Now I’m Catching On

When I’m not reading crime fiction, I like to kick back with a good hockey or wrestling memoir.  While I no longer watch nearly as much hockey as I used to, I find something about the game endlessly readable.  Like wrestling, hockey has been gifted with a tremendous history that can be equal parts dramatic…

The Invasion

On a winter’s night in New Brunswick, mysterious green snow begins to fall. As it coats and corrodes all living things it becomes clear that nothing is safe. It isn’t long until images flood in from around the world as it’s revealed this isn’t a localized problem for those in the Maritimes. To be honest,…

Ways to Die in Glasgow

Ways to Die in Glasgow follows a handful of characters as they maneuver around the disappearance of gangster-turned-acclaimed-true-crime-author Rab Anderson. I caught the author, Jay Stringer, at this year’s Bouchercon during the Best Paperback Original panel and not only was he hilarious, he was one of the few authors that impressed me so much that…

Wrestle Maniacs

Wrestle Maniacs is a collection of dark, often humorous fiction based in the world of professional wrestling. I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Many of the stories are inspired by behind-the-scenes events, veteran performers or storylines that happened in the past.  That’s not to say all the…

Lightning Men

LIGHTNING MEN picks up two years after the events of DARKTOWN as those left standing continue with their lives in 1950s Atlanta. Officer Denny “Rake” Rakestraw’s neighborhood – an implied “whites only” neighborhood – is beginning to see the arrival of several black families.  A group of residents, including Denny’s wife Cassie, pool their money…

Darktown

Following a mandate from the Mayor’s office, Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith are two of the first round of black men hired as policemen to serve the Atlanta Police Department in post-war America.  Despite being officers of the law, Boggs and Smith are painfully limited in what they’re authorized to do.  Sure they can carry…