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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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Started this discussion. Last reply by cj forrest Dec 25, 2010.


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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 Ignore those--they're technically out of date anyway .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 Boston's most brilliant, eccentric and possibly laziest detective,…


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 picks.


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 for…


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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