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More eBook Goodness from Mssrs. White and Tinsley


Sunday, January 30, 2011
 
This is, to me, the reason the Kindle was invented. Just a week or so after AN Smith's Choke on Your Lies debuts, we've got new collections by two of my favorite private eye writers of the last ten years.

Many people are familiar with Dave White, because he's published a couple of novels and because he's a frequent Internet presence (including writing for the group blog at Do Some Damage). Now he and Needle Magazine have announced the forthcoming anthology titled More Sinned Against, rounding up the sevon Donne stories.

Included is Dave's well-known "Closure", winner of the Derringer award, and "God's Dice", selected by the editors of The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories for their year-end anthology. "Closure" is still my personal favorite; his writing continued to get better, but there's something special about that story.

Robert W. Tinsley was a frequent contributor of private eye stories in the first half of the decade, many of them appearing in The Thrilling Detective, and now his tales of ex-Navy Seal, ex-Border Patrol agent, now El Paso private eye Jack Brady are available in a single volume. Called The Brady Files, it features eighteen (!) stories, many new to me.

In addition to his fiction, for a couple of years Bob reviewed short stories daily at The Short of It. He's more-or-less dropped out of sight since then (my sight, anyway), and I'm glad to see he's back with the new book. As we say down here in Texas, y'all check it out.

posted by Graham Powell at 10:02 AM
 
 

Let's Give Anthony Neil Smith A Boost


Saturday, January 22, 2011
 
The illustrious Anthony Neil Smith, editor of Plots With Guns, has just released a new novel, Choke on Your Lies. I've read the first few chapters, and it's excellent, maybe the best thing Neil has written. It's the story of sad-sack Mick, English professor and sensitive poet, whose wife has just dumpled him, and his good friend Octavia VanderPlatts, who's going to help him... punish her. Octavia is shrewd, manipulative, and rich enough not to put up with any bullshit. A good friend to have in such a situation.

So Neil's running a special on the book: for the next two weeks, you can get it on your Kindle (or Nook, or whatever) for just 99 cents. A thought experiment: think of all the songs you bought from iTunes. Now think of the absolute crappiest one, the one you bought when you were drunk, or bought because your ex liked it, or bought by mistake. Isn't a new ANS novel worth at least that much?

I'll leave it up to you to decide, but it's a good book and you ought to give it a try.

posted by Graham Powell at 9:31 AM