AND SPEAKING OF NOIR …

Devoted followers of ZOOM STREET will be familiar with the late French writer Pascal  Garnier. Indeed, Garnier quickly became one of my favorite practitioners of noir fiction after I read his short novel, THE PANDA THEORY in 2014. The author manages to blend  eerie, atmospheric suspense with jolts of black humor.

 Gallic Books  has, for years,  been treating American readers to superb translations of the author’s noirish novelettes  in compact, uniform editions. If you’ve  missed these stand-alones, you’re in luck  because the publisher has just released GALLIC NOIR (Vol. 1),  a  collection of three Garnier novels. This is the first of  three volumes and in addition to THE PANDA THEORY, it  includes HOW’S THE PAIN?  and THE A26.

I suggest you start with this collection—especially since it contains my fave—and by the time you’re finished you’ll be hungry for Gallic Noir: Volume 2.

As for the cover…  my first reaction was:  Aha!—a hook to lure beach-goers in search of JAWS!  But then I realized the shark was  a good metaphor for Garnier’s fiction, as  the menace  lies below the surface of the mundane,  and a strong undertow draws you out… just beyond the lifeguard’s reach.

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Lost and FOUND!

I hope you’ll forgive a bit of self-promotion here,  as this has been a long time coming.

I’ve been on the missing persons list for a few months, putting the finishing touches on my book MISSING MYSTERIES: A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF NONEXISTENT MYSTERIES. I began this massive satirical reference back in 2011 and it has finally launched—in a shiny,  full-color, large format paperback edition from Black Scat Books.

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I might as well let the blurbs speak for themselves because—frankly—I’m pooped.

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“Derek Pell is quite mad, in rather a brilliant way.”Lawrence Block

“Pell’s satire doesn’t lack for sharp edges. His twisted humor is sure to appeal to crime-fiction lovers.”J. Kingston Pierce, THE RAP SHEET

“This book is a lot of fun!” —Steven Heller

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Copies are now available worldwide on Amazon. CLICK HERE TO ORDER

Another Mysterious Summer Ahead

Memorial Day has come and gone which means it’s almost time for my “Summer Mysteries” round-up. I’ll whet your appetite with a few titles I’ve enjoyed recently.

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Whenever Hercule Poirot appears on the scene it’s cause for celebration, if not a beach party. Hercule’s presence usually means a dead body has turned up and in the case of THE MONOGRAM MURDERS there are a whole bunch of bodies at once – all found in their rooms at a posh London hotel. Sophie Hannah was given the honor of continuing the series by Agatha Christie’s estate, and she does an admirable job of bringing our favorite Belgian detective back to life. Watching Poirot’s mind at work is always a lot of fun – especially when the plot is a complex as this one. Is it plausible?  I daresay it’s not, but that won’t stop fans from enjoying the ride. (Note: the book will be available in paperback June 9th.)

THE MONOGRAM MURDERS
Sophie Hannah
William Morrow
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If you haven’t discovered  Peter Lovesey’s Peter Diamond  series yet, you’ve missed a lot. Fortunately Soho Crime keeps the titles in print – so you have about 14 books to look forward to. DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN will be available soon and it’s one of the author’s best. This time around Diamond finds himself trapped in Sussex with his annoying supervisor, Assistant Chief Constable Gorgina Dallymore. Yes, even her name is annoying, and this set-up provides Lovesey with some nice humorous opportunities. The crime(s) here, however, are no laughing matter. The novel is fast-paced, suspenseful, with enough twists to keep you awake in the hammock.

DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN
Peter Lovesey
SOHO CRIME
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If you want laughter with your crime, then you’ll have to investigate Timothy Hallinan’s Junior Bender series. The L.A. burglar is in good form in HERBIE’S GAME —  a definite “beach read”  —  packed with enough cynical humor to keep you laughing through Labor day.

HERBIE’S GAME
Timothy Hallinan
SOHO CRIME
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Soho Crime has also released a reprint of the novel GBH by Ted Lewis, the author of GET CARTER. Haven’t read this one yet, but it looks very promising and into the picnic basket it goes.

More soon!

—Carla M. Wilson

Look Out—Bernie’s Back in Town.

Lawrence Block said he wasn’t going to write another Bernie Rhodenbarr mystery, which was sad news around here. But—thank Ra!—he changed his mind. 

Christmas morning we’re looking forward to this…

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Watch for a review here, and while you’re waiting you can pre-order the book here.

Elmore Leonard, RIP

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Ten Tips from the Master

1. Never open a book with weather.
2. Avoid prologues.
3. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said” … he admonished gravely.
5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
6. Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.”
7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
9. Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

NICKLE NOIR

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Back in October, 2011, John Nickle was the featured artist in Zoom Street’s gallery. Here’s the link to the original post.

Today, over at Black Scat Books, they’ve published a delicious collection of this illustrator’s best work from the past 25 years—NICKLE NOIR: THE ART OF JOHN NICKLE. His crime book covers are legend, including (my personal favorites) his drawings for the “Martin Beck” mysteries by Sjöwall and Wahlöö published by Black Lizard.

This limited edition is a real treat. The writer P.G. Sturges calls it  “a book of dark joy.” and that’s right on the money.

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