Posts Tagged ‘crime fiction’

Outside-02-215x330Today is pub day for Outside the Law, and, as I did yesterday, I have to again say thanks to the crew at Brash Books (Lee Goldberg & Joel Goldman) for taking the time to read the manuscript, see something in it, and then have the patience and insight to help shape it into what I think is a damn good Southern crime story. Go ahead, buy a copy, read it and agree with me. You know you want to.

Also, please take the time to leave a review on Amazon. Believe it or not, every little bit helps. Then tell all your friends.

And just to whet your appetite (if it isn’t already), check out the first of three trailers for the book here. And read reviews on the “Books” link at the top of the page. Here’s the Publisher’s Weekly review to get you started:

“Sheriff Colt Harper, as the title of Thompson’s tough, fast-paced sequel to 2013’s Deep Blood suggests, takes a Dirty Harry approach to law enforcement. In his first term as sheriff of Mississippi’s rural Lowndes County, Colt has shot several people, and his office stands accused of using excessive violence. He’s unsure whether he should run for reelection. At the scene of a convenience store robbery, a teenage boy, whom Colt places under arrest, tells him that somebody has been taking down drug dealers. When drug dealers start turning up dead, Colt suspects that a serial killer is at work. Molly McDonough, an ATF special agent, helps him investigate. Colt and Molly, who have each become disillusioned with their jobs, are seeking redemption for past mistakes. Meanwhile, a Memphis crime lord has ordered Hack, a hit man, to stop Colt. Hack, too, expresses a desire for redemption. Fueled by either remorse or revenge (or a combination of both), Thompson’s convincing characters race toward an inevitable and explosive showdown.”


Outside the Law is released!


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‘Six Four’ avoids every crime-fiction cliche. The reward is a gripping novelHideo Yokoyama’s complex, ingenious and engrossing new novel, “Six Four,” has no serial killers, no femmes fatales, no locked-room murders, no torture, no sexually repressed villains, not even much in the way of forensic evidence.

Book review: The Death of Kings by Rennie AirthThe 1938 murder of a young actress was an open-and-shut case for Kent police… an itinerant farm worker confessed and was hanged for his crime. But was it a miscarriage of justice?

Emma Flint’s shattering debut, ‘Little Deaths,’ leads crime fiction roundupIt has been a long time since a novel captured a time and place as powerfully as Emma Flint’s shattering debut, “Little Deaths.” Inspired by real-life events, the book imparts a poisonous nostalgia in evoking working-class lives in Queens, N.Y., in 1965 — a year after young stabbing victim Kitty Genovese, a bar manager, had her screams for help ignored outside her apartment in that borough’s Kew Gardens neighborhood.


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Ingrid Thoft delivers action-packed plot in ‘Duplicity’The private detective novel continues to explore contemporary hot-button issues, as Ingrid Thoft illustrates in her latest exciting novel about Boston investigator Fina Ludlow.

10 Irish crime fiction novels you didn’t know you needed in your lifeIrish crime fiction has exploded into a literary phenomenon in recent times. Declan Burke selects the best examples of how the genre has developed through the years.



Check out the latest Brash Books promo for Outside the Law, which will give you a little insight into who Sheriff Colt Harper really is. View it here.







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Murder mystery on the East CoastWairoa woman Margie Sullivan, who works under the pen name Rita Ann Ryan, has been writing novels for 20 to 30 years but has only recently decided to finish one.

Angel City turns Hollywood noir on its head in this Oni Press exclusiveMale voices and perspectives dominate the crime noir genre, but Oni Press’ Angel City is changing that both on and off the page. Written by Janet Harvey with art by Megan Levens, this six-issue miniseries follows Dolores Dare, a young woman who moves to Hollywood in the 1930s to pursue a showbiz career, but instead ends up attached to a local gangster as both his girlfriend and one of his enforcers.

It’s Terminal: A Successful Mystery Novelist Goes IndieThis isn’t your typical self-publishing story. Marshall Karp was not only a successful, published author when he went the indie route, but he had written several books with James Patterson, a longtime friend and colleague.

Crime Runs in the Family in New ‘Trespass Against Us’ TrailerCrime fiction has a long, rich legacy of stories pitting one character’s allegiances against each other. Internal conflict is the engine that generates drama for criminals; torn between conscience and instinct, between right and wrong, or in the case of upcoming British import Trespass Against Us, between family and the law.


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AUSTRALIAN NOIR: SEVEN OF THE BEST: There have been a few articles recently about noir fiction making a come back. Leaving aside the questions about whether it ever really went away, it does seem to be a great time to be writing in the noir vein, particularly if you live in the US or the UK. Mainstream publishing houses and indie presses seem to be releasing more and more of it.

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Book review: Ben Sanders’ noir perfectionMarshall Grade’s back and he’s a hunted man.
Shooting – and not killing – the New York crime boss’s daughter you were having an affair with – will do that.

Titans Of Crime Genre AnnouncedChristmas has come early for crime fiction lovers as the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival has given a glimpse of its 2017 line-up.

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Crime fiction for ChristmasImagine receiving an anonymous suicide note addressed to you by mistake. Would you try to find that person, to help them in some way?

How giving up a PhD was the making of Ian Rankin’s crime writing novel careerThat crime fiction is no longer seen as inferior to ‘literature’ is in part thanks to Rebus, Ian Rankin’s stoic Scots detective, now in his 21st novel and loved by millions.

Kevin Doyle wins Michael McLaverty award
Cork writer Kevin Doyle is this year’s winner of the £2,000 Michael McLaverty Short Story Award.

Adam Woog’s 10 best mysteries of 2016Adam Woog’s list of his 10 favorite mysteries of 2016 constitutes a ripping good reading list for now and well into 2017.

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Bill Crider is a native Texan who’s best known for the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series, which features a sheriff in a smalloutrage-at-blanco
Texas county. Though contemporary in setting, the Sheriff Rhodes books have many of the qualities of the classic western. Crider has also written a number of western novels (including Outrage at Blanco), both under his own name several house names. He’s published more than 75 novels and has been nominated for the Edgar Award and the Shamus Award, as well as winning the Anthony Award twice and the Derringer Award. Check out his blog at

Here’s what he had to see recently about Outside the Law:

“It’s set in a rural Mississippi county that has more murders per week than Sheriff Dan Rhodes sees in years. Someone’s ripping off meth dealers who work for the Memphis mob and then someone’s killing the dealers as an object lesson. It’s a good thing Sheriff Colt Harper is more like Raylan Givens than Dan Rhodes.

“Harper is a man with a troubled past and his own moral code, and that means sometimes he doesn’t mind doing things that are outside the law, especially when it comes to killers like the man called Hack. Also pursuing Hack is Molly McDonough, who’s gone rogue from her job at the FBI.

“There are survivors in the end, but hardly anyone comes out unscathed in this fast-moving story (I read it in two sittings). Thompson provides lots of gunplay, snappy dialogue, and plenty of intriguing characters. Good stuff. Check it out.”

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Book reviews: Greg Fleming reviews the latest crop of crime fiction and points out some of the year’s best reads.

Tech Plays Role As The Weapon Of Choice In Crime FictionNPR’s Art Silverman reads a lot of crime thrillers. In the last year, he’s noticed “The Internet of Things” seems to being playing a big role as the weapon of choice.

Our 10 Favorite Comics of 2016The graphic novel boom of the past decade has settled down, and the big trade publishers are divesting from the comics market—only one of our Top 10 books comes from a Big Five publishing house.


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Sphere acquires debut The Ruin by Irish author McTiernan: Sphere has acquired The Ruin by debut author Dervla McTiernan in a two-book deal with Curtis Brown. The Ruin, scheduled for publication in March 2018, is part of a new crime series. It introduces DI Cormac Reilly, who has left a high-flying Dublin career to return to Galway where he is confronted with resentful colleagues and a haunting case from 20 years prior.

The Z Murders: A Golden Age detective thriller with some sterling allusions to cricketThe Z Murders, published just before England embarked upon the infamous Bodyline odyssey, is perhaps not in the same league as a detective novel. The plot is not as tight. It treads on the boundaries of melodrama from time to time.

Best books of 2016: Crime fiction:A round-up of must-read titles

Before I get to the links … one of the coolest things about crime fiction is the “pulp fiction” roots from which it
comes, especially the pulp fiction novel covers of years gone by. Sometimes lurid, sometimes ridiculous, but always eye-catching, these bold covers always compelled you to pick up the book — if only out of morbid curiosity.

So, as a sort of tribute to those good old days, I’m going to start a new feature: Pulp Cover of the Day. And who better to lead off the series than Mickey Spillane?


And now the links:

BRITS MAY LOVE A CLASSIC, BUT THE FUTURE OF CRIME FICTION IS IN AI & VRWhen it comes to England’s favorite literary crime character, the answer is “elementary.” To coincide with the annual Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Kobo this summer did some sleuthing into the crime fiction proclivities of readers in the UK.

bulletMurder Ink – Dysfunction junction: Killing Adonis by J.M. Donellan offers year’s most brilliant yet:
From a small, bumptious publisher out of the mainstream in Scottsdale, Ariz. – perhaps even thumbing their noses at the two-martini Manhattan lunch bunch – comes this year’s most mind-blowing and droll crime fiction book. Poisoned Pen Press will release Australian writer J.M. Donellan’s debut novel Killing Adonis on Dec. 16.

Atticus Books Releases New Literary Crime Novel “He Comes In Fire”Atticus Books has released the highly-anticipated and thrilling literary crime novel “He Comes In Fire” by award-winning novelist Aaron Even. “He Comes In Fire” is a fictional, investigative composite of a country in flames, a dark and fast-paced crime drama that explores how the search for comprehensible answers and meaning can lead people astray—into false assumptions, accusations, and terrible miscarriages of justice.

Word CrimesAirport bookshops overflow with both romance novels and crime fiction and that’s no accident. Both appeal to primal human emotions that even people who only read one book a year can appreciate. Of the two, crime fiction tends to get the worse rap, condemned as formulaic and even sexist (considering that women have a tendency to be reduced to plot devices who exist only to be murdered in the genre). However at its best crime fiction can offer up a dark mirror to both human nature and the ethics and sociological underbelly of their settings.