Month: June 2011

Nikki Dudley – interview

Michael Lipkin: Congratulations on your first novel Ellipsis, the story of a man pushed in front of a train and the chilling investigations and revelations that ensue. Can you give us a little bio about yourself? Nikki Dudley: I was…

Ellipsis by Nikki Dudley – review

Reviewed by Michael Lipkin Ellipsis begins on a London train platform, as an unidentified narrator stares at a man near the track . . . “I chose him because of the red scarf. “My palms sweat. Dirt from the wall…

Cowboys by Gary Phillips & Brian Hurtt – review

Cowboys, the latest graphic novel from Vertigo Crime, opens with two men in a Mexican standoff.  There are blood and brains all around them as a shootout has just taken place.  Before we learn who survives the showdown we cut back to…

The Lost Sister by Russel D. McLean – review

Russel D. McLean’s The Lost Sister follows private eye J. McNee (first seen in McLean’s fantastic previous novel The Good Son) as he searches for Mary Furst, a beautiful teenage girl whose godfather is Dundee’s, well, “godfather” of sorts, David Burns.  At…

Gun by Ray Banks – review

Ray Banks’ Gun takes place over a particularly dark day for Richie, a young ex-con hired by local hard man Goose to pick up a gun.  It’s a shit job, bitch work even, but he’s newly back on the street…

Dust Devils by James Reasoner – review

James Reasoner’s Dust Devils opens with recently-outta-high-school Toby signing on as a ranch-hand for the middle-aged-but-still-smoking-hot Grace on her small farm.  She’s wary of the stranger at first, bringing him his meals to the guest house though otherwise steering clear.  But soon his manners and hard work eventually gain him entrance to her kitchen.  His…

8 Pounds by Chris Holm – review

From a reader’s perspective, short story collections are generally a crapshoot. For writers, it’s that much more. Unless you write stories specifically for the collection (and let’s be honest, who really does that?) you end up sifting through a pile…

Interview with Jason Starr on The Pack

June is already shaping up to be a big month for Jason Starr. On the heels his latest novel, The Pack, comes the big announcement that filmmaker David Fincher has optioned Starr’s previous novel, Panic Attack. It is slated to…

From News Stories to Novel

By Traci Hohenstein Over 2300 hundred people are reported missing every day. That thought stuck in my mind after watching a show on the Natalie Holloway case. I was heartbroken and fascinated at the same time after hearing the particulars…

The Beloved Dead by Tony Hays – Review

“An Arthurian Mystery,” The Beloved Dead announces itself. What’s to explain? You all know the story of Arthur: Of how he was the lord of the Britons and became the…er…Rigotamos. Of his epic conflict on the battlefield…I mean, uhm, the…

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