Soho Crime gave away copies of Stuart Neville’s Ratlines during Bouchercon 2012. I apparently had something more important to do—the hotel bar may have been involved—and I missed out. Consider this another argument against drinking; Ratlines is a great book.
In 1963 the United States’ first Irish and first Catholic president—John Kennedy—visited Ireland, the first visit of an American president in Irish history. Many of Kennedy’s advisors…Continue
Added by Dana King on November 4, 2013 at 9:04am — No Comments
The following will appear in the November 15 edition of Booklist:
King has created vividly drawn characters, a plot the late Elmore Leonard would appreciate, and dialogue that hits all the right notes. His Penns River recalls K.C. Constantine’s wonderfully rendered Rocksburg, another struggling, soulful Pennsylvania mill town. But the reclusive Constantine has retired. Let's hope Grind Joint is the first in a new series…Continue
Added by Dana King on November 2, 2013 at 12:27am — No Comments
Peter Rozovsky is the curator of the award-winning blog Detectives Beyond Borders, and is among the Bouchercon moderators whose panels are worth attending even if you don’t think you have an interest in the topic. This year he worked double duty: “The Siegfried Line: World War II and Its Offspring” covered crime during wartime and the aftermath of war; “Goodnight, My Angel:…Continue
Added by Dana King on October 26, 2013 at 3:36am — No Comments
I'm giving away a copy of my first dead tree novel, Grind Joint, over at my blog, One Bite at a Time. To enter, just read the post,and leave one or more suggestions for interview questions in the comments. The winner will be selected at random from all commenters who post before 11:59 PM Eastern time on Tuesday, October 22.
Added by Dana King on October 22, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Today my blog, One Bite at a Time, begins a series of interviews with Bouchercon participants, seeking their opinions on panels. Today the discussion starts with Judy Bobalik and Jon Jordan, who put together this year's panels, describing how it's done. Future interviews will include a moderator, authors, and readers.
Added by Dana King on October 19, 2013 at 1:47am — No Comments
A non-fiction article, "Chandler's Heroes," appears on the Spinetingler web site. An examination of the relevance of Raymond Chandler's idea of the private eye hero from "The Simple Art of Murder," and whether such a character is relevant today.
Many thnaks to jack getze and everyone at Spinetingler.
Added by Dana King on October 18, 2013 at 2:50am — No Comments
Today marks one month until the official launch of Grind Joint at the Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont PA. Details will be provided as I learn them. What I can say for sure is:
1. It starts at 10:00 AM
2. It ends around noon
3. Books will be available for purchase
No one looks forward to the date more than The Beloved Spouse. I’ll read a couple of…Continue
It’s hard to know what to expect in a book by Scott Phillips. There will be dark humor, and there will probably be a crime, though not necessarily, and whatever crime is committed may not be strictly illegal; more of a crime against conscience. For all the unpredictability, his books never disappoint. The more you read, the more different aspects of Phillips’s insight and talent become apparent. This is never more true than in The Walkaway.
The Walkaway begins a few years after…Continue
Added by Dana King on October 15, 2013 at 12:12am — No Comments
I was 486 words into what was intended to be this blog post when I had a rare moment of artistic lucidity and realized it was an even bigger stool sample than usual. So I ditched it, which left me here:…Continue
I assume I’m going to like every book I read; why else would I have bothered with it in the first place? I can’t keep up with all the things I want to read as it is; why waste time on unnecessary risks?
Of course, some books disappoint despite my highest hopes; I fail to finish about ten percent of the books I start. (That may seem low to some, but remember: I didn’t even startl if I wasn’t pretty sure I’d like it.)
I saw Robert B. Parker at a book signing many years ago. He told a story of being on one of those morning wake-up shows all television stations have, sharing a spot with Elmore Leonard. They were sitting in the Green Room, passing the time, and agreed the question they least liked answering was, “Where do you get your ideas?”
Ten minutes later, on camera, the helmet-haired blonde hostess’s first question was to Parker: “Where do you get your…Continue
The Creatures, Crime, and Creativity conference is in a few weeks. Here's my interview with author and organizer Austin Camacho.
Added by Dana King on August 21, 2013 at 12:53am — No Comments
I have released a PI novel for Kindle, A Small Sacrifice. From the description on Amazon:
Detective Nick Forte is not impressed when Shirley Mitchell asks him to clear her son’s name for a murder everyone is sure he committed. Persuaded to at least look around, Forte soon encounters a dead body, as well as the distinct possibility the next murder he’s involved with will be his own. Clearing Doug Mitchell’s name quickly becomes far less important…Continue
To be honest, Declan Burke is having a good year. I'm having a good month because of him. Read my interview with the author of Slaughter's Houndhere:
There's also a review of his new editorial collaboration with John Connolly (Books To Die For), as well as another interview with Dec at the New Mystery Reader web…Continue
After—let’s see, borrow from the one—eighteen years of writing, about fifteen years of looking to get published, and countless hours and blog posts whining about the current state of publishing, today I signed an honest-to-Chandler book contract with Stark House to publish the second of my Penns River novels, Grind Joint.
The successor to Worst Enemies (currently available for …Continue
When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside Sonoma, California, drinking the heart right out of a fine spring afternoon.
So goes what is sometimes called the greatest opening sentence in crime fiction, the beginning of James Crumley’s masterpiece The Last Good Kiss. The book is full of lines that…Continue
I don’t like serial killer stories. Read them only if there is some other compelling reason to. (Like maybe because it was written by Declan Hughes.) Serial killer stories are the lazy writer’s way to build tension, creating a villain with the conscience of a shark and a psyche that is screwed up in some inexplicable manner no one would believe, but the author gets away with because the killers actions and motivations don’t have to make sense, he’s clearly completely nuts or he wouldn’t…Continue
Added by Dana King on April 5, 2012 at 6:39am — No Comments
Computer problems have kept me from flogging Worst Enemies as relentlessly as I might have (you're welcome), but reviews are starting to come in just the same, and they are very heartening. Leighton Gage, author of the award-winning Chief Inspector Mario Silva series, has weighed in on Amazon thusly:
When you write crime novels, as I do, you tend to read them differently - and your experience often detracts from your…
Added by Dana King on April 1, 2012 at 9:36am — No Comments
Yes, the daily onslaught on anticipatory hype is over. Worst Enemies is now available for Kindle for a measly $2.99, or its rough equivalent in various other countries.
From what would have been the dust jacket copy, had the book had a dust jacket:
Penns River rarely sees…Continue