Last week I received the new titles catalog from Serpent's Tail and there on page 12 was Small Crimes with the following description:
A new voice from the US, Zeltserman's Small Crimes is The Sopranos meets Copland, turbo-charged with a line of cocaine.
Bent copper Joe Denton gets out of prison suspiciously early after disfiguring a fellow cop. Nobody wants Joe to hang around, not his ex-wife, his parents or his former colleagues - if he had any decency he’d get out of town and start over. Unfortunately, Joe has precious little decency - and a whole lot of unfinished business to attend to.
A tale of redemption as dark and violent as it's bitterly comic.
‘If the road to hell is paved to paved with good intentions, it may also be lined with small crimes. Classic noir, dark, funny, shocking and absolutely no compromise. Pure magic of the blackest kind’ Ken Bruen
‘Zeltserman delves deeply into his specialty, an unorthodox look at the criminal mind. It kept me turning pages and glancing over my shoulder’ Vicki Hendricks
‘Small Crimes is a superbly crafted tale. Immensely subtle, and written with a rare maturity and confidence... This deserves to be massive’ Allan Guthrie
Small Crimes will be out March 20th with Pariah fast on its heels (1/09). To say that I'm well chuffed (have to start using British slang now that I'm being published by a UK publisher!!) to have my books published by Serpent's Tail, one of the most eclectic and prestigious publishers of crime fiction, is a massive understatement. It's been a long road but fuck if it didn't work out in the end.