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The Best of 2014: ADR Books

My choice for Publisher in 2014: ALL DUE RESPECT.

All Due Respect began as a crime fiction website in 2010. Founded by Alec Cizak, the site originally posted one story a month.

In 2012, Chris Rhatigan assumed the role of Editor and upped the frequency to twice per month.

All Due Respect: The Anthology (Full Dark City Press) appeared in 2013; among its contributors was Mike Monson, who would soon become ADR’s Associate Editor. 2013 also saw the launch of All Due Respect Magazine, a quarterly journal containing non-fiction as well as fiction.

This past summer, Rhatigan and Monson announced that they would be issuing novels, novellas and short story collections via All Due Respect Books. Their flagship title, you don’t exist, was a pairing of unique, but oddly complementary novellas by Chris Rhatigan and Pablo D’Stair. ADR has since published Mike Monson’s Tussinland, Two Bullets Solve Everything by Ryan Sayles and Chris Rhatigan, Prodigal Sons by Mike Miner, and Revenge is a Redhead by Phil Beloin Jr.

What I’ve read so far is exactly what I had expected, what they have always brought in both hands: crime writing that is honest, intense, uncompromising, diverse and wickedly entertaining.

You should read it, too….

you don’t exist

Tussinland

Two Bullets Solve Everything

Prodigal Sons

Revenge is a Redhead

And keep an eye out for the following: The Deepening Shade by Jake Hinson, Love You to a Pulp by CS De Wildt, Uncle Dust by Rob Pierce, Crooked Roads by Alex Cizak, and the “Selena” novellas by Greg Barth.

For updates, visit:

All Due Respect’s Blog

and

All Due Respect on Facebook

WRC


Criminal Love, Big Stupid

Great week for reading. I just finished Criminal Love and Other Stories, by Mike Monson and tore through Big Stupid, by Victor Gischler. Below are the reviews I posted on Amazon.

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Criminal Love and Other Stories, by Mike Monson

What does it say about me that I felt at home reading this collection? Nevermind. What it says about the author, Mike Monson, is that he is a first-rate storyteller. Monson has the ability to pull you into his fictional world and you are there instantly. Believing it. As if you’d just tripped into someone else’s life. Monson’s work reminded me of Raymond Carver’s in that respect. His writing isn’t the focus of these tales, his characters are. Which is why I think another reviewer missed out on how good it really is. Because it’s not easy to hook and hold a reader without him being aware of how you’re doing it. This is fiction that transports, frightens, entertains. One of the best collections I’ve purchased this year. Buy Criminal Love and keep an eye out for whatever else Monson has on the way.

Criminal Love and Other Stories at Amazon

Mike Monson’s work has appeared in the anthologies Gloves Off, All Due Respect, Out of the Gutter 8, Flash Fiction World Volume 3 and can be found at websites like Yellow Mama and the Flash Fiction Offensive.

For interviews, reviews and updates, visit Mike Monson’s Blog.

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Big Stupid, by Victor Gischler

Big Stupid does what it’s supposed to. It’s a fast, sexy, violent, wisecracking tale that can be read in one sitting. But Victor Gischler also adds a lot of heart to the story. The final sequence, as the characters race to settle things against the approach of a hurricane, is concisely and brilliantly rendered. And the ending stunned me, ringing in my head for a quite a while after I’d set the book down. 4.5, really.

(I gave it 4 stars. If you don’t know, Amazon has a one-to-five whole star rating system.)

This novella “cracks foxy,” as Sam Spade used to say.

Big Stupid at Amazon

Victor Gischler’s books include Gun Monkeys, The Deputy and Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse. He recently launched the epic fantasy serial Ink Mage. He has also written screenplays and scripted comic books like X-Men, Deadpool, Punisher and Spike.

You can try to keep up with him at Victor Gischler’s Blogpocalypse.

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WRC