Monday, January 17, 2011
Blood Crimes, Outsourced, Killer
Mindy MacKay over at Protect your Sensibilities is the first to review Blood Crimes, saying:
Okay. Let's see if I can explain this. Take today's typical vampire fiction, shove it into Bedlam House and whip it with a cat-o'-ninetails to force it to breed with your grittiest crime thriller. That's what you'll get when you open up this book.
Blood Crimes is fast. It's visceral. It's definitely not your fourteen-year-old sister's dreamy vampire fantasy. This book grabs you by the guttiwuts, wrenches hard, and doesn't let go.
But don't get me wrong, this isn't your run-of-the-mill shock literature. Zeltserman weaves a disturbing noir with a passionate craftsman's hand over his characters.
You can read Mindy's entire review here.
David Rachels discusses Outsourced at Noirboiled Notes, saying:
Dan Wilson is out of work and on the verge of losing his eyesight. With a mortgage to pay and a family to support, he is an ordinary guy desperate for money. He conceives a can’t-miss bank heist, enlists the help of some friends, and then—surprise!—things don’t go exactly as planned. Dave Zeltserman cleverly and effectively engineers the plot with a steady supply of action and surprises. In sum, Outsourced is thoroughly entertaining noir in a traditional vein. Grade: A-
Jildy Sauce reviews Killer here, and comes up with the following conclusion:
This is a novel that I’d class with Devil Take the Blue Tail Fly, The Bad Seed (whose author, William March, shares a surname with Zeltserman’s protagonist) and a stack of Jim Thompson and Patricia Highsmith titles. If you revere any of these works, you’ll dig Killer.
Killer is a stone cold read. It hits.
I'd like to thank Mindy MacKay, David Rachels and Jildy Sauce for all reading and reviewing these books.