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Incident Report No. 89

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Fuck Otto. I hate giving him any attention, but there he is. There he is. Gabino Iglesias said it best:

 He [Otto Penzler] has been in publishing for decades, which means his inability to see the need for diversity and his denial of the obvious biases that have shaped the publishing world for decades are things that stem from one of two things: pure stupidity or racism. I have time for neither.


The Exquisite Corpse wrapped up its second volume. The editors are looking for participants for the third.

Close to the Bone has released its first online magazine and it’s a good one featuring Holly Rae Garcia, Oliver Brennan, Paul Heatley, and the beginning of a serialized novel by Paul D. Brazill called “The Seatown Blues”. If you’ve never read Brazill before, here’s your chance to read wonderful lines like “Bryn immediately recognised Detective Inspector Slipper, a copper so bent you could use him as a pipe cleaner.”

https://downandoutbooks.com/bookstore/goldberg-slow-down/

Articles

Jesus H. Christ on a pogo stick, a celebrity book curator critiques celebrity bookshelves (Town & Country)

Michael J. Seidlinger interviewed by Tobias Carroll (Vol. 1 Brooklyn)

“A Day in the Life ~ Cassandra Raines” by Tracy Clark (dru’s book musings)

Interview with Art Taylor, author of “The Boy Detective & The Summer of 74 and Other Tales of Suspense” (Madam Mayo)

“Why P.I.s Are Cool” by D.P. Lyle (Kings River Life Magazine)

“AloneStarCon”, a funny piece by Michael Bracken (SleuthSayers)

“Do You Torture Your Metaphors? The Problem of Self-Conscious Writing” by Jessi Rita Hoffman (Jane Friedman)

Rob Pierce, author of “Tommy Shakes” (All Due Respect Books) interviewed (Col’s Criminal Library)

Interview with Bernard Schaffer (Writers Who Kill)

Interview with Laird Barron (Book & Film Globe)

K.A. Laity on some classic noir by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding (Punk Noir)

Author Spotlight: Scott Adlerberg (Eight Million Books to Read)

“Maigret’s Room: The Home Life of Inspector Maigret” by John Lancaster (London Review of Books)

More about Otto (One Bite at a Time)


Short Stories

“Transcendent Ramblin’ Railroad Blues” by Michael Martin Garrett (Shotgun Honey)

“8 Thrilling Horror Stories You Can Read Online Right Now” (Chicago Review of Books)


Book Reviews

“Lockdown” edited by Nick Kolakowski and Steve Weddle (Polis Books) (BOLO Books)

“Rock -N- Noirror: Horror and Noir from the Seedy Side of Rock -N- Roll” edited by Wolfgang Potterhouse and Todd Morr (10th Rule Books) (Eight Million Books)

“Lost Tomorrows” by Matt Coyle (Oceanview Publishing) (Sons of Spade)

“Cold Water” by Tom Pitts (Down & Out Books) (Col’s Criminal Library)

“Tropical Heat” by John Lutz (Open Road Media) (Kevin’s Corner)

“The Life and Times of Malcolm McLaren” by Paul Gorman (Little Brown) (Hyperallergic)

“Bonekeeper” by Luca Veste (The Tattooed Book Geek)

Flash Bang Mysteries: Spring 2020 Issue 19 (Kevin’s Corner)

“I Know Where You Sleep” by Alan Orloff (Down & Out Books) (Men Reading Books)

“Mystery Weekly Magazine” February 2020 (Kevin’s Corner)

“Gender Justice” by Nicky Charlish (Punk Noir)

“Clean Hands” by Patrick Hoffman (Col’s Criminal Library)

“The Lantern Man” by Jon Bassoff (Down & Out Books) (Black Guys Do Read)

“A Small Sacrifice” by Dana King (Messy Business)

“The Blues Don’t Care” by Paul D. Marks (Down & Out Books) (Lesa’s Book Critiques)

“Cutter’s Fall” by Julie Morrigan (Col’s Criminal Library)

“Evergreen” by Howard Owen (Kevin’s Corner)

“Worse Angels” by Laird Barron (MysteryPeople)

“Into Bones Like Oil” by Kaaron Warren (Meerkat Press) (Just A Guy Who Likes to Read)


True Crime

“Murder in Old Barns” by Linsday Jones (The Walrus)

“What Do You Do With a Stolen van Gogh? This Thief Knows” (The New York Times)


Podcasts

Interview with Ivy Pochado (The Maris Review)

ECR Minipod 2.5 “Wally Steakhouse” by J.D. Graves (EconoClash Review)


Other Media

Big Lonely City #102 (Fragments of Noir)

New live album by Margo Price (Bandcamp)

Raymond Carver reading (YouTube)

Interview with Graeme Manson, creator of “Orphan Black” and the new “Snowpiercer” (LA Review of Books)

Big Lonely City #103 (Fragments of Noir)

How The Bryan/Brian Schism Worked For Roxy Music (Quietus)

“Grant the Mini-Series – A Popular Reassessment” (Scott D. Parker)

“How the Banjo Put Down Roots in North Carolina” by Kara Kundert (No Depression)


Featured Books

“Lake County Incidents” by Alec Cizak (ABC Group Documentation)


“Rigged” by D.P. Lyle (Oceanview Publishing)


“The Lantern Man” by Jon Bassoff (Down & Out Books)


“River Bottom Blues” by Ricky Bush (Fahrenheit Press)


“Mister Trot from Tin Street” by Pablo D’Stair (All Due Respect Books)


 “The Mark” by Simon Maltman (Close to the Bone, UKUS)


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PIs, Trains, and Malcolm McLaren

Small Crimes: Tuesday Reads

PIs, Trains, and Malcolm McLaren | Rigged by D.P. Lyle

“PIs, Trains, and Malcolm McLaren – Small Crimes: Tuesday Reads” features Ivy Pochado, D.P. Lyle, Tom Pitts, Matty Coyle, Snowpiercer, and much more.

Article: Interview with Art Taylor, author of “The Boy Detective & The Summer of 74 and Other Tales of Suspense” (Madam Mayo)

Article: “Why P.I.s Are Cool” by D.P. Lyle (Kings River Life Magazine)

Book Review: “Lost Tomorrows” by Matt Coyle (Oceanview Publishing) (Sons of Spade)

Book Review: “Cold Water” by Tom Pitts (Down & Out Books) (Col’s Criminal Library)

Book Review: “Tropical Heat” by John Lutz (Open Road Media) (Kevin’s Corner)

Book Review: “The Life and Times of Malcolm McLaren” by Paul Gorman (Little Brown) (Hyperallergic)

https://downandoutbooks.com/bookstore/goldberg-slow-down/

Short Story: “Transcendent Ramblin’ Railroad Blues” by Michael Martin Garrett (Shotgun Honey)

Podcast: Interview with Ivy Pochado (The Maris Review)

Podcast: ECR Minipod 2.5 “Wally Steakhouse” by J.D. Graves (EconoClash Review)

Television: Interview with Graeme Manson, creator of “Orphan Black” and the new “Snowpiercer” (LA Review of Books)

Photographs: Big Lonely City #103 (Fragments of Noir)

Book: “Rigged” by D.P. Lyle (Oceanview Publishing)

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Scandinavian Noir, Werewolves, and Megan Abbott

"Shotgun Honey Presents Volume 4: Recoil" edited by Ron Earl Phillips |
"Scandinavian Noir, Werewolves, and Meghan Abbott"

“Scandinavian Noir, Werewolves, and Megan Abbott” features links All Due Respect Books, Shotgun Honey, The Paris Review, and more.

Article: Incident Report No. 86 came out yesterday. (Unlawful Acts)

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

Article: “Writing What You Know (or Remember (or Research))” by Art Taylor (Lesa’s Book Critiques)

Article: “Finding Inspiration in Tough Times” by V. M. Burns (Writers Who Kill)

Article: “How Much Research is Enough” by James Scott Bell (Kill Zone)

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

Podcast: Megan Abbott on writing (Working)

Podcast: “Drunk on the Moon” by Paul D. Brazill (Twisted Pulp Radio)

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

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Book Twitter, Vengeance, and Noir

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby | "Book Twitter, Vengeance, and Noir"

“Book Twitter, Vengeance, and Noir”, the Weekend Edition of Small Crimes, features S.A. Cosby, R.G. Belsky, Andrew Nette, Christopher Ryan, and more.

Book Twitter: S.A. Cosby responds (Booklist)

Article: “5 Notorious Cold Cases: Crimes I’ve Covered That Will Probably Never Be Solved” by R.G. Belsky (Criminal Element)

Essay: “They Made Me a Fugitive” by Andrew Nette (Pulp Curry)

Article: Some updates from Jedidiah Ayres (Hardboiled Wonderland)

Essay: “The Haunting of Shirley Jackson” by Emily Alford (Jezebel)

Short Story: “Vengeance Come My Way” by Christopher Ryan (Shotgun Honey)

Book Review: “The Beat of Black Wings” edited by John Pachter (BOLOBooks)

Book Review: “The Marksman” by Brian Garfield (Col’s Criminal Library)

Magazine Review: Mystery Weekly Magazine, January 2020 (Kevin’s Corner)

Photographs: Big Lonely City #99 (Fragments of Noir)

Pre-order: “Blacktop Wasteland” by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron)

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Gunslingers, Hosiers, and Johnny Cash

Small Crimes: Weekend Edition

Going Down Slow by Eryk Pruitt | Gunslingers, Hosiers, and Johnny Cash | Unlawful Acts

“Gunslingers, Hosiers, and Johnny Cash” features links to Scott Adlerberg, Cornell Woolrich, Paul D. Brazill, Reed Farrel Coleman, Eryk Pruitt and more.

Essay: Scott Adlerberg on Cornell Woolrich’s “Waltz Into Darkness” (Mystery Tribune)

Interview: Tim Mara sat down to interview Paul D. Brazill (The Big Thrill)

Interview: “Off the Cuff with Reed Farrel Coleman” (Dietrich Kalteis)

Short Story: “Fragrant” by Rod D. Smith (Shotgun Honey)

Book Review: “King of the Crows” by Russell Day (Fahrenheit Press) (Grab This Book)

Journal Review: “Hoosier Noir: One” (First City Books) (Kevin’s Corner)

Book Review: “Blackwood” by Michael Farris Smith (Little, Brown) (Southern Review of Books)

Book Review: “Trains, Jesus, and Murder: The Gospel According to Johnny Cash” by Richard Beck (Fortress Press) (No Depression)

Podcast: Special guest co-hosts E.A. Aymar and Sarah Chen talked with Sheena Kamal and Matthew Quirk (Writer Types)

Movie: “Going Down Slow” written and directed by Eryk Pruitt (Vimeo)

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Small Crimes: Monday Reads

Interview: Max Allan Collins interviewed by Nick Kolakowski and the talk inevitably wanders to Mike Hammer (Mystery Tribune)

Short Story: “I Guess You’ll Do . . . ” by Mick Rose (Punk Noir)

Book Review: “TV Noir – Dark Drama On The Small Screen” by Allen Glover (Abrams) (Stiletto Gumshoe)

Book Review: “The Tooth and the Nail / The Wife of the Red-Haired Man” by Bill S. Ballinger (Stark House Press) (Bookgasm)

TV: Jim Nesbitt took aim at some problems with the Bosch series (Jim Nesbitt)

Movies: Jedidiah Ayres rewatched “All The President’s Men” (Hardboiled Wonderland)

Business: Unsurprisingly, Barnes & Noble is having money problems (The Digital Reader)

Business: Data issues with Amazon and the Democrats want to investigate (Politico)

Pre-Order: “Recoil” edited by Ron Earl Phillips (Shotgun Honey)

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Small Crimes: Thursday Reads

K. A. Laity on “Detours”, the book by Martin H. Goldsmith and the two films based on the book (Punk Noir)

If you’re angry at a person and you want to kill them in your book, Peter Derk proposes an alternate way to deal with that anger (LitReactor)

Portrait Of The Artist As A Consumer: Renato Bratkovič (Punk Noir)

Interview with Max Allan Collins (Criminal Element)

Book Review: “Stay Ugly” by Daniel Vlasaty (All Due Respect) (This Desperate City)

Scott D. Parker to read and record the entirety of his book, “Wading into War” (Scott D. Parker)

“Revolver”, a short story, by Jim Hamilton (Shotgun Honey)

Podcast: James L’Etoile interviewed by Dana King (Wrong Place, Write Crime)

X release a new album called “Alphabetland” and you can listen to it for free (Pitchfork)

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

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Small Crimes: Tuesday Reads

A private investigator and mystery writer on the differences between being a real PI and writing a fictional one (Michael Pool)

New crime novels from Italy, S. Africa, France, and India by Donna Leon, Deon Meyer, Jean-Patrice Manchette, and Manu Joseph respectively (International Noir)

Paul D. Brazill has got the small town blues (All Due Respect)

Profile of Ottessa Moshfegh (The New York Times)

How libraries will reopen (American Libraries)

Short Story: “We Take Care of Our Own” by C.W. Blackwell (Shotgun Honey)

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

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Small Crimes: Wednesday Reads

John Prine dead at 73 (No Depression)

“Insurance Adjuster” by Matthew Masucci, a new short story (Shotgun Honey)

Poor Mouth Writers’ Night reading live tonight featuring Lee Matthew Goldberg, author of “The Desire Card” (Zoom)

Interview with Michael Farris Smith, author of “Blackwood” (LA Review of Books)

“Invocations” by Ed Kurtz, a new collection of short stories (Amazon)

Jason Beech is giving away his three short story collections (Amazon)

Submission window open for short stories (All Due Respect)

Big Lonely City #94, a noir photography series (Fragments of Noir)

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Desperate Times Call by Hector Duarte, Jr.

Note: Hector Duarte, Jr. is one of the editors of Flash Fiction Offensive at Out of the Gutter. He along with Rob Pierce, the other editor, have rejected one of my stories and published another. They were right on rejecting the first story, I’m not so sure about publishing the second one.

Hector Duarte, Jr.’s “Desperate Times Call” is divided into two sections, the first being a collection of eight short stories, the second is a novelette broken into four parts, and then there’s “Fish Hook” as a sort of epilogue for the book.  The last story tells the tale of a senior in high school whose 10th-grade sister has committed suicide, their father now in a mental hospital, and the boy’s mother barely hanging on. The unnamed narrator is back at school and trying to make it through the day if “everyone would stop talking about my dead sister.” This piece of flash fiction was a great ending to a good collection of short stories. 

“Desperate Times Call” is filled with many good stories in the beginning. The collection kicks off with “Of Course She Would”, a teenage girl’s junkie father finally ODs and a detective is becoming too helpful with her. Is the cop helping the young woman out of the goodness of his heart or does he have not-so ulterior motives? Duarte, Jr. immediately follow this with two other tales of desperation that stand out for me, “I-meh Said Two” and “A Father First”. “I-meh Said Two” is the story of two twenty-somethings longing for human connection as they weave through the pitfalls and dangers of internet dating. Told in the second person, “A Father First” is about a man trying to reconnect with his twin daughters when the wife, school and courts are telling him to stay away.

In looking back at the collection there were many stories I enjoyed such as “Accounts Payable”, “Backstage”, “Look What the Earth Got”, and “A Good Moment”. I struggled a bit with the longer stories of “Cabernet” and “Diablo Corrido”. There were character actions that took me out of both stories, but that is a small portion of the collection. “Desperate Times Call” gives us a glimpse at one of the men behind the curtain at Flash Fiction Offensive. Duarte, Jr.’s “Desperate Times Calls” is quite strong with a couple of bumps along the way, but Duarte, Jr.’s is a voice of compassion of those who struggle and is what makes “Desperate Times Call” a worthy read. 

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