Now here's a cheap thrill I can heartily recommend: BEAT TO A PULP, ROUND 2 is a great new noir anthology, summer reading for the discerning badass. Hats off to editors David Cranmer and Matthew Mayo - and, as always, James O'Barr for that fine cover.
There are some stunning stories in here, including one that made me laugh so hard in a bar that I slid down several stairs on my ass; one whose wordstyling had me googling the author to find out where he's been hiding all my life; and one that broke my flinty heart.
As for me, I had the honor of writing the foreword.
I'm sorry it's taken me so long to bring this to your attention - I blame my crazy hardcore life (uh, cue the kids and puppies).