Jane Hammons
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Roswell, NM
About Me:
I've been writing and publishing short stories, essays and articles (even the occasional poem) for a long time. And while most of my writing is pretty dark, I just recently started writing crime fiction, though I've always read and enjoyed it.

I was awarded a Derringer for Flash Fiction from The Short Mystery Fiction Society in 2011 for "The Unknown Substance," published in A Twist of Noir. My stories have appeared most recently in A Twist of Noir, Crimespree Magazine, Powder Flash Burn, Pulp Metal Magazine and Shotgun Honey. I've taught writing at UC Berkeley for almost 30 years.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Kate Atkinson, Patricia Highsmith, Dennis Lehane, Roslund & Hellstrom, Yrsa Siguradrdottir, Megan Abbott, Tana French
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Street, Six Feet Under, Big Love, The Night of the Hunter, Transsiberian, 3:10 to Yuma, Breaking Bad and Justified.

Jane Hammons's Blog

My Review of Zoë Ferraris's third Katya Hijazi novel

John Kenyon at Grift Magazine kindly gave me Ferraris's new novel Kingdom of Strangers to review. It's excellent. And regarding an earlier discussion of female crime writers to read--add Ferraris to the list. I've been a big fan since her first novel, Finding Nouf.

Posted on June 4, 2012 at 6:06am

The Snowman Cometh: Jo Nesbø

Other than the chapter of The Snowman that is available on Jo Nesbø’s Facebook page, I haven’t read Jo Nesbø. That will soon change. Nesbø is a wonderful storyteller—quick on his feet and very funny—so if you get a chance to see him on this book tour for The Snowman, don’t miss him.

Instead of reading from The Snowman, Nesbø told the story of how the novel came about, which was through a scene he envisioned as he began to… Continue

Posted on May 26, 2011 at 6:17am

Kate Atkinson: Bouchercon 2010

I owe a lot to Kate Atkinson. She wasn’t by any means the first crime writer I read, not even the one who has most influenced me. As a child my bookshelves were filled with Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and Trixie Belden mysteries. I would grow into my grandparents’ shelves, which were lined with Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Louis L’Amour, Patricia Highsmith, True Detective magazines, and lots of pulp. With… Continue

Posted on November 29, 2010 at 6:47am

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At 6:22am on December 10, 2011, nigelpbird said…
Should you be interested, Blasted Heath are giving my collection 'Beat On The Brat' for free over the next 12 hours. You'll find it at http://www.blastedheath.com/?p=4466 if you're interested. I'd be grateful if you could pop over.
At 7:16am on October 20, 2010, Anne Claybrook said…
I've lost a fair amount of cash at RD, but it certainly is enjoyable.  
At 3:57am on October 19, 2010, Kate the Book Buff said…
Welcome! I hope you had a good weekend :) I just wanted to introduce myself, and my blog, The Book Buff: Book Reviews for Regular People. Check it out at http://www.thebookbuff.blogspot.com

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