REVIEW OF ALL THE WAY DOWN BY ERIC BEETNER

Dale Burnett is a dirty cop. He knows the difference between Good and Evil, Right and Wrong. It’s just that little by little, over time he’s begun to slip. And now, his secret is out. He’s on the way to a meeting with the Chief of Police, convinced that his next address will be the state prison. But like the very best noir tales, Dale thinks that he sees a light at the end of the tunnel. But it’s either a chance at Salvation… or an express bus gunning straight for him. That bright light morphs into a deal from Chief Schuster: local crime kingpin Tautolu “Tat” Losopo has the mayor’s daughter Lauren O’Brien held captive on the top floor...

Book Review: BOISE LONGPIG HUNTING CLUB

When done well, pulpy crime fiction is one of the most entertaining genres in the world. Nick Kolakowski knows how to construct narratives that offer enough action and violence to keep readers interested and enough humor, likeable characters, and mayhem to infuse his work with that highly entertaining, undeniably cinematic feel that only comes from top-notch pulp.  Jake Halligan is a bounty hunter who knows what he’s doing and is almost always in control. However, that changes when he comes home to a dead body stuffed in his gun safe. Since his entire life is spent putting bad people behind bars, Jake thinks the body could be a warning, but...

Interview with Joe Clifford

Kate and Dan Talk To…Joe Clifford Kate & Dan: Congratulations on your new novel THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, out December 3rd from Down and Out books! Alex Salerno is a fascinating, complex character. Please tell us about her, and what makes her story so unique. Joe Clifford: Well, from my POV, this is my first time writing a female protagonist. Which went quite well. I think. (I hope!). Alex, like Jay Porter (my series character), is wounded. I like wounded characters. I like “less than” characters. This goes back to something I read by Mailer, who said heroes need to be “more than.” I am not as interested in the more-thans. I don’t know...

Author Workspaces – Gray Basnight, FLIGHT OF...

NYC Real Estate Situation: One bedroom on first floor in fashionable Chelsea Neighborhood.   Pros: Pet friendly, elevator building, convenient location in heart of Manhattan, close to transportation and restaurants, unusually large bath, renovated galley kitchen, exposed brick wall, modern appliances, combined living/dining, AC, gas heat, live-in superintendent. Cons: Little sunlight, no view, restricted street parking (big risk of parking tickets), nighttime street noise (especially Friday and Saturday nights), some vertical neighbor noise (especially…oh, never mind), next door construction noise, very near Google building (lots of geeky,...

BEHIND THE BOOK: NICK KOLAKOWSKI

  In my new novel, BOISE LONGPIG HUNTING CLUB, one of my protagonists is an arms dealer; the other is a bounty hunter. The narrative features a lot of guns, to say the least. When researching a new novel, I like as much firsthand experience as possible with whatever my main characters do. In the case of this work, however, the featured weapons far exceeded what you’d find on a typical range—one character uses a rocket launcher, for example. For my descriptions of this kind of heavy-duty firepower, I relied on friends with the right background, all of whom were only too happy to point out where I was being unnecessarily cinematic in my...