Categories
Links

Cops, Canada, Mistakes

Small Crimes: Wednesday Reads

Bleak Friday | Canada, Cops, Mistakes

“Canada, Cops, Mistakes” features Jennifer Hillier, Hannah Mary McKinnon, Roz Nay, Robyn Harding, Elena Taylor, Michael Pool, Paul J. Garth, and more.

Roundtable: Canadian Women Writers Talk Crime Fiction (The Thrill Begins)

Interview: James L’Etoile talked to Elena Taylor, author of “All We Buried” (Crooked Lane Press) (Do Some Damage)

Article: Frank Zafiro on being a cop and a writer, and what’s real and what’s not (Criminal Minds)

Article: The First Two Pages: “Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire” by Donna Andrews (Art Taylor, Writer)

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

Book Review: “Throwing Off Sparks” by Michael Pool (PI Tales) (Criminal Element)

Book Review: “Ash Mountain” by Helen FitzGerald (Orenda Books) (BOLO Books)

Book Review: “Girl Can’t Help It” by Max Allan Collins (Thomas & Mercer) (Bookgasm)

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

Thanks for stopping by Unlawful Acts and reading “Canada, Cops, Mistakes”. For more Small Crimes, click here.

Categories
Incident Report

Incident Report No. 85

Pasquale Paulo Cardo | Incident Report No. 85
Photograph by Pasquale Paolo Cardo (CC BY)

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)


Thanks for stopping by to read the Incident Report No. 85. If you’d like to read more post like this, please click here.

Categories
Books

Small Crimes: Thursday Reads

Pushing Water by Dana King | Small Crimes, The Taco Bell Edition

Small Crimes, the Thursday edition, features Taco Bell, Willie Nelson, Chris Rhatigan, Frank Zafiro, Max Booth III, Spelk, Fragments of Noir, and Dana King.

Podcast: Chris Rhatigan interviewed by Frank Zafiro (Wrong Place, Write Crimes)

Book Review: “We Need to do Something” by Max Booth III (Perpetual Motion Machine) (Jay Wilburn)

Short Story: “Happy Hour at the Pussy Cat Club” by Laure Van Rensburg (Spelk)

Interview: “The editor of Taco Bell Quarterly explains how to make art out of a fast food brand” by Constance Grady (Vox)

Movie Posters: More Film Noir (Fragments of Noir)

Music: “All 143 Willie Nelson Albums, Ranked” – this is a seriously good article (Texas Monthly)

Pre-Order Book: “Pushing Water” by Dana King (Down & Out Books)

Thank you for stopping by and reading the latest edition of Small Crimes.

Categories
Links

Small Crimes: Wednesday Reads

The Girl in the Video by Michael David Wilson | Small Crimes

The Wednesday edition of Small Crimes features Colin Conway, Frank Zafiro, Chris Rhatigan, Matthew Ross, Paul D. Brazill, Russel D. McLean, Emily Hockaday, Jackie Sherbow, Curtis Ippolito, Barnes & Noble, and Michael David Wilson.

Interview: Chris Rhatigan talked to Colin Conway and Frank Zafiro, authors of “Charlie-316” and the upcoming “Never the Crime” (Down & Out Books) (All Due Respect Books)

Book Review: “Death of a Painter” by Matthew Ross (Red Dog Press) (Col’s Criminal Library)

Book Review: “Man of the World” by Paul D. Brazill (All Due Respect Books) (Crime Fiction Lover)

Book Review: “Ed’s Dead” by Russel D. McLean (Contraband) (Nigel Bird)

Article: The First Two Pages: “Talk to Me” by Emily Hockaday and Jackie Sherbow (Art Taylor)

Short Story: “Hook-Up Spot” by Curtis Ippolito (Punk Noir)

Submissions: “Exquisite Corpse Vol. 2” is looking for writers (The Exquisite Corpse)

News: The slow and agonizing death of Barnes and Noble as they stop selling new magazines (Good E-Reader)

New Release: “Girl in the Video” by Michael David Wilson (Perpetual Motion Machine)

Thank you for stopping by and reading the latest edition of Small Crimes.

Categories
Links

Small Crimes: Thursday Reads

John Gilstrap’s primer on movie deals (Kill Zone)

Ed Aymar interviewed Sherry Harris and Lori Rader-Day, past and present presidents of Sisters in Crime (The Thrill Begins)

Parodies of the inevitable onslaught of coronoavirus literary fiction. (The Millions)

How pandemics seep into literature (The Paris Review)

Hilary Davidson interviewed on Frank Zafiro’s podcast (Wrong Place, Write Crime)

Review of Derek Marlowe’s spy thriller “A Dandy in Aspic” (1966) (Vintage Pulp Fictions)

Review of Max Allan Collins’s “Quarry’s Cut” (1977) (Col’s Criminal Library)

Photographs by Erwin Blumenfeld (Fragments of Noir)

“Keeping Tabs” by Beau Johnson (Punk Noir) from his short story collection “All of Them Burn” (Down & Out Books)