting for Your Crime Novel” by Tracy Clark, author of “Borrowed Time” (Kensington, 2019) (CrimeReads)

“The First Two Pages: ‘Borrowed Time’” by Tracy Clark (Art Taylor, Writer)

“How to Write Edgy Fiction Without Being Obnoxious” by Autumn Christian (Lit Reactor)

New releases from BOLO Books for the week of May 26, 2019 (BOLO Books)

Book Review: “The Savage Shore” by David Hewson (Severn House, 2018) (The Dorset Book Detective)

Short Story: “Portrait of a Hotel Photographer” by Jack Bates (Shotgun Honey)

Podcast: Eric Beetner and S.W. Lauden interview Susanna Calkins, Harry Hunsicker, and Sherry Harris (Writer Types)

Interview with Robert Ragan, author of “Mannequin Legs: & Other Tales” (2018) (Punk Noir Magazine)

Interview with R.G. Belsky, author of “Below the Fold” (Oceanview, 2019) (Criminal Element)

“Lend Me Your Dog Ears” by E.A. Aymar (Washington Independent Review of Books)

Book Review: “Murder at Mornington Hall” by Clara McKenna (Kensington, 2019) (The Reading Room)

Short Story: “Temporarily Embarrassed Millionaires” by Alec Cizak (Flash Fiction Offensive)

Podcast: Kazuko Fukuda: The Woman of Seven Faces (Criminal Broads)

Anthony Price, author of “The Labyrinth Makers” (1970) and “Other Paths to Glory” (1974) has died. (Do You Write Under Your Own Name)

Interview with L.A. Chandlar, author of the Art Deco Mystery series (Kensington) (Mystery Thriller Week)

Interview with Terry Shames, author of “A Risky Undertaking For Loretta Singletary” (Seventh Street Books, 2019) (MysteryPeople)

Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s June 2019 Book Preview (Vol. 1 Brooklyn)

Claus von Bülow dies (The New York Times)

“Learn the Right Lessons from Naomi Wolf’s Book Blunder” by Philip Cohen (The New Republic)

Book Review: “Council” by Snorri Kristjansson (Quercus) (Crime Fiction Lover)

Book Review: “Breakers” by Doug Johnstone (Orenda, 2019) (Raven Crime Reads)

Short Story: “Wedding Shot over the Wire” by Paul Matts (Punk Noir Magazine)

Podcast: Steve Weddle chatted with Chris F. Holm, Holly West, and Jedidiah Ayres about all things erotic (Seven Minutes With)

Fahrenheit Press announces new imprint, 69Crime. (Fahrenheit Press)

Interview with Robin Agnew (BOLO Books)

“Mixing in Humor with the Thrills” by J. H. Bográn about D.P. Lyle, author of “Sunshine State” (Oceanview Publishing, 2019) (The Big Thrill)

“Ava DuVernay’s ‘When They See Us’ Is a Brutal Look at a 30-Year-Old Injustice” by Zoe Guy (Hyperallergic)

“Ten Fun Things I Learned about Prohibition Cocktails” by Susanna Calkins, author of “Murder Knocks Twice” (Mystery Fanfare)

Book Review: “Run the Wild River” by D.L. Champion (Stark House Press) (Rough Edges)

Short Story: “Like Cattle” by Ashley Sgro (Akashic Books)

Podcast: The boys chat among themselves and then interview Jeffery Deaver (Two Crime Writers and a Microphone)

The artwork for this issue of the Incident Report is by Hugh Joseph Ward or as he’s better known, H.J. Ward.

Incident Report

Incident Report No. 78

The Incident Report covers the world of small press crime fiction for the week of May 19th through May 25th.

I’ve stopped being such a fascist by including all the links from the daily Small Crimes posts here in the Incident Report. There are over 50 links featuring news, book reviews, short stories, and podcasts in today’s edition.

I’m still keeping new releases as its own baby. You can read this week’s with over 30 entries at New Indie Crime Releases: Week of May 26.

If you didn’t get a chance to read Soraya Robert’s “The Erotic Thriller’s Little Death” (Longreads), you really should. Besides adding “What/If” to your Netflix queue, you’ll need to head over to Amazon Prime to watch beauties like “Deceptions” (1991) starring Nicolette Sheridan and Harry Hamlin or “Illicit Behavior” (1992) starring Joan Severance and Jack Scalia.

Besides wonderful lines like “Madonna proved that she can’t act when she’s naked either”, Robert’s essay is chock full of good stuff.

To understand how the erotic thriller, which could have been a genre that celebrates women owning their sexuality, became its opposite, you have to understand the time in which it arose. This was the 1980s, the decade in which liberated women were trying to mind their own business and start a career and men were interpreting the shift as a direct shot at mankind and the murder of the nuclear family. That’s how Fatal Attraction’s single career woman becomes “the most hated woman in America.” The studio refused to keep Michael Douglas’s cheating husband unsympathetic, going against Lansing to make Glenn Close’s Alex Forrest a crazy-faced psycho killer. To protect the family man, they sacrificed the independent blond who knows what she wants, turning her into a woman-shaped threat to fundamental American values that can only be taken down by the traditional housewife’s phallus — sorry, pistol.

Over at CrimeReads, they ran an excerpt from “Street Players: Black Pulp Fiction and the Making of a Literary Underground” by Kinohi Nishikawa (University of Chicago Press). Given that this is a university press book, this might be the closest I can get to it with paperbacks going for $22 and ebooks, $15.

It was in 1969, during a stint in Michigan’s Jackson State Prison, that Goines encountered something that would change his life: Iceberg Slim’s fiction. Goines could relate to Pimp and Trick Baby on a level that was alien to the typical Holloway House reader. He had lived those ex­periences and, indeed, was still very much a part of the underworld fraternity about which Slim had written so powerfully in his first two books. This point of identification was important for what would happen next. If black sleaze consisted of race-exploitative tales spun out of whole cloth by just about anyone, black pulp fiction would be the genu­ine article—stories by black people, for black people, specifically about the black urban experience. According to Allen, Goines recognized that “what Beck was doing … was a new kind of hustle. He’d been in the life, made it out of the joint. Now he was simply telling about it.” Goines wanted in on the game, so he submitted a book manuscript to Holloway House and was offered a contract shortly thereafter.

Since the line between crime and horror is quite thin, Repo Kempt’s “10 Things Every Horror Writer Should Read” (Lit Reactor) should be something of interest for any crime writer. Besides readings in the horror genre, there were a couple of books and ideas that may be worthwhile. I especially liked the idea of beta-reading as well as reading outside your genre.

The image for this week’s Incident Report is by Stanley Borack. A little about Borack from his biography at Pulp Artists.

In the 1950s he painted paperback book covers for Dell, Pocket Books, Perma Books, and the Lion Library.

He also painted digest covers for Luke Short’s Western Magazine and Zane Grey’s Western Magazine from 1952 to 1956.

He also painted covers for pulp magazines during the very last years of the industry. From 1956 to 1958 he sold freelance pulp magazine covers to Best Western, Complete Western Book, Western Novels & Short Stories, and Western Short Stories, all of which were produced by Stadium Publishing Corporation, which was owned by Martin Goodman.


“Raymond Chandler’s Grudge Against British Mysteries, Reconsidered” by Curtis Evans (CrimeReads)

Interview with Alison Gaylin (BOLO Books)

Interview with Leigh Russell, author of “Suspicion” (Bloodhound Books) (Mystery Thriller Week)

“Slaughterhouse-Five” turned 50 (The American Interest)

I’m not going to read this, but you can, their Summer Books Preview (The New York Times)

“Amazon Investors Reject Proposals on Climate Change and Facial Recognition” (The New York Times)

“5 Reasons Amazon is a Necessary Evil” by Gabino Iglesias (Lit Reactor)

“Henry Rollins on the road with John Waters’ memoir, “Mr. Know-It-All’” (Los Angeles Times)

Interview with Scott Montgomery of MysteryPeople (CrimeReads)

Interview with Owen Mullen, author of “Out of Silence” (Bloodhound Books) (Mystery Thriller Week)

I loved this: “50 Raymond Carver Covers from Around the World” by Emily Temple (Literary Hub)

Interview with Paul E. Hardisty, author of “Turbulent Wake” (Orenda Books) (Off-the-Shelf Books)

Interview with Heleyne Hammersley, author of the DI Kate Fletcher series (Bloodhound Books) (Mystery Thriller Week)

Scott Montgomery on five Texan crime fiction books (MysteryPeople)

Carlene O’Connor, author of “Murder In An Irish Pub” (Kensington), on Irish crime fiction (CrimeReads)

Steph Post, author of “Lightwood” (Polis Books) on the relationship between crime fiction and fairy tales (CrimeReads)

Interview with Bess Carnan, winner of the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers (Mysteristas)

Interview with Alice K. Boatwright, author of the Ellie Kent Mysteries (Cozy Cat Press) (Mystery Thriller Week)

The First Two Pages: “Better Days” by Art Taylor (Art Taylor, Writer)

Gabino Iglesias recommended several woman crime fiction authors (Mystery Tribune)

Book Excerpt: “Street Players: Black Pulp Fiction and the Making of a Literary Underground” by Kinohi Nishikawa (University of Chicago Press) (CrimeReads)

Interview with psychological thriller writer A.J. Waines, author of “Don’t You Dare” available on Bloodhound Books (Mystery Thriller Week)

“The Darker Side of the City of Light: An Interview with Cara Black”, Black is the author of the Aimée Leduc Investigation series (Soho Crime). (LA Review of Books)

Interview with Nick Quantrill, author of the Geraghty novels (Fahrenheit Press) (Love Books Group)

“Lost Evenings and Bright Moments” by Joe Clifford, author of “Rag and Bone”, the last of the Jay Porter series (Oceanview Publishing) (Joe Clifford)

Interview with M.R. Mackenzie, author of the Anna Scavolini series (Bloodhound Books) (Mystery Thriller Week)

“What’s With All the Supernatural Sherlocks?” by G.S. Denning, author of the Warlock Holmes series (Titan Books) (CrimeReads)

“Barbara Neely, The Activist-Turned-Crime Writer Who Inspired A Generation” by Kellye Garrett (CrimeReads)

“How to Create a Live Backup of Your Working Files Using Google Drive” (The Digital Reader)

Movie Review: “Dead Reckoning” (The Stiletto Gumshoe)

Movie Review: “Cabin in the Sky” (Do Some Damage)

James Ellroy interviewed (The Guardian)

Peter Derk read and watched S. Craig Zahler (Lit Reactor)

“Don’t Read Shitty Books” by Dana King (One Bite at a Time)

“Writing While Trans Part 2: Figuring Out My Brand” by Dharma Kelleher (Do Some Damage)

Interview with Kerena Swan, author of “Scared to Breathe” (Mystery Thriller Week 2019)

“A Uniquely Alaskan Crime Scene: A Crime Writer Reflects on His Days as a US Marshal in Alaska” by Marc Cameron (CrimeReads)

Book Reviews

“The Border” by Don Winslow (Black Guys Do Read)

“Styx & Stone: An Ellie Stone Mystery” by James W. Ziskin (Seventh Street Books) (Kevin’s Corner)

Paul Brazill’s Recommended Reads never let you down. (Punk Noir Magazine)

“The Desire Card” by Lee Matthew Goldberg (Fahrenheit Press) (Col’s Criminal Library)

“The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth” by Josh Levin (NY Times)

“A Devil for O’Shaugnessy” / “The Three-Way Split” by Gil Brewer (Stark House Press) (Just A Guy Who Reads)

“Girl Most Likely To” by Max Allan Collins (Gravetapping)

Short Stories

“Across A Knife Edge” By Harris Coverley (Mystery Tribune)

“Funny Little Thing” by Graham Wynd (Punk Noir Magazine)

“To Be Opened Upon My Death” by Roy Dorman (Out of the Gutter)

“Finding his calling” by Matthew Borczon (Punk Noir Magazine)

“Shatterproof is Not a Challenge” by Tom Leins (Shotgun Honey)


Steve Weddle talked with Holly West, Jedidiah Ayres, and Chris F. Holm (Seven Minutes With)

Interview with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of “Friday Black” (Mariner Books) (The Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan)

Frank Zafiro interviewed Brian Thornton, editor of the upcoming anthology “Die Behind the Wheel: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Music of Steely Dan” (Down & Out Books) (Wrong Place, Write Crime)

Pam Stack interviewed Gavin Reese, author of the Saint Michael Thriller series (Authors on the Air)

Harper Lee’s Unwritten True Crime Book: Casey Cep discusses “Furious Hours,” and Eliza Griswold talks about “Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America.” (New York Times Book Review)