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A Borrowed Man, by Gene Wolfe

Who better to solve a mystery you don’t want official investigated than a mystery writer? A mystery writer, who has spent their whole life studying crime, is perfect—especially when that writer is a cloned version that can be “checked out” from a library and threatened with all kinds of things to keep them from talking. 462 more words


Today's Lunch Break Crime Read: Nothing to Kill or Die For

Nothing to Kill or Die For

By Copper Smith

It was the weirdest job I’d ever taken. No double-crossed thugs, no unpaid loan sharks, nary a cheating spouse to be seen. 489 more words

Old Beginnings

Lilacs. She smelled like lilacs. A softness lingered as the door closed behind her. The latch slipped into place so easily. Almost as easily as her decision. 854 more words

Domestic Noir

So… Whilst we are desperately trying to rearrange the scattered pages of Bozzy’s ‘The British Empire Strikes Back’ into some sort of coherent order and/or discover any form of viable plot line in Rich’s ‘Axel Shrouds Merchant Seaman’, a rousing tale of sea, sex and Cephalopoda, here is another of Ginsbergbear’s poems: 76 more words

Bozzy Shenton

Book Review: In the Cafe of Lost Youth by Patrick Modiano

Patrick Modiano’s oeuvre has an odd cumulative effect: the more books you read by him, the more you like him. The novels occupy special places in his body of work, complementing each other. 314 more words


Seeding a thriller plot with chocolate.

I watched Wolf Creek and a question came to me during the credit roll-by: What happens to killers who don’t get caught?

For those of you who don’t know this extremely suspenseful flick: A trio of friends take a driving, camping holiday across the vast, unpopulated plains of the… 390 more words


Monday's Confession: I've been a bad, bad ghostwriter

You probably know what ghostwriting is. It’s writing for somebody who pretends to be a book’s real author. Examples you may have heard of include presidential candidates, movie stars, sports stars, reality TV stars and others more skilled at being famous than constructing readable prose. 292 more words

Copper Smith