Tommy Red

Tommy Red
The Progressive Killer

Our motto ...

Leave the (political) party. Take the cannoli.

"It always seems impossible until it's done." Nelson Mandela

Right now 6 Stella crime novels are available on Kindle for just $.99 ... Eddie's World has been reprinted and is also available from Stark House Press (Gat Books).

Friday, June 1, 2012

Great Book News ... Reviews: Girlchild … Who Mourns for Maggie … and here’s Charlie & Charlotte …


Dana King signs with Stark House ... this is a beautiful thing.  Dana King has signed with Stark House Press.  Check out the link above but ignore the very gracious words he says about me ... if anything, both of us owe GIGANTIC debts of gratitude to Ed Gorman.  Dana’s work speaks for itself ... recommending my publisher read him was a no brainer.  Stark House Press taking him proves he’s got the talent plus some.  He’s my favorite mob writer around, that’s for sure.  So here’s one for the little guys!  Dana King’s Grind Joint will be published in 2014 by Stark House Press.  How cool is that?

Girlchild, by Tupelo Hassman … a coming of age story of life in a trailer park for a very bright young girl haunted by her genetic misfortune (as she defines it).  Not for the faint of heart.  The young protagonist Rory Dawn Hendrix has four brothers she rarely gets to see (Hendrix, Hendrix, Hendrix and Hendrix—the 4H club).  Her mom started having them VERY young (Rory came during her sixteenth year) and life hasn’t been a bowl of cherries by any means.  Grandma (who maintains faith in Rory) has a gambling problem.  Rory’s Mom (Johanna) wants nothing more than to break the spell the women of her family seem to suffer.  She calls Rory Girlchild and although she’s protective and as well meaning as any other mom, she has her own issues (drinking/men) that too often get in the way.  Life in the Calle de Las Flores trailer park is tough enough without the extra burdens of pedophiles like the Hardware Man (the father of a friend of Rory’s).  The Girlchild’s exceptional intellect (she’s a reader like her mom and a spelling bee maven) makes her uncomfortable enough to hold back when she can almost break free.  As comfortable as she seems in this dark world of have-nots, things will get darker.  Sometimes even a girl scout handbook doesn’t hold the answers.  No spoilers here … a good read that encompasses breaking all the rules of the traditional novel (i.e., pages of redacted text where Rory seems to tell us about the Hardware Man, etc.) …

Ms. Hassman is an MFA graduate from Columbia University and she’s obviously off and running … Kirkus Reviews says: With a compelling (if harrowing) story and a wise-child narrator, Hassman’s debut gives voice—and soul—to a world so often reduced to cliché.

Blackie Noir has an e-story out and it is more than worth the small investment.  Who Mourns for Maggie is a raw, powerful and poignant tale of those left behind; a homeless woman in the desperate throes of her addiction(s) spots a potential score as one of her brethren teeters in a train yard.  Aside from the drink he’s holding, what he may have in his pockets could mean another night or two (or a dozen) of what has become salvation.  He’s lying across the tracks when a train can be heard and then seen around the bend … what does Maggie do?  She’ll tell us in her own words … the follow-up story is one of justice born of wartime camaraderie.  Sometimes survival requires peering into the deepest dark.  This one is a winner start to finish.  Check it out.

Charlie & Charlotte … my hell of a writer brother from another mother over in Oklahoma (Daniel Mitchell) raises goats the way I gain weight.  These two I got to name when they were just littlins … are they adorable or what?

—the birthday boyeeeeeeeee