Monthly Archives: June 2010

Too Small To Be Big by Simon Wood

June 28, 2010
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Too Small To Be Big by Simon Wood

by Simon Wood I’ll never be a bestselling author. It was never my intention. Seriously, it wasn’t. I just wanted to be published and published well (and hopefully earn a few schekles along the way to keep me stocked in Walnut Whips). But I can dream. It’s cool to think that one day my...

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Friday’s Forgotten Books: Four Corners of Night by Craig Holden

June 25, 2010
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Friday’s Forgotten Books: Four Corners of Night by Craig Holden

I had read another of Holden’s books years ago so when I read Craig McDonald’s Friday’s Forgotten Book post on Four Corners of Night it got bumped higher up the TBR pile because I had a copy on the shelf. After reading it I can only say, Holy hell what a book. I can’t...

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Character traits in Windward Passage by Jim Nisbet

June 24, 2010
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Character traits in Windward Passage by Jim Nisbet

I’m reading Windward Passage by Jim Nisbet and it’s got me thinking about character traits. In it there is a character names Quentin Asche. You get to know this character through some description but mainly action and dialog — the usual means. You get many, many pages into the book when it is almost...

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Infamous by Ace Atkins – Review

June 23, 2010
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Infamous by Ace Atkins – Review

Some pretty fucking swell authors have taken a swing at the Depression-era gangster novel over the years, and many of those projects have turned out no-shit aces.  Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana teamed up for the first time with Pretty Boy Floyd, Elmore Leonard’s The Hot Kid was arguably his best book of the last decade (okay,...

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Crime Song Wednesday – Black River Killer by Blitzen Trapper

June 23, 2010
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There are at least two readings in this brilliantly written Cormac McCarthy inspired song. The first is simply that we are hearing a song about this guy who’s got a dark heart and just can’t stop doing what he’s doing. Sociopath, psychopath, whatever this guy is a stone cold killer and it makes for...

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Dennis Tafoya – Interview

June 22, 2010
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Dennis Tafoya – Interview

Recently, New Jersey’s favorite beach bum, Kieran Shea, sat down with Spinetingler favorite Dennis Tafoya to talk up Tafoya’s latest novel, The Wolves of Fairmount Park and the Pennsylvanian author’s upcoming projects. Here’s what Shea’s got to say: Last year, Dennis Tafoya’s debut novel Dope Thief detonated like a pipe bomb, reaping praise from...

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The Wolves of Fairmount Park by Dennis Tafoya – review

June 22, 2010
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The Wolves of Fairmount Park by Dennis Tafoya – review

Dope Thief by Dennis Tafoya was one of the best debut crime novels last year. Dark and unflinching but not afraid to deal in emotions and intimacy if not hope and redemption. The follow up this year is The Wolves of Fairmount Park. Based off of Tafoya’s refusal to pigeonhole Dope Thief into any...

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Stephen Blackmoore is bookless no more

June 19, 2010
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A couple of days late but it still bears mentioning. We love it when one of the Bookless leaves that title behind. In the past we’ve interviewed John Rector right on the cusp of his deal being announced and now we have another. Stephen Blackmoore, whom we interviewed just a couple of months ago,...

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A Gerry Fegan what?: Remembering not to judge a book by its cover

June 18, 2010
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A Gerry Fegan what?: Remembering not to judge a book by its cover

I received a copy of the SOHO catalog in the mail the other day and saw the listing for The Ghosts of Belfast. The paperback cover caught my eye. Well, check it out for yourself after the jump: Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of...

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Video Interview–Stephen Jay Schwartz

June 17, 2010
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Video Interview–Stephen Jay Schwartz

by Eric Beetner Spinetingler’s man in the city of Angels, Eric Beetner,  is at it again with another video interview. Here’s what Beetner has to say: Recently I got to sit down with author Stephen Jay Schwartz not long after I’d finished his debut novel Boulevard. It is the tale of LAPD robbery/homicide detective...

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The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter – quick take

June 17, 2010
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The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter – quick take

Imagine if Breaking Bad was played not for tragedy but for scathing social satire. Oh, and laugh out loud funny too. The written word doesn’t make me laugh out loud too often, I don’t know why that is but its true for me, but the opening chapter had me laughing out loud more than...

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Some thoughts after re-reading Winter’s Bone

June 17, 2010
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Some thoughts after re-reading Winter’s Bone

I finished a re-read of Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell, something I’ve been meaning to do with the movie coming up real soon. This isn’t a review just a conversation starter for those that have read it. For those that haven’t yet read it. Do so. A couple of things came to mind after...

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Big Machine by Victor LaValle – quick take

June 16, 2010
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Big Machine by Victor LaValle – quick take

After reading the first section of Big Machine I wondered if it was going to be something like the literary equivalent of The Drop Squad but it turns out that it’s closer to something like Edward Whitemores Nile Shadows. Specifically in that they are both genre novels without any recognizable genre markers what so...

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The Show That Smells by Derek McCormack – quick take

June 16, 2010
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The Show That Smells by Derek McCormack – quick take

In the annals of weird fiction there is weird then there is McCormack. Think of everything you know about vampires for example and toss em right out the window. Because a Derek McCormack novel is the equivalent of snorting some raw shit and having your head explode then hallucinating about how you used to...

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Karen E. Olson Goes Amateur

June 16, 2010
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Karen E. Olson Goes Amateur

I never thought I’d write an amateur sleuth mystery. I didn’t read amateur sleuth mysteries, and I wasn’t particularly interested in any mystery that had a hobby as a theme. It seemed too easy, perhaps. And then my editor asked me if I’d be interested in writing a tattoo shop mystery. I had just...

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Fragment by Warren Fahy – quick take

June 16, 2010
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Fragment by Warren Fahy – quick take

I read Fragment in hardback and now that it is coming out in paperback I feel very comfortable recommending it. Fragment by Warren Fahy is a very cool Crichton-esque monsters-on-a-previously-unknown-island book. When reading, it feels comfortably like other books you have read but it is damned entertaining. Lots of action with cool and scary...

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Interview: Stefanie Pintoff’s Writing Future Takes Root In The Past

June 15, 2010
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Interview:  Stefanie Pintoff’s Writing Future Takes Root In The Past

Sandra Ruttan: IN THE SHADOW OF GOTHAM is already a multiple award winner. It won a best first crime novel award from Minotaur/MWA, and has gone on to win the Best First Novel By An American Author Edgar. How have these awards defined your journey to publication, and establishing yourself as an author? Stefanie...

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Breaking Bad – “Full Measure” – Review

June 14, 2010
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Breaking Bad – “Full Measure” – Review

Turns out that the world was not turned upside down by Walt’s double murder in last week’s episode, thanks mainly to Fring’s icy pragmatism.  Things are heating up between Fring and the Cartel, and meth production cannot stop if he wants to keep his place of power in the market, hence making Walt worth...

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Friday’s Forgotten Books: Lethal Injection by Jim Nisbet

June 11, 2010
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Friday’s Forgotten Books: Lethal Injection by Jim Nisbet

Jim Nisbet’s second novel, Lethal Injection, was released in hardcover in 1987 by the pre-Random House Black Lizard Books. In a Herculean effort to restore his place Overlook Press has begun reissuing Nisbet’s back catalogue in paperback. The Lethal Injection reissues kicks off this project and just came out a couple of weeks ago....

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Brothers of the Road: Jim Tully and Charles Willeford

June 10, 2010
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Brothers of the Road: Jim Tully and Charles Willeford

When I was in my early-teens I read a magazine article that briefly mentioned a book. In those couple of lines something was revealed to me though then I wouldn’t have been able to express what. The book was On the Road by Jack Kerouac and I knew that at any cost I HAD...

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