“King has created vividly drawn characters, a plot the late Elmore Leonard would appreciate, and dialogue that hits all the right notes. His Penns River recalls K.C. Constantine’s wonderfully rendered Rocksburg, another struggling, soulful Pennsylvania mill town. But the reclusive Constantine has retired. Let's hope Grind Joint is the first in a new series chronicling life and crime in the Alleghenies.” –Booklist
“If the film and T.V. industry doesn’t latch onto this book and do something with it, they’re not as sharp as I thought. This is a mini-series waiting to be made. It’s got everything going for it: crime, violence, a bit of romance and a lot of bromance, some dark humour, and a good dash of our old friend Nemesis.” –New Mystery Reader
“Frankly, this is masterful writing; a book that should be picked up post haste.” – Charlie Stella, author of Rough Riders, Cheapskates, Mafiya, Johnny Porno…
“It's all good. The town, the cops, and the characters are all so well drawn that it's hard to stop reading.” –Bill Crider, multiple Anthony Award winner, author of Compound Murder
“I cannot remember a book I've read -- including anything by Elmore -- where the cops sounded more like cops, tricking suspects, stumbling with women, smart-talking the tough guys, and finally getting out of a big shootout (another Elmore favorite) with brains, brawn, and guts.” -- Jack Getze, SpinetinglerMagazine, author of the Austin Carr novels Big Numbers and Big Money
“Whether it's hard-boiled thrillers or more thoughtful tales, Dana's work is a breath of fresh air in the increasingly formulaic genre of crime fiction. Here's hoping the reading public catches on to Dana's work and we see much more of it in the years to come.” –Terrence McCauley, author of Prohibition and Slow Burn
Meet Chicago professional investigator Nick Forte, a pivotal character in Grind Joint, in his own story, A Small Sacrifice, available for Kindle now.
Monday, November 2, 2009
October's Best Reads
The Friends of Eddie Coyle, George V. Higgins – A seminal book. Few crime fiction writers since have been unaffected by Higgins’s work, and this is the book that got him noticed. Should be on a shelf with Chandler, Hammett, et al for crime fiction writers, and anyone else interested in how the gerne has evolved.
Chasing Darkness, Robert Crais – Possibly the best Elvis and Joe novel. The story sizzles, and Crais has a keen sense of how a PI can never really put things right, but has to be satisfied with explanations. Pike has been humanized by his solo turn in The Watchman, and all the other bit players in Crais’s repertory company are used to best advantage. This book kept me away from the bar the night before Bouchercon so I could finish it.
Blood’s a Rover, James Ellroy – The final volume in his American Trilogy, after American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand, and definitely not for everyone. Ellroy writes with a disdain for convention and good taste to pull the reader into his alternate universe of the Sixties and Seventies. Not as nihilistic as TC6K, and a slightly easier read. Oscar Levant once said there is a line between genius and insanity, and he had crossed it. Ellroy straddles it. You’ll love this book or hate it, or you won’t be sure which. You won’t be indifferent, and you’ll never forget it.