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Top tens and spent casings

Pulp Curry is going to be taking a break for a couple of weeks over the Christmas/New Year period while the family and I brave the monsoon-like conditions of Queensland.

But before I go, there’s a few spent casings lying around the place I’ve got to clean up.

First up, my list of top ten books for 2010 is up at Day Labor, the official blog of the online magazine, Crime Factory.  No surprises that Garry Disher’s Wyatt is right up there, as is Martin Limon, whose books featuring two military police on the beat in seventies Korea, along with Megan Abbott, are my big finds for this year.

My top ten is part of Day Labour’s Best of Whatever for 2010 series, put together by Keith Rawson. When Keith says whatever, he means whatever. There’s some great posts, not only on books, but comics, film and, well, whatever. Kudos to you, mate, for all your work and thanks to you and your Crime Factory co-editors, Liam Jose and Cameron Ashley, for making me feel so welcome in the Crime Factory family. I really appreciate it.

My recent post Parker and the art of hard-boiled crime writing generated a bit discussion on and off-line. That’s great, because if you haven’t picked up by now, I can talk the leg off a chair about Parker and his creator, legendary crime writer Donald Westlake.

As I said in the post, one of the things that’s always puzzled me is why Westlake stopped writing Parker books between 1974 and 1997. The answer came courtesy of Trent over at The Violent World of Parker who sent me a fascinating article written by Westlake himself for The New York Times in 2001. Like the master thief high tailing after a successful heist it seemed Westlake’s ability to write the Parker character, just disappeared. 

Anyway, you can read the article ‘A Pseudonym Returns From an Alter-Ego Trip, With New Tales to Tell’  for yourself.

One other great piece of Westlake memorabilia I found on the net is this clip of him talking about Parker, the process of writing and his career. Enjoy and see you all in 2011.


Crime Factory Issue 5 is now live

Issue 5 of Crime Factory is now available on the web here.

Factory management tell me there’s been a few technical problems with this issue, hence the delay. But the wait has been well worth it.

In addition to the usual high quality fiction offerings, issue 5 has some great features and reviews on hardboiled and noir crime fiction and film.

And while I’ve got your attention did I mention that yours truly is among the contributors. Issue 5 includes my interview with one of the veterans of the Australian crime writing scene, Garry Disher. Garry talks about the difference between writing hard-boiled fiction and police procedurals, why after a ten plus-year break he decided to write another Wyatt book and the state of crime fiction in Australia.

I also review the pulp spy thriller Redback by Lindy Cameron, which has just been released by Australia’s newest player on the publishing scene, genre specialists Can Destine Press.