Eric Beetner gets a glowing review by CT McNeely from Dark Corners ...
Eric Beetner is
a good old-fashioned pulpster. He spins a rip-roaring yarn like nobody's
business and this year is one of the best years to introduce yourself to his
work if you're not already on Team Beetner. I am going to talk to you about two
of the things Mr. Beetner has coming this year: Rumrunners and The Year I Died Seven Times.
If you have your
hand on the pulse of pulp, you know what an amazing operation David Cranmer is
running over there at Beat to a Pulp. If so, you may be aware of The Year I
Died Seven Times already when it was released in serialized installments.
Regardless if you've read it serialized or not, this is your chance to see the
whole funny, sordid, wild tale in one volume.
The Year I Died Seven Times tells the
story of poor, unfortunate Ridley as he, well, it's pretty much in the title.
What isn't in the title is all of the times that Beetner will make you cringe,
laugh, cry, and all the sleep that you will lose staying up to read this one to
its thrilling conclusion.
Also coming this
year is Rumrunners. Rumrunners is Dukes of Hazzard meets
Fargo, pissed off and mad about it. It's an alcohol fueled rollercoaster ride of
all the best backcountry crime tales, focuses on a family. In this case, the
McGraws. You need only look to the title to see how they get by. That is, until
now, when Tucker McGraw decides to go straight. Of course, it's not that simple.
These things never are.
Rumrunners is every bit as good as you
want these books to be. It succeeds in pulp revelry where so many other great
works of Southern crime fiction fall flat. It is one damn fun book and you'll
find yourself returning to it like a favorite movie over and over.
The same can be said, of course, for everything Beetner has
ever written. This will be a year of good fortune for Beetner, with many new
releases, and that means it will be a great time for all you crazy fiends out
there in Pulpsville. Get ready with them wallets, folks. The Year of the
Beetner has arrived.