Writers and readers, have a burning question about firearms and knives? I wrote a whole book about both for Writer's Digest.
It's slated to hit shelves in late 2014, but I'll answer your questions right now. Just e-mail me at ben [dot] sobieck [at] gmail [dot] com. I'll turn the answer into a blog post here.
|Posted on February 17, 2014 at 11:20 AM||comments (0)|
The Deadly Dozen collection, featuring 12 novels by 12 crime/thriller authors, is just 99 cents for Kindle as of this writing. I don't know how long the deal is going to last, but it's a hot one. These novels purchased separately would cost you $47.
Here's the line up:
|Posted on February 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM||comments (0)|
"The 12" are a dozen crime/thriller writers coming together for one collection. I got an advance peek at the books (read: a healthy injection of books into my e-reader), and this is one to watch. Check out the 12 here.
|Posted on February 10, 2014 at 10:00 PM||comments (0)|
Cry Wolf by J. Carson Black is the fourth in the author's Laura Cardinal series, but it marked my first dive into these procedurals. It turned out to be a nice fit for waiting at a terminal for a flight to sunny weather. It's a brisk, short novel (novelette?) that's easy to pull in and out of while the gate changes for the 12th time.
In this Cardinal caper, a pathological liar is found murdered in his vehicle on an Arizona back road. Our ghost whispering detective (she gets hints from the spirit of a dead partner, apparently explained elsewhere in the series) unwinds the events that led to the murder.
I usually read from the opposite spectrum of crime fiction - where action is favored over the "just the facts, ma'am" stuff. But Black writes an air of authority into each scene. I knew I wouldn't be rolling my eyes when the mystery cracked. And I didn't.
If quickie procedurals are your thing, this is your series. Go for it, slice.
|Posted on February 10, 2014 at 1:15 AM||comments (0)|
Following up a recent post about the new, snazzy-looking R.I.P. ammunition that caught the attention of the writing community, here is a pair of test fire videos. My (and probably your) suspicions were correct: this isn't anything special. Stick with standard ammunition when writing fiction.
And just for S & G, here's one of the original promo videos:
|Posted on February 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
Julie Kramer delivers this and much more in her Minnesota-set Killing Kate crime novel. It's another in her series featuring TV journalist Riley Spartz.
I'd discovered Kramer through Delivering Death (there's that alliteration again that themes these titles), a crime novel that I thought packed all the right punches. Killing Kate was to be my confirmation that I could add author Kramer to my list of regular reads. (Note: Killing Kate comes before Delivering Death in the series, but reading out of order doesn't seem to mar the experience.)
I wanted so badly to give this five stars, but I'm going with four. Here's why.
Unlike Delivering Death, Kramer takes the wind out of her novel's sails by giving away the murderer early on in the novel. It's just a matter of time until the murderer and Spartz cross paths. We know it because Spartz is too smart not to put all the pieces together.
Watching Spartz do that is entertaining, but it felt dragged out. That there are B, C and D plots for Spartz to address just added to the wait.
Don't get me wrong. This formula (giving away the bad guy) can work if the suspense is cranked up. There seems to be an effort to do that, but Spartz's other commitments push the thrills to the background.
Even with this handicap, Kramer rescues the reader with her pure storytelling ability. If Spartz takes a few chapters to do a news story about a divorced couple fighting over a dead dog, the novel doesn't necessarily suffer. Kramer could make the ingredients list on a package of frozen waffles breathe to life.
That said, I'll continue reading Kramer and her Spartz series. They're easily my best find of 2014 so far.