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Big Ideas and Big Names in suspense from Brash Books

Get the big ideas from the biggest names in suspense on the Brash Books blog. Here, you'll find posts by some of your favorite mystery authors sharing their views on crime fiction - along with inside stories about everything from how they wrote their bestselling thrillers to what inspires them.

You'll also hear from experts in the mystery and suspense genre, along with fans, publishing insiders, and of course, Brash Books. Posts will range from informative to controversial - but you can bet every one will be a compelling read. This is your destination to explore great crime fiction writing - past, present and future - from the authors, readers, and publishers who keep it alive.

It's been a thrilling few weeks here at Brash Books, and we're blasting into July with plenty of excitement. Read on to learn more about latest releases, a new movie from one of our authors, our newest rave reviews, and all the fun we had at the Western Writers of America Conference. MEMPHIS LUCK IS HERE! Gerald Duff's MEMPHIS LUCK—the sizzling sequel to MEMPHIS RIBS—is finally available in trade paperback and ebook editions! The critics already love it, and we're sure you will as well. MEMPHIS LUCK finds homicide detectives J.W. Ragsdale and Tyrone Walker colliding with colorful characters in a darkly funny tale of mayhem. Publishers Weekly declares, "This black comedy catches... more

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I just returned from a gala weekend in Billings Montana, where DOUBLE WIDE author Leo W. Banks was honored with two Spur Awards, the Oscar of western fiction, for Best First Novel, and Best Contemporary Novel, by the Western Writers of America, Inc. I was also on hand to accept matching Spurs given to Brash for publishing the book. The awards were presented by actor A. Martinez from Longmire. Over the course of the conference, Leo and I met such western literary luminaries as Craig Johnson (creator of Longmire), Loren D. Estleman, Johnny Boggs and Preston Lewis. Here are some photos from the event: Leo Banks and Craig Johnson Leo and actor A. Martinez Brash co-founder... more

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Bill Crider Author

In an interview with Bill Crider at his Alvin, Texas home, Brash Books co-publisher Lee Goldberg  jokingly said that he arrived in his press’s small plane, Bill Crider then discussed his two cross-genre mystery/westerns published with Brash as well as an unpublished novel and abandoned sequels. At the conclusion of the promotional piece, Crider says, “Now get that corporate jet off my driveway.” Such was the gentle, good-natured humor of Bill Crider, who passed from cancer at his home in Alvin on February 12, 2018. When Too Late to Die (Crider’s first Dan Rhodes Mystery) won the 1987 Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Crider was off and writing. Crider wrote the... more

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Author Leo W. Bank's debut crime novel Double Wide has scored a rare double-header from the Western Writers of America by winning two 2018 Spur Awards, the "Oscar" of western fiction. ​ The WWA announced today that Double Wide has won the coveted Spur Award for Best First Novel and for Best Contemporary Western Novel, an incredible accomplishment for a debut novel.  The Spur Awards have honored the best in Western fiction, nonfiction, poetry, song, and film scripting since 1953​. This year's awards ceremony will be held in June at WWA's annual conference in Billings, Montana.    Double Wide, which was published by Brash in November 2017,... more

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Jimmy Sangster was an amazing writer.  He was one of the best screenwriters for Hammer's horror movies, and he was all over U.S. TV in the '70s (check out his IMDb entry).  He also wrote novels, several of which I read and enjoyed, including two about a spy named Katy Touchfeather. When Touchfeather's boyfriend is killed, it's revealed to her by the head of a super-secret British spy agency that he was murdered.  She's offered a chance to work for the same agency, as she already has the perfect cover, as she's a stewardess ('60s parlance).  Aftr attending spy school, she'll be able to work for any airline at any time and fly over the world on assignment. The big... more

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This past weekend was busy and way too much fun. I made two appearances to promote my novel, Double Wide, and both went extremely well. The first, on Saturday, was at Clues Unlimited, a well-known mystery bookshop in Tucson. It has a certain charm, obvious as soon as you step inside and meet the store’s mascot, Bosco, a retired Greyhound racing dog. I had a couple of Milk Bones in my pocket. I have pooches of my own and usually carry treats. My wife, Teresa, thinks I’m nutso about dogs. Doesn’t everyone carry Milk Bones?  The store is cozy and we had a good crowd, so owner Chris Burke moved us next door into a church. Double Wide was excerpted in the Tucson Weekly -- along... more

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