Short walk #70

This week’s links to what’s fresh, what’s famous, and what’s fiendish in short mystery and crime fiction.

Short sample:

In the Ozarks we get about two weeks of spring before it gets hotter than a whore in church, and this was one of those fine April days after the cold and before the thunder and the heat. From “Johnny Cash Is Dead” by Jordan Harper (in Thuglit Presents Hardcore Hardboiled, ed. Todd Robinson. Kensington Books, 2008).

Point of view:

Rural noir: reviewing the evidence on The Outlaw Album: Stories by Daniel Woodrell.

New releases, old releases:

This year’s Bouchercon anthology Denim, Diamonds and Death (ed. Rick Ollerman) is available for pre-order from Down & Out Books.

Ford County: Stories (by John Grisham).

Mississippi Noir (ed. Tom Franklin).

Tricks of the Trade:

Make your characters more interesting with lies.

Free Reads:

“And They Shall Take Up Serpents” and “With Hair Blacker than Coal” by Chris McGinley, both at Tough.

Check my shorts, please:

My back-country jailhouse whodunit-howdunit “Locked Tight” appeared in Mystery Weekly Magazine in July 2018. You can read a free excerpt on the Mystery Weekly website.

Thanks for visiting.

Peter DiChellis