Wednesday, May 4, 2011
I enjoyed the story "The National City Reparation Society" over at Criminal Element by Luis Alberto Urrea. I hadn't read him before. I liked the mix of '80s Chicano nostalgia and taking topical subjects- home foreclosures and immigration anxiety- and making it all work in a good crime tale. Check it out at the link above. I'll be checking out Mr Urrea's novels.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
I like burgers. And I've enjoyed crime fiction since a friend introduced me to Dashiell Hammett's Continental Op stories and Robert Crais's debut, The Monkey's Raincoat. From there Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder showed me the New York I never knew, and James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux made me want to visit Iberia Parish.
After the masters dragged me to the crime section weekly, I saw a great book cover: Down in the Zero by Andrew Vachss, which gripped me by the collar and showed me what a writer can do if he's truly motivated. He remains my primary influence. I followed him to Hardboiled magazine by Gary Lovisi, where pulp crime lived before the web.
Now there are a dozen or more sites dedicated to publishing great gritty crime stories. I'll put some in the sidebar.
If you write or read crime fiction, I'll be sharing my favorites here. Hopefully I'll rope some more writers in to share their thoughts.