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ALA's top genre books of 2010
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Scanlon Jan 24, 2011.

Rules for YA??
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Zeltserman Jan 2, 2011.

CBS Sunday Morning -- Judging Books by Their Covers
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20 quick reasons to search out Small Crimes

"There's a new name to add to the pantheon of the sons and daughters of Cain: Dave Zeltserman." NPR's Top 5 Crime and Mystery Novels of 2008"A thing of beauty: spare but ingeniously twisted and imbued with a glossy coating of black humor." Maureen Corrigan, Washington Post's Best Books of 2008"Zeltserman's breakthrough third crime novel deserves comparison with the best of James Ellroy", Publisher's Weekly, starred review"A Jim Thompson mentality on a Norman Rockwell setting... 'Small Crimes'…See More
Mar 5, 2009
Dave Zeltserman left a comment for Keith Rawson
"I was disappointed by that also, but they want a full year between books--from their experience it takes that long for word of mouth to spread and their books to be absorbed. On the positive, I know they have very high hopes for Pariah, and…"
Feb 28, 2009
Dave Zeltserman left a comment for Keith Rawson
"Hi Keith, thanks for ordering it, I think you're going to enjoy it. The book's not being released in the US until October, but what I think is happening is that amazon is leaking copies early by moving them from their UK warehouse. At…"
Feb 28, 2009
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UK Metro: "Pariah's a terrific blast"

From yesterday's UK Metro:Pariah's a terrific blastby Dave Zeltserman (Serpent’s Tail, £7.99)by TINA JACKSON - Tuesday, February 17, 2009PariahTo describe mobster Kyle Nevin as a nasty piece of work is something of an understatement.At the beginning of Dave Zeltserman 's white-knuckle ride of a second novel, Nevin is just out of jail after serving eight years for armed robbery and keeping his mouth shut.Now he wants revenge, and as he heads back to his old haunts and his old cronies from…See More
Feb 21, 2009
Dave Zeltserman left a comment for Jack Green
"Jack, sounds like you will have a unique perspective for the book, and look forward to your thoughts on it. After finishing Pariah, I went back and read Shea's and Weeks', not wanting their books to influence mine. Shea's impressed me…"
Feb 19, 2009
Jack Green left a comment for Dave Zeltserman
"Dave, Somehow my message to you came out somewhat incoherent. Sorry. Started Pariah and I'm loving it. My family came over from Galway and ran the city of Charlestown for about 80 years. This goes way back. Whitey knew my family, and I knew…"
Feb 19, 2009
Dave Zeltserman left a comment for Jack Green
"Jack, thanks for the note about Small Crimes. I think you're going to really like Pariah, especially being an ex-Bostonian. It's a completely different book than Small Crimes, more explosive and subversive, with a lot of Whitey…"
Feb 18, 2009
Jack Green left a comment for Dave Zeltserman
"Dave, I finished small crimes and was enthralled. I got a real POP. 1280 It came as close to anybody outdide of Thompson at capturing the existential compression of the small characters that effect out lives. You may be the new 'dime store…"
Feb 18, 2009

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Needham, MA
About Me:
I wrote FAST LANE and BAD THOUGHTS and SMALL CRIMES, which was named one of the best crime and mystery novels of 2008 by NPR (National Public Radio) and one of the best books of 2008 by the Washington Post, as well as upcoming books PARIAH, KILLER and BAD KARMA. SMALL CRIMES, PARIAH and KILLER are all being published by Serpent's Tail as a "man out of prison" trilogy, with PARIAH scheduled for 1/09 and KILLER for 1/10. My real job used to be as a software engineer, and anyone who searches my name on AMAZON will also see a bunch of computer books. Ignore those--they're technically out of date anyway . Outside of 5 years in Boulder, Colorado, I've lived in the Boston area, although now, if it wasn't for the Patriots I'd probably move to Hawaii. After years of martial arts study (Tiger-Crane southern-style kung fu), I earned my black belt last year, and am continuing on with my study.
I Am A:
Books And Authors I Like:
Dashiell Hammett, Jim Thompson, Charles Willeford, Dan Marlowe, Rex Stout, James M. Cain, Lawrence Block, Bruce Jay Friedman, Joseph Heller, Robert E. Howard, Ray Bradbury. Favorite crime fiction: The Continental Op series of short stories, Maltese Falcon, Savage Night, Hell of a Woman, The Name of the Game is Death, Cockfighter, The Woman Chaser, Double Indemnity, How Like a God, Solomon's Vineyards. Favorite recent book: Robbie's Wife by Russell Hill. All-time favorite book: Catch-22. Favorite short story collection:
Far From the City of Class by Bruce Jay Friedman.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Favorite TV shows (past and present): The Shield, Northern Exposure, Homicide, St. Elsewhere, Miami Vice, Twightlight Zone, Seinfeld, Wonder Years, Newhart, Tracy Ulman Show, Larry Sanders Show, Fernwood Tonight, Duckman

Favorite Movies: Touch of Evil, The Third Man, Roaring Twenties, Strawberry Blonde, Shadow of a Doubt, Shop Around the Corner, To Be or Not to Be (Jack Benny version), Casablanca, Maltese Falcon, Lady From Shanghai, Terminator, Pulp Fiction, Big Lebowski, Barton Fink, Ghost World, American Splendor, Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, Raging Bull, Godfather, Godfather II, American Grafitti, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, The Conversation, And Justice for All, and too many more to list

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NPR on my crime novels Outsourced, Pariah and Small Crimes

NPR has been very good to me, and their recent review of my bank heist novel, Outsourced, is no exception. Here is what they've said so far about 3 of my crime novels:

Outsourced "a dark gem of a story...a macabre delight to read"

Pariah "as nasty and clever as noir can get"

Small Crimes "The plot of Small Crimes ricochets out from this claustrophobic opening, and it's a thing of sordid beauty." on selecting Small Crimes as one of the top 5 crime and mystery novels of…


Posted on February 5, 2012 at 5:13am

Juliius Katz and Archie excerpt

About Julius Katz and Archie:


The award-winning Julius Katz mysteries have delighted thousands of mystery fans since first appearing on the pages of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in 2009, winning a Shamus, Derringer and Ellery Queen’s Readers Choice Award . 'Julius Katz' introduced readers to…


Posted on June 28, 2011 at 3:12am

Introducing 'Julius Katz and Archie'

The award-winning Julius Katz mysteries have delighted thousands of mystery fans since first appearing on the pages of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in 2009, winning a Shamus, Derringer and Ellery Queen’s Readers Choice Award . 'Julius Katz' introduced readers to Boston's most brilliant, eccentric and possibly laziest…


Posted on May 23, 2011 at 1:26am — 1 Comment

"Dexter Meets True Blood"

From last week, B&N makes Blood Crimes one of their Nook e-book…


Posted on March 31, 2011 at 4:55am — 1 Comment

10 reasons to get Julius Katz Mysteries


1) Read this year's Ellery Queen's Readers Choice Award winner, Archie's Been Framed

2) Read last year's Shamus and Derringer winner, Julius Katz

3) Only $0.99…


Posted on March 7, 2011 at 2:09am

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At 2:59am on January 3, 2011, Margy Rydzynski said…
Hello, Dave, and thanks for commenting on my page. Good luck with your novel series. Great to hear from a fellow Boston-area writer!
At 1:28am on December 31, 2010, Dave Zeltserman said…
I'd like to thank CJ for his comments below. I removed Alan's original comment only because it gives away the book's ending, which isn't kosher for a public forum, but I do appreciate any reader trying my books, and if Alan wishes to continue the discussion privately so spoilers aren't divulged, I'm more than happy to do so.
At 12:57am on December 31, 2010, cj forrest said…

I have to disagree with Alan’s comment below.  I hope you guys don’t mind me eavesdropping, but I feel like I just walked by a rude, schoolhouse, bully that’s farting on a playground victim.  The violence in “Outsourced” is appropriate for these types noir fiction, and as for the ending, Dave is a savvy enough writer to avoid cliché endings that plague most crime fiction.  My thought is if you go through to trouble of reading a novel from cover to cover at least provide a response that’s deserving of the author’s respect instead of a rude, knee-jerk, reaction.  CJ  

At 2:57am on October 22, 2010, Copper Smith said…
Thanks for the friendship!
Great to have you aboard -- if only to remind me that I'm not the only fan of the movie Ghost World.
At 2:30am on August 30, 2009, Beth Groundwater said…
Hi Dave,
Thanks for befriending me here, too!
At 8:59pm on August 28, 2009, Jason Hunt said…
Hi Dave. Hopedale is next to Milford, down in the Franklin/Bellingham area. It's not 10 minutes from Woonsocket. Everyday I take the Franklin/Forge Park commuter and Red Line into Cambridge, to knock out technical documentation for a biotech.

We should grab a beer someday. We can invite Henry Louis Gates and that Cambridge cop.... :-)
At 4:16am on August 25, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Dave , I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 2:37pm on August 11, 2009, Mike MacLean said…
I wrote a post-apocalyptic action flick that was shot in the Philippines. It might be released in the States on DVD, not sure when. I helped out on the script for Dinocroc vs. Supergator which is in postproduction (Possibly David Caradine’s last movie). Hopefully, it will end up on the Sci-Fi channel.

I have talked to Roger Corman many times over the phone but haven’t met him in person. A great guy to work for.

As to your comment about web-zines being detrimental to writers, I’ll just say this… I would’ve never landed in the Best American Mystery Stories if it weren’t for Thug Lit. And I would’ve never been contacted by New Horizon’s if it wasn’t for the story in Best American.
At 10:20am on August 11, 2009, Mike MacLean said…
I'm writing B-movies for Roger Corman's company. It's a blast, and I'm learning a ton. I still have the day job (teaching), but writing is now helping to pay the bills. (which is very cool)

Great news about your option; hope it goes into development.

How's the Kung-Fu going? Unfortuately, I'm a weekend warrior right now.
At 9:55am on August 11, 2009, Mike MacLean said…
Hey Dave,

Truth be told, I'm thinking about ditching facebook. It's too big a time suck. I'm testing the waters here to see if CrimeSpace is more my speed. I miss Hardluck.

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