A Conversation With Benoit Lelievre

Benoit Lelievre is one of the most trusted reviewers of mystery/crime fiction working today. Through his site Dead End Follies, you’ll find reviews on everything from Crime to Mystery to Horror to Dark Fantasy. DEF has become one of my personal go-to sites for news and reviews, so I was thrilled when Benoit said he was available for this chat via Facebook Messenger. I’m presenting this to you with minimal editing, because it shows the oddity and charm of a Canadian/American conversation about crime fiction. Dan: Cool man. So let’s start at the beginning: What was the book that made you a fan of the crime fiction/ mystery...

CROSSED BONES By S.W. Lauden

Down & Out Books May 1st, 2017   S.W. Lauden is having fun. After he debuted in 2015 with the excellent BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, which stars punk rocker-turned cop Greg Salem, Lauden has constantly changed up his formula. Where the Greg Salem series is a hard-hitting punk concoction of California grit, sunshine, music, and murder, his excellent Tommy & Shayna Crime Capers operate on a different level. For those that missed out on Tommy and Shayna’s debut in 2016’s CROSSWISE, it boils down like this: Tommy Russo is an ex-cop living in Florida. He’s down in the dumps after the murder spree that happened at the old folks home that he...

BLIND TO SIN BY DAVE WHITE

Polis Books 2017 Writing an ongoing series can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, fans can be comforted by reading the continuing adventures of their favorite rough-and-tumble PI’s, or watching justice get served on the latest Dick Wolf television show. But chances are, you’re not going to see much in the way of character growth in these long running series. Many of the protagonists are frozen in time: young and virile enough to have a million more adventures, and self-contained enough for any airport traveler to pick up any of their novels regardless of the order that they came out in. With BLIND TO SIN, author Dave White says, “Nope....

THE MANY DEATHS OF THE BATMAN

DC Comics Batman 433-435 1989   THE MANY DEATHS OF THE BATMAN   Why on earth am I bothering all of you fine folks with a review of a three issue Batman arc that’s 28 years old? I can hear you all, you know: “This better not be another rant from Old Man Malmon going on and on about how great comics were BACK IN HIS DAY.” Shut up. Comics are great now. But they were also great back in my day, too. Batman 433-435 is a bit of an anomaly. It’s a three-issue mini-arc that was written by comics legend John Byrne (who also did the covers) and illustrated by Batman legend Jim Aparo. From Fantastic Four to X-Men to Superman, John Byrne’s list of...

HARDWAY BY HECTOR ACOSTA

February 17, 2017 Shotgun Honey/ Down and Out Books Why do people like stories about kids? It can’t be that everyone likes kids- they don’t. It’s because we can all relate to what it’s like to be young and unsure. We’ve all been there. We all know what it’s like to be the new kid at school, how terrifying the search for a seat in the lunchroom can be, or the feeling of cruising the neighborhood looking for other kids to have adventures with. In Spenser and Billy’s case, it’s the awful and awkward downsizing from a house to a tiny apartment. The brothers have always been as close as brothers can be, but as Billy has embraced his high-school...