Review of JACK WATERS BY SCOTT ADLERBERG

JACK WATERS Scott Adlerberg Broken River Books January 17, 2018   Sometimes, you become a hero without really meaning to. At the turn of the last century, Jack Waters is living his best life. A resident of New Orleans, Waters spends his days making his living playing high-stakes poker. He lives a life of comfort in his family estate, having dismissed almost all the servants and letting the grounds become overgrown. He is known as an honest, even-tempered man who lives only to play an honest game of cards. This was the life that Jack had always wanted, and it was good. Jack’s life turns on a dime when, in a blinding rage, he kills a man...

Fight Choreography – How I Develop Fight Scenes that Pass Muster with Actual Martial Artists Jan17

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Write what you know. Maybe that works for crime fiction writers who are former cops or prosecutors. I was a professional statistician. People won’t chat with you at a party longer than two minutes when that crap comes up so they’re not going to stick around for a whole book of it. I solved that problem pretty handily by making my protagonist a newbie. She’s a former uniform cop who quit and is now apprenticing as a private investigator with her father – a father who is out of the country for the entire book. She knew how to pull people over and write them tickets or respond to domestic violence calls but tracking down a murderer from...

HANG TIME by S.W. LAUDEN

Rare Bird Books January 16, 2018   Someone once said, “Noir is watching someone make mistakes that they know are mistakes, but they continue to make them anyway. Regardless of the consequences.” That is by far the most satisfying answer that I’ve yet found for the “what is noir” question, so I’m sticking with that. With that being the case, HANG TIME, the final book in the Greg Salem trilogy by S.W. Lauden is so damn noir it hurts. After doing battle with a deranged cult leader/drug kingpin in GRIZZLY SEASON, ex-cop/ punk-rock-front-man Greg Salem is literally getting the band back together. Yup, seminal California punk bank Bad...

THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK by KRISTEN LEPIONKA

Minotaur Books 2017   Kristen Lepionka has introduced the world to Roxane Weary and made me love the PI genre all over again. Lepionka’s protagonist is a straight-up, no apologies Private Investigator in the fine tradition of Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, and Jessica Jones. That is something that has seemed to be a rarity of late. She’s not an ex-military do-gooder, neither is she an un-licensed friend who is just trying to help out. She isn’t an ex-cop trying to live a peaceful life, and she sure isn’t a nosy reporter. These are all great ideas for a series hero, but it’s almost like the genre has been a bit ashamed of its investigative...

4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK

Black Mask Studios 2017   Sometimes, if you want to stop the bad thing from happening, you have to do the bad thing yourself. Paige, Walter, Berger, and Stretch are a group of pre-teens who spend their days playing games. Video games, role playing games, you name it. They hang out, they curse, they rag on each other. Paige is the leader, Stretch is her best friend. Walter is super smart and super shy. And Berger is a motor-mouth who is everyone wishes would just shut up. The beginning of childhood’s end was signaled when a group of criminals show up at Paige’s house, looking for her dad. The thugs barge into the living room, and a...