CrimeWAV Season 1

Listen to Episode One: Jason Starr – “The Last Bachelor of North Miami”

Jason Starr is the multi-award winning author of nine crime novels published in ten languages. His latest thriller from St. Martin’s Press, on-sale everywhere, is THE FOLLOWER. Visit his home page at

Listen to Episode Two: Christa Faust – “Cut Man”

This week’s author is Christa Faust, originally from New York, now residing in L.A. with “Ghetto Birds,” low-riders and Hollywood paparazzi. She’s the author of the acclaimed Hard Case Crime novel MONEY SHOT, HOOD TOWN, and six other novels. Ever the stunner, Christa is gracious to give us “Cut Man” this week.

Episode Three: Gary Phillips – “Swift Boats for Jesus”

Gary Phillips has the deepest pipes you can hear on any podcast around. I’d like to call him the Barry White of crime fiction, but… OK, I will. You can find out more about Gary at his site, and pick up one of his books at your local bookstore.
This story comes from the anthology Politics Noir: Dark Tales from the Corridors of Power (Verso Press).

Episode Four: Dave Zeltserman – “Adrenaline”

More on Dave Zeltserman at “Adrenaline” was first published in Out of the Gutter #3

Episode Five: Mark Coggins – “Ride a Red Dragon” – Pt. 1

This story comes to us from the friendly streets of San Francisco circa 1920s and is written by Mark Coggins. He gives us the first part of “Ride A Red Dragon.”
You can get more info about Mark at his site and at his superb personal and crime blog Riordan’s Desk. His most recent novel is RUNOFF from Bleak House Books. It’s the fourth in his series of August Riordan novels.

Episode Six: Mark Coggins – “Ride a Red Dragon” – Part 2

This is part two of Mark Coggins’ “Ride a Red Dragon.”
You can get more info about Mark at his site

Episode Seven: Vicki Hendricks – “Must Bite” Part 1

***WARNING: This episode contains bestiality and murdering monkeys.***
Must Bite was originally published on the web at
For more information about Vicki Hendricks, go to where you can find her full bio, links to where you can buy all five of her books (Cruel Poetry is my favorite) and news, reviews, and a contact form.

Episode Eight: Vicki Hendricks – “Must Bite” Part 2

***WARNING: This episode contains bestiality and murdering monkeys.***
For more info on Vicki Hendricks, visit
Thanks to Mike Bekemeyer for his help with editing this episode.

Episode Nine: Charles Ardai – “Secret Service”

Charles Ardai is the editor of HARD CASE CRIME. Charles has won a lot of awards as himself and also written two great novels as Richard Aleas: Little Girl Lost and Songs of Innocence.

Episode Ten: Tim Maleeny – “Prisoner of Love”

This week’s story comes fresh from the foggy shores of San Francisco and is by the superlative Tim Maleeny. Direct link to “Prisoner of Love.” Tim’s website is

Episode Eleven: Crimewav 11  Reed Farrel Coleman – “Killing O’Malley”

“Killing O’Malley,” comes to us direct from Long Island and Brooklyn’s own Reed Farrel Coleman. He rocks, he rolls, he also writes as Tony Spinosa. You can find Reed at

Reed Farrel Coleman has published 10 novels in three series.  His Moe Prager series has been twice nominated for the Edgar, Shamus, Barry, and Macavity Awards. He has won the Shamus, Barry, and Anthony Awards. Some of my favorite books of his are THE JAMES DEANS, WALKING PERFECT SQUARE, SOUL PATCH, and EMPTY EVER AFTER.

Episode Twelve: Crimewav 12  Megan Abbott – “Cheer”

This story first appeared in Storyglossia #28, the crime issue. Text version of story.

Megan Abbott is the winner of the 2008 Edgar award for Best Paperback Original for her book Queenpin. She’s written three novels: Die a Little, The Song Is You and Queenpin. Believe me: you’ve GOT to check out these books for their great reads AND wonderful covers. They’re some of the best stuff I’ve read in the past few years.

You can find more info on Megan here:

She also edited the anthology A Hell of a Woman, which features the next story, by Cornelia Read.

Episode Thirteen: Crimewav 13  Cornelia Read – “Hungry Enough”

Multi award-winning author Cornelia Read‘s story “Hungry Enough” was featured in the anthology Hell of a Woman, edited by Megan Abbott (ep. 12) and won the 2008 Shamus Award for Best Short Story.

Episode Fourteen: Crimewav 14  Marc Lecard – “California Racing Pigs”

Marc Lecard’s new book Tiny Little Troubles is out now from St. Martin’s. His first novel, Vinnie’s Head is an unstoppable monster! Tiny Little Troubles is sure to be more of the same. You can find out more about Marc, catch news about his upcoming readings, and even read excerpts from his novels, here:

Episode Fifteen: Crimewav 15  Anthony Neil Smith – “Psycho Redneck Pick-up Truck Killing Spree”

Anthony Neil Smith has a posse! Not only is he the ass kicking-est Ph.D. and Creative Writing Director in Minnesota (shit, the whole Midwest!), he’s our guest for this week’s story, “Psycho Redneck Pick-up Truck Killing Spree.”

If that title doesn’t let you know what you’re in for, then nothing will. Direct link to this week’s story (right-click to download.)

Neil’s latest novel is YELLOW MEDICINE, out now from Bleak House Books. Awesome stuff! He’s also the editor of the superlative e-zine Plots with Guns. His next book is called HOGDOGGIN’!! What more could you ask for?

More info on him and his site stuff, here on the author page. (Also links to his books.)

Episode Sixteen: Jonathan McGoran – “Bad Debt”

This week’s story “Bad Debt” is by Jonathan McGoran, a Philly boy who also writes under the name D.H. Dublin. As Ole D.H., he’s written three forensic crime thrillers Blood Poison, Body Trace and Freezer Burn
all out now from Penguin Books. Once you hear this, you’re going to want more from him writing as himself. Drop him an email at his author page to let him know!

Direct Link to “Bad Debt.” (Right-click to download.)

You can also find Jon’s story “Grounders” here at Variant Frequencies.

Writing as D. H. Dublin, Jonathan McGoran is the author of the forensic crime thrillers Body Trace, Blood Poison and Freezer Burn, all from Penguin Books.
Writing as Jonathan McGoran, his short fiction has been podcast on and his satire has appeared in Philadelphia CityPaper.
He is a member of the Mystery Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers, and a founding member of the Liars’ Club.
When not writing under his own name or as D. H. Dublin, McGoran is communications director at Weavers Way Co-op in Philadelphia.

Episode Seventeen: Crimewav 17  Dave White – “Limp Puppets” and Drew Gardner “The Good Soldier”

We have my label mate Dave White, whose new book The Evil That Men Do just came out this summer. Go Three Rivers Press!! (FYI: Barack Obama is another Three Rivers Press homie! Now that’s a team!) Dave gives us his story “Limp Puppets” which first appeared in Shots UK.

And then we have a first-time published author, Drew Gardner, a former cop and author of this story “The Good Soldier.” As soon as I started to read this piece, I knew Drew had to be a part of The WAV. With any luck, we’ll get him on again soon.

Episode Eighteen: Crimewav 18  Nathan Cain – “Amphetamine Logic”

Amphetamine Logic is by Nathan Cain, the owner and sole proprietor of the Independent Crime Blog. This story was first published in Thuglit. Read it here. It was also nominated for a Spinetingler award and has been  optioned as a movie.

Episode Nineteen: Sarah Weinman – “Blooming”

This week’s guest is something of an online phenomenon. Her blog Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind is about as close to THE bee’s knees as anything online in the crime world can come to be, without being a podcast, of course. 😉

But Sarah Weinman is not only a great blogger, reviewer, and collector of all things crime publishing, she’s also a superb crime writer. This story, “Blooming,” comes from the anthology Hell of a Woman like many of the other stories we’ve featured. Special thanks again to David Thompson at Busted Flush Press for publishing it and to Megan Abbott for editing.

This week’s story is guest read by Mae Breakall of Junkie Mae’s Chop Shop, a fan-fiction podcast for the work of Scott Sigler. Thanks to Mae for reading and her husband Scott for production.

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