All posts by Dietrich Kalteis

Dietrich Kalteis is the award-winning author of Ride the Lightning (bronze medal winner, 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards, for best regional fiction), The Deadbeat Club, Triggerfish, House of Blazes (silver medal winner, 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards, for best historical fiction), and Zero Avenue. His novel The Deadbeat Club has been translated to German, and 50 of his short stories have also been published internationally. He lives with his family on Canada’s West Coast. His website is, and he regularly contributes at the blogs Off the Cuff: And at 7 Criminal Minds: You can also find him on Facebook: and Twitter:

setting and tense in Dietrich Kalteis's Poughkeepsie Shuffle Toronto

The importance of setting in crime fiction

Whether it’s the Detroit of an Elmore Leonard novel, or Don Winslow’s New York, setting in crime fiction plays a vital role in telling a great story. For Dietrich Kalteis, it also played a personal role in his latest novel,...

/ September 2, 2018