5 Comics Every Crime Writer Needs To Read

Column by Repo Kempt
Crime writers can learn a lot about their craft from well-written comic books. Here's five superb crime comics to whet your appetite.
Bookshots: 'Desperation Road' by Michael Farris Smith

Bookshots: 'Desperation Road' by Michael Farris Smith

Review by Max Booth III
Read it with a shotgun and liquor bottle nearby.
Bookshots: 'Kill the Next One' by Federico Axat

Bookshots: 'Kill the Next One' by Federico Axat

Review by Gabino Iglesias
Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review
Bookshots: 'Triggerman' by Walter Hill and Matz

Bookshots: 'Triggerman' by Walter Hill and Matz

Review by Bart Bishop
A Review of Walter Hill's new comic book, 'Triggerman', from Titan Comics, in collaboration with crime novel publisher Hard Case Crime, with art by Matz.
The Suburbs of Hell

Bookshots: 'The Suburbs of Hell' by Randolph Stow

Review by Christopher Shultz
No one is safe in this 1984 novel, re-issued for the digital age.

Wanted: 8 of Literature's Most Dangerous Couples

Column by Leah Dearborn
“Dangerous” depends on your point of view, but these characters generally fit the bill if you're a law-abiding human being with a sliver of common sense.
"Black Wings Has My Angel" by Elliot Chaze

Bookshots: "Black Wings Has My Angel" by Elliot Chaze

Review by BH Shepherd January 19, 2016 (2) comments
A brief review of "Black Wings Has My Angel" by Elliot Chaze

Ring in the Noir Year: 2016 Edition — 8 More Promising Crime Titles

Column by Leah Dearborn
Break out the smokes and champagne, it's that time of the year again.
Bookshots: 'Wolf Winter' by Cecilia Ekbäck

Bookshots: 'Wolf Winter' by Cecilia Ekbäck

Review by Stephanie Bonjack
Swedish Lapland, 1717. A Finnish family leaves the shores of their country for a remote Swedish farm. When a body is discovered, paranoia and strange, inexplicable events soon follow.
Bookshots: ‘Safe Inside the Violence’ by Christopher Irvin

Bookshots: ‘Safe Inside the Violence’ by Christopher Irvin

Review by Dean Fetzer
A new collection by a new master of the noir short story.

Scandinavian Crime Fiction Primer: Sweden

Column by George Cotronis
You heard about that new-fangled "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" book. You hunger for more depressing Scandinavian fiction. Let a real Swede teach you his secrets.
Bookshots: 'The Castaway Lounge' by Jon Boilard

Bookshots: 'The Castaway Lounge' by Jon Boilard

Review by Cath Murphy
Titty bars, flying saucers and humour as deadpan flat as roadkill.

Why The F*ck Aren’t You Reading Pascal Garnier?

Column by Keith Rawson
So Why The F*ck Aren't You Reading French Noir Master Pascal Garnier?

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Reading Barry Gifford RIGHT NOW!

Column by Keith Rawson July 21, 2015 (2) comments
It's time to get your listicle on with 10 reasons why you should be reading Barry Gifford not tomorrow, not an hour from now, but right freaking NOW!
LitReactor Book Club

August Book Club Selection: 'Disintegration' by Richard Thomas

News by Joshua Chaplinsky July 2, 2015 (2) comments
August's selection for the LitReactor Book Club is 'Disintegration' by Richard Thomas.

'Ex Machina' and the Reinvention of the Femme Fatale

Column by Christopher Shultz June 4, 2015 (2) comments
Alex Garland's directorial debut isn't just science fiction, it's also film noir. While this pairing isn't new, the femme fatale definitely is.

Ring in the Noir Year: 8 Promising New Crime Titles For 2015

Column by Leah Dearborn
A New Year’s roundup of some promising noir, mystery, and true crime to ring in 2015.
David Fincher and James Ellroy Plan HBO Noir Series

UPDATED: David Fincher and James Ellroy's HBO Noir Series A Go

News by Joshua Chaplinsky December 19, 2014 (1) comments
The future of "Must Watch" TV.

Why The F*ck Aren’t You Reading Fuminori Nakamura?

Column by Keith Rawson December 18, 2014 (1) comments
Have you read Fuminori Nakamura yet? Trust me, you need to be reading Japan's master of modern noir.

Noir at the Bar: An Oral History

Column by Keith Rawson December 3, 2014 (20) comments
An oral history of nationwide crime fiction community phenomena: Noir at the Bar.

What The Huge Success Of ’Gone Girl’ Says About Us As A Society (Hint: It Isn’t Good)

Column by Cath Murphy October 10, 2014 (18) comments
It's not that I don't like 'Gone Girl'. OK I hate 'Gone Girl' and here's why.
LitReactor Book Club

September Book Club Selection: 'Noir: A Love Story' by Edward J. Rathke

News by Joshua Chaplinsky August 4, 2014 (1) comments
September's selection for the LitReactor Book Club is 'Noir: A Love Story' by Edward J. Rathke.
Bookshots: 'Hustle' by Tom Pitts

Bookshots: 'Hustle' by Tom Pitts

Review by Christopher Shultz
Scheming drug addicts, slimy lawyers, bad-ass bikers, and a couple of dames. We're in noir country.
Bookshots: 'Federales' by Christopher Irvin

Bookshots: 'Federales' by Christopher Irvin

Review by BH Shepherd March 4, 2014 (1) comments
A concise review of Christopher Irvin's first novella, "Federales."