Dystopia, Miller’s Crossing, and Joe Clifford

Joe Clifford‘s new book “The Lakehouse” is out at Polis Books.

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

New short fiction by Gabriel Hart at Bristol Noir.

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

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

Jenny Bhatt on the art of literary criticism.

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


Cro-Magnons, Conspiracy Theory, and Johnny Shaw

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

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.

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

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

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

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


Bad Girls, Rotten Plans, and Coast to Coast Noir

“Coast to Coast Noir” edited by Andrew McAleer and Paul D. Marks (Down & Out Books; 2020).

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

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

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

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

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


Mexican Gothic, Bristol Noir, and Joe Clifford

“Rag and Bone”, the final Jay Porter novel, by Joe Clifford is out in paperback (Oceanview Publishing; 2019)

Interview with Silvia Moreno-Garcia, author of “Mexican Gothic”, at NPR.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, stop by Alec Cizak’s YouTube channel, he’s broadcasting a series of instructions on Creative Writing. So far he’s covered plotting, structure, characters, and more.

Calibre 5.0, the ebook library app, Nate Hoffelder updates us on its new release.

Review of “Son of Ravage” by J.P. Linde (El Dorado Publishing; 2019) at Pulp Fiction Reviews.

Review of Joe Ide’s “Hi Five” (Mulholland Books; 2020)

Review of “And Now She’s Gone” (Forge; 2020) by Rachel Howzell Hall at Criminal Element.

Review of “Ugly as Sin” by James Newman (Apex; 2017) at Col’s Criminal Library.

“Tonight’s Got to be the Night” by Curtis Ippolito, short fiction at Bristol Noir

New short fiction by Julia LoFaso at Cheap Pop.

Photographs by Brett Weston at Fragments of Noir.


Ludwig Wittgenstein, Dharma Kelleher, and Nick Quantrill

“Sound of Sinners” by Nick Quantrill (Fahrenheit Press; 2020)

Watch “The Social Dilemma”

“The Philosopher and the Detectives: Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Enduring Passion for Hardboiled Fiction” at CrimeReads.

Fuck, we can never have anything good anymore: “The Hidden Costs of Streaming Music”.

Review of “Blood Sisters” by Dharma Kelleher (2020) at Sons of Spade.

Review of “Detectives In The Shadows” by Susanna Lee (Johns Hopkins University Press; 2020) at The Stiletto Gumshoe.

Colman Keane picks up Ruth Rendell’s “A Sight for Sore Eyes” (1998) and he’s delightfully surprised.

New flash fiction by Mark McConville at Bristol Noir.

Review of “When These Mountains Burn” by David Joy (Putnam’s; 2020)

Stuart Neville joins the boys at the podcast, Two Crime Writers and a Microphone.


Arlo Guthrie, Fascism, and Pablo D’Stair

“Helen Topaz, Henry Dollar” by Pablo D’Stair (All Due Respect Books; 2020)

Gabino Iglesias on some editing tricks that will make your writing better at LitReactor.

A new issue of Crime Review is out.

Arlo Guthrie on boiling guitar strings at Twangville.

Cheap Pop delivers new short fiction, “Chiefs”, by Joshua Bohnsack.

Review of “Badge Heavy: A Charlie 316 Novel” by Frank Zafiro and Colin Conway (Down & Out Books; 2020) at Kevin’s Corner.

Review of “How to Be a Fascist” by Michela Murgia (Penguin; 2020)

Review of David Heska Wanbli Weiden’s “Winter Counts” at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

Review of “Brothers Keepers” by Donald E. Westlake at Crime Fiction Lover.

Hey, I’m not a cat person, but even I found this interesting, a review of “Catland: The Soft Power of Cat Culture in Japan” by Sarah Archer (Countryman Press; 2020) at Broad Street Review.

Lee Matthew Goldberg interviewed by Frank Zafiro on the podcast Wrong Place, Write Crime

A new episode of Writers Detective Bureau is out: “Old Crime Scenes, Cellphone Location Tracking, Investigating a Child Death, and Police Reform”

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


Get Carter, Audible, and Heather Harper Ellett

“Ain’t Nobody Nobody” by Heather Harper Ellett (Polis Books; 2019) now available in paperback.

“We Need to Talk About Audible” by Cory Doctorow at Publishers Weekly. It’s a quick essay on the problems with DRM.

Rachel Howzell Hall on the art of disappearing.

A chat on BBC Radio 3 with Nick Triplow on “Get Carter”.

New flash fiction by Stephen J. Golds at Pulp Modern Flash.

At Punk Noir Magazine, poetry by Eliana Vanessa.

At Fragments of Noir, photographs by Goran Pavletic.

Album review of Tyler Childers’s “Long Violent History”.

Courtesy of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC, an interview with Randall Kenan and Ron Rash. Kenan is the author of “If I Had Two Wings: Stories” (Norton; 2020) and Rash’s new book is “In the Valley” (Doubleday; 2020).


The Silver Lady, A Man with Moist Lips, and Rob Pierce

“Blood By Choice” by Rob Pierce (All Due Respect Books; 2020). This is the third in Pierce’s Uncle Dust series. I’ve read all three and “Blood Choice” stands up to the earlier two.

Anthony Perconti on Borges’s “There Are More Things” at Econoclash Review.

At damppebbles, a review of Attica Locke’s “Bluebird, Bluebird” (2018).

Review of “Winter Counts” by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Ecco Press; 2020).

A short story, “Silver Lady” by Paul D. Brazill.

“The Happiest Place on Earth”, a short story, by Michael Mclauglin at Close to the Bone.

New short fiction at Vol. 1 Brooklyn, “The Sunburned Cowboy” by David Byron Queen.

New fiction by Patrick Whitehurst, “The Man with the Moist Lips” at Shotgun Honey

Noir illustrations by Denis McLoghlin at The Stiletto Gumshoe.

Everyone’s delighted that K.A. Laity is continuing her wonderful Supernatural Noir series at Punk Noir.


Hap & Leonard, Andrew Davie, and Will Carver

“Hinton Hollow Death Trip” by Will Carver (Orenda Books; 2020). Also, Paul D. Brazill reviews the book at Crime Fiction Lover.

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

Interview with the science fiction giant Robert Silverberg over at Los Angeles Review of Books.

“The Pale Horse Rides” by Andrew Davie, a short story at Bristol Noir.

Colman Keane reviews the audiobook of Tom Piccirilli’s “Sorrow’s Chain” (1998).

Jason Beech reviews “Slow Bear” by Anthony Neil Smith (Fahrenheit Press; 2020).

Illustrations about Jazz at Fragments of Noir.


Vaporwave, NYPD Blue, and Jason Parent

“White Trash and Dirty Dingoes” by Jason Parent (Shotgun Honey; 2020)

Hyperallergic examines the surrealist roots of vaporwave.

Gayle Lynds recounts the difficulties of trying to publish a spy novel as a woman.

Jacqui Lipton, founder of the Raven Quill Literary Agency, tells how to parse an agent’s rejection letter.

Stanley Crouch, the esteemed jazz critic, is dead at 74.

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

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

“Becoming”, a short story, by Kyra Kondis at Cheap Pop.

Lisa Hall stops by to chat with the boys on Two Crime Writers and a Microphone.

Dana King on watching “NYPD Blue”.

Yonder’s benefit and virtual Noir at the Bar. All the readings are fantastic as each writer brought it …. whatever it is. If you have a spare dime or two, why don’t you buy a t-shirt or maybe Venmo them a tip.