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The Three Day Affair by Michael Kardos – review

September 4, 2012
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The Three Day Affair by Michael Kardos – review

We’ve all had that one friend that seems to lead a blessed, stumbled upon existence. They have a beautiful wife, a flawless home, a dream job, and what makes you scratch your head and wonder why is because they seemed to have tripped over it. There’s nothing special about this friend; sure they’re nice...

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Don Winslow – interview

July 18, 2012
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Don Winslow – interview

During Don Winslow’s most recent appearance at the Poisoned Pen, owner Barbara Peters read from several press releases from Winslow’s past novels. What was most striking was that each release was near identical, describing Winslow’s then current novel as his sure to be “break-out” novel; the book which would rocket the San Diego novelist...

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Peter Farris – Interview

June 14, 2012
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Peter Farris – Interview

  I was fortunate enough to meet Peter Farris at last year’s Bouchercon in St. Louis. We had been goofing around on Twitter and various social media platforms over the past year, so we’d “known” each other for a while. Needless to say, on the first night of Bouchercon I got hammered with Farris...

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Joe R. Lansdale – interview

April 16, 2012
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Joe R. Lansdale – interview

In the four years I’ve been cornering novelists and shoving a camera in their faces at the Poisoned Pen, I’ve interviewed Joe R. Lansdale more than any other writer, and with good reason. Lansdale, along with being a brilliant novelist, is one of the most engaging, and entertaining speakers I’ve ever encountered, and I...

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Raylan by Elmore Leonard – review

January 19, 2012
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Raylan by Elmore Leonard – review

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with the novels of Elmore Leonard. I know, I know, he’s one of the true masters of crime fiction and I should just heap praise on whatever he writes. I know he’s written more truly great novels in a ten year span of his 50 plus year career...

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Richard Kadrey – interview

December 5, 2011
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Richard Kadrey – interview

Over the past several years, Richard Kadrey has established himself as one of the best of the new breed of urban fantasists. With his Sandman Slim novels (Sandman Slim, Kill The Dead, and Aloha From Hell) Kadrey has blended hardboiled crime fiction, horror, and dark fantasy and has created a wholly unique, compulsively readable...

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Frank Bill – interview

November 25, 2011
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Frank Bill – interview

For the readers of Spinetingler—and crime fiction fans in general—Frank Bill is a familiar fixture. Bill was a part of the first group of writers spotlighted in Spinetingler’s Conversations with the Bookless series and was one of the first of that group to receive a book deal. For those who are familiar with Bill’s...

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Headstone by Ken Bruen – review

November 4, 2011
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Headstone by Ken Bruen – review

How far can you push a man before he finally breaks? I guess if you’re Jack Taylor—Ken Bruen’s favorite degenerate PI—you can probably damn near chop off every limb on his body (although I think Taylor would go a little bugshit not being able to tip back a large Jameson and light a smoke.)...

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Barry Graham – video interview

August 29, 2011
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Barry Graham – video interview

Barry Graham is a bit intimidating to sit down with. Maybe it’s the Scottish burr or the fierce intelligence which radiates from him or maybe it’s the long string of hard as nails characters he’s been writing about for the past 20 years? Who knows? But without question Graham has hit his stride as...

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Volt by Alan Heathcock – review

August 25, 2011
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Volt by Alan Heathcock – review

Have you ever picked up a book because every where youturn people have it tucked under their arm or are reading it in the park or on the bus? That every review you read (and reviewed by people you absolutely respect without question.) was a glowing love letter to the brilliance of this author’s work? And...

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Already Gone by John Rector – review

August 15, 2011
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Already Gone by John Rector – review

John Rector is a game changer I know that’s a bold statement, but look at the Nebraska author’s history. He was one of the first novelists to start selling his first novel, the Grove, through the then begrudging Kindle market. He then turned around and sold his second novel, the Cold Kiss (my 2010...

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Russel D. McLean – interview

October 29, 2010
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Russel D. McLean – interview

Normally I’m not much into reading P.I. novels. Most of them have such a well worn, been there done that feel to them that the minute I read a novels jacket at the bookstore and see the protagonist is a P.I., the book almost immediately goes back on the shelf without even bothering to...

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Reed Farrel Coleman – interview

October 5, 2010
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Reed Farrel Coleman – interview

There’s few P.I.’s that have been put through the emotional ringer more than Moe Prager (Alright, Ken Bruen’s Jack Taylor has taken more than his fair share of bumps) and just when you think there’s nothing else Prager’s creator, Reed Farrel Coleman, can do to the former Brooklyn beat cop and current wine jockey,...

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Benjamin Whitmer – interview

August 30, 2010
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Benjamin Whitmer – interview

Since the death of Larry Brown there have been at least a dozen novelists touted as the heir to Brown’s gritty throne. Needless to say, there have been few who’ve actually lived up to the promise. However, with Benjamin Whitmer’s stark debut, Pike, the Denver, Colorado based novelist easily rivals Brown’s most renowned novels....

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Short Thoughts on Short Fiction–My summer anthologies

August 28, 2010
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Short Thoughts on Short Fiction–My summer anthologies

Hey gang, So how’s the summer been going for ya’ll? Yeah, hot and busy here in my adopted home town of the Valley of the Sunand I know, I haven’t been around old Spintingler all that much the past couple of months, but after pissing off a couple of writers here in the pages...

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John Rector – video interview

August 23, 2010
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John Rector – video interview

There have been few debut novels that I’ve been impressed with more than The Cold Kiss by John Rector. The story of Nate, his pregnant girlfriend Sara and a mortally wounded hitchhiker named Syl White is a tightly plotted thriller that was literally a single sitting read for me. (and for just about everyone...

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Gary Phillips–Interview

July 30, 2010
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Gary Phillips–Interview

Gary Phillips is like your favorite uncle. He’s the guy with the quick joke, the great story about your mom crushing over some boy in high school, the guy pulling quarters from behind the ears of star struck toddlers wandering around family gatherings. The difference between your favorite uncle and Phillips, though, is all...

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Empty Mile by Matthew Stokoe—review

July 14, 2010
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Empty Mile by Matthew Stokoe—review

The true genius of James M. Cain was conservation. Cain was able to produce more dread, paranoia, and fear within the confines of 120 pages than most novelists can produce in 300. It was a distinct skill which I wish more modern novelists would embrace when they sit down at the computer and slowly...

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Sophie Littlefield – video interview

July 9, 2010
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Sophie Littlefield – video interview

We have a soft spot for Sophie Littlefield here at Spinetingler. This year alone, we nominated Littlefield for Best Novel in the New Voice category for her debut A Bad Day for Sorry and in the Best Short Story on the Web for her first place Watery Grave Invitational story, “At Least I Felt...

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Short Thoughts on Short Fiction: A Wee bit of news

May 23, 2010
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Short Thoughts on Short Fiction: A Wee bit of news

What’s up, gang? It’s been a busy week around the Rawson homestead and I needed a few days to get my head on straight and finish up some fiction. But it’s Saturday, the daughter is out with the in-laws, the car’s in the shop, so I thought I’d peak my head through the door...

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