Category Archives: Crime

PLASTER CITY by Johnny Shaw (Book Review)

PLASTER CITY by Johnny Shaw (Thomas & Mercer) Jimmy Veeder, and his sidekick Bobby Maves, return in the follow up to Johnny Shaw’s debut novel, DOVE SEASON, set in the sun-bleached Imperial Valley. This time round its Veeder helping out … Continue reading

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BLACK CAT MOJO by Adam Howe (Book Review)

BLACK CAT MOJO by Adam Howe (Comet Press) A downtrodden dwarf porn star, a couple of moronic redneck crooks who see a big payoff in a dog’s ass, an ex-gangster living in witness protection who is conned by a kid, … Continue reading

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ZERO SAINTS by Gabino Iglesias (Book Review)

ZERO SAINTS by Gabino Iglesias (Broken River Books) There are no saints here! I read a lot of books and tend to find that four or five books a year are that good that I can’t put them down. ZERO … Continue reading

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SQUEEZE by Christopher Rhatigan (All Due Respect)

Squeeze by Christopher Rhatigan (All Due Respect) I loved this short noir tale. Lionel Kasper is an amateur reporter, a drunken gambler who’ll do anything to get a headline. He’ll even fabricate a story and lay on a SQUEEZE. In … Continue reading

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Graveyard Love by Scott Adlerberg

GRAVEYARD LOVE, by Scott Adlerberg (Broken River Books) Kurt Morgan is a mid-thirties writer living in Upstate New York with his overbearing bohemian mother. After losing his job as a journalist, Kurt is making ends meet by ghostwriting his mother’s … Continue reading

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SHAKER by Scott Frank (Book Review)

SHAKER by Scott Frank (Knopf) In the wake of a monster LA earthquake, unassuming East Coast button man Roy Cooper arrives in town on a wet work assignment.  After pulling the hit and leaving the scene, Roy wanders into the … Continue reading

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RUN FOR THE MONEY by Eric Beetner (Book Review)

RUN FOR THE MONEY by Eric Beetner (Blasted Heath) Arrested after pulling off the score of a lifetime, and stashing the $600k swag in a storage facility, odd-couple bank robbers Slick (a butt-ugly hothead with a scar on his face … Continue reading

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