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Dana King replied to J. E. Seymour's discussion Do you care about the author?
"Most people think their jobs are boring; they have to do them every day. Show an interest and they'll talk your ear off about them."
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Dana King replied to J. E. Seymour's discussion Do you care about the author?
"Albert, Wagner is a good example of my attitude. I love his music--as a brass player, it's kind of in the blood--but I can buy recordings with a clear conscience, knowing he can no longer benefit. Were he alive, knowing what I know about him, I…"
Jul 10
Dana King replied to J. E. Seymour's discussion Do you care about the author?
"No, to a point. I read for people who are good storytellers, and tell that story in a writing style I enjoy. I enjoy reading interviews, mainly for perspective on their writing, and maybe for a tip or two. Now, if I discovered a writer was a hideous…"
Jul 9
Dana King commented on Dan L. Coleman's blog post DUBIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
"Lee, Thanks for getting back to me. We do have quite dissimilar situations as writers--I'm waaayyy behind you there--but maybe not so different personal outlooks. I was perfectly happy putting out my novels as e-books and selling in the dozens…"
Jul 2
Dana King replied to Tom Greer's discussion Raymond Chandler
"You should also take a few minutes to read his essay, "The Simple Art of Murder," in which he lays out his thoughts on murder mysteries. It's where the famous "down these mean streets" quote appears. It can be found online…"
Jun 30
Dana King commented on Dan L. Coleman's blog post DUBIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
"A five-day giveaway of all four of my e-books concludes Sunday night. While I generally agree with n not giving away books, there are some promotional circumstances where it may be a good idea. In my case, one of the books was recently nominated…"
Jun 30
Dana King posted a blog post

Free Kindle Books Through June 29

Starting today, all of my Kindle e-books will be free on Amazon through Sunday, June 29. Included are: A Small Sacrifice. Nominated for a Shamus Award for Best Indie PI Novel, it’s the story of Chicago investigator Nick Forte, who is asked to clear the name of a man who has been publicly vilified as the…See More
Jun 26

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Laurel MD
About Me:
Recovering musician, currently working for a consulting firm. (No, not music consulting; neither am I reading your email or listening to your phone calls. Unless you email me, or call me.)

My first traditionally published novel, Grind Joint, will be published by Stark House Press in November 2013. I also have a few e-books available for Kindle: Wild Bill, Worst Enemies (the first in the series continued by Grind Joint), and A Small Sacrifice (featuring private detective Nick Forte, who plays a key role in Grind Joint). My short story, “Green Gables,” appeared in the Thuglit anthology, Blood, Guts, and Whisky. My short fiction has appeared in New Mystery Reader, Powder Burn Flash, A Taste of Noir, and Mysterical-E. Currently working on the third volume of a series set in a fictional Western Pennsylvania town, continuing what was started in Worst Enemies and Grind Joint.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Raymond Chandler, Ed McBain, Elmore Leonard are the first tier. I also stay current with John Connolly, Robert Crais, Dennis Lehane, and Carl Hiaasen. Lee Child, Declan Hughes, Michael Koryta, Simon Kernick, SJ Rozan, and Robert Wilson are among those who also keep me up at nights.

Raymond Chandler, Ed McBain, Elmore Leonard, and George V. Higgins are the first tier. I also stay up late with Robert Crais, Dennis Lehane, Declan Hughes, Declan Burke, John McFetridge, James Ellroy, Adrian McKinty, Scott Phillips, Charlie Stella, Tim Hallinan, Charles Portis, Ray Banks, and a host of others.

Favirote books include anything by Chandler, The Maltese falcon, Get Shorty, The Cold Cold Ground, The Walkaway, Cheapskates, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, The Given Day, too many by Ed McBain to mention, and many, many others.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
The Wire; Deadwood; The Sopranos; Godfathers I and II; Goodfellas; Casino; The Usual Suspects, The French Connection, Confidence, LA Confidential, Sunset Boulevard; Double Indemnity; Body Heat; Monty Python and the Holy Grail; Animal House; Blazing Saddles. (Not everything is a mystery..

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Free Kindle Books Through June 29

Starting today, all of my Kindle e-books will be free on Amazon through Sunday, June 29. Included are:


A Small Sacrifice. Nominated for a Shamus Award for Best Indie PI Novel, it’s the story of Chicago investigator Nick Forte, who is asked to clear the name of a man who has been…


Posted on June 26, 2014 at 5:54am

Sleeping With Veronica Lake

Authors continuing series created by others is the rage right now. Among the first was Max Allan Collins, finishing up Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer series. (This is a bit of a special case, as Collins had worked hand-in-glove with Spillane for years, and was asked to complete the unfinished Hammer novels by The Mick himself.) Ace Atkins is continuing Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series at the behest of the Parker estate. More recently, Raymond Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe has been resurrected…


Posted on April 1, 2014 at 6:34am

Misogynistic, or Picky?

Egomaniac that I am, I publish an annual list of what I thought were the best books I read each year, as if anyone else gives a shit. In 2012 the list contained no female authors. This was a genuine surprise to me when pointed out—I honest to God hadn’t noticed—but it got me to thinking. Since then I have made a conscious…


Posted on March 24, 2014 at 10:42pm

Win a Book! (Well, someone will)

I'm giving away a free copy of Grind Joint to a random commenter over at my blog,One Bite at a Time. (The comments shouldn't be random; that's just how the winner will be chosen.)

Contest is open through midnight, Sunday March 16.

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 4:42am

January's Best Reads (of the books I read in January, not those released)

January was a real good month for reading. Let’s get to it.

The Glass Key, Dashiell Hammett. Said by many to be Hammett’s greatest, and I see why. Loyalty, betrayal, politics, and sex interwoven in a story…


Posted on February 8, 2014 at 7:15am

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At 10:49pm on August 11, 2011, carole gill said…

hey there! are you on Facebook?


sorry i never saw your comment you made in April!


take care, i can't find you on FB.

At 8:29pm on August 10, 2011, carole gill said…

OMG! i just saw your comment on an april post!

i don't come here too often!

how are you Dana? are you on Facebook

geesh! so good to hear from you!



At 9:21am on July 7, 2011, JackBludis said…


For some reason, I can't reply to your generous critique if my book "Shadow of

the Dahlia." I hit send, I hit send and nothing happens.


I am very pleased that you liked the book, the character, the aura. I will forward

the critique to Allen Guthrie, and with your permission I would like to post it as BSP on one of my lists. For that, though, I ask your permission.


Jack Bludis

At 4:00pm on July 6, 2011, Noir Nation said…

Hi Dana,  the discussion on the forum about social commentary in crime fiction has gotten quite a lot of responses.  This has inspired us at Noir Nation to add a new section to the first issue of Noir Nation wherein writers opine on the following question: Must crime noir have a moral point?  The word limit is 300 to 500 words. Include short bio, and photo. There is a $25 honoraria, payable on publication. Best five get published in Issue No. 1. Send to eddie@evegaonline.com


-- Eddie Vega, Noir Nation editor in chief

At 8:21am on May 12, 2011, Karen Tyrrell said…

Hi Dana, Fabulous to connect with you. Wish you well with your blog and writing ventures. Thanks again for your expertise on writing synopses :))

At 1:28am on January 15, 2011, Bernard J. Schaffer said…
That's  a GREAT story, and no, I hadn't heard it.  The old Homicide station (from the TV show) is down by the harbor, and for a long time they had people going there trying to report actual crimes.  The City had to put a plaque on it saying "THIS IS NOT A POLICE STATION" or something to keep people from bleeding out on the steps waiting for the cops to come out.   
At 1:38pm on January 13, 2011, Bernard J. Schaffer said…
Dana:  I looked through your blog and your info here and see that you are a fellow fan of The Wire.  I am right there with you.  I actually spent a week in Baltimore Homicide in 2001 with a detective named Dennis Raftery, when HBO was just starting to scout the series.  Very interesting stuff going on down there. 
At 12:12pm on June 9, 2010, Joyce Ann Fugit said…
Well, now this is the only way I can respond. Yes, the poll tax was abolished with the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But, you also had to own property to vote, as many illegals do not--but they tend to vote anyway. You must not be familiar with places like the Texas Valley. Yes, it was a Jim Crow practice--against legal citizens of this country. I spoke out against illegals voting. The First Amendment became law in1791, which gave us the right to speak freely. I was unaware we all had to agree on the Crimespace site and wonder how you learn if you just feed the same thoughts back and forth to one another. Thanks for the free personality analysis. It is always helpful when someone gives you an honest assessment of your behavior, as they rarely do, and all but tells you that you are not welcome. A hurt animal, etc.. . .hmm. . .you will have to dig a little deeper for some really alarming and shocking potty-mouth phrases; because, you may recall I am married to a sailor and have heard them all.
At 1:43am on February 3, 2010, Victor Gischler said…
Awesome. Thanks for taking a chance!
At 6:11am on January 11, 2010, Johnny Russell said…
Re: "What should the courts do?" Thank you for taking the time to respond and I truly appreciate your most informative response.

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