Month: November 2015

FICTION: Better Than Mardi Gras by MJ Williams

‘You ever been to N’Orleans Mardi Gras, Sheriff?’ ‘Just tell us what happened, Janey. Cut the chit chat.’ Janey smiled a little, flashing her eyes at Morris. I glanced at my deputy but he just stared straight into the girl’s…

Out of Balance by Chet Williamson from Hanzai Japan

reviewed by Chris Irvin Chet Williamson’s “Out of Balance” is a masterful take on a withdrawn psychopath. Takeda is a typically family man until his 35th birthday when he up and leaves his family, taking on a life of contract…

Three Cups of Tea by Jeff Somers from Hanzai Japan

Reviewed by Max Booth III “Three Cups of Tea” by Jeff Somers is the classic story of a murderous sex doll. Look, we’ve all had sexual intercourse with dolls, and yeah, it’s true that sometimes these dolls kill people for…

Hanami by SJ Rozan from Hanzai Japan

reviewed by Dana King Expectations can be funny things. They can be high or low, fair or unfair, reasonable or unreasonable, or some combination of more than one. Low expectations can be fatal. Why spend extra time with a student,…

Run by Kaori Fujino from Hanzai Japan

Review by Nik Korpon “I know why psychos run so incredibly fast. It’s because they’re running for their lives. Anyone can do it; all you need is an assassin charging in from behind[…] the problem is that the assassin’s invisible…

Best Interest by Brian Evenson from Hanzai Japan

reviewed by Thomas Pluck Hardboiled and Japan are made for each other; both can be direct and to the point, with unspoken notions of fatalistic destiny and invisible bonds of honor. The classic Red Harvest became Yojimbo, which defined the…

Monologue of a Universal Transverse Mercator Projection by Yumeaki Hirayama from Hanzai Japan

reviewed by Patti Abbott Yumeaki Hirayama’s debut as a novelist came in 1996 with the psycho-thriller Sinker—shizumu mono (Sinker). In 2006 he won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Short Stories with Dokuhaku suru yunibasaru yoko merukatoru (The Universal…

Outside The Circle by Ray Banks from Hanzai Japan

Reviewed by Jay Stringer It was somewhere in the last few paragraphs of “Outside The Circle”, by Ray Banks, that I discovered I’m getting squeamish in my old age. Not a great place to be, for a crime writer. But…

FICTION: What Would Never Be by Stephen D. Rogers

Even with the wind whistling through the open window, Keith struggled to stay awake after a day spent drinking in the sun, the empty road chewing up his headlights. Keith jerked when Dee placed a hand on his leg. “We…

The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband By E.J. Copperman/Jeff Cohen — review

Samuel Hoenig, the protagonist and first-person narrator in the second book in the series (following the wonderful The Question of the Missing Head last year) by E.J. Copperman, is 30 years old and still living with his mother. His business,…

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