Several top-shelf stories this week at some of my favorite haunts.
Alec Cizak has an outstanding down-to-earth crime story in Katy Too at Beat to a Pulp. Katy is a vacant college girl determined to exact revenge on her promiscuous boyfriend. She knows about revenge cause she saw it on television. Problem is, revenge isn't really like that. Some sharp dark humor in here and very detailed writing.
At Thrillers, Killers 'n Chillers, Copper Smith has a riveting story about a different kind of drug dealer--a priest whose product is forgiveness--in Divine No More. Copper is hilarious, except when he's not, and then he's deadly serious.
Shotgun Honey has scorched the earth since it opened its doors. And their new site looks snazzy. If you find a story grittier than Matthew C. Funk's Nothing To Say I would be very impressed. Also be sure to check out Last Request by Peter Andrew Leonard--he treats the reader like a pinata.