The State of the Onion
by Julie Hyzy "This is a terrific beach read that moves along at a good pace."
Scalped: Casino Boogie
by Jason Aaron "In this volume we will start to see the broader canvass of characters, their fractured personal histories and the intricately plotted connections that inform their depths."
The Nominees for the Hammett Prize
by Bernd Kochanowski
"There is a very strong competition and every single book would deserve to win. All the books reach a high level of literary quality. But clearly The Outlander, Dahlia's Gone, and The Yiddish Policemen's Union are truly outstanding in this aspect."
A mystery/crime fiction primer
"A longing look is being cast over the shoulders, by an increasing number of writers and readers, at days gone past. We've seen reprint works, anthologies, entire lines of pulp fiction; also new books that feature stressed covers that replicate the beat up nature of the original paperbacks and sexy pin-up, pulp style original cover art. I think it was this trend that George Pelecanos had in mind when he gave the Phineas Poe omnibus the following blurb "Will Baer has located the black heart of noir, rescued it from the dry-hump clutch of homage, and dragged it back to the drunk tank where it belongs."
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