Diving Into The Deep End: Finding A Place In The Crime Fiction Family Feb12

Diving Into The Deep End: Finding A Place In The C...

What’s my part of the Crime Fiction Community? It’s a question all writers must ask themselves. It’s less to do with the “brand” of a writer or the genre you choose to write in, and more about deciding how you want to be a part of the group. I said early on my only goal was to be a part of the conversation. I didn’t go into writing with grandiose ideas of being a best seller, or of winning awards or accolades. All I wanted was to be included in the world I admired and to have my work respected as an equal. Since I kicked off my shoes and jumped in the deep end of the Crime Fiction Community I’ve drawn influence from two opposite experiences...

LEADFOOT By Eric Beetner

LEADFOOT Eric Beetner 280 STEPS November 1, 2016 In May of 2015, Eric Beetner brought the McGraw clan roaring onto the page behind the wheel of a high-toned muscle car, hell-bent for leather in his novel RUMRUNNERS. The McGraws have always been transporters for the Stanley family, Iowa’s local organized crime family. If the Stanleys needed something brought from here to there, be it sitting in the passenger seat or tied up in the trunk, a McGraw would be the one to drive it there. It doesn’t matter what happens when they arrive: McGraws don’t participate in any of the illicit activities. That’s why Calvin McGraw has always been an outlaw,...

RUMRUNNERS BY ERIC BEETNER

280 steps. Eric Beetner writes a lot of books. Most of them tend to lean to the darker, pulpier side of the bookshelf. Short, violent crime capers that continue to pump threads of originality into the crime genre. Usually there is a sly wink to be found in Beetner’s work, a dark moment of extreme violence that leaves you no choice but to make you chuckle even as your palms start to sweat. Clocking in at a breezy 246 pages, RUMRUNNERS may just be the most satisfying work in Beenter’s collection yet. Short, yes. But there isn’t one thing RUMRUNNERS is lacking. Tucker McGraw is the latest in a long line of wheelmen. His family has always...

The Year I Died Seven Times: Book #1

Publisher: Beat To A Pulp Publication Date: January 2014   Prolific pulp master Eric Beetner (THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT ME and STRIPPER POLE AT THE END OF THE WORLD) has unleashed something a bit different this time around. THE YEAR I DIED SEVEN TIMES, another excellent title from Beetner, is your classic tale of “boy-meets-girl, boy-falls-in-love-with-girl, girl-runs-back-to-Japan,” type story. Our slacker hero Ridley is going to do everything he can to get his girl back. Even if it kills him. Over and over and over again. Seven times, in fact. In the tradition of Stephen King’s THE GREEN MILE, Ridley’s quest to find his girl Miho and...