That time I killed Dan Malmon…


Dan and Kate Malmon are two of the best people in the crime fiction community, a superhero duo who write for Crimespree, bike for charity, and make the world on and offline, a better place. So I was thrilled when Kate asked me to kill Dan.

In a story! ha. ha.

See, they’ve put together an anthology where every writer has to kill Dan. Because he’s such a nice guy. Mine’s called “Russian Roulette” and is based on Dan’s grandfather Irving Malmon, who owned a deli back in the day, plus Dan’s favorite sandwich, my memories of living in the Twin Cities, and a funny story that happened to me at the airport involving a ’70s-style mobster jacket and an errant feminine hygiene product…

I’m in good company, with stories by Josh Stallings (I was there when he wrote the funny as hell thing), Hilary Davidson, Holly West, Hector Acosta, Danny Gardner… well, just read the announcement for the full list.

It comes out in October, from Down & Out Books. Here’s a cover tease. All sales benefit the MS Society.



The Protectors Anthology Sale

If you haven’t bought the Anthony finalist for best anthology, Protectors 2: Heroes, have I got a deal for you. I happen to have several of them here taking up space and not making any money for The National Association to Protect Children’s HERO Corps, to which 100% of the proceeds are donated. If you don’t know the HERO Corps, they train wounded veterans to assist law enforcement in hunting online predators. So it’s time to move some books.

It’s got original, exclusive stories by Laird Barron, Graham Wynd, Rios de la Luz, Gary Phillips, Richard Prosch, Hilary Davidson, Joelle Charbonneau, Josh Stallings, Scott Adlerberg, Neliza Drew, and myself, as well as “Silvia Reyes” by P.J. Ward, which was longlisted for the year’s best horror, by Ellen Datlow. You also get stories by Joyce Carol Oates, Joe Lansdale, Reed Farrel Coleman, Harlan Ellison, Wayne Dundee, and Holly West’s “Don’t Fear the Ripper,” which was chosen for inclusion in Otto Penzler’s new Jack the Ripper anthology.

Cover price is $26.95, but I’ll let them go for $19 shipped (media mail, US only) and I’ll sign or inscribe them to your liking.

And I’ll do one better: I also have copies of the 500 page trade paperback of Protectors, the first anthology, with original, exclusive stories by Ken Bruen, Jen Conley, Todd Robinson, Ray Banks, Patti Abbott, Les Edgerton, James Reasoner, Johnny Shaw, Josh Stallings, Dave White, and Charlie Stella, plus hard to find classics by Chet Williamson, George Pelecanos, Roxane Gay, and Bill Cameron. It’s $18.95 cover, but I if you want it and Protectors 2: Heroes, I will sell them for $30 shipped in the US. And of course I’ll sign and inscribe them.

Want them? Just shoot me an email via the Contact Form, I can take Paypal or check. That’s cheaper than Amazon, and the HERO Corps will get a nice boost. And it lasts until they’re gone.

(That’s the deadly Hilary Davidson holding Protectors 2: Heroes, which is hefty enough to use as a murder weapon)

Noir at the Bar Queens Lit Fest 5/28

With barely time to take a breath after my lovely tour of the bookstores, taco stands, and bars of Los Angeles, I’m off to Long Island City in Queens this Memorial Day weekend to read with a delightful bevy of crime writers. So if you’re in town this weekend, Sunday you can get your book fix in Queens, and when night falls on the City, you can join us for libations and larceny at LIC Landing, by the Coffeed. It’s also just a few blocks from The Creek & the Cave, a comedy club and CaliMex eatery that I frequented when Katie East and crew used to tear the place up. I can vouch for the eats and the brews there.

Reading with Sarah Weinman, Jen Conley, Cathi Stoler, Scott Adlerberg, Alex Segura, SJ Rozan, SA Solomon, and Nick Kolakowski will be a good time. It’s a quick hop off the E train from the PATH, that’s how I plan on getting my Jersey ass across two rivers. The festivities begin at noon, and the reading kicks off at 5pm.


The California Triple Lindy with the Dirty (Half) Dozen

People of California:

Mr Goombah Gumbo is coming to the city of angels and its immediate environs. I love the posters Eric Beetner came up with, though to my enduring shame I often mix this classic up with Kelly’s Heroes, because Donald Sutherland and Ernest Borgnine are in both (I was only thinkin’ positive thoughts about that goddamn bridge!)

Come join us for what’s sure to be a fun time. I’ll have Bad Boy Boogie and Blade of Dishonor on hand, and if you don’t know the crew I’m rolling with, they are great crime writers. From pulp and noir maestros Duane Swierczynski and Eric Beetner, the bad-ass noir poet of L.A. Josh Stallings, to up and comers like the acclaimed Joe Ide, SW Lauden, and Nolan Knight, Gotham writer Jordan Harper, and Stoker-winning author Maria Alexander.


May 20, West Hollywood, CA, 4:00PM: Reading at Book Soup with Josh Stallings, Eric Beetner, S.W. Lauden, Duane Swierczynski, and Nolan Knight. Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.


May 21, Orange, CA: Reading at Book Carnival with Josh Stallings, Eric Beetner, S.W. Lauden, Duane Swierczynski, and Nolan Knight. Location: 348 S. Tustin Street, Orange.


May 21, Culver City, CA: 6:00PM: Reading at Noir at the Bar L.A. at Mandrake Bar in Culver City, with Joe Ide, Eric Beetner, S.W. Lauden, Duane Swierczynski, Maria Alexander, and Jordan Harper.

Jersey Crime Trio this Saturday


This Saturday at 4pm three Jersey crime writers take over Barnes & Noble in Morris Plains for two hours of noir!

Dave White, author of the Jackson Donne mysteries, Jen Conley, author of Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens, and myself. Come join us, it’s sure to be a blast…as we open the safe and make off with the loot.

Barnes & Noble Morris Plains

1940 Route 10 West
Morris Plains, NJ 07950

Like Warren Zevon say: Join me in L.A.


Sunday May 21st I have the great honor of reading at Noir at the Bar L.A. hosted by Eric Beetner, with Duane Swierczynski, Maria Alexander, Joe Ide, Jordan Harper, and S.W. Lauden!

Join us at the Mandrake, 2692 S. La Cienega, at 7pm for a night of noir.


Talking crime-fighting duos at Crimespree

I’m over at Crimespree Magazine today, talking about my favorite crime-fighting duos– Spenser and Hawk, Clete and Dave, Elvis and Pike–and why I chose to make Jay Desmarteaux run solo.

If you don’t have a sub to Crimespree, they published the first Denny the Dent story, and they are one of the best crime fiction magazines. Check them out.