Posts Tagged ‘ Benjamin Whitmer ’

Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer – review

July 9, 2014
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Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer – review

Patterson Wells has been carrying his dead son in his heart for years and the load hasn’t gotten any lighter. He travels most of the year from one disaster area to the next clearing trees and observing human misery, but now it’s time for him to return to his cabin in the San Luis...

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Pike by Benjamin Whitmer – review

April 8, 2011
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Pike by Benjamin Whitmer – review

When reading the novel Pike by Benjamin Whitmer, the words you want to remember are “inevitable” and “relentless.” The eponymous Pike is an old hard boy living in the wind-scarred lands of Kentucky. He gets word that his estranged daughter OD’d under suspicious circumstances, leaving her 12-year old daughter Wendy in his stead. In...

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The Fireball Award for best opening line of 2010

January 7, 2011
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Perhaps moreso then other genres we in the mystery and crime fiction community love our opening lines. It doesn’t take much to start an argument or to get us trading our favorites like baseball cards. Hell, we like our opening lines so much that we actually have a canon. It’s a small one sure,...

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Pike by Benjamin Whitmer – review

December 16, 2010
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Pike by Benjamin Whitmer – review

It’s doubtful you’ll read a novel more bleak, violent and nasty this year than Benjamin Whitmer’s Pike. Also unlikely: that you’ll read anything as starkly evocative and beautifully written. Really, the Nerd is tempted just to leave the review of this motherfucker at that and call it a day. If such a statement does...

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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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The Guns of Pike by Benjamin Whitmer

August 30, 2010
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The Guns of Pike by Benjamin Whitmer

by Benjamin Whitmer I’m going to start with what I hope isn’t a shocking confession in the world of crime fiction: I’m a bit of a gun nut. Though admitting that in some places seems tantamount to professing an interest in pedophilia — or, perhaps worse, being a cigarette smoker — I’m hoping that...

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Pike by Benjamin Whitmer – review

July 22, 2010
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Pike by Benjamin Whitmer – review

One of the books that I’ve been looking forward to reading the most this year was Pike by Benjamin Whitmer. It seems that the PM Press folks are running a bit behind schedule with getting their books out on time this year (all speculation btw nothing confirmed) so when the release date of July...

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