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

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

Amazon Books: Amazon’s first foray into brick-and-mortar bookselling

  Amazon opened a first-of-its-kind brick-and-mortar bookstore today, Tuesday, November 3rd. Given the past diametric opposition between Amazon and physical bookstores, the move marked a distinct shift in Amazon’s approach to selling books. A new innovation in an established model?...

/ November 3, 2015