LitReactor Book Club

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

News by Joshua Chaplinsky August 4, 2014
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
A concise review of Christopher Irvin's first novella, "Federales."
Bookshots: 'USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series'

Bookshots: 'USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series' edited by Johnny Temple

Review by Tiffany Turpin Johnson
We review this collection of the best tales from the nearly sixty volumes of geographically-themed anthologies of American noir.
Bookshots: 'Shovel Ready' by Adam Sternbergh

Bookshots: 'Shovel Ready' by Adam Sternbergh

Review by Cath Murphy
As Culture Editor of the New York Times Magazine, Adam Sternbergh has the connections to land a publishing deal for his debut novel. But can the boy write? Yes he can.
LitReactor Book Club  'They Don't Dance Much' by James Ross

June Book Club Selection: 'They Don't Dance Much' by James Ross

News by Joshua Chaplinsky
June's selection for the LitReactor Book Club is 'They Don't Dance Much' by James Ross. Read here for details on how you can participate in the discussion.

Republishing A Lost American Classic or Why I Love My Job

Column by Rob Hart April 16, 2013
James Ross published one book in 1940. It's credited as creating the rural noir genre, but is mostly unknown. Today it gets a new lease on life.

High Priest of the Godless: A Jim Thompson Primer

Column by Craig Clevenger March 20, 2013
Jim Thompson was a seminal writer of American noir fiction who's finally gaining recognition he's long deserved.

Seduction of the Innocent: The Story Behind the Story

Column by Max Allan Collins
A fascinating look at the censorship witch hunt of comic books in the 1950s as reflected in the exciting new noir novel, "Seduction of the Innocent" by Max Allan Collins.

The Street Is Hers: Quality Over Gender In Noir

Column by Keith Rawson September 13, 2012
Is the world of Noir a big old boys club? Kinda, but most of the women hanging around could probably kick the crap out of the guys.
Noir Magazine Kickstarter

Noir Magazine Needs Your Help On Kickstarter

News by Benoît Lelièvre September 6, 2012
L.A based publishing veterans Nancie Claire and Rip George are turning to you to help finance their digital venture into crime fiction.

Your Favorite Book Sucks: 'The Big Sleep'

Column by Ed Sikov August 2, 2012
'The Big Sleep,' by Raymond Chandler, is an overrated piece of shit. Here's why.

Lady, Go Die!: A Behind The Scenes Look At Completing Mickey Spillane's Lost 'Mike Hammer' Novels

Column by Max Allan Collins May 7, 2012
A behind the scenes look at how Max Allan Collins co-authored and helped finish the lost works of Mickey Spillane's 'Mike Hammer' novels.
Christa Faust

New Class: 'TOUGH DAMES- How To Write Believable Hardboiled Heroines' w/ Christa Faust - Starts March 19th

News by Dennis Widmyer
Announcing a new class w/ Christa Faust: 'TOUGH DAMES: How To Write Believable Hardboiled Heroines,' a 4-week beginner-friendly class starting March 19th.

The Word You’re Looking For Is Genius—Not Crazy, Genius: The Top 5 Craziest Crime Writers

Column by Keith Rawson January 23, 2012
Who're the craziest crime writers in history? Hell, probably all of them, but here are the top five, at least in one writer's opinion.