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Morning Crime Links

Yesterday, I reviewed Paul Heatley's "Christmas Stockings". I wrote, "While we argued whether “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie, Paul Heatley released a stunner of dark comic noir Christmas story ..." (Unlawful Acts)

"Kima Jones, the Founder of Jack Jones Literary Arts, Is Taking the Publishing Industry by Storm" by Lovia Gyarkye (The New York Times)

"The Killer Inside Jonathan Ames" by Jonathan Stevenson (Los Angeles Review of Books)

"How Does a Writer Put a Drug Trip Into Words" by Michael Polin (The New York Times)

"What Writers Really WANT for the Holidays" by Ann Neugebauer (LitReactor)

"Top Five Books of 2018" by Louis Bravos (Crime Fiction Lover)

"Why 1920s Paris Is the Best Setting for a Spy Thriller" by Tessa Lunnay (Criminal Element)

"In The Spotlight: Truman Capote's In Cold Blood" (Confessions of a Mystery Novelist)

"Menace and Malice: On Dorothy B. Hughes’s Debut, 'The So Blue Marble'" by Robert Allen Papinchak (Los Angeles Review of Books)
Book Review: "My Darkest Prayer" by S.A. Cosby (Intrigue) (Tough)

Book Review: "Rumrunners" by Eric Beetner (Down & Out Books) (Col's Criminal Library)

Book Review: "After He Died" by Michael J. Malone (Orenda Books) (Random Things Through My Letterbox)

Book Review: "Treacherous Strand" by Andrea Carter (Constable) (The View From The Blue House)

Book Review: "Hark! The Herald Angels Scream" edited by Christopher Golden (Anchor Books) (No More Grumpy Book Sellers)
Short Stories: Molotov Cocktail Volume 9, Issue 12 (The Molotov Cocktail)

Short Story: "Mulligan" by John Brantingham (Flash Fiction Magazine)

Short Story: "Customer Service" by Margot Kinberg (Punk Noir Magazine)

Featured Book of the Day

"Gravy Train"
by Tess Makovesky

(All Due Repect)

Crime pays. So barmaid Sandra thinks when she overhears details of a betting scam and wins herself and fat husband Mike eighty thousand pounds. But they’ve reckoned without mugger Lenny, lying in wait outside the betting shop door. And he’s reckoned without a top-notch car thief, his own devious boss, a fellow gang-member with a grudge, and Sandra’s unpleasant almost-Uncle George. 

Chaos ensues as a whole bunch of disparate—and desperate—characters chase the bag of money around Birmingham’s back streets. Plenty of them help themselves to the cash, but none of them are good at hanging onto it. As they hurtle towards a frantic showdown on the banks of the local canal, will any of them see their ill-gotten gains again? Or will their precious gravy train come shuddering to a halt? 

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