Donald Ray Pollock’s The Heavenly Table

THE HEAVENLY TABLE Donald Ray Pollock July 12, 2016 Doubleday Books OK, we’re gonna try something new here. I am going to review the book as I read it. Last night I read 100 pages and I’m not bullshitting when I say I had 2 of the worst nightmares I’ve had in years. I am conflicted. I went back and re-read my review of Pollock’s 2011 novel THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME. I loved the book. I really mean that. I thought it was original and atmospheric and left me feeling unclean and slimy. One line in that previous review was about how the book made me feel like I was being molested as I read it…… Now how can you...

REVIEW Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet

DIE DOG OR EAT THE HATCHET Adam Howe 2015 Comet Press When I came back to reviewing for CrimeSpree, I had one main objective. A mission I gave myself. I want to shine a bright light on the niche stuff: the independents and the underground writers of crime fiction. That’s what I wanted. The major publishers have enough muscle behind them. They don’t need more. However, after 2 and a half years in the woods, the landscape was vastly different from when I left and I had no idea who is doing what. So I reached out to some people whose opinions I highly respect. One name came up multiple times and that I needed to check this guy...