Joe Lansdale's Paradise Sky received some of his finest reviews when it was released. Taking the life and myth of black cowboy and dime novel hero Nat Love, aka Deadwood Dick, he weaves his own epic legend. For it's paperback release we asked Joe some questions about the book, race, and the western. 1. It had been a while since you tackled a traditional western in some time. What made you want to tackle this? I often think in terms of Western stories, and am nearly always loo
It's shocking when someone you don't particularly like has passion for the same book or movie you do. It is worse if they are someone publicly reviled. So like people who love The Princess Bride, but hate Ted Cruz, I was confronted with an uncomfortable fact presented in an interview with Charlie Rose, Steve Bannon explained how the people who stuck with Trump and who didn't was a litmus test after the president's statements after the Charlotte incident and quoted from one of
When reading Reed Farrel Coleman's previous Jesse Stone novel, Debt To Pay, it felt he was moving Robert B. Parker's Paradise Mass. police chief closer into his own thematic territory. His latest, The Hangman's Sonnet, confirms this. While delivering everything we expect from the series, we get a strong look at loss and search for identity that Coleman explores in his own Gus Drury series. Mainly this is due to fallout from Debt To Pay. The loss of Diana, his fiance, has him
Welcome to my site, The Hard Word. I'm your host, Scott Montgomery bookseller, reader, genre writer, and bohemian red neck (it's why I live in Austin, Texas). I've spent over fifteen years as a book seller (currently at BookPeople) promoting two genres I am passionate about, crime and western fiction. Hammett and Elmer Kelton are gods to me. The Hard Word is dedicated to championing the authors and work in both, past and present, well known and obscure. Expect to find reviews
It's fitting for couple of reasons Craig Johnson is the first author to be interviewed at The Hard Word. One he is close friend. Craig's first year as a published author, was my first year as a book seller. His first novel featuring Northern Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire, was the first novel I championed. Also, he has found a way to marry some of the best tropes of crime fiction and the western in the series, playing off both genres to create something fresh with each book. T
WARNING: The third paragraph gives away something the author may have intended as a surprise in the second chapter The Last Notch is not your normal fifties paperback western. Even today it reads like an experimental take on the genre, owing as much to David Goodis as Zane Grey. The author Arnold Hano, who used the pen name Matthew Gant for this and few a few other westerns, also served as an editor for Lion Books, working closely with Richard Matheson and Jim Thompson. The s
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