On the episode I mentioned I was reading John Brandon's Arkansas in anticipation of the movie's imminent release. Happy to say, I dug both. I read and very much enjoyed Brandon's second novel Citrus County some ten years ago and snatched up a copy of Arkansas which then sat on my shelf until I saw the movie was coming and decided I really needed to read the book first.
Hoo-boy, I loved the book. Like really loved it. Even more so than I remember loving Citrus County (which I named one of my favorites of the year back when I wrote about books for that other site). It was funny and warm toward its characters without sparing them anything and as fun as the dialogue and actions were to imagine as onscreen antics it was most definitely a book - the structure was a little tricky with multiple POV characters and non-linear chapters. A successful film adaptation was going to be tricky.
I really liked the film and loved the book and I'd encourage you to check out both.
Daily Grindhouse I was the guest Stream Warrior this week and recommended a few overlooked, forgotten and small crime flicks currently available on Tubi, Netflix and Prime. You'll have to go on over there to see the picks, but I promise a mix of straight up trash, exploitation, innovation and A-list quality projects that completely missed with audiences.
And how cool was it to see S.A. Cosby's Blacktop Wasteland gracing the cover of Booklist magazine for just a minute. Turns out the cover upset some folks so much that Booklist decided to take it down and reprint the issue with a new cover. Fucking bummer man. Shawn's a real talent, a generous personality and a success story everybody can root for, right? At least Booklist gave him a chance to respond publicly to the situation. You can read his response here and you can also read his twitter responses to the whole thing. Here's hoping Blacktop Wasteland is the breakthrough book for tomorrow's favorite new crime writer.
read those here, then if you can pre-order Blacktop Wasteland I heartily recommend that you do.
Another pal several hours into his fifteen minutes and not slowing down is William Boyle. His new book City of Margins is out and worth seeking out however you have access to books. He's guest edited byNWR's latest issue, the noir issue, Dark Brink of Love and he's brought along a host of contributors I'm a fan of... Scott Adlerberg, Ace Atkins, Marya E. Gates, Gabino Iglesias, Mary Miller, J. David Osbourne, Jack Pendarvis, Sarah Weinman and more. Check that shit out.
You can also get your fill of Bill on a previous episode of Watch With Jen & Friends and on a recent episode of Increment Vice with Travis Woods. (also check out Daily Grindhouse's Jon Abrams on the latest episode). In these times of isolation it's been nice to tune in and have the chance to hear pals chatting about the stuff I'm interested in. Good stuff.