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Stopping Monsters with a Story by Rich Zahradnik

I’m pleased to welcome Rich Zahradnik to the site in conjunction with the release of Lights Out Summer, the fourth book in Zahradnik’s award-winning Coleridge Taylor mystery series. Lights Out Summer is set against the backdrop of the infamous summer of ’77 in New York City, which saw the Son of Sam killings and a July blackout plunge the city into fear and chaos. Zahradnik stopped by to talk about some of the journalists who inspired him at the beginning of his nearly four-decade journalism career, and therefore became a part of Coleridge Taylor as well.
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You Have the Right to do Research and a Lack of Accuracy May be Held Against You by J.J. Hensley

It’s a pleasure to welcome J.J. Hensley to the site. The author of three previous novels, his debut, Resolve, was named one of the Best Books of 2013 by Suspense Magazine, Hensley’s latest, Bolt Action Remedy (Down & Out Books), is the first in a new series featuring former Pittsburgh narcotics detective Trevor Galloway. Today Hensley is here to talk about one of his pet peeves—law enforcement inaccuracies in crime fiction. Having worked as both a police officer and a Secret Service agent, J.J. knows what he’s talking about when it comes to getting law enforcement procedure correct. He just wishes everyone paid as much attention to detail.
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Killing Malmon by Dan and Kate Malmon

“Never before has killing someone benefited such a good cause.” So goes the tag line for Killing Malmon, a collection of short stories in which longtime Crimespree Magazine contributor, Kit Kat lover, and hug eschewer Dan Malmon meets his demise. Thirty times. But don’t worry, it’s all for a good cause. I’ll let Killing Malmon editors Kate and Dan explain.
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Banned Books Week 2017: Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Today is the start of Banned Books Week 2017:

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, BBW highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the United States.

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Remo Went Wild

“I’ve worked with Elizabeth on both self-published and traditionally published books. Each time I found her to be extremely professional, timely and she provided a great knowledge of the genre of crime fiction, as well as fixed my grammatical travesties. I could go with any number of people to correct my spelling, but Elizabeth gave my writing a bit more that I feel really helped push it to its final stage.” — Mike McCrary

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What Does Sex Have to Do With It? by Jack Getze

It’s always a pleasure to welcome Jack Getze to the site. Getze is perhaps best known for his Austin Carr mystery series, the most recent of which, Big Shoes, won Deadly Ink’s David Award for Best Mystery. The Black Kachina, the first book in Getze’s new thriller series featuring Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Maggie Black, was recently published by Down & Out Books. Today, Getze stops by to talk about how a book over twenty years in the making finally clicked into place once he realized that instead of being a secondary character it was meant to be Maggie’s story all along.
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The Valley by Brandon Daily

So much had been undone in both their lives in that moment; they were things that could not be tied up or mended.

Author Brandon Daily burst onto the scene in 2014 with his debut novel A Murder Country, which was met with critical acclaim and won him the Silver Medal for Georgia Author of the Year—First Novel. Any doubts that he would succumb to the dreaded sophomore slump were quickly laid to rest with the release of The Valley.

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Island X

It was a pleasure to work with Theolyn Brock on Island X, a story that explores what happens when six federal inmates previously scheduled for execution are instead exiled on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean a thousand miles from anywhere, completely cut off from the outside world. As the days pass, the men come to realize the greatest threat to their survival may be more sinister than merely the lack of modern civilization. Dark, elemental forces seem to be reaching out to them from deep within the island itself.

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Steady Trouble

“I’ve worked with Elizabeth on both self-published and traditionally published books. Each time I found her to be extremely professional, timely and she provided a great knowledge of the genre of crime fiction, as well as fixed my grammatical travesties. I could go with any number of people to correct my spelling, but Elizabeth gave my writing a bit more that I feel really helped push it to its final stage.” — Mike McCrary

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Crossed Bones by S.W. Lauden

She would have made a great detective, if she didn’t like breaking the law so much.

Shayna Billups is not a woman to be trifled with. As ruthless and conniving as she is beautiful and charming, Shayna will go to any lengths to get the things she wants in life—namely, money and a good time.

Having put ex-flame Tommy Ruzzo’s heart through a blender in Crosswise, the book that introduced Shayna and Tommy to readers, Shayna has left Tommy reeling in Florida, and settled in New Orleans.

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Dangerous Ends by Alex Segura

“Trying to avoid getting shot again? Good luck with that.”

Pete Fernandez has had more than his share of bad luck over the years. You’d think losing one’s job, father and fiancée, falling down the addiction rabbit hole, and going toe-to-toe with a serial killer (Silent City, Down the Darkest Street) would be enough to break a guy.

Fernandez is cut from sturdy cloth, however.

Determined to set his life on firmer footing, he begins working as a private investigator and attending AA meetings. He’s still figuring things out, however, not sure if trailing cheating spouses is the way he wants to spend the rest of his days.

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Love & Death in Burgundy by Susan C. Shea

All her life, Katherine had lived with the equal terrors of being invisible and being seen by everyone as a fool.

When artist Katherine Goff and her musician husband, Michael, moved from their California home to Reigny-sur-Canne three years ago, Katherine thought it was finally her chance to live a simple, carefree life among close neighbors in a charming French village. The locals, however, turned out to be resistant to outsiders, particularly foreigners.

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Ignore Me (please don’t ignore me) by Angel Luis Colón

It’s a pleasure to welcome Derringer and Anthony Award-nominated author Angel Luis Colón (No Happy Endings) to the site today in conjunction with his latest release, Blacky Jaguar Against the Cool Clux Cult (June 23rd from Shotgun Honey/Down&Out). With dozens of short story credits in publications such as Thuglit, Literary Orphans, and Great Jones Street, Colón is a familiar name to readers of crime fiction and noir. But even with name recognition, there’s something almost every author dreads: marketing. Today, Colón shares his thoughts on why promoting your writing shouldn’t be the low point in the writing process.
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What Would Harrison Bergeron Do? by Alec Cizak

I’m pleased today to welcome author Alec Cizak to the site. Also the editor of fiction journal Pulp Modern (newly revived Vol. 2, No. 1 now out), Cizak has a reputation for both writing (Crooked Roads, Manifesto Destination) and publishing hard-hitting work that’s not afraid to go places that make people uncomfortable. Cizak’s latest, Down on the Street (June 16 from ABC Group Documentation/Down&Out), continues that gritty approach, with Cizak using the story of two desperate people who use each other to try to escape the circumstances they each find themselves in as an opening to explore the “inhuman nature of conformity.”
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The Marvelous Possibilities of the Irrational by Jon Bassoff

Jon Bassoff is well-known as the author of thought-provoking, critically acclaimed noir. His consistently original, and deeply disturbing, novels explore the darkest corners of his characters’ psyches. Bassoff has been compared with luminaries such as Cormac McCarthy, Donald Ray Pollock and Jim Thompson, and his novels Corrosion, The Incurables, and The Disassembled Man have been adapted for the big screen. Today I’m pleased to welcome Jon back to the site in conjunction with his latest release, The Blade This Time (DarkFuse).