Spinetingler is doing something kind of cool right now, reviewing every single story in Otto Penzler and James Ellroy's BEST AMERICAN NOIR OF THE CENTURY. It's a hell of a tome, chock full of gorgeous writing on topics that are anything but. Whether you're a die-hard fan of the genre, or just interested in getting a peek of what it has to offer, I highly recommend checking it out. It doesn't get much better.
But don't just take my word for it. No, wait: take my word for it.
That's right, cats and kittens (ugh -- did I really just say that?); for some crazy-ass reason, the good folks at Spinetingler saw fit to ask me to write a few words about MacKinlay Kantor's "Gun Crazy." Whether those few words are worth a damn is up to you, but it was an honor to participate, and Kantor's tale is a cracking one indeed.
Oh, and a confession: this wasn't my first review. My first review was for "The Red Hand of Ulster" by Sam Millar, which appeared in the marvelous REQUIEMS FOR THE DEPARTED, and you can read it here. (Why didn't I blog about it when it came out? Truth is, I wasn't sure the review was any damn good. Seriously, fiction's way easier.)