January Interview: Dietrich Kalteis

September 18, 2018 Linda L. Richards 0

When Dietrich Kalteis’ Zero Avenue came out in 2017, I remarked on The Rap Sheet that I’d once heard author Owen Laukannen describe Kalteis’ writing as being like “jazz on the page.” If you want to boil Kalteis’ work down very tightly, for me descriptions just don’t get any better than that. Kalteis’ voice is taut, tight, and if it were any more noir, it would be too dark to see. With all of that, […]

January Interview: Sam Wiebe

September 5, 2018 Linda L. Richards 1

  Last year, I waxed poetic about Sam Wiebe’s sophomore novel, Invisible Dead, in The Rap Sheet’s Best of the Year feature. As I said then, in that book Wiebe worked with just about all of the tropes of crime fiction and turned them around, pulling them masterfully beyond the cliché. That was the first book featuring Vancouver, Canada-based Dave Wakeland, an ex-cop turned private eye. In 2018’s Cut You Down, we meet Dave again […]

January Interview: Ann Cleeves

July 3, 2018 admin 0

In the tradition of the very best of overnight sensations, Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland Island and Vera Stanhope novels, was an overnight sensation. It’s just that it took 20 years. labored away in relative obscurity for a long time before being recognized as one of crime fiction’s leading voices. Cleeves’ first novel, A Bird in the Hand, was published in 1986, so she’s been at the game a very long time. The Seagull, […]

Authors on Snacks: Chrissy Gruninger

October 11, 2017 admin 0

Does creativity have a taste? And, if it does, is it salty or sweet? January Magazine’s “Authors on Snacks” is not meant to be a judgment. Rather it’s a personal peek at what some of our most beloved authors nibble on while pushing forward on their latest work. This time out we talk with author and happiness coach, Chrissy Gruninger. Gruninger says that she hopes her latest book, Lost and Found in the Land of […]

Authors on Snacks: Dietrich Kalteis

October 3, 2017 admin 1

Does creativity have a taste? And, if it does, is it salty or sweet? January Magazine’s “Authors on Snacks” is not meant to be a judgment. Rather it’s a personal peek at what some of our most beloved authors nibble on while pushing forward on their latest work. This time out we chat with Dietrich Kalteis, an award-winning author of five novels and over fifty short stories. His latest novel, Zero Avenue, is newly released. […]

Authors on Snacks: Steff Penney

September 20, 2017 admin 0

Does creativity have a taste? And, if it does, is it salty or sweet? January Magazine’s “Authors on Snacks” is not meant to be a judgment. Rather, it’s a personal peek at what some of our most beloved authors nibble on while pushing forward on their latest work. This time out we chat with filmmaker and writer Steff Penney. Penney’s debut novel, The Tenderness of Wolves, won the 2006 Costa Book Awards and The Book-of-the-Month […]

Authors on Snacks: Ken Pisani

September 14, 2017 admin 2

Does creativity have a taste? And, if it does, is it salty or sweet? January Magazine’s “Authors on Snacks” is not meant to be a judgment. Rather it’s a personal peek at what some of our most beloved authors nibble on while pushing forward on their latest work. This time out we chat with Emmy-nominated producer, film and television writer, and author, Ken Pisani, whose debut novel AMP’D has been named a finalist for the […]

January Interview: Roisin O’Donnell

July 13, 2016 admin 0

by Hubert O’Hearn Let’s imagine a scene together. You’ve received an invitation to a swank literary event, one of those champagne and piano evenings where the conversation is all dry wit and sincere chuckling; hands are kissed, cuffs are linked, and may I say you’ve never looked lovelier? You wander through the room, not quite sure who to talk to but finally somewhere near the Utrillo hanging above the cheese selection you find yourself chatting […]

Investigating the Cat Called Shaft

November 10, 2015 J. Kingston Pierce 1

Hard as this might be to believe, 2016 will mark 45 years since the 1971 debut of Shaft, the Richard Roundtree crime-thriller film based on Ernest Tidyman’s novel of the same name. In anticipation of that anniversary, British banker-turned-writer Steve Aldous has composed The World of Shaft: A Complete Guide to the Novels, Comic Strip, Films, and Television Series (McFarland). It represents a nostalgic feast for longtime John Shaft fans and an invitation to others […]

Interview: Ona Russell author of Rule of Capture

April 7, 2015 admin 0

In Ona Russell’s latest novel, Rule of Capture, we are in Los Angeles in 1928. One of the victims of a Ponzi scheme, Ohio probate officer Sarah Kaufman is in the city to attend the trial of the perpetrators, in particular of the “friend” who convinced her to invest. Sarah is eager for justice and committed to seeing the trial through. But when a Mexican woman she barely knows winds up dead, Sarah’s plans are […]