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W.R. Burnett—The Iron Man Who Chose to Rust

Contemporary writers and readers of serious crime fiction, meet the grandfather you never knew—W.R. Burnett. Born in 1899, he single-handedly invented narrative forms that would be thought of as innovative when other writers used them into the 21st Century. Have you seen Little Caesar, the first of the great gangster films? If you read this […]

September Editorial

Here at The Big Click, we have pretty wide tastes in noir. We’ll publish stories about criminals, about psychopaths, barely reformed lowlifes, and the like. But only rarely will we do cops or private investigators. Partially because most of what is sent to us involving the police or PIs just isn’t noir: it’s hard-boiled, or […]

Capsule Reviews

Long Lost Dog of It (Broken River) by Michael Kazepis is a slow burn. It’s a short novel, focused on Athens in 2011, when the whole nation seemed prime to explode under the pressure of austerity and its own lengthy history. There are killers, and casual violence—a stray dog runs off with an ear freshly torn […]

On Not-Knowing

One night after a lot of whiskey and beer, a friend of mine suggested that we head down to Main and rob someone. We had no money but what we’d just spent on the booze, and we knew that when we woke up we’d be hungry. Deep down we both knew that we didn’t have […]

July Editorial

There’s an argument to be made that horror is a mode rather than a genre. What we typically think of as the conventions of horror can subtly sneak inside fantasy, crime, scifi, and even literary fiction. Bizarro, a literary movement that incorporates elements of absurdism, spectacle, and the surreal, operates similarly. While some Bizarro fiction […]

Capsule Reviews

Gravesend William Boyle Broken River Books 978–1940885032 $13.95 William Boyle’s Gravesend is a pitch-perfect depiction of the titular Brooklyn neighborhood, one where Italian, Irish, and Russian-Americans still hold sway, and where hipsterism and hip-hop are foreign ideals that infect the wayward children of a dying generation. It’s almost a cliché that authors live in Brooklyn now, […]

Scary Decorations: The Comfort of Bad Things

Bad things were happening. I was living in a small southern town where most people believe that the earth is a few thousand years old, and where a liberal is someone who believes that executions ought to be painless. I had a job with a boss and co-workers straight out of One Flew Over the […]

May Editorial

Welcome to the latest issue of The Big Click! We’re thrilled to offer you two great stories, one from Heather L. Nelson, and the other from well-known crime writer Gary Phillips. Nelson came in via our query system—send us an introductory note and tell us about a story you might like us to see, and […]

Capsule Reviews

The Rebus novels of Ian Rankin essentially defy review. If you enjoy well-told police procedurals with an emphasis on personality and legwork, and a minimum of technology and fisticuffs, they will serve you well. If not… The Saints of the Shadow Bible, if it differs greatly from prior Rebus volumes, is due to the presence of […]


In the past few years I’ve become a big rereader. Before that, I, like a lot of folks, always felt a little guilty rereading a book when there’s so little time and so many new books to tackle. But I got tired of people asking about my favorite books where I’d tell them the same […]



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