Monthly Archives: May 2014

In The Morning I’ll Be Gone by Adrian McKinty – review

May 31, 2014
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In The Morning I’ll Be Gone by Adrian McKinty – review

“The Troubles Trilogy” by Adrian McKinty, the detective series set in Northern Ireland during the early 80’s featuring RUC Inspector Sean Duffy, comes to a close with In the Morning I’ll Be Gone, and you better believe the Nerd is in mourning.  McKinty has long been one of crime’s strongest voices and this is...

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A Swollen Red Sun by Matthew McBride – review

May 27, 2014
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A Swollen Red Sun by Matthew McBride – review

The basic plot summary of A Swollen Red Sun, Matthew McBride’s follow-up to Frank Sinatra in a Blender, sounds promising enough.  It purports to be the story of Gasconade County, Missouri Sheriff Deputy Dale Banks, decent cop and family man, deciding to rip off a redneck meth cook for over fifty grand in cash...

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FICTION: Mop Up Afterwards By Michael McGlade

May 25, 2014
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Matt dashed past the thatch-faced doorman, bounded up the spiral staircase and came to another door. Late again. Sweat in his eyes. He struck the door buzzer, angled his face toward the surveillance camera and waited. He tucked in his shirt, which was wrinkled and too large, like it belonged to someone else. The...

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The Fever by Megan Abbott – review

May 14, 2014
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The Fever by Megan Abbott – review

Something mysterious is possessing the girls of a small town high school, in particular the peer group of young Deenie Nash.  After her best friend has an odd seizure in class and eventually slips into a coma, soon other friends of Deenie are having symptoms of their own.  Is it the HPV vaccine that...

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The Bitch by Les Edgerton – review

May 13, 2014
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The Bitch by Les Edgerton – review

Les Edgerton’s The Bitch is a straight-up old-school noir novel that will pin your ass to the break table at lunch at make you late for work. It’s a story told by ex-con, now-hairdresser Jake Bishop, a guy on the verge of living the American Dream.  He’s got a beautiful wife, his own house...

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Plaster City by Johnny Shaw – review

May 12, 2014
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Plaster City by Johnny Shaw – review

Jimmy Veeder, the hapless hero of Johnny Shaw’s Dove Season, returns in Plaster City, another hugely hilarious, equisitely profane and wonderfully human entry in a series I hope we get to keep reading until Jimmy’s well into his nineties.  This time out Jimmy is trying to save his wild card best friend Bobby Maves’ daughter...

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The Fix by Steve Lowe – review

May 5, 2014
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I’ve seen many horror authors transition into crime with varying degrees of success. In a way, their move makes sense; both genres can be dark, scary, and gory. However, author Steve Lowe was coming from a very different place. Lowe is one of the funniest, most unique voices in bizarro fiction. The author of...

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John McFetridge – interview

May 1, 2014
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By Dana King John McFetridge has been an underappreciated gem in the world of crime fiction since his first book in the genre, Dirty Sweet, was published in 2006. (An earlier novel, Below the Line, was co-authored with Scott Albert and deals with the movie-making process, which can also be a crime, but not...

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