FICTION: A Kindness by Max Sheridan

September 12, 2016
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The late-October wind blew shadows down the canyons of empty office buildings and dead lamp-lit streets. Barr checked his phone. Eight o’clock. Late for dinner again. He gave Deborah a quick call, telling her she should go ahead and eat without him, and left the practice by the front door. The Audi was in...

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FICTION: Velma and Jeff by Salvadore Ritchie

August 19, 2016
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It was my understanding when someone has finalized their decision to commit suicide they obtain a kind of euphoria about the conclusion they have made. The heavy baggage that magnetizes to us during the journey we call life magically falls to the wayside. Everything is crisper and a bit of pep develops in your...

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The Missing and the Dead by Stuart MacBride — Review

August 12, 2016
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All the minutiae of policing on a local level permeate the almost 600 pages of this Logan McRae crime novel. Bumped down to duty sergeant from acting DI, he now supervises the operations of B Division from Banff in northeastern Scotland, not only chasing drug dealers, shoplifters, vandals and disqualified drivers, but facing the...

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Western Wednesday: Haints Stay and some thoughts on revisionist westerns

August 3, 2016
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Western Wednesday: Haints Stay and some thoughts on revisionist westerns

Haints Stay seems to occupy a space where the prime influence is Blood Meridian. I want to talk a little about that space. When Cormac McCarthy wrote Blood Meridian he approached the western from an honest place, meaning he genuinely liked the genre and Blood Meridian came from a long gestation of consuming the...

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FICTION: Doire by Angel Luis Colon

July 29, 2016
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I’ve made a lot of dumb decisions in my life. Case in point: I’m lying in wait on a deer stand about twenty feet up a chestnut oak in the middle of Nowheresville, Kentucky, with a major crick in my neck from holding this rifle so long. I’m here to shoot some rich redneck...

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Written Off by E.J. Copperman — Review

July 26, 2016
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This first in a new series by E.J. Copperman opens with the last two pages in the newest book by protagonist author Rachel Goldman, which is to be the fifth in her fictional Duffy Madison series. Duffy is the consultant to the county prosecutor’s office, whose forte is finding missing persons. Thinking back on...

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