Thursday, March 26, 2015

“Dust to Dust”

Terrie Farley Moran wrote a story called "Dust to Dust" that, for my money, is one of the best short stories I have ever had the pleasure to publish. It's in The Lizard's Ardent Uniform & Other Stories and here's Terrie with some special news regarding that unforgettable tale.

Jake Hinkson's Arkansas noir

Needless to say I'm thrilled to see Jake taking the French by storm. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Available Now: HANNIBAL AT RISK - The Joe Hannibal Collection, Volume III

For over three decades, Joe Hannibal has stood tall on the fictional PI landscape. The Hannibal books and stories have been translated into several languages and have been nominated for an Edgar, an Anthony, and a total of six Shamus Awards. 

Almost from the outset, Hannibal was dubbed "the blue collar PI" due in equal parts to the series' initial smaller-city setting of Rockford, Illinois, and its surrounding rural areas - as well as to the middle class roots and values that his creator brought to the writing. Later, after author and character both moved to the even more rural setting of west central Nebraska, the distinction only deepened. 

Hannibal has matured and evolved as a character and the writing has been honed to a finer edge. But the admiration for and love of the PI genre that was always at the core and heart of the series has never changed. 

While new Hannibals continue to be written, the original titles, though somewhat sketchily available over the years, remain strong, entertaining works. In order for readers to be able to discover this for themselves, a series of "boxed set" collections is being re-issued. 

Volume III, presented here, sequentially features the seventh through eighth full-length Hannibal novels, and the Casefiles collection of some of the best Hannibal short stories:

BODY COUNT – (The Joe Hannibal Case Files, volume I)) 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Dylan's Noir

Some Hardy Boys History

A glimpse into the Stratemeyer Syndicate: The Two-Page Plot Outline a Writer of the Hardy Boys Series Used to Crank Out a Book. [Via Slate]

DC Note: I recall waking up Christmas morn 1980 and my father and mother had bought me over thirty books in the series. Thank you, both. A deep appreciation for reading ensued and the Hardy Boys led to Robert B. Parker, Raymond Chandler, and Agatha Christie. And those illuminated passageways created a burning desire to write and finally publish.