Bent copper Joe Denton gets out of prison suspiciously early after disfiguring the district attorney. Nobody wants Joe to hang around, not his ex-wife, his parents or his former colleagues - if he had any decency he'd get out of town and start over. Unfortunately, Joe has precious little decency - and a whole lot of unfinished business to attend to.
A tale of redemption and revenge as dark and violent as it's bitterly comic, Small Crimes is the UK debut of hard-boiled hotshot Dave Zeltserman.
Jack Durkin is the ninth generation of Durkins who have weeded Lorne Field for nearly 300 years. Though he and his wife Lydia are miserable and would like nothing more than to leave, Jack must wait until his son has come of age to tend the field on his own. It's an important job, though no one else seems to realize it. For, if the field is left untended, a horrific monster called an Aukowie will grow?a monster capable of taking over the entirety of America in just two weeks. Or so it is said. . .
Leonard is released to public outrage and media furore. He spends his time working as a janitor while looking over his shoulder, fearful of a vigilante attack or a revenge hit from his former colleagues. At 62 and with plenty of time on his hands, he is at an age when most men grow reflective and attempt to understand their mark on the world. But for Leonard, while the threats to his safety are not imagined, his self-reflection may pose the greatest threat of all.
“Pariah will keep you glued to its pages. There are no holds barred anywhere in this wonderful launch into evil. The meek beware . . . be-very-ware.” —Charlie Stella
“This fusion of hard-boiled and bitter satire is brand new territory for noir and I suspect that [Pariah] will be one of the most talked about novels of 2009.” —Ed Gorman
“The plot of Small Crimes is a thing of beauty.” —The Washington Post
Leonard March walks free from jail after fourteen years' hard time served after turning state's witness against his Mafia boss Salvatore Lombard. It's only after Leonard is sentenced that the public learns that he was a Mob hitman with eighteen deaths to answer for.
Leonard is released to public outrage and media furor. He spends his time working as a janitor while looking over his shoulder, fearful of a vigilante attack or revenge hit from his former colleagues. At sixty-two and with plenty of time on his hands, he is at an age when most men grow reflective and attempt to understand their mark on the world. But for Leonard, while the threats to his safety are not imagined, his self-reflection may pose the greatest threat of all.
Dave Zeltserman lives in the Boston area with his wife. Small Crimes was included in The Washington Post's Best Books of 2008 and was one of NPR's top five crime and mystery novels of 2008.
Movie rights have already been sold to Outsourced. The film will be produced by the team behind the hugely successful Resident Evil films.
“Unputdownable. Classic noir, dark, funny, shocking and absolutely no compromise. Pure magic of the blackest kind.”—Ken Bruen
“A superbly crafted tale. Like the very best of modern noir, this is a story told in shades of grey. This deserves to be massive.”—Allan Guthrie
“Zeltserman delves deeply into his specialty, an unorthodox look at the criminal mind. It kept me turning pages and glancing over my shoulder.”—Vicki Hendricks
Set in the pressure cooker of a very small town and following the promise of Dave Zeltersman's earlier novels (Fast Lane and Bad Thoughts), Small Crimes is an explosive noir that brings the claustrophobic hell of Jim Thompson and James M. Cain right up to date.
Dave Zeltserman lives in the Boston area with his wife, Judy. He is a die-hard Patriots and Red Sox fan, and when he's not writing crime fiction, he spends his time working on his black belt in Kung Fu.
"This fusion of hardboiled and bitter satire is brand new territory for noir and I suspect that it will be one of the most talked about novels of 2009."--Ed Gorman
"Pariahwill keep you glued to its pages. There are no holds barred anywhere in this wonderful launch into evil. The meek beware . . . be-very-ware."--Charlie Stella
"Pariah is sure to catapult Zeltserman head and shoulders above other Boston authors. This is not only a great crime book, but a gripping read that will crossover to allow greater exposure for this rising talent."--BOOKGASM.com
Praise for Dave Zeltserman'sSmall Crimes:
"[Small Crimes] deserves comparison with the best of James Ellroy."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The plot ofSmall Crimes is a thing of beauty"--The Washington Post
"A strong piece of work, lean and spare, but muscular where a noir novel should be."--The Boston Globe
Once part of the holy triumvirate ruling the South Boston Irish Mob, Kyle Nevin is set up with the Feds by head mobster Red Mahoney, who leads him to a court case and a stretch in the slammer. Now out of prison, Kyle wants revenge on his old boss and mentor and, just as importantly, to reclaim his former glory.
A kidnapping gone wrong leads, bizarrely, to a major book deal and a newfound celebrity status for Kyle. However, it also brings about bigger problems for both himself and anyone unlucky enough to cross his path.
With this dark riff and contemporary theme, Zeltserman shows why he is the heir of Jim Thompson and James M. Cain.
Dave Zeltserman lives in the Boston area with his wife. His previous novelSmall Crimes was included inThe Washington Post's best books of 2008 and was one of NPR's top five crime and mystery novels of 2008.
"If there's any other young writer out there who does crime noir better than Zeltserman, I don't even want to know."—Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post
"Zeltserman's breakthrough crime novel deserves comparison with the best of James Ellroy."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Pariah is all I know of bliss and lament. Bliss at reading a superb novel and lament at knowing that Dave Zeltserman has now raised the bar so high, we're screwed."—Ken Bruen
Following from his ultra-noir trilogy—Small Crimes, Pariah, and Killer—is Outsourced, Dave Zeltserman's most commercial book to date.
A classic heist thriller pitched somewhere between Ocean's Eleven and Dog Day Afternoon, it's the story of a group of software engineers who lose their jobs due to an industry push to outsourcing. Desperate, and seeing their middle-class lives crumbling apart, they come up with a brilliant plan to use their computing skills to rob a bank. But not even a systems analyst can foresee every eventuality, so the group falls afoul of the Russian Mafia . . .
Movie rights have been sold for Outsourced, and the film will be produced by the team behind the hugely successful Resident Evil films.
Dave Zeltserman has, over the years, worked developing data communication software at some of the world's leading networking and computer companies. He lives in the Boston area with his wife Judy. His previous novels include Small Crimes (voted one of NPR's top five crime and mystery novels of 2008), Pariah, and Killer.
Once Henry catches onto the real Mr. Hanley, he starts to see demons all around him, and his boring, adolescent life is transformed. There’s no more time for friends or sports or the lovely Sally Freeman—instead Henry must work his way through ancient texts and hunt down the demons before they steal any more innocent children. And if hunting demons is hard at any age, it’s borderline impossible when your parents are on your case, and your grades are getting worse, and you can’t tell anyone about your chosen mission.
A very scary novel written with verve and flashes of great humor, The Boy Who Killed Demons is Dave Zeltserman’s most accomplished and entertaining horror novel yet.