Here are a couple of other books I’ve read from All Due Respect. I highly recommend going out and picking up anything from them.
The Deepening Shade by Jake Hinkson: I’d heard good stuff about Jake Hinkson for awhile. After finally sitting down to read this collection I painfully have to say it was a little disappointing. The writing is great and Hinkson is terrific at giving his characters a distinct voice. Unfortunately these stories suffer from lackluster endings and are sometimes just flat out boring. It won’t stop me from picking up more of his work but I expected these to have a little more, I don’t know, wow factor, I guess.
Crooked Roads by Alec Cizak: Now this was a good collection. Pitch black hardcore crime fiction. Exactly the kind I like. All noir, some bordering on horror. Every one a punch to the throat. Highly recommended.
Recently I read a couple excellent books from crime fiction publisher All Due Respect. Instead of making a post about each one I thought I’d lump them together.
Only Bones by Daniel Vlasaty: This was a really good noir from author Daniel Vlasaty. A bike messenger who doesn’t stop taking amphetamines even for a minute takes a job from his drug dealer and gets in over his head with dirty cops, and his drug dealers drug dealer. Grounded in reality and written in a minimalist style Only Bones is a fast paced, witty, and often times funny tour through Chicago via bicycle. Daniel, the messenger not the author, is basically the sidekick to all the tough guys you normally read about. The reader stands on the sideline with him as he’s dragged from one bad situation to another always questioning if he should just walk away and disappear from the city he’s grown up in and loves. I just really loved the characters voice and realistic situations. Vlasaty never goes over the top to where it’s unbelievable. You can seriously imagine being in some of the situations he finds himself in. It’s a pure noir grounded in reality. I highly recommend it.
Debt Crusher by Michael Pool: These days mob stories are to crime fiction what zombie stories are to horror. A well trodden area of the genre that never really changes much. In Debt Crusher author Michael Poole switches it up by setting it in Seattle and then ripping the main character out of the mob he had spent so much time in and putting him on the run.
Poole, who I had never read before and wasn’t even on my radar, writes a good short, sharp yarn. His writing is clean and goes for the throat, although the middle got a little dull for me. But ends with a quick blast of action and suspense. Poole is definitely on my radar now.