Author Archives: gabrielswharf

About gabrielswharf

gabriel’s wharf is a blog on the random thoughts and writings of author Gabriel Valjan. His stories continue to appear online and in print journals. Winter Goose Publishing publishes his Roma Series.

Southern Crime Fiction Panel Discussion – Bouchercon 2018

8 September 2018, at Bouchercon in St. Petersburg, Florida. 3PM Avery-Chancellor Room at The Vinoy Renaissance Hotel. Recorded by Patrick von Wiegandt and Transcribed by Gabriel Valjan. Any errors are my own. Participants, Left to Right: S.A. Cosby, Alex Segura, … Continue reading

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From Holmes to Sherlock: An Interview with Mattias Boström

Mattias Boström Won Half the Prizes on his US-Tour An interview with Sölve Dahlgren. Published by Boktugg, 29 April 2018 Translated from the Swedish by Dean Hunt, 30 April 2018 Photo: Anna-Lena Ahlström This past weekend author Mattias Boström traveled … Continue reading

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2018 Anthony Award Eligible Titles

This list is not exhaustive. I’d suggest readers reference Steph Post’s Anthony 2018 page or Do Some Damage (A) indicates a title also nominated for an Agatha Award. For anthologies, I name the editors. If I’ve understood the rules right, … Continue reading

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Killing Malmon is Kenny from South Park meets Groundhog Day

Poor Malmon! Dan Malmon is a cross between Kenny from South Park and Phil in Groundhog Day. He dies somehow every time. 30 creative crime fiction writers had a lot of fun chalking the outline around Mr. Malmon. You know … Continue reading

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Every story is worth reading to #EndDomesticViolence

This is a hard review to write, and not because the stories are a mixed bag, and not because the writing is bad. No; in fact, the writing is that good, the stories are that compelling, and— wow, this collection … Continue reading

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Big as a phone book, but good enough to dial in Hammett

There is no dearth of commentaries on Hammett’s contribution to crime fiction, or reviews of his Continental Op stories. The foremost value of Richard Layman and Julie M. Rivett’s Big Book of The Continental Op, a door-stopper of a book, … Continue reading

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Everton is a noir version of George Bailey’s Bedford Falls

The Night of the Flood is a collection of fourteen stories framed around a catastrophic flood in the fictional town of Everton, Pennsylvania. Misdirection is already afoot since the flood is not a natural disaster, but an act of vengeance … Continue reading

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