Monthly Archives: January 2011

Wake Up Dead by Roger Smith – review

January 31, 2011
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Wake Up Dead by Roger Smith – review

The Nerd is not one to judge a book by its cover but by its country of origin?  Guilty as fucking charged.  Like many a full-dark junkie, the Nerd is well-fucking wary of all these “international” mysteries being read by totebag-carrying, socks-with-sandals-wearing, organic-only-eating assholes who can only take in some (heavens no!) “genre fiction” if they...

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Interview With Anthony Neil Smith about E-publishing Choke On Your Lies

January 31, 2011
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Interview With Anthony Neil Smith about E-publishing Choke On Your Lies

This is the first in a series of interviews with authors about their experiences dipping their toes into the epublishing pool. Spinetingler: When did you write Choke on Your Lies? Anthony Neil Smith: I had tried to write it several times over the past five or six years, maybe even earlier. But I finally...

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Introduction: Interviews With E-publishing Authors

January 31, 2011
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Every day more and more authors are experimenting with e-publishing their works. Either through Kindle or other sites like Smashwords; either on their own or through a publisher; either publishing their back catalog or all new and original works. Some sites make self-publishing seem like Amway or one of those find your fortune, wealth...

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Five on Friday: Five Great Movie Beatdowns

January 28, 2011
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Five on Friday is a fun bi-weekly look at random but specific topics that ignore the obvious. For example if it was a list of five great mob movies you wouldn’t see any Godfather or Scorsese movies. The list should provoke discussion, scratch below the surface and be a fun way to spend a...

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Choke On Your Lies: My Homage to Nero Wolfe

January 24, 2011
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Choke On Your Lies: My Homage to Nero Wolfe

By Anthony Neil SmithThere’s something about the Nero Wolfe novels that really sticks with me. He’s this giant fat guy, a genius, who only “works” as a private eye when he’s nearly broke. So he’s lazy, too. And he’s got this prick Archie working for him, like some sort of chirpy little bird or...

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Bleed a River Deep by Brian McGilloway – review

January 20, 2011
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Bleed a River Deep by Brian McGilloway – review

Along with the Lincoln Perry novels from Michael Koryta, Brian McGilloway’s Inspector Devlin series is the rare middle-boiled series that the Nerd eagerly follows.  McGilloway’s tight plotting, sense of place, and spare prose are all a draw, but naturally what keeps me coming back is Devlin himself, an achingly human and recognizable character rarely...

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Priest by Ken Bruen – review

January 19, 2011
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Priest by Ken Bruen – review

Ireland, awash in cash and greed, no longer turns to the church for solace or comfort. But the decapitation of Father Joyce in a Galway church horrifies even the most jaded citizen. Jack Taylor, devastated by the recent trauma of personal loss, has always believed himself to be beyond salvation. But a new job...

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Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of the 1960′s – review

January 17, 2011
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Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of the 1960′s – review

To be fair and honest right from the outset I was pre-disposed to like this collection for at least two reasons. 1) I have been a fan of The Library of America for a number of years now. The books that they put out are of the highest quality and are a great value...

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American Rust by Philipp Meyer – review

January 14, 2011
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American Rust by Philipp Meyer – review

American Rust takes vast swaths and bits and pieces of prior Great American Novels; echoes and influences of distinctly American novels and creates in the process an ambitious, sometimes plodding novel that feels vaguely familiar. The characters are well defined but in some ways becomes an exercise in character study overkill. In my opinion...

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Shooters by Terrill Lankford – review

January 14, 2011
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Shooters by Terrill Lankford – review

Shooters is complete trash. It’s smutty, sleazy, violent, obvious, and unnecessarily slick. It’s the 90s as crime fiction. Simply put, it’s everything that I love about this book. In the interest of being completely candid, I love the 90s. I love the lack of substance and the over the top need for everything to...

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Bloody Women by Helen Fitzgerald – review

January 13, 2011
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Bloody Women by Helen Fitzgerald – review

Helen Fitzgerald is a UK writer who hasn’t (as far as I know) had any of her work formally published in the U.S. yet. So if you are in the States you’ll have to hit The Book Depository. She writes this wholly unique mix of chick-lit and noir/horror/dark-psychological crime novel that at first doesn’t...

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Stay God by Nik Korpon – quick take review

January 11, 2011
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Stay God by Nik Korpon – quick take review

Philip K Dick once said that paranoia isn’t when you think your boss is against you but when you think your bosses phone is against you. That sentiment pervades Stay God by Nik Korpon, especially in the sections that take place in the present timeline. Vacuum cleaners, walls and green shoelaces all become suspect...

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The Wilding by Benjamin Percy -review

January 11, 2011
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The Wilding by Benjamin Percy -review

Benjamin Percy’s debut novel The Wilding starts out insanely strong, drags some in the middle act, brings the excitement back up for the climax, then completely pusses out with its resolution.  It’s frustrating because there’s so much shit here that I like, so much interesting territory explored, yet ultimately the novel was a let-down.  I’m positive...

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Collusion by Stuart Neville – review

January 10, 2011
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Collusion by Stuart Neville – review

The Ghosts of Belfast was massively praised by everyone and their third-cousin-thrice-removed in 2009 and rightfully so.  Stuart Neville’s debut combined supernatural horror and crime seamlessly while managing to be endlessly entertaining, gloriously dark and, you know, about something, said something being the after effects of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.  Like all arts and entertainment coverage,...

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Outsourced by Dave Zeltserman – review

January 10, 2011
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Outsourced by Dave Zeltserman – review

Reviewed by Ron Clinton Boston-area author Dave Zeltserman continues his streak of compulsively-readable thrillers with OUTSOURCED, a novel that examines the illicit lengths to which desperate people will sometimes go to recapture the lifestyle they feel they need or deserve. OUTSOURCED focuses on a group of middle-aged software engineers who have all seen their...

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The Fireball Award for best opening line of 2010

January 7, 2011
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Perhaps moreso then other genres we in the mystery and crime fiction community love our opening lines. It doesn’t take much to start an argument or to get us trading our favorites like baseball cards. Hell, we like our opening lines so much that we actually have a canon. It’s a small one sure,...

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Charles Willeford on Censorship

January 6, 2011
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Charles Willeford on Censorship

The controversial decision to replace the word “nigger” with “slave” in an edition of Huckleberry Finn has prompted a lot of discussion and commentary over the last couple of days. Earlier today I was reminded of something I read awhile back, an editorial that Charles Willeford wrote on censorship that appeared in The Palm...

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A Moment of Doubt by Jim Nisbet – quick take

January 5, 2011
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A Moment of Doubt by Jim Nisbet – quick take

reviewed by Russel D McLean [Ed note: Yesterday I noticed that Russel had posted a series of tweets about A Moment of Doubt by Jim Nisbet that formed a mini-review. With his permission I’ve collected them here in the form of a quick take. He also has reserved the right to dig deeper into...

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The Best Mystery/Crime Fiction of 2010

January 4, 2011
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The Best Mystery/Crime Fiction of 2010

We all know that “best” is a malleable term that should be taken with a grain of salt so I won’t get into all of the typical caveats and qualifiers. The term is used to stay consistent with past years lists. If you like “favorites” then go with that, if you prefer “read and...

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