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Chris Offutt’s Vengeful Gods of Justice in the Ginseng Hunting Grounds

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By Thomas Pluck / The older I get, the more I appreciate the short novel. Not every story needs to be an Ellroy epic, but not every story...

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Wit and Grit: Lauren Hough’s Essay Collection, “Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Thing,” Reads Like Crime Fiction

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By Thomas Pluck / The night my car burst into flames, I’d agreed to babysit for my supervisor, Sergeant Peters, because it meant spending...

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The Vautrin Winter 2020 Issue Is Available Now (Order It Here)

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A good short story grabs you with a compelling voice while going where you’ve never been.  In the Winter 2020 issue of Vautrin,...

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It’s Not All Rumpy-Pumpy in Ventura: Thomas Pluck on the Latest from Scott Phillips

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By Thomas Pluck / Scott Phillips knows how to write a real son of a bitch. If Shakespeare hadn’t given us Iago, I bet Scott would have...

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Two Savvy Bets: A Moody New Detective and a Boozehound Cop

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The line on dark horse crime novels....

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