Relic of a lost era

I found this bookmark in an old paperback I grabbed off my bookshelf a couple of days ago.

When I moved to Austin in 1996, there were three bookstores where a lover of crime fiction could achieve Nirvana–Austin Books, Adventures in Crime and Space, and Mysteries & More. And then time passed.

Mark Finn […]

A few things I’ve neglected to tell you about

I’ve had a very hectic time since Independence Day, and as a consequence, dropped the ball on a few items of importance. Here’s my makeup post.

To Twitter followers of the site–sorry about the avalanche of posts in the past 24 hours or so. The main purpose of the Twitter account is to serve […]

What do you think of audio books?

As I hope you’ve noticed, I haven’t been doing a lot at the site lately. I haven’t read any books recently so I have none to tell you about, and I’m behind on checking the latest Stark/Westlake/crime-fiction news which means I have no updates on that stuff at the moment either.

I have a […]

Off topic: “Goodnight, Bad Intentions” by squint

Why am I posting a music video on a crime fiction site? Because the lead singer is my brother. But I’m not completely off topic–the video does contain noir elements.

I’m a critic even when it comes to my own brother, and I tell him honestly what I think of his band’s music, performances, […]

Quickie halftime post: best city for a crime novel?

New York versus Indianapolis

New York has been done to death in everything. The rust belt, on the other hand, would be a great setting. Picture Dennis Lehane’s Boston with even more people down on their luck, plus a lot of meth. Crime fiction gold.

Winner: […]

Westlake/Stark link roundup 5/10/09

Donald Westlake as drawn by Darwyn Cooke

It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these–let’s see what I’ve accumulated in the past month or so.

Hey Oscar Wilde! It’s clobberin’ time!!! has Darwyn Cooke’s portrait of Donald Westlake (above). (Thanks to Will Kane of World of Kane.)