Saturday, September 24, 2011

Review: Crimespree Magazine #43 Jul/Aug

Crimespree Magazine #43 Jul/Aug
Crimespree Magazine #43 Jul/Aug by Scott Phillips

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent issue of THE crime fan magazine. The interview with Sara Gran by Scott Phillips is entertaining and enjoyable; not a puff piece for her new novel, but an interesting discussion of influences and how to dodge Chandler's long shadow when writing a detective story. Declan Burke and Dennis Lehane discuss Irish crime writing on both sides of the pond, and you get three stories- a thriller, a dark bit of noir, and my story "Rain Dog," which I'll call urban noir, which flash fiction master Marcus Speh said "brought a tear to his eye."
Crimespree takes its job seriously but keeps things fun, and as always reports on the latest books, films and crime television with capsule reviews. And in this issue you get some true crime with Criminal Idiots, a funny collection of crook failures.

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