PENANCE by Daniel O’Shea

PENANCE Exhibit A Books April 30th, 2013 Characters are important. Characters are tricky. For example: If your rugged hero suddenly starts singing show tunes in the middle of a gunfight, it won’t ring true and youメve lost your reader. Now, take that challenge and up it one thousand times. Because it gets even harder when your lead character is a city. Dan O’Shea introduces us to his living and breathing city of Chicago in his debut novel PENANCE. While Detective John Lynch is our eyes and ears in this story, it’s the city, and it’s generational mysteries that really is the star of the show. A veteran officer on the...

BLADE OF DISHONOR by Thomas Pluck

BLADE OF DISHONOR Goombah Gumbo Press Sept 4th,2013 Thomas Pluck wrote a love letter. It’s true. I’ve read it. It’s not mushy, and he sure didn’t draw baby angels holding bows and arrows in the margins either. But even without the fluff, rest assured BLADE OF DISHONOR is a love letter. BLADE is a love letter to all the great action adventure stories that so many fans hold dear. It’s also a loving tribute to The Greatest Generation, who fought overseas in World War II. Enjoyable as all get out, this globe trotting adventure tale grows more and more complex as you go from chapter to chapter. My admiration grew as it dawned on me how...

Noir at the Bar: Twin Cities Nov03

Noir at the Bar: Twin Cities

Last night the New Hope Cinema Grill hosted the second Noir at the Bar event ever held in the Twin Cities. After the wonderful reception the first event received from the crime fiction loving Minnesota crowd, a second event was less of a question of “if” and more of a question of “when.”   At the first event, it was announced that attendee Anthony Neil Smith’s novel HOGDOGGIN was set to be shot as a feature film directed by event host Paul von Stoetzel. His company Killing Joke Films has partnered with event sponsor Pounding Heart MultiMedia for the film. Of course last night’s NatB featured readings from a fine variety of published...