All posts by Michael Pool

Michael Pool is Crime Syndicate Magazine's Editor-in-Chief, as well as a crime fiction author of three books:Texas Two-Step, Debt Crusher, and New Alleys For Nothing Men. His next novel, Rose City, will be published by Down and Out Books in April 2019. Find him online at

Sharp objects and the birth of the crime fiction mini-series

HBO’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects is a must-watch Southern gothic skate-o-rama

HBO has long had a reputation as an innovator and driving force behind great crime television. And their newest crime drama, Sharp Objects, fits nicely into their lineage and reputation for pushing the boundaries with new formats.

/ August 12, 2018
5 true crime podcasts crime writers will love

5 true crime podcasts crime fiction writers will love

A well-done true crime podcast combines expert storytelling with incredible, often appalling real-life crime stories. It can serve as a hunting ground for great story ideas, as well as the background music for almost any boring task. Here are five true...

/ August 5, 2018
The new Crime Syndicate Magazine

The new Crime Syndicate Magazine

I made the announcement a few months ago that Crime Syndicate would no longer focus on publishing short stories in an anthology format. I won’t rehash my reasoning behind this, other than to say that I felt the Crime Syndicate...

/ August 2, 2018
The Deadbeat Club ECW Press

Crime-on-crime review series #6: The Deadbeat Club, by Dietrich Kalteis

In The Deadbeat Club, generational Whistler BC primo dope grower Grey Stevens finds himself caught smack in the middle of a turf war between rival gangs.

/ November 10, 2016
Bull Mountain

Crime-on-crime review series #7: Bull Mountain, by Brian Panowich

Bull Mountain is the saga of the Burroughs clan, a long line of Georgia outlaws stretching back into the days before prohibition. the Burroughs have spent nearly all those years protected by the sanctity of their backwoods home turf, a place...

/ November 16, 2015
What Happens in Reno, by Mike Monson

Crime-on-crime review series #5: What Happens In Reno, by Mike Monson

Oh good god. Oh my my. That Mike Monson is one sick puppy. I mean that in the best possible way. I’ve had the privilege to read several of Mike Monson’s books, including his novella The Scent of New Death,...

/ November 9, 2015
Will Viharo Love Stories Are Too Violent For Me

Crime-on-crime review series #4: Love Stories Are Too Violent For Me, by Will Viharo

Will Viharo’s cult classic Love Stories Are Too Violent For Me found its way back into print last year after nearly two decades off the shelf. According to legend, actor Christian Slater took interest in the novel’s protagonist, Vic Valentine, after discovering...

/ November 7, 2015
Knuckleball by Tom Pitts

Crime-on-crime review series #3: Kunckleball, by Tom Pitts

I suspect I’m not the only crime fiction reader and writer who absolutely loves the novella trend in the crime fiction indy-publishing world. Fast and sharp, a good novella takes a natural pace that makes it hard to put down....

/ November 6, 2015
Sam Wiebe Last of the Independents

Crime-on-crime review series #2: Last of the Independents, by Sam Wiebe

Sam Wiebe’s Last of the Independents has been characterized as “Vancouver noir.” And with good reason.  In many ways a typical hardboiled detective story, Last of the Independents also has its own unique style and approach. Last of the Independents is...

/ November 5, 2015
Lamentation, by Joe Clifford

Crime-on-crime review series #1: Lamentation, by Joe Clifford

As a writer, it goes without saying that I read A TON. I recently read Joe Clifford’s new novel, Lamentation, which happens to be on the ballot for an Anthony Award at this year’s Bouchercon. I didn’t get twenty pages into...

/ November 4, 2015