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Dave Zeltserman

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Author of the crime noir novel SMALL CRIMES named by NPR as the best crime and mystery novel of 2008, and by the Washington Post as one of the best novels of 2008, and made into a major film (to be released in 2017) starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Molly Parker, Gary Cole, Robert Forster, and Jacki Weaver. Shamus Award winner for JULIUS KATZ. Ellery Queen's Readers Choice Award winner for ARCHIE'S BEEN FRAMED and ARCHIE SOLVES THE CASE. PARIAH named by the Washington Post as one of the best books of 2009. THE CARETAKER OF LORNE FIELD (2010) shortlisted by American Library Association for best horror novel of the year and named a horror gem by Library Journal. MONSTER selected by Booklist Magazine for their 2013 list of top 10 horror novels a ...more

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The Caretaker of Lorne Field

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Small Crimes

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The Boy Who Killed Demons

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Most of these stories seemed more like an interesting idea (and in some cases very clever and interesting ideas) that meandered around this idea without ever achieving any sort of story arc. Overall I found this collection an interesting but ultimate ...more
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What at first looks like a standard, although elegantly written, mystery, is in fact one of the best recent noir novels I've come across. I don't want to say more and spoil the fun, but if you like noir READ THIS!
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brilliant, scathing, devastatingly tragic and funny, with maybe the most heart-wrenching ending that you'll ever come across. this book is my pick for great modern American novel.
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message 4: by Dave

Dave Larry,

Sorry to hear about your sister-in-law, and hope she's doing better.

Thanks for writing me about the book, and I'm glad you liked it. My next one, Pariah, will be out in the UK in Jan. and I think in the US in June, and that's the one I'm most excited about.


message 3: by Larry

Larry Dave,

Finished it up last night, and would have written then, but I've spent the last 24 hours waiting in the hospital with a critically-ill sister-in-law.

Anyway, SMALL CRIMES is a fantastic book. I think the final scene, as Joe pulls the trigger that sends him on his dark flight to hell will stick with me a long time. There is a great deal to chew on, besides the great writing.

How soon can we expect another?

Larry in Mississippi

message 2: by Dave

Dave Larry, thanks, the book so far has been generating a lot of good stuff, all very exciting. Hey, let me know what you think when you're done.


message 1: by Larry

Larry Dave,

Just started reading SMALL CRIMES this afternoon. Congratulations on making NPR's Top Five list.

Larry in Mississippi

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