Dark and, at times, amusing fiction from award-winning author Dave Zeltserman

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Where I talk about Pariah, Publishing, and the New England Patriots

Corey Wilde over at his Drowning Machine blog and Rafe McGregor at his author's blog, both interview me on a wide range of subjects ranging from my latest book, Pariah, to the state of publishing, and even about America's team (the New England Patriots). I'd like to thank both Corey and Rafe for taking the time to do this, and you can read Corey's interview here, and Rafe's here.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Pariah over at Drowning Machine

Pariah is 4 1/2 months away from it's US release, but Corey Wilde offers his review over at his excellent Drowning Machine blog:

This book just sucked the air right out of me. It's more than great noir. This book's got teeth that bite and claws that catch, and it's a masterpiece. If you're looking for a hero or even an anti-hero, you won't find one here. Kyle Nevin is pure, unwavering psychopath, and the most finely drawn such creature since Charles Willeford put Junior Frenger on paper. If Jim Thompson's Lou Ford and James Cagney's Cody Jarrett (White Heat, 1949) are watching somewhere from the halls of twisted fiction, they are pouring out their warped blessings on Kyle Nevin.

You can read the entire review here.

Sunday, May 17, 2009


This is clearly not a good time to be writing crime fiction. Or at least be trying to sell it. I'm looking at Publisher Marketplace's weekly summary, and here's how last week's sales broke down:

mystery/crime -- 1 sale announcement (Nevada Barr's next 3 books)

thriller -- 1 announcement (4 new books from the late Robert Ludlom's estate)

romance -- 16 announcements

Thursday, May 14, 2009

If only Ben had been reading Small Crimes...

The power of Lost. In last night's season finale (and what a mindblower it was!), they had Jacob reading the great Flannery O'Connor's "Everything That Rises Must Converge", and now the book's #89 on Amazon.

Small Crimes would be a good book for Ben. The failed redemption, the narcissism and bad deeds of the central character. One can dream.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Small Crimes in Italy

I just got the good news from my publisher that the Italian rights to Small Crimes are being sold to Fanucci. They've got a great crime list, and I'm very excited to be joining them.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Pariah over at Independent Crime

Although Pariah won't be hitting the US for 5 months (other than through copies now being leaked by amazon), Nathan Cain offers a review over at his Independent Crime blog.

Zeltserman has succeeded in bringing a blithely psychopatic character to the page who will chill the blood.

Despite the utter moral bankruptcy of the main character, Pariah is gripping as opposed to repugnant. Zeltserman's writing and plotting are sharp and the plot is immaculately crafted. The only other author writing about such venal characters with such an incisive eye is Jason Starr, and some of Starr's characters are downright cuddly when compared to Zeltserman's. Pariah is a scathing rebuke of society's obsession with fame, and mythologizing of gangsters and the repugnant moral calculus that allows them to victimize innocent people with impunity

You can read the entire review here.