Monthly Archives: July 2013

Pale Horses by Nate Southard – review

July 31, 2013
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Pale Horses by Nate Southard – review

Sheriff Hal Kendrick is losing his shit. His brain is gradually disintegrating from Alzheimer’s and he’s keeping it on the DL, the secret staying between him, his wife Sara and his doctor.  He just wants to do some good in meth-riddled Folk County, Indiana before he retires, and solving Colleen Lothridge’s murder would be...

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Boyos by Richard Marinick – review

July 29, 2013
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Boyos by Richard Marinick

Boyos deserves a special place in crime fiction. The author, Richard Marinick, grew up in the 80’s running his own crew in South Boston during the Whitey Bulger era. He served 11 years in jail for an armored car heist. While in jail he turned himself around earning Bachelors and Masters Degrees. In his...

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Broken River Books announces new title Peckerwood by Jedidiah Ayres

July 27, 2013
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Broken River Books announces new title Peckerwood by Jedidiah Ayres

Broken River Books has announced its second title, Peckerwood by Jedidiah Ayres. I was fortunate enough to have read this already in manuscript form and enjoyed it so much that I named it in my Best Fiction of 2012 article published here. Here’s...

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Anthony Neil Smith’s HOGDOGGIN’ is being adapted

July 26, 2013
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Anthony Neil Smith’s HOGDOGGIN’ is being adapted

My buddy Paul von Stoetzel announced at last night’s Noir @ the Bar event in Minneapolis that he is adapting one of the Nerd’s favorite novels of recent years, Anthony Neil Smith’s Hogdoggin’.  Here’s the press release: Southwest Minnesota State professor and noir crime author, Anthony Neil Smith, signs first movie deal MINNEAPOLIS – Southwest Minnesota...

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Friday’s Forgotten Books – Wake in Fright by Kenneth Cook

July 26, 2013
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Friday’s Forgotten Books – Wake in Fright by Kenneth Cook

I’ve long since wished that Australian fiction was more easily available here in the U.S., maybe I would have heard of this classic outback book sooner. Wake in Fright was published in 1961 and, according to the introduction, found some success and was published in England and America. Wake in Fright was made into...

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Broken River Books announces first release, The Least of My Scars by Stehen Graham Jones

July 26, 2013
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Broken River Books announces first release, The Least of My Scars by Stehen Graham Jones

I’m not sure how much of a web presence BRB has outside of social media so I wanted to drop this info on the site here. Stephen Graham Jones is one of my favorite writers and his fiction never fails to amaze. An excerpt of The Least of My Scars appeared in Plots With...

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The Pistol Poets by Victor Gischler – review

July 25, 2013
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This review was originally written for another site. Victor Gischler’s books have the greatest titles ever. There I said it. I stand by it. I just needed to get that out of the way. The Marx Brothers mastered the art of inspired lunacy in an anarchic setting. Like a balloon being blown up to...

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The Blonde by Duane Swierczynski – review

July 23, 2013
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This is a reprint of a review that originally appeared at another site. The Blonde begins with Jack Eisley, sitting in an airport bar, having a drink with a beautiful blonde when she leans over and utters the opening line of the book “I poisoned your drink.” It’s a great opener that drops you...

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Rake by Scott Phillips – review

July 19, 2013
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Rake by Scott Phillips – review

Rake, the latest novel from Nerd favorite Scott Phillips, follows an American daytime soap star’s escapades both sexual and violent in Paris.  Our hero’s name is never divulged but we know him by his moniker on the show: Dr. Crandall Taylor.  Taylor’s show is over in the States but it’s running every night in...

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Gone Again by Doug Johnstone – review

July 17, 2013
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Gone Again by Doug Johnstone – review

Lauren Douglas didn’t pick up her son Nathan from school.  Her husband Mark is indeed worried but then she’s gone missing before.  A bout of post-natal depression made her drop out for a couple weeks but that was years ago and she’s newly pregnant, not a new mother (well, she’s already a mother so…you...

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