INTERVIEW WITH REX WEINER

The Misadventures of Rex Weiner It’s been a long, strange trip for Ford Fairlane. Rex Weiner’s rock n’ roll detective emerged from the late 70s underground music scene and was originally serialized in the New York Rocker and LA Weekly. The cultural relevance and up tempo hardboiled writing inevitably caught the eye of Hollywood, setting Weiner and his creation on a decade-long quest for the silver screen.  The result was “The Adventures of Ford Fairlane” starring Andrew Dice Clay, released by 20th Century Fox in 1990. A commercial flop at the time, the movie has since become a cult classic. So it’s totally understandable if that’s all you...

Review of HANG TIME by S.W. LAUDEN

      HANG TIME S.W.Lauden Rare Bird Books January 16, 2018   Someone once said, “Noir is watching someone make mistakes that they know are mistakes, but they continue to make them anyway. Regardless of the consequences.” That is by far the most satisfying answer that I’ve yet found for the “what is noir” question, so I’m sticking with that. With that being the case, HANG TIME, the final book in the Greg Salem trilogy by S.W. Lauden is so damn noir it hurts. After doing battle with a deranged cult leader/drug kingpin in GRIZZLY SEASON, ex-cop/ punk-rock-front-man Greg Salem is literally getting the band back together....

Review of GRIZZLY SEASON by S.W. Lauden

GRIZZLY SEASON S.W. Lauden October 11, 2016 Rare Bird Books Greg Salem was a punk singer until his guitarist brother/bandmate died in a suspicious suicide. Then he became a cop. S.W. Lauden’s taut, gritty BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION (BCC) opens with Greg losing his badge and gun after a controversial shooting, and being thrown into a world of shit when his best friend is murdered holding a microphone that was supposed to be in Greg’s hand. BCC is a fascinating look at Los Angeles, with the relatively peaceful life of wealthy beach communities juxtaposed by the sharp-edges of cops, gangs, and rock and roll. Salem himself is a bit of an enigma:...

SW Lauden Interview by Matt Morgan and Dave Wahlma...

Sorry… I’m gonna do that thing where scrubs make the interview about themselves. Just give me three paragraphs, please? (DW-It’s called Me and Matty did a thing) I met Dave Wahlman in Boston about 11 years ago ( DW-11 really? No shit). After about a year in the employment equivalent of the eighth circle of hell, I found myself working at Borders Books to hold us over until the lady graduated. Dave started working there after I was promoted to supervisor (DW- I stole everything). We clicked. He was tattooed, brash, and a little nuts. I wasn’t tattooed. The rest was close. I was the more responsible one, he was the one that would punch people...

Review of LET THE GOOD PREVAIL

LET THE GOOD PREVAIL Noah & Logan Miller September 6, 2016 Rare Bird Books You’re broke. You poach firewood from the New Mexico woodlands by day, which you attempt to sell door to door, with little success. None of the banks will give you a business loan to build a better future. Your brother came back from the service missing a leg, and he’s still getting in with the ladies better than you are, what with his engagement to the daughter of the local (crooked and cocaine addled) Sheriff. Most days end in a beery haze, some with you masturbating to the sound of your war-hero brother and his fiancée having sex on the far side of the flimsy...