With a chill in the air, autumn provided a great atmosphere for this quartet of suspense authors. Eric Beetner’s latest contribution to the hardboiled oeuvre is When the Devil Comes to Call, the second Lars and Shaine novel featuring a former hitman and the teenage daughter of one of his targets, andThe Shortlist, co-authored with Frank Zafiro, continuing the saga of "Bricks and Cam … two of the most resourceful and likable paid killers one is ever likely to meet," according to Publishers Weekly.
In a recent blog interview, West Vancouver’s Dietrich Kalteis noted, “I’m drawn to stories that hold some kind of humor, and I like when there’s some payback and a sense of setting something right.” Look for those elements in House of Blood, in which Levi Hayes is out for gold — and blood — in a high-magnitude historical tear through the mean streets of 1906 San Francisco.
Gary Phillips praised S. W. Lauden’s second novel starring Los Angeles police officer Greg Salem and his sidekick Marco as, “Hard-edged with a deft eye and ear portraying the stone cold graspers hustling for their illicit piece of the illusory rainbow… S.W. Lauden delivers the delicious jagged goods in Grizzly Season.”
Former advertising copywriter David Moss, who wrote in “every conceivable medium from TV and radio to coffee cup sleeves and menu tray liners,” now writes screenplays and novels. His debut, This isn’t a Game, was praised by Publishers Weekly, which noted, “This winning debut offers insights into gambling odds, antiques, the raising of buffalo, the film industry, and small-town morality.”
LA noir fans should note Sunday, October 23, the Los Angeles incarnation of Noir at the Bar will feature Eric, Dietrich, SW, Elizabeth Little, Tyler Dilts, Jonathan Brown and Christa Faust & Gary Phillips reading from their Hardcase Crime Comics release, Peepland. Mysterious Galaxy will join authors and readers at Mandrake in Culver City at 8:00 PM for the occasion.
Two years after they escaped the mainland with their lives and little else, save for well over a million dollars in the bank, Lars and Shaine has carved out a nicely spartan existence in Hawaii. Two years without pulling a trigger on another human being. Until Lars's former employer calls about a job.
In the days before the great earthquake and fire of 1906, Levi Hayes returns from San Quentin Prison with a plan. After serving five years for the theft of $30,000 in gold coins from the San Francisco Mint, he s ready to take back what s his and exact revenge on the now-powerful Healey brothers who set him up and had his barroom, House of Blazes, seized by court order.
To get back his bar Levi recruits his nephew, Mack Lewis, telling him the gold coins wait hidden behind one of its cellar walls. Their wild scheme propels them through saloon halls, gambling dens, back alleys, and brothels before it backfires. In lock-up as the earthquake hits, Levi and Mack must escape the collapsing building and burning city to get to the gold coins, with Quinn Healey determined to get his own revenge on them.
The highly anticipated follow-up to SW Lauden's "Bad Citizen Corporation," former Los Angeles police officer Greg Salem and his sidekick Marco escape to a remote cabin in the backend of the Angeles National Forest, only to have their peaceful retreat upturned after stumbling across the marijuana farm operation called Grizzly Flats. When the drug lord Magnus Ursa's latest marijuana crop leaves Greg's hometown and closest friends in disarraysetting off a series of explosive scenes including high-speed motorcycle chases, violent porn shoots, high-altitude gun fights, Mexican drug smuggling and murderGreg is forced out of retirement to avenge his home and save the lives of those closest him.
A smart debut sends Jackson Oliver, head of online gambling casino VegasVegas, headquartered in San Jose, Costa Rica, to a New England village where he suspects someone has gotten away with murder-and used VegasVegas as part of the clever con. Jackson not only feels like a chump for accepting a bet that will cost VegasVegas a hundred grand, he's exposed the casino to blacklisting by the Offshore Gaming Association, which could ruin it. How did this happen? It's a celebrity-obsessed age. VegasVegas posts novelty propositions so its customers can bet on the outcome of TV shows like The Voice and The Bachelorette, and on political elections and celebrity murder trials. VegasVegas customers don't want to bet on speeding tickets or misdemeanor theft. They're star-obsessed. Athlete, musician, actor, socialite-the more the victim or alleged perpetrator shows up on TMZ, the more money bettors fork out. So VegasVegas offered odds on various outcomes in the trial of a movie director accused of murdering his wife. The trial comes fourteen months after Andrew Marvel's arrest, and conviction seems certain. When a customer bets $1,000 that all charges will be dropped-an outcome so unlikely that the odds are 100 to 1-Jackson takes the bet. Audrey Marvel was killed in the couple's lakeside summer home in Greensboro, Vermont. Audrey's blood was all over Andrew's clothes, which the police found at the bottom of the lake. Andrew's wild account that he'd been drugged with Doxepin and hijacked sounds like it was ghostwritten by the prosecutor. Yet two days after the bet made at VegasVegas, an unshakable video alibi for Andrew surfaces, proving the director was three hours away at the time of Audrey's murder. And all charges are dropped. Jackson suspects the bettor, a Greensboro resident, had inside information-or worse-making the bet fraudulent and letting VegasVegas off the hook. With no time to lose proving his theory, Jackson hops a plane to Vermont. There, working undercover, he begins to investigate the Marvel murder. A ring of antique weathervane thieves and an attractive crime blogger with movie scripts in her past figure in. This Isn't a Game starts a series where Jackson will explore both crimes and new career trajectories.
When Bricks and Cam strike out on their own in the aftermath of their bloody showdown with the Giordano family, not everything goes as planned. Boring, straight jobs aren't satisfying, and their first successful solo hit is a messy one. Worse yet, someone has revenge on their mind.
Before they know what is happening, Cam is kidnapped and Bricks is attacked by an old enemy.
Cam uses his wits as he struggles to escape his captors while Bricks frantically searches for her partner in crime. Both hack away at the mystery of who is bent upon vengeance against them. There is a short list in play, and both Cam and Bricks are on it.
But they're not going to stand still and take being attacked. Not by anyone. They're going to fight back. They're making a list of their own, and it's even shorter than the one they're on...