Tag Archives: Dan O’Shea

My year in books: Benoit Lelievre

Today is the last guest post in the ‘my year in books’ series.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the selections that have featured on my site over the last few weeks as much as I have. There’s one more post to appear in the series, that’s my top reads for 2013, which I’ll be posting in the next day or so.

In the meantime, I’m going out on a strong note with Montreal-based blogger, Benoit Lelievre. Many Pulp Curry readers are probably familiar with Benoit’s cracker of a site, Dead End Follies. If not, check it out, it’s a great repository of writing on all things hard boiled crime and film.

Welcome Benoit.

2013 was a tough year. Tough but positive overall. I faced professional and personal turmoil, had to adapt to several tricky situations and flat out improve as a human being. On the downside, my creative input has dropped bear to nothingness. But thank god for good books. I read several great novels in 2013. Here are the five best books I have read this year, in no particular order:

The Subtle Art of Brutality, Ryan Sayles

Richard Dean Bucker, better known as RDB, is a creation half-way between Lawrence Block’s detective Matthew Scudder and Sons of Anarchy’s Jax Teller.… Read more

Crime Factory issue 9 is out

A quick heads up that issue 9 of Crime Factory is out.

Highlights include a full length interview with US crime writer Scott Phillips (whose excellent book, The Adjustment, I finally got around to reading over Christmas), fiction by Dan O’Shea, Tom Piccirilli, Ray Banks and host of others, as well as our true crime column, ‘The Deposition’ and a host of other material guaranteed to satisfy all fans of noir, pulp and hard-boiled crime fiction.

My regular column ‘Setting Sun’ focuses on the rise of South Korean crime cinema, with reviews of three films, The Yellow Sea, LEE Joeng-beom’s The Man From Nowhere, and one of the most controversial films to come out of South Korea, I Saw the Devil.

You can download issue 9 as a PDF at out brand spanking new site here. A Kindle version is in the works, and will hopefully be out in the next week or so.

The site also has a reprint of an interview from the Crime Factory vault with US writer James Crumley (author of crime classics The Last Good Kiss and Dancing Bear, just to name a few) and blogs by regular columnists, Ray Banks, Leigh Redhead, Eric Beetner and the Nerd of Noir.

And that’s just our opening shot in terms of what the Crime Factory gang has in store for you this year.… Read more