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I've been a house painter, dishwasher, broiler cook, private detective, military intelligence analyst, and I spent nearly 40 years as a reporter covering crime, 26 of them for the San Francisco Chronicle. These days I write science fiction, fantasy, horror and crime fiction, and I blog about books, films and crimes that don't receive sufficient attention from the mainstream media. I would like to be Elmore Leonard, Raymond Chandler, Ross MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett or George V. Higgins, but all of them are dead so I'll just stick with what I am already doing. . .

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top CrimeFic from One of the Best Cyberpulp Pubs on the Market


Consider this a late starter, just like down at the track:

Mike Monson and Chris Rhatigan consistently produce one of the best crime fiction magazines on the 'Net -- one that is such a keeper you will want to buy the paperback editions so you can lend them easily to friends -- really good friends.

Last month, the Respect crew published an anthology that serves as an excellent sampler of what you find every quarter in their E-mag.

Edited by Rhatigan, the author of one of the best noir stories I have read this year -- The Kind of Friends Who Murder Each Other -- this anthology, drawn from the pages of the mag, features some of my absolute favorite writers: Alec Cizak, Joe Clifford, Patti Nase Abbott, Chris Leek, Mike Monson, Tom Pitts, Ryan Sayles and others, all working at the top of their form.

Editor Chris Rhatigan: His antho is The Real Deal!
Accept no substitutes: this is the real deal.


If you are looking for lurid tales crawling with grifters, gats and gun-molls, this is what you want to have in your hands and in your head. The paperback is currently out of print, but the Kindle edition is available for .99 cents -- cheaper than a pack of smuggled smokes from a Bodega in the East Brooklyn rat's nest known as "The Hole."

Make a spot on your nightstand for this little gem. Once you crack it, you'll find it hard to sleep.

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