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Larb, Land-Eating



Fiction

And maybe this will be enough for Vern to expel me. I won’t graduate. I can stay little longer. How pleased Moms will be by this! She’ll never lose me and I’ll never lose her. Because she’s all I got left of him. She’s all I got left of her.
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Return from Oz



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She went there once, when she was a younger woman, a girl really. It shined green, but more like a reflection of the ocean, like the Puget Sound and its seaweed coloring, than any precious stone.
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The Squeeze



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I guess you could say—my mother. My mother was a squeezer. It wouldn’t surprise me if someone’s mother whom you know is also a squeezer. Perhaps even your own mother. I’m told it’s pretty common.
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As Fire Bites



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I own an apartment in the West Village, a house in the Hamptons, a cabin in Vail. In short, save an unlikely revolution, the chances of me actually using one of those spaces—the doorway of St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, or a bridge overpass—are virtually non-existent.
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Minor Inconveniences



Fiction

Landau stands before the blossoming fresco. Castles and horses and knights, but none of the fairytale silliness that could so easily prove ruinous. Fierce animals rendered in wistful but determined brushstrokes.
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Columns

No Way Out: Jason Starr’s “Fake I.D.”



Columns

By now, fans of Hard Case Crime’s brand of pulp crime fiction already know Jason Starr.  Along with the delightfully cynical crime writer Ken Bruen of Ireland, Starr co-authored Bust, Slide, and The Max—a wicked trilogy reveling in dark humor, gratuitous sex & violence, and…
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Christa Faust’s Money Shot Cashes In



Columns

Hard Case Crime recently turned 50. The independent publishing house dedicated to all things pulp has published over 50 titles since it opened for business in 2005. And what a business for lovers of crime fiction: HCC not only reissues out of print classics by…
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Doing It Right: Interview with Gregg Hurwitz



Columns

Los Angeles. The city of (fallen) angels has lured many crime fiction writers over the years, its truths often stranger than fiction. From Hollywood to Echo Park, L.A. is a siren song of corruption, racial tension, drugs, and silicone implants. Perfect grist for a writer’s…
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Easyreeder



Columns

WEEK 1 UNRELIABLE NARRATOR Do you want a reliable narrator?  An unreliable narrator?  If there is any first-person element to your narration, there’s one answer: all people lie to themselves, all people are unreliable.  The question is of degree.  While extremely unreliable narrators are fascinating…
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[CRIME CORNER] Lawrence Block: Romance of the Ordinary Life



Columns

Lawrence Block, Hit and Run 304 pages, $24.95 Published by William Morrow Keller is back. This spring, Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block rolled out the latest exploits of Keller, full-time assassin and amateur philatelist.  Block’s newest novel in 3 years, Hit and…
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Interviews

KGB Interview:  Iris Smyles



Interviews

One of my favorite recent reads was Iris Has Free Time, by Iris Smyles. Eclectic, funny, fast-paced and also reflective, there was something on every page I liked and found memorable.  I am not alone in my excitement, as many reviewers have chimed in with…
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The Last of the Good Men: Ben H. Winters’s Last Policeman Trilogy



Interviews

It’s the end of the world and Ben H. Winters feels fine. The best-selling author has just released World of Trouble, the final book in his critically-acclaimed Last Policeman trilogy, which documents a young detective’s final days before a giant world-destroying asteroid hits Earth.  The…
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Telling Tales - David Unger



Interviews

One writer + One focus = One story An occasional look into pivotal moments in writers’ lives. Writing is, in many ways, translating. Author and translator David Unger sees the connection in that both acts require “[t]he transformation of possibly anarchic coded sources to something…
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KGB Interview:  Andrew Lewis Conn



Interviews

Andrew Lewis Conn is a lifelong Brooklyn resident and the author of the critically acclaimed novel, P (Soft Skull Press, 2003). Following a starred review in KIRKUS, P was chosen as one of the summer’s best books by Nerve, The Oregonian, Salon, and Time Out…
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KGB Interview: Burt Weissbourd



Interviews

“The art of good business is being a good middleman.” So it is said (often) in the underrated movie Layer Cake, starring Daniel Craig, in a role, dare I say, that is much cooler than his more famous turns as James Bond. I think the…
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Book Reviews

THE ANTIGONE POEMS. Poetry by Marie Slaight. Art by Terrence Tasker.



Book Reviews

Though doomed from birth and dead by the exodus, Antigone endures endlessly. As the central figure in Sophocles’ eponymous tragedy, she was conjured—righteous and rebellious—in 441 BCE and has been invoked, translated, reincarnated, and re-imagined countless times since. In modern history, she has spoken in…
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BRIGHT SHARDS OF SOMEPLACE ELSE: Stories by Monica McFawn



Book Reviews

The characters in Monica McFawn‘s Flannery O’Connor award-winning story collection Bright Shards of Someplace Else (The University of Georgia Press) are only loosely rooted in daily reality. Whether helpless to make the messy details of life conform to their idea of how it should be,…
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OUT OF THE DUST by Klaus Merz. Translated by Marc Vincenz.



Book Reviews

Out of the Dust (Spuyten Duyvil Press), a collection of poetry recently translated from German, offers the reader a series of stark and often surprisingly unsettling glances through the eyes of the Swiss poet, Klaus Merz. Though something is almost always inevitably lost in the…
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FACES IN THE CROWD / SIDEWALKS by Valeria Luiselli



Book Reviews

Valeria Luiselli’s Faces in the Crowd, a novel, and Sidewalks, a sequence of essays, have been published simultaneously by Coffee House Press, like components of a single project, and have a combined weight that dwarfs the already considerable gravity they have individually. Sidewalks is a…
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AMERICAN INNOVATIONS: Stories by Rivka Galchen



Book Reviews

“It was my life that was lying in the middle of my life like that, like a pole-axed wildebeest.” American Innovations (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Rivka Galchen’s first short story collection, could be described as an exercise in scrapbooking the psychological ‘state’ of the union.…
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