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Master of escape seeking to become master of Noir – Roy Harper talks

Roy Harper, who has escaped three times — twice from the State Penitentiary at Parchman —has written two crime novels now from his small cell there, editing each one on an illegal cellphone. Both ‘Shank’ and ‘Heist’ are out with Crime Wave Press. Jerry Mitchell reports for the Clarion Ledger. Read the full story. Here’s […]

Crime Wave Press at Partners in Crime Radio – 1pm EST

Roy Harper interviewed at Noir on the Radio

“Being an outlaw is about freedom, it sets you loose from the boundaries of society, the boundaries of law, and the things that hold you back. The limits of where you can and can’t go and what you can and can’t do. If you have no boundaries there, then that’s the freedom that it gives […]

The Man With The Golden Mind reviewed at Literary Fits

The Man with the Golden Mind gets a great review at Literary Fits. “I am again impressed with a Crime Wave Press offering, this one being a Cold War aftermath spy thriller set in a country about which I knew very little: Laos. Tom Vater sets up an intricate and complicated plot which I found […]

A Bitter Pill – America is Great Again

America, you done it! Good luck with it. And please kill each other, rather than us lot out here on the vague fringes.

Vint Lawrence – CIA handler of General Vang Pao dies

I somehow missed the recent passing of Vint Lawrence, CIA handler of notorious Hmong General Vang Pao in Long Cheng, Laos, in the early 60s, who threw his secret agent career away to become a political cartoonist in Washington. Read an obituary and summary of Vint’s remarkable life here. Vint Lawrence is interviewed in the […]

Short film: SHANK by Roy Harper – An explosive thriller by one of America’s most wanted outlaws!

Coming soon from Crime Wave Press: SHANK – An explosive thriller by one of America’s most wanted outlaws! Check out a short film by Roy Harper on his explosive debut novel. Paperback and e-book available for pre-order now: Amazon UK e-book Amazon UK paperback Amazon com e-book David “Tool” Roney is a dangerous man with […]

Happy New Year and thanks to all my Readers

Fred Branfman – Obituary – The Daily Telegraph

“The Plain of Jars, what it’s a symbol of, is how those people on the vague frontiers, those people in the Third World, those people we never see, we never know about, we never hear, can be vaporised, wiped off the face of the earth without people back here even knowing about it.” My obituary […]

“…instantly noticeable, gripping and above all, unexpected.” The Cambodian Book of the Dead – New Reviews!!!

The Cambodian Book of the Dead has hit the shelves in the US – this shot from Barnes & Nobles in Detroit (a big thanks for SN for snapping the pic) – and early reviews are favorable. “The Cambodian Book of the Dead is an enigmatic, unsettling thriller that never lets you get your balance,” […]

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