Category: Books

Karen Pullen’s Cold Heart

Karen Pullen spends several days each week cooking breakfast and cleaning rooms for strangers! That’s because she owns a bed & breakfast! She took time out from her guests to answer a few questions about her latest work, Cold Heart.…

Western Wednesday: Interview with David James Keaton

David James Keaton has one of the most active imaginations out there (Stephen Graham Jones might have a slight lead, but it is close). Pig Iron is his take on the western. It is part deconstruction, part weird western, part…

Western Wednesday: Interview with Jonathan Ashley

Jonathan Ashley is the author of Out of Mercy, from 280 Steps, which was published in 2015. Brian Lindenmuth: Why a western? Jonathan Ashley: Really the book is a western thematically, not in any other sense. I always had fun…

Western Wednesday: Interview with Bill Crider

Bill Crider shouldn’t need an introduction. We all know him, we all love his cats him. Bill Crider may best be known for his mysteries but he’s also written a number of westerns over the years: Ryan Rides Back, Galveston…

Western Wednesday: Interview with Eric Red

Today I’m talking to Eric Red. Eric Red is known for writing films like The Hitcher and Near Dark. He’s also written a fun western/horror book called The Guns of Santa Sangre. Brian Lindenmuth: Why westerns? Eric Red: The mythology…

Western Wednesday: Interview with Icy Sedgwick

Today I’m talking with Icy Sedgwick, author of The Guns of Retribution, To Kill a Dead Man, and Dead Man’s Hand. Brian Lindenmuth: Why westerns? Icy Sedgwick: I think in a lot of ways the western is the closest thing…

Western Wednesday: Interview with Eric Beetner

Today I’m talking with Eric Beetner who has (so far) two westerns out this year Six Guns at Showdown and Blood Moon, both entrants in The Lawyer series from Beat to a Pulp Books Brian Lindenmuth: Why a western? Eric…

Western Wednesday: .44 by H.A. DeRosso (1953)

.44 is one of those westerns that gets talked about in some crime fiction circles and is something of a cult classic. It is often described as being a noir western. Loving a good dark story, So I went into…

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reviewed by Chris Irvin Chet Williamson’s “Out of Balance” is a masterful take on a withdrawn psychopath.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…

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