Bad Chili by Joe R. Lansdale

This would make an excellent television series. I think there is one in the works, or there may be one already airing by now. This is the first time I have spent a book with Joe R. Lansdale’s duo, Hap and Leonard.  Hap is a perpetually down-on-his-luck, sometime oil rig worker with an acerbic wit…

William Roughead vs. Francis Wyndham

This probably isn’t a fair fight, but each side sure did put up a strong battle. For this final bout in the first round of my mini-tournament of short stories William Roughead’s account of the famed 1765 trail of Katherine Nairn who was accused of murdering her husband with the help of her lover who…

After Dark, My Sweet by Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson is considered one of the masters of  American crime fiction.  So how is it that I never read him until now? I’ve no reason for not reading him before, but I have to say that I  was not all that impressed. Reading After Dark, My Sweet was a deja vu experience, I kept sensing…

Dark Times in the City by Gene Kerrigan

No good deed goes unpunished.  Not in Dublin, anyway. Danny Callaghan is fresh out of prison after eight years, trying to get his life back on track, an honest track, when two armed men enter the Dublin pub where he is quietly enjoying a drink.  When the two men approach a third man weapons drawn,…