Dana King's Blog – September 2009 Archive (4)

Why You Haven't Been Published Yet

Because this guy took your slot.

Added by Dana King on September 29, 2009 at 6:35am — 7 Comments

Beware the Back Cover

(Also posted on One Bite at a Time.)

I’m about halfway through Scott Phillips’s excellent novel, Cottonwood. I’ve liked everything about the book from Page 1, but for one thing: the back cover.

I rarely look at the back covers or jacket notes on books I’ve already decided I want to read. I don’t need any teasers or endorsements; I already know I want to read the book, either because of author recognition or… Continue

Added by Dana King on September 24, 2009 at 4:05am — 1 Comment

Are You Going to Believe Me, or Your Private Eyes?

(Also posted in One Bite at a Time.)

I’ve been lucky over the past few weeks to have read three books that reminded me why I got interested in crime fiction and writing in the first place: first person private investigator stories.

Libby Fischer Hellmann’s Easy Innocence takes the attitudes of an affluent suburb and shows consequences not often considered. Her… Continue

Added by Dana King on September 19, 2009 at 2:38am — 4 Comments

August Reads

August was a slow month for reading recommendations. Part of this was because my schedule was full and didn’t allow for as much reading time as I like. Another part was because I read several crappy books in August. Here are two worth following up on.

Crime Always Pays, by Declan Burke. Not available to the public yet, I was lucky enough to score an advance electronic copy. The sequel to last year’s acclaimed The Big O, Crime Always Pays picks up just a few hours later,… Continue

Added by Dana King on September 5, 2009 at 4:32am — No Comments

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