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.

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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.

“Crime is just a word for the human condition.”

“Crime is just a word for the human condition.”
I am interviewed by Dan and Kate Malmon at Crimespree Magazine about Blade of Dishonor, crime fiction, and feeling Minnesota.
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Denny returns in Plots with Guns

If you’ve read my stories about Denny the Dent such as “Rain Dog” in Crimespree Mag issue 43, and “Legacy of Brutality” in Pulp Modern #1 (links at the right) you know he doesn’t need a gun to get the job done. He’s 350 pounds of muscle and rage against those who hurt the weak.

In his latest rampage, he’s a junkman working with a new partner who finds a little pit bull … that dogfighters have other plans for. Denny’s pit fighting past crosses with the ugly world of modern dogfighting, and you know it won’t end well… for the bad guys.

PLOTS WITH GUNS is in my opinion the best designed crime fiction site on the web, and this issue has stories by Matt C. Funk my Louisiana transplant homeboy, Patti Abbott the mama tiger of noir, and seven other hard-hitting tales that readers of PWG know to expect…

© 2011 Thomas Pluck

RAIN DOG in Crimespree issue no.43

Crimespree Magazine is a great read for crime fiction fans, and I am very proud that my story “Rain Dog” appears in the latest issue, #43. Along with Sara Gran, Declan Burke, Dennis Lehane, Craig MacDonald, Todd Ritter and many more.

You can order copies or subscribe here. It is also available at The Mysterious Bookshop for you New Yorkers, at your local mystery bookshop elsewhere and Uncle Edgar’s for my Twin Cities friends.

You will be seeing more of Denny Forrest, the character who appears in “Rain Dog,” in the upcoming Pulp Modern quarterly, and the next issue of Plots With Guns.


© 2011 Thomas Pluck