Review of Rough Trade by Todd Robinson

ROUGH TRADE Todd Robinson August 8, 2016 Polis Books Todd Robinson has an odd way about him. When you begin a “Boo and Junior Gig,” the world doesn’t seem quite real. Certain dialogue is unlikely. Certain characters could never exist in our world. Yet, it works. By page 30, the surreal nature of it all has become common place. By page 100, you believe it all. It all really happened. Maybe not exactly the way you are hearing it…but you know you are hearing it the best way possible. When reading THE HARD BOUNCE, I couldn’t figure out how the man did this. ROUGH TRADE makes it clear. The blunt and brutally honest first-person perspective…the...

The Todd Robinson Interview

Kate and Dan: We are beyond excited for the release of your second novel, ROUGH TRADE! Your debut book, HARD BOUNCE, is one we recommend frequently (and we aren’t just saying that just to be polite). It was that potent blend of best friends/snappy dialog/and raw emotion that keeps HARD BOUNCE so high on our list. What can readers expect this time around for Junior and Boo in ROUGH TRADE? Todd: The second time around, I wanted to mess up the narrative a little bit. I wanted to explore things a bit more about who Boo and Junior are, and the hard-wired prejudices that sometimes go along with those kinds of upbringings. I wanted to challenge...

Me; In Transition May18

Me; In Transition

A little something from the heart from our friend and brother Todd ~ Jon   “We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one.” —Doctor Who Change is hard. I’ve been in the story game, in one capacity or another for about thirteen years total. Most of you know me (if you know me at all) as the creator and editor of THUGLIT magazine. We’ve won a shit-ton of awards over the last eleven years, and have played a small part in getting some of your favorite writers onto bookshelves. And now I’m ending it. I’ve tried being a writer, with a limited amount of success—in the sense that I’m...

Christmas Gift Guide 2015 Dec19

Christmas Gift Guide 2015

With less than a week before Christmas, times is running short for shopping. As a result, most people find their stress increasing with each passing moment. Always a helpful bunch, a number of the Crimespree Crew have put together some suggestions/ideas for the people on your list. Jon Jordan: FORGIVING MARIELA CAMACHO by AJ Sidransky What starts out as a police procedural takes on the characteristics of full blown thriller as detective Gonzalvez and his partner hunt an international serial killer. Fast paced and twists until the end this is a great read. Sidransky has a wonderful series started and this is a great place to jump in. THE...

Flashback: Korean Noir – The films of Chan-wook Park Aug17

Flashback: Korean Noir – The films of Chan-w...

Korean Noir The Films of Chan-wook Park   For a couple of years now, (thanks in no small part to Quentin Tarantino) the films of Chan-wook Park are being seen by an American audience for the first time. And frankly, if I’ve seen five great films this year, three of them belong to Chan-wook Park. So why haven’t you heard of him? He’s one of the most decorated directors in Asia. Due to the notoriously skewed purchase and release tactics of U.S. distributors, the three films below were released domestically all within the last year. Remember, this is the industry that took a year and a half to release Zhang Yimou’s brilliant Hero a...