Chris Lackey's novel Nail's Crossing introduces us to Bill Maytubby, an officer in the Chickasaw Lighthorseman. His first case takes him into a world of murder and drug trafficing that leads to Louisiana. We talked to Mr. Lackey about the character and approaching his culture. 1. I knew about the Lighthorsemen from Oklahoma's frontier days, but didn't know they were still around. How would you describe the function Bill Maytubby serves? Maytubby is a Chickasaw Lighthorseman,
If there is a minor complaint I sometimes have with the Akashic noir series is the interest in "literary merit" at times pushes the meat-and-potatoes noir to the back seat. By gathering diverse writers, many who have never written crime fiction before, they have pushed the boundaries of noir in great ways, but I sometimes wish there were more stories with the tropes that drew me to the genre in the first place. Like a modern jazz musician, the editors are tasked with reaching
It's always been common to spin the truth in politics and even enter realms of speculation. Now it seems that outright myth has become part of the discourse. Phony birth certificates, secret deep state army maneuvers in Texas, and pizza parlor pedophile rings were all presented by the public and believed by a segment of it, during the terms of our first black president. Author Gary Phillips put together The Obama Inheritance as a response. Fifteen authors known for genre wri
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