Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sneak Peak of Prodigal Sons, by Mike Miner, coming from All Due Respect Books December 1

Matthew Flanagan was awake a long time before he opened his eyes.
Fragments of a dream lingered. Decaying at the end of a street, a crooked house squatted. Matthew didn’t recognize the house, but he knew there was something inside that he needed. Creatures protected it. What sounded like mad dogs, monsters that barked and bit. In the distance, a melody of keys jangling, cop shoes squeaking and the industrial hum of fluorescent lighting; the familiar music of jail.
            The Beverly Hills Police Department did not have bars on its cells. Instead there were thick glass doors which looked less forbidding than they should – Matthew felt a bit cheated. In the movie version of his life, he’d put bars on the cell. The glass was strangely more isolating than bars; even the air he breathed was trapped inside. Through it, he could see the police desk and the officers doing their thing. Instead of a bed, prisoners were given a mat to put on the concrete floor. A cheerful orange, the color of a Good Humor Creamsicle, decorated the walls. The thought of eating a Good Humor Creamsicle made a rumpus in Matthew’s stomach. A clock hung on the wall behind the police desk but he couldn’t see its face. He was pretty sure it was Saturday morning, but if the female cop at the desk walked over and told him it was the following Friday, he wouldn’t put up much of an argument.
            The khaki-uniformed woman filed papers and chatted with someone Matthew couldn’t see. He couldn’t hear what she said. It was like watching television with the sound down and no remote control to change the channel. He wanted desperately for her to look over and acknowledge him, but she didn’t even glance in his direction.
On the floor on the other side of the cell, his cellmate slept the sleep of the damned. His snoring was an echo of the mad dog snarling from Matthew’s dream. If he’d had it, Matthew would have paid a million dollars to be able to sleep like that. He thought about pounding on the glass to get someone’s attention, but he didn’t know what he’d do with it.

He started to case the cell. A table against a wall held checkers, a deck of cards, a year-old Cosmopolitan professing to know “The Secret to His Orgasm” and, to Matthew’s surprise, a remote control. He picked it up and tried to turn up the volume of the scene outside his cell but he still couldn’t hear anything. He was amazed to see a television mounted inside a cage in the corner of his cell. It seemed to him that things were looking up, but he was like a man heading toward an oasis who is not convinced it’s real until he actually sips the water. He touched the power button and the TV came to life. It got two stations, CBS and the Weather Channel. Hurricane Felix was crashing into Aruba and Georgetown was playing Seton Hall in basketball. He settled on the hoops and shuffled the deck of cards. A game of solitaire commenced. All in all, he thought, if he could just murder his cellmate, he’d be willing to stay here for quite some time. This was a much nicer cell than the last two he’d spent the night in. He made a mental note to commit his next crime in Beverly Hills. As the snoring continued, he tried to piece together the broken shards of his memory.

Monday, November 17, 2014

OUT NOW: Two Bullets Solve Everything

Two noir novellas for the price two.

(Yeah, you heard me!)

In Disco Rumble Fish, author Ryan Sayles rewinds to the 1970s, when Richard Buckner rolled with the city's SWAT team. Tasked with finding a criminal associated with a mobster's violent jailbreak, Buckner and company prove there's nowhere to hide when you kill one of their own.

In Chris Rhatigan's A Pack of Lies, newspaper reporter Lionel Kaspar is out to find the truth and advocate for social justice. Just kidding. He's a scam artist of the lowest order out to make a quick buck off of whoever crosses his path. But the comfortable niche he's created for himself is about to be crushed.

We hope to make this part of a series of double features. Check it out now at Amazon US and UK

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

All Due Respect Books to publish collection of Alec Cizak stories!!!!!!

Oh. Wow. Right? 

Mr. Cizak has gathered up all his wonderful stories and is letting All Due Respect Books assemble them into a book with a cover and everything. He wants them to call it Crooked Roads, and they said okay. 

"Oh shit, I had no idea," said ADR Books' employee Mike Monson while in the midst of reading the submitted manuscript. "These stories are fucking great. I'm actually jealous, which I'm usually not when I read stories I admire because I realize everyone is different. But, these stories, man, I wished I'd written them. Damn." 

"Duh," replied the Publisher Chris Rhatigan. "Alec is the man, I thought everyone knew that. Where have you been, dude?"

"Good question, jeez," Mike said. "You know that I read and loved his novel Manifesto Destination and you know I loved his story Little People in All Due Respect #4, but I had no idea he had all these other kick-ass stories out." 

"Fuck, Monson," Rhatigan said, "would you get with the program? What am I paying you for?" 

"Okay, okay, I'm sorry, Boss," Monson said, and slunk off to read back issues of Alec Cizak's crime fiction journal Pulp Modern and finally get to reading The Man's novella The National Trust in the collection Uncle B's Drive-In Fiction.

"Hey, Mr. Rhatigan!" Monson shouted from his cubicle, "listen to what it says here about Alec Cizak in the back of that Drive-In Fiction book: Alec is from Indianapolis. I would've thought he was from Los Angeles because so many of his stories sure capture that city so well. Don't you think? And, check this out. His work has appeared in Beat To A Pulp, Grift Magazine, Thuglit, Crimespree and a bunch of neat anthologies! That is so cool."

Mike waited patiently, but there was no reply from Rhatigan. Finally he got up from his chair, left his cube, and walked down the long hallway to the big office. The door was closed, which meant one thing: the Boss was busy writing, cause that dude was always fucking writing. 

"I better get busy if we want Crooked Roads out by Spring of 2015, like I promised Mr Cizak," Mike said to himself on the long walk back his desk, where his Acer laptop sat waiting, mocking him with its malevolent incompetence. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

OUT NOW: Revenge is a Redhead

In Phil Beloin Jr.'s novella, Revenge is a RedheadRich Brown is out of cash and luck when he finds stripper Cherry Pop. Like so many before him, Rich falls for the redhead, but all he can afford is a quick peep show.

But soon Rich has bigger problems than lack of love and money when he stumbles into a homeless shelter that’s really a front for a bunch of shady dealings. He crosses paths with Cherry Pop again, and to survive the night, the duo have claw their way out of all kinds of mayhem.

Trashy, funny, and filled with pure pulp action, Revenge is a Redhead is the ideal to kill time before you die. 99 cents for Kindle. Paperback version coming soon.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

ALL THE YOUNG WARRIORS by Anthony Neil Smith

So I'm, uh, a little late to this party.

But this is a remarkably good book, so I felt compelled to post about it. What starts out looking like a police procedural is actually the story of two young American-Somali men who venture to Somalia to fight in a holy war. They take wildly divergent paths--Mustafa instantly becomes a ruthless and heroic leader, whereas Adem is horrified by the senseless violence and yearns to go back to America. But one doesn't just leave the holy war, and Adem finds himself trapped in a hostile land.

While this will scratch the crime fiction itch, it's also a fascinating examination of how these characters attempt to reconcile their Somali and American identities. And it's an insider take on a disastrous conflict that's ruined a once-beautiful city. (I don't know what Smith did to research this book, but the parts about Somalia feel very real.) Overall, it's a sharply written, suspenseful, unusual novel.

Check it out and the sequel, Once a Warrior