Table of Contents

Summer 2008

From The Editor

Letter from Sandra Ruttan

Short Stories

Amra Pajalic

The Game

The Old Man

The Vow

The Other Shoe

Patrick Shawn Bagley

Bank Job

John McFetridge


Russel D. McLean

Her Cheating Heart

Steve Mosby


Grant McKenzie

Out Of Order

Patricia Abbott



Damien Seaman

Love In Vain

Ugly Duckling

Steve Allan

Hump The Stump

Stumpy's Revenge

You and Me and Stumpy Makes Three

Stephen D. Rogers

Head Shot

Richard Cooper

Simmer Time

Sandra Seamans


Allan Guthrie


Brian Lindenmuth


Tony Black

London Calling

Brian McGilloway

Spoonfull of Sugar


Damien Seaman with Tony Black

Reviews by:

Sandra Ruttan

Savage Night

The Cold Spot

Brian Lindenmuth


The Crimes of Dr. Watson

Half the Blood of Brooklyn

Crimson Orgy

Mad Dogs

The Resurrectionist

Sharp Teeth


Black Man


Hip Flask: Concrete Jungle


At the City's Edge


Small Favor


Book Excerpts

Toros & Torsos
by Craig McDonald

Paying For It
by Tony Black

Dirty Sweeet
by John McFetridge


The Graveyard Shift: blog by Lee Ofland

Sandra Ruttan reviews: Savage Night by Allan Guthrie

Full Review

Tommy Savage is being blackmailed. To make matters worse, the man called Smith – who wears a ski mask – quickly proves he’s capable of anything. Fearing for his sons’ safety, Savage is forced to turn over fifty grand.

His mistake is trying to follow the money to get to Smith so that he can get even.

In this deliciously twisted tale from Scottish author Allan Guthrie we move back and forth through intersecting timelines to get a full picture of the events leading to the blackmail, and what happens afterwards. This is a layered, complex story. From the opening lines we’ve been drawn right into the center of the action. Why is a headless dead man in a tub in Fraser Savage’s living room? And who is he? Many books start off grounding the reader with either a character or hooking them with action. In short order, Guthrie effortlessly does both. With an economy of words he skillfully develops character, setting and hooks the reader through the events unfolding on the page.

Guthrie expertly fools you into thinking you know what will happen and leaves you to wonder why it will happen, and how. The result is a stimulating read that demands your full attention, and it’s easy to give it because the book is packed with action, and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing to the end.

The characters in Savage Night are ones you at times love and at other times loathe. Not for the faint of heart, Savage Night is an unflinching look at pain, violence, the kind of destruction one human being can cause in another’s life. The story doesn’t let up for a second and is a must read for anyone who loves dark, hardboiled crime fiction.