Phillip Thompson

Crime Fiction writer

Before I get to the links … one of the coolest things about crime fiction is the “pulp fiction” roots from which it
comes, especially the pulp fiction novel covers of years gone by. Sometimes lurid, sometimes ridiculous, but always eye-catching, these bold covers always compelled you to pick up the book — if only out of morbid curiosity.

So, as a sort of tribute to those good old days, I’m going to start a new feature: Pulp Cover of the Day. And who better to lead off the series than Mickey Spillane?


And now the links:

BRITS MAY LOVE A CLASSIC, BUT THE FUTURE OF CRIME FICTION IS IN AI & VRWhen it comes to England’s favorite literary crime character, the answer is “elementary.” To coincide with the annual Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Kobo this summer did some sleuthing into the crime fiction proclivities of readers in the UK.

bulletMurder Ink – Dysfunction junction: Killing Adonis by J.M. Donellan offers year’s most brilliant yet:
From a small, bumptious publisher out of the mainstream in Scottsdale, Ariz. – perhaps even thumbing their noses at the two-martini Manhattan lunch bunch – comes this year’s most mind-blowing and droll crime fiction book. Poisoned Pen Press will release Australian writer J.M. Donellan’s debut novel Killing Adonis on Dec. 16.

Atticus Books Releases New Literary Crime Novel “He Comes In Fire”Atticus Books has released the highly-anticipated and thrilling literary crime novel “He Comes In Fire” by award-winning novelist Aaron Even. “He Comes In Fire” is a fictional, investigative composite of a country in flames, a dark and fast-paced crime drama that explores how the search for comprehensible answers and meaning can lead people astray—into false assumptions, accusations, and terrible miscarriages of justice.

Word CrimesAirport bookshops overflow with both romance novels and crime fiction and that’s no accident. Both appeal to primal human emotions that even people who only read one book a year can appreciate. Of the two, crime fiction tends to get the worse rap, condemned as formulaic and even sexist (considering that women have a tendency to be reduced to plot devices who exist only to be murdered in the genre). However at its best crime fiction can offer up a dark mirror to both human nature and the ethics and sociological underbelly of their settings.

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