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Noir Nation issue 2: Max Quinlan redux

Issue 2 of Noir Nation, an international magazine of noir fiction is out.

It is packed with great noir fiction from all over the world. Included is a story by me called ‘Homeland’, which features Max Quinlan, an Vietnamese Australian ex-cop and missing persons investigator and the main character in my novel Ghost Money, currently out through Snubnose Press.

If you bought Ghost Money and enjoyed it, pick up a copy of Noir Nation and check out another gritty Quinlan tale. ‘Homeland’ is set in Melbourne in the nineties and involves Quinlan attempting to track down a young Vietnamese woman missing in Melbourne’s illegal sex trade.

You can pick up Noir Nation for your Kindle here and in e-pub format at Barnes & Noble here.

If you haven’t downloaded a copy of Ghost Money yet, wait are you waiting for?

Ghost Money is set in the mid-1990s and sees Quinlan travel to Cambodia, at that time still wracked by poverty and civil war, to try locate a missing Australian businessman. But he’s not the only one looking. As the country’s long-running Khmer Rouge insurgency fragments and the political temperature rises, Quinlan is slowly drawn into a two-decade long mystery that will take him to the heart of the Cambodia’s bloody past.… Read more

Launch of Crime Factory’s Hard Labour anthology and other crime writing news

There’s a hell of a lot going on crime writing wise for me at the moment.

In addition to the launch of my debut novel, Ghost Money, I have several pieces of short fiction coming out. Things are also busy in regard to Crime Factory Publications, the small press I have stared with two other Melbourne friends, Cameron Ashley and Liam Jose.

On Monday, October 8, Crime Factory Publications is launching its second book, Hard Labour, an all-Australian short crime fiction anthology. I’m one of the editors, along with Jose and Ashley and, as usual, we’ve tried to mix establishing crime writers with talented up and comers. The line up includes Garry Disher (his first Wyatt story, unpublished for over a decade), Adrian McKinty (a Melbourne-based Irish writer, so he counts), Leigh Redhead, Angela Savage, Peter Corris, Helen Fitzgerald, David Whish-Wilson, JJ DeCeglie, Andrez Bergen, Deborah Sheldon, Amanda Wrangles, and many more.

The venue is the same as our first launch in March, Grumpy’s Green, 125 Smith Street, Collingwood. It’s going to be a great night. A selection of the authors will reading from their stories, drinks will be available at the bar and copies of Hard Labour will be on sale for $13.99.

Doors open 7pm, with readings beginning sometime around 8pm.… Read more

Noir Nation issue 2 is coming

The cover for issue 2 of the international crime fiction magazine, Noir Nation, has arrived and I thought Pulp Curry readers might like a sneak peek.

I think it looks pretty good and can’t wait for it to hit the digital shelves in the near future.

Issue 2 is packed with great noir fiction from all over the world, including a story by me, ‘Homeland’. I’m pretty excited about ‘Homeland’ because it features the character of Max Quinlan, the Australian Vietnamese ex-cop and missing persons investigator who is the subject of my first novel to be published by Snubnose Press in the second half of 2012.

And while I’m in a sharing mood, I reckon it’s as good a time as any to tell you that the title of the novel has changed. It’s no longer called Cambodia Darkness and Light. The new title is Ghost Money, for reasons that will become clear when you read it.

There’s a draft cover for Ghost Money floating around, designed by Snubnose Press’s graphic sensei, Eric Beetner, which looks wonderful. But that’s not ready to see the light of day just yet.

Ghost Money is set in the mid-1990s and sees Quinlan travel to Cambodia, at that time still wracked by poverty and civil war, to try locate a missing Australian businessman. … Read more

Roll on 2012

I don’t know about you, but I feel like it’s been a long year.

Pulp Curry is going to be taking a break over the Christmas/New Year period, returning in mind-2012.

It’s shaping up to be a big one for me writing-wise. My manuscript, tentatively titled Cambodia Darkness and Light, will be published as an e-book in the US some time in the second half of 2012, by Snubnose Press.

I also have short fiction appearing in a number of publications. Max Quinlan, an Australian-Vietnamese ex-cop and the main character in Cambodia Darkness and Light, will be making an appearance in issue two of Noir Nation, in a story called ‘Homeland’.

Gary Chance, a tough, ex-Australian army veteran who now makes a living pulling heists for anyone who’ll pay, will appear in The One That Got Away, an anthology of Australian crime fiction by Dark Prints Press, out February.

Chance will also feature in a story by me in Crime Factory: Hard Labour, out in March. Hard Labour is an anthology of crime stories by authors either born in Australia or residing here.

Rather than just complaining about the narrowness of the local crime fiction scene, Melbourne’s Crime Factory crew, myself, Cameron Ashely and Liam Jose, have decided to get active and do something about it.… Read more