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Noir on the Radio (and More)

Noir on the Radio (and host Greg Barth) were kind enough to have me on the podcast over the weekend. These kinds of things are scheduled well in advance, so I didn’t anticipate finding myself in the woods (long story) as I answered questions about crime fiction, writing influences, and editing cadence. I’m not always great when it comes to radio and television—if you’re looking for pure comedy gold, dig up some of the interviews I’ve done on BBC and Fox News—but I thought I did a good job of curing my usual interviewing-related jitters, because I was more concerned about being eaten by bears.

Anyway, “A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps” is officially two months old. I believe the Mysterious Bookshop in NYC is down to its last signed copy, if you happen to find yourself in the area. Otherwise, it’s still available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, your local indie if you hate massive publishing conglomerates, etc.

I’m also really excited about the short story I have in the newly released “Hard Sentences: Crime Fiction Inspired by Alcatraz” (edited by the always-great David James Keaton and Joe Clifford). There’s a fantastic murderer’s row of crime-fiction writers in this one. Kirkus Reviews called it “an exquisitely moody, searing assemblage of tales, each distinctively contributing to the atmosphere and desperation of The Rock.” Plus, if you’re a fan of Johnny Cash, my story’s got a nice little surprise for you.

If you’re short on time and looking for a bit of moody entertainment, check out the trailer for the “Blade Runner” sequel. Hopefully the actual movie is even better.

Out in the World

“A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps” has been out three weeks. Actually, it feels a whole lot longer than that. It takes so long to write, edit, and publish a book—even a shortish one—that the actual release becomes something of a blur. Not that I’m complaining; it’s also enormously gratifying to see the thing out in the world.

If you’ve bought the book, thank you. The support means everything to me. If you haven’t yet, it’s available pretty much everywhere, including Amazon and Down & Out’s Website. (And if I run into you in person, I’ll try to think of something witty to write alongside my John Hancock.)

So far we’ve had some solid reviews (such as Out of the Gutter and Do Some Damage), and I’ve done some guest posts and interviews on Writer’s Bone, Crimespree, and Shotgun Honey, among other venues. Plus I did some readings at The Mysterious Bookshop (if you live in NYC, and you haven’t visited, you’re missing an incredible bookstore) and the Queens Book Festival.

But the hustle continues: we’ll have more reviews rolling out over the next few weeks, along with a few additional guest postings. In the meantime, here’s a cool, noir-ish image I found randomly on the Interwebz. It’s sort-of how I picture Fiona, one of the main characters of “Brutal Bunch”: