Posts Tagged ‘ Roger Smith ’

Dust Devils by Roger Smith – review

March 25, 2014
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Dust Devils by Roger Smith – review

Goddamn do I ever love Roger Smith. I finally got around to his Dust Devils, using the book being recently picked up by the wonderful New Pulp Press as my excuse for covering it, and I hate myself even more for sleeping on it the last three years.  This is Smith at his most...

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Sacrifices by Roger Smith – review

August 14, 2013
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Roger Smith is the crime genre’s greatest tragedian. The man writes blisteringly operatic tales of bloody revenge, stories where the emotions and actions are at eleven yet never hammy or arch.  The guy leaves it all on the gore-flooded floor every time and Sacrifices might just be his masterpiece. As with previous Smith novels,...

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Vile Blood by Roger Smith writing as Max Wilde – review

December 28, 2012
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Vile Blood by Roger Smith writing as Max Wilde – review

Roger Smith writes some of the most intense novels out there today, books where all kinds of grisly violence, murder and rape are depicted graphically to put it lightly, with said violence, murder and rape often involving children.  In other words, the guy doesn’t fuck around and, naturally, the Nerd loves him for it....

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Ishmael Toffee by Roger Smith – review

October 27, 2012
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Ishmael Toffee by Roger Smith – review

After years of killing in the streets of the Cape Flats, the horrifying slum outside of Cape Town, and even more years killing within the walls of Pollsmoor Prison, Ishmael Toffee is ready to stop, you know, fucking killing already.  Now on parole, Toffee gets a gig gardening for a wealthy widower who lives...

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Capture by Roger Smith – review

June 29, 2012
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Capture by Roger Smith – review

Capture opens with security guard Vernon Saul watching from a distance while a four year-old girl drowns in the Atlantic.  He’s part of Sniper Security, an outfit that watches over a rich Cape Town beach community, and the girl in question is Sunny Exley, daughter of American motion capture whiz kid Nick Exley and British...

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Mixed Blood by Roger Smith – review

May 11, 2011
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Mixed Blood by Roger Smith – review

Goddamn does Roger Smith know how to get the blood pumping, dear reader.  With just two books available in the US so far, his debut Mixed Blood and his equally nasty follow-up Wake Up Dead, dude has earned (or been cursed with, I suppose) a ferociously devoted fan in the Nerd.  I mean, I...

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Wake Up Dead by Roger Smith – review

January 31, 2011
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Wake Up Dead by Roger Smith – review

The Nerd is not one to judge a book by its cover but by its country of origin?  Guilty as fucking charged.  Like many a full-dark junkie, the Nerd is well-fucking wary of all these “international” mysteries being read by totebag-carrying, socks-with-sandals-wearing, organic-only-eating assholes who can only take in some (heavens no!) “genre fiction” if they...

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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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Roger Smith – Interview

March 5, 2010
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Roger Smith – Interview

I was introduced to the novels of Roger Smith by Dave Zeltserman. The typically blurb shy Massachusetts author had nothing but raves for Smith’s debut novel, Mixed Blood: “This is a very dark, violent book where the violence is played straight and not for laughs, and plays almost like a Parker book if Parker...

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Book Review: Wake Up Dead by Roger Smith

February 26, 2010
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Book Review: Wake Up Dead by Roger Smith

Imagine the worst ghetto you’ve ever been in. Imagine the poverty, strife, and outward hostility you experienced while you were there stranded in your broken down car, or because you got off on the wrong subway stop. Now, what I want you to do is multiply that by a hundred. No, screw a hundred,...

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