“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.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Wild Bill Finds His Secret Santa
Mr. Weddle has put me in with some fast company, as he has also recommended books by Alan Heathcock, Bonnie Jo Campbell, John Hornor Jacobs, Benjamin Whitmer, Frank Bill, Lynn Kostoff, Duane Swierczynski, and Dennis Tafoya. Hop on over to DSD to read more about all of the above, as well as links to make your purchases easy.
Many thanks to Steve Weddle for putting his hard-earned cred on the line and vouching for me.
(* - Steve wrote what, to me, is one of the handful of greatest opening lines ever in his story, "Code Adam." "You just don't have the kind of day I was having and not kill someone.")