Bloodman

Written by Robert Pobi — Canto XII of Dante’s Inferno takes place in the First Ring of the Seventh Circle of Hell where sinners who used violence against others suffer for all eternity in a…

Tumblin’ Dice

Written by John McFetridge — In music, I like bands and singers who explore not only different themes and styles, but also try different sounds and voices. Same with writers. As some of them will…

What It Was

Written by George Pelecanos — On a rainy afternoon, Nick Stefanos and Derek Strange are having drinks at Leo’s, two friends content enough to just sit down, barely talking. In the Rain by The Dramatics…

Sanctus

Written by Simon Toyne — The fictional city of Ruin in modern day Turkey. Over it towers the Citadel, where the very first Bible is believed to have been written. Built into the Taurus mountains…

HoCaM: Top five crime books of 2011

I can’t say definitively that these are the best books because I haven’t read everything out there, and who am I to decide for others, right? But these five novels all touched me, thrilled me,…

NTN: 8 Pounds

Written by Chris F Holm — Having been shortlisted for an Anthony Award for his short story The Hitter earlier this year, Chris F Holm has begun making a name for himself as an up-and-coming…

The crimes they are a-changin’

Jacques Filippi reports on Bouchercon 2011 — In crime fiction, the hero who saves everyone has dominated the genre for a long time. That hero is usually troubled by past events, has a big problem…

The Adjustment

Written by Scott Phillips — Best known for his first novel The Ice Harvest, which was adapted for the screen, Scott Phillips has at last brought out The Adjustment, his first novel since 2003. I’ll tell…

A Drop of the Hard Stuff

Written by Lawrence Block — If you pick up A Drop of the Hard Stuff and start reading it without knowing the author, you’ll realise pretty quickly that it’s from a seriously accomplished writer. It’s the…