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Stanley Synchronicity

Monday, August 06, 2007
I was at the used bookstore this weekend, and just by luck stumbled upon a Stanley Hastings mystery by Parnell Hall. If you've never read the series, Hastings is a failed actor and failed writer who makes ends meet by photographing cracks in the sidewalk for an ambulance chasing attorney. As Kevin Burton Smith puts it, "...a PI as tough as his name!"

Although he turned out fifteen Hastings books in as many years, Hall is perhaps better known for his more recent "Puzzle Lady" series (unread by me). With the success of that series and the fact that the last Hastings book saw print five years ago, I thought that Stanley had run his course.

I was wrong, and for once I'm happy about it. Hall's newest book, Hitman, arrives in stores next month, and finds Stanley working for- wait, I'll let Hall explain:

Stanley's back!

And he's working for a Hitman. Yes, you read it right. Only a private eye with Stanley's tortured logic could come up with a reason to justify working for a man who kills people. Of course, the pay is good.

An early Christmas present! If you'd like an introduction to Stanley, you can read the first chapter of Hitman at his web site, where you can also check out the Stanley Hasting short story "Clicker Training" (reviewed by me at Nasty, Brutish, Short).

posted by Graham Powell at 5:26 PM

Tragedy in Minnesota

Thursday, August 02, 2007
When I wrote yesterday's post, about a beam falling from a bridge under construction, I had no idea that before the end of the day that story would be overshadowed by the collapse of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis. My condolences to the families of those who have died, and best wishes for the recovery of the injured.

In happier news, the new issue of DEMOLITION is out. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but it features a Viktor Petrenko story by Steven Torres, and those are always pretty good (my favorite is still the Junk in the Trunk story "Viktor Petrenko, Have You No Mercy"). Of the remaining authors, only William Boyle is familiar to me - I believe he has a story in the new issue of Out of the Gutter, but new writers are always welcome.

The new issue of ThugLit is out, with a rather fetching picture of a nymphet Eve taking an apple from the snake. She looks like she's none too sure about it, too. And I am not familiar with any of these writers... it's like the world has passed me by. And I'm not even 40 for another eighteen months.

As always, details are up (or forthcoming) at the Crime Zine Report.

posted by Graham Powell at 10:35 AM

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

posted by Graham Powell at 10:29 AM