1938. Alexander Roth is hitchhiking from New York to Los Angeles, hoping to reconnect with his self-absorbed, cutesy-poo girlfriend. A car stops to pick him up and he is soon plunged into a nightmare from which there may be no escape. Continue reading
No one dives deeper into the criminal mind than Jim Thompson. He built his career on the twisted ambitions of his dark, frightening characters. In Sharecropper Hell (DeVault-Graves Agency, 2014), which was originally titled Cropper’s Cabin on its initial release in 1952… Continue reading
Jacob is a small-time criminal who dabbles in everything from drugs to prostitutes to illegal weapons. When he finds a gun that seems to be of supernatural origin, he begins to dream of the big time. His dream turns into a nightmare when he realizes some supernatural beings want their toy back.
Damian Wolf is framed for murdering his wife. As he languishes on death row, shadowy Washington types approach him with a deal: become an assassin for a supersecret agency not on the government books and we’ll spring you immediately. How can he say no?
Such is the basis for the new Damian Wolf, Assassin series, the first entry of which is Panama Takedown (Mike Pettit — 2013). By the time the book opens, Continue reading
David Goodis must have led a pretty depressing life. Virtually all of his novels are set amid grimy urban surroundings, usually his hometown of Philadelphia, and they’re populated by characters who live lives of utter hopelessness. I like to think of Goodis’ locales as being where despair goes… Continue reading
Ever wonder what it would be like to find yourself trapped in a coal mine? In writing Glimmer (Gregory Skilling, 2014), author Karlos Prince has constructed a very tight, very claustrophobic tale, in novelette form, of a man who has entered a long-abandoned coal mine and cannot… Continue reading
I wasn’t sure what to think of Sons Of The Father (BearManor Media, 2014) when I started the narration, but the deeper I went into it, the more attached to it I became. It has a way of pulling you into its own little world, which I like. Written by Janette Anderson, it’s the compelling story… Continue reading
A “grind joint” is a small casino, usually aimed at a very local market, often blue-collar. No fancy showrooms or Asian billionaires playing baccarat at $100,000 a hand. Just slots, tables, whiskey, and second-rate food. The casino in the audiobook of Grind Joint (Dana King, 2014) is… Continue reading