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- Print Length: 162 pages
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- Publisher: Full Dark City Press (March 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IQKDHQU
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Said it before and I'll say it again. You're stealing from these guys via digital with the quality of writing you get.
Owen Laukkanen is the star of this issue with N.F.G,. a brilliant take on the fisherman's yarn, as well as an excellent interview with Chris F. Holm and an insight into the story. This is followed by a sharp slice of Gothic grunge from C S DeWildt. Other cracking stories, including the remarkable The Gulf by Scott Alderberg and Ice Cold Alibi a great piece of old school noir from the ever brilliant Eric Beetner.
But every story is a gem and the reviews which finish off this issue are also well worth a read.
I’ve previously reviewed another All Due Respect anthology and described it as perhaps the best of its type that I’ve read. And I meant it. Does #2 reach this high water mark? Not quite, unfortunately. Although it is still rather good and well worth a read.
This is also a much shorter book. It seems, from a check on Amazon, to be split across two collections - #1 and #2, not to be confused with the previously referenced collection.
All Due Respect #2 opens with a short set on a deep sea fishing smack, called NFG, written by Owen Laukkanen, a very strong story about privilege and murder. It’s atmospheric and catapults the reader into what must be a very demanding life on a small piece of wood and metal in the wide open sea.
Another strong story is Ice Cold Alibi, by Eric Beetner. An ex-prostitute literally clears up after her husband murders his boss, a butcher, after one too many bitchy comments. Very well written, it’s noir at its best.
Interestingly there is a non-fiction section, comprising an interview with Chris F. Holm, followed by a piece written by him. A little different and unexpected change of tack in proceedings.
However what dragged this collection down to the previous one reviewed was a couple of weaker stories and editing. One short of note is That Time I Worked For The Feds In Mississippi by Joseph Rubas. It’s about a criminal who’s roped in by the FBI to track down some kids who’ve gone missing, probably at the hands of the KKK. It’s a good bit of fun, but just a bit silly for an anthology such as this. The protagonist is able to gun down whoever he likes whilst nonchalantly tracking down the killers.
I also mentioned the editing. I really struggle with repeat words and came across several in clunky sentences. For example:
…and deduced he wasn’t moving it anywhere until he’d cleared a path through the path through the filth. He’d have to clear a path.
Once it looked like the gang was all there, I got my carbine and walked across the street, right in front of an oncoming car.
I read this last quote several times and just couldn’t see the point of the oncoming car element. It wasn’t mentioned again and there was no outcome. It dragged me to a stop as a reader – this happened a couple of time.
That being said All Due Respect #2 did have a lot to live up to. Almost there, this is still well worth a read.
**Originally reviewed for Books & Pals blog. May have received free review copy.**
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