Saturday, January 13, 2018

NoirCon Alumna and Alumni in 2018



Richard Brewer & Gary Phillips (eds), Culprits: The Heist was Only the Beginning 
Richard Brewer and Gary Phillips, two of crime fiction’s best, have devised a novel idea for an anthology. A heist is executed, then as usual, it goes sideways. What is unusual is that the fallout is then written as short stories by the likes of David Corbett, Gar Anthony Haywood, and Zoe Sharp each focusing on an individual member of the robbery. Not only is this a great idea, with the people involved, it should be one that is well executed.Scott Montgomery, MysteryPeople 
                  Laura Lippman, Sunburn 
Is there any author you’d rather see channeling her inner James M. Cain? Lippman’s latest novel is inspired by that master of disorienting suspense. A man and a woman, seemingly drifters, cross paths one summer day in a quiet village in Delaware. Centripetal force takes over and their relationship grows more intense, with increasingly sinister undertones.
Mosley’s newest standalone has the markings of a classic hard-boiled New York novel, beginning when a troubled private eye takes a case with echoes from his own traumatic past that pits him against the NYPD and city officials. It’s also a poignant page-turner whose larger themes – corruption, institutional racism, and the horrors of solitary confinement – speak to some of today’s most pressing issues. –Charles Perry, The Mysterious Bookshop

Kent Anderson, Green Sun 
Anderson’s first new novel in nearly two decades is cause enough for celebration. Green Sun is about a morally distressed cop in 1980’s Oakland, so it’s sure to plenty of cultural resonance. Anderson has a reputation as a “writer’s writer.” If you haven’t read him before, follow your favorite authors’ example and dive into his work now.
Alison Gaylin, If I Die Tonight
Gaylin continues her exploration of celebrity and murder begun by her last book, What Remains of Me, but takes a turn away from the depersonalized gaze of the paparazzi in favor of the all-too-personal panopticon of social media, as a mother tries to protect her children online and offline after a hit-and-run in town is blamed on her eldest, despite the involvement of a faded pop star, who’s claimed-to-be-stolen vintage car is responsible for the deed.
Fuminori Nakamura, Cult X
Fans of Japanese modernism will delight at Nakamura’s latest, Cult X, a Ryu Murakami-esque tale of two cults and their charismatic leaders, one defined by abstemious behavior, and the other by excess. One man is sent by each cult to spy on the other, while searching for his lost (and possibly dangerous) ex-girlfriend. Long asides about Buddhism and the nature of reality, like the banal conversations of a Tarantino film, only add to the novel’s sense of menace.
Megan Abbott, Give Me Your Hand
Abbott’s latest to explore the complexities of womanhood, Give Me Your Hand, takes us on a journey through friendships forged by science, wrecked by secrets, and plagued by academic competition. Fierce loyalties turn to fiercer rivalries in a novel that’s sure to pass the Bechdel Test on just about every page.
Wallace Stroby, Some Die Nameless 
Stroby, already a crime fiction luminary, is channeling his inner Elmore Leonard more and more these days, and this time he’s headed to Leonard’s old stomping grounds, a Florida populated by rogues, hustlers, reporters, and mercenaries. Expect some quality thrills and madcap action.

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