Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Scott Wolven at Plots With Guns


About once every six months, Scott Wolven materializes out of thin air and schools the crime writing world. Plots With Guns has "Everything Tastes Like Whiskey," and you should take a gander at how to write, pure, unadulterated crime fiction.

Like Raymond Chandler once said of Dashiell Hammett, "(he) gave murder back to the people who really committed it." Scott Wolven does exactly the same with crime fiction; he shows you the people that do wrong, for what they feel are the right reasons.

12 comments:

David Cranmer said...

High praise and I'm right there with you. I'm looking forward to the read.

John Donald Carlucci said...

I sat down with a home-made veggie burrito (stuffed with salsa and sour cream) looking for something to read while I dined. I don't have much time to read lately, but gave this piece a shot because you recommended it so highly.

Wheee, that was good and so was the burrito.

JDC

Cormac Brown said...

David,

It's a good one, and the one thing I have to say that is unique about Wolven, is that I can never predict how he is going to end a story.

Johnny Dollars,

That was good readin', eh? The veggie burritos though? Lots of cilantro, lots of chile verde.

John Donald Carlucci said...

I can't stand cilantro. It tastes like old tap water to me. I'm like a shark in that I can smell a molecule of cilantro in a hundred cubic meters of salsa.

I'm reading a bit of Hemingway tonight (LOVE me the Sony ebook reader) to get the scent back.

"You want the scent? Smell yourself!"
Doctor Hannibal Lecktor

JDC

David Barber said...

Soon as I get me a quiet half hour (the same word echoes in my ears....daddy...daddy...daddy...daddy...) I will give this a read. If you're recommending someone so highly then it would be rude not to read it. ;-)

Cormac Brown said...

Johnny Dollars,

The Teen is the same way about onions, even when the errant sliver of savoia finds its way into his burrito.

David,

Don't worry, five years from now, you'll miss these days.

"If you're recommending someone so highly then it would be rude not to read it."

If I could find another 25,000 just like you, I could quit me day job ; )

sunshine said...

I read it. It was really good!

So, was he just a "hired gun" or what?
They worked at a University... but shot things/people. That's the only part I didn't understand.

It was a quick read, easy to get into. Thanks for the link!

((Hugs))
Laura

sunshine said...

Admit it. You are in love with the Trololo song. :P
Come on .. when his arm starts swinging, can't you just "feel the music"? Tee Hee!

((Hugs))
Laura

Cormac Brown said...

Laura,

You're welcome.

The reason for the inconsistency, is that this was pulled from an anthology. I'm guessing that this Wolven's John Thorn, and he is a bounty hunter. I'm also guessing that the State of Idaho has hired him on, but to work with the Forrest Deparment.

Cormac Brown said...

Gakk

I can't stand the thing! The guy gives me the creeps, and I should make it a point to be good for the rest of my life, because surely that's the song that they are playing in Hell!

sunshine said...

Thanks for the info. That makes more sense.
And, don't worry. Randal has assured me that "Hell" is where all the Rock & Roll is gonna be.. :) I'll see you there.

((Hugs))
Laura

Cormac Brown said...

Laura,

I left out an "is," and it should be Forest. They just better play AC/DC down there and not the "The Trololo Song."