While The Rap Sheet is largely a one-man operation, it has benefited over the last decade from the talents of many contributors.
The Usual Suspects
Some of those authors and editors have been with this blog ever since it spun off from January Magazine in May 2006. Others have added their voices on a periodic basis in more recent years, enriching The Rap Sheet’s coverage of crime, mystery, and thriller fiction.
J. Kingston Pierce
is a longtime journalist in Seattle, Washington, and editor of The Rap Sheet, which has won the Spinetingler Award and been nominated twice for Anthony Awards. He also writes the book-design blog Killer Covers, serves as the senior editor of January Magazine, and for almost six years was the lead crime-fiction blogger for Kirkus Reviews. Pierce has published more than half a dozen non-fiction books, among them San Francisco: Yesterday and Today, Seattle: Yesterday and Today, Eccentric Seattle, and America’s Historic Trails with Tom Bodett. He’s currently at work (oh, so slowly) on his first novel. (Photo: Peer van den Boomen)
Linda L. Richards
is a Vancouver, Canada-based author, journalist, and the publisher and editor-in-chief of Self-Counsel Press. In addition to being the founding editor of January Magazine, an award-winning book review and author interview site, she is a frequent contributor to The Rap Sheet and the author of several novels, including When Blood Lies (2015), The Indigo Factor (2012), and three books in the Kitty Pangborn/Dex Theroux historical private-eye series, the most recent being Death Was in the Blood (2013). Richards is also a leading expert in electronic book-publishing technologies. You can find out more about her on the Web at LindalRichards.com.
is the assistant editor of Shots, the chief British correspondent for The Rap Sheet, and a contributing editor of January Magazine. He also writes for Crimespree Magazine, Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine, and Mystery Readers International, and has contributed work to the books Dissecting Hannibal Lecter, British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia, and Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads. A resident of the UK, Karim holds associate membership in the Crime Writers Association, the International Thriller Writers, and the Private Eye Writers of America. He has been nominated three times for Anthony Awards, and in 2011 was presented with the David Thompson Special Services Award. In his “real life” (as if he has time for such things), Karim serves as the managing director at Hazchem Network, a UK chemical transport company.
has been nominated for the Shamus and Barry crime-fiction awards, and his August Riordan novels have been selected for best-of-the-year lists compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Detroit Free Press, and Amazon.com, among others. His books Runoff (2007) and The Big Wake-Up (2009) won the Next Generation Indie Book Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY), respectively. Coggins is also a photographer. His photos have been accepted for exhibit across the country, including at galleries in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and have also been used to illustrate books by other authors, notably Red Mist, by Patricia Cornwell. Click here to find Coggins’ Web site. A collection of his author portraits can be found here.
is the joint pseudonym employed by husband-and-wife authors Daniela De Gregorio and Michael G. Jacob. After penning four historical mysteries featuring early 19th-century Prussian magistrate-cum-detective Hanno Stiffeniis, the most recent of which was Unholy Awakening (2010), these two have taken off in a very different direction, publishing Cry Wolf (2015) and Think Wolf (2016), the opening installments in a series of Mafia thrillers set in rural Italy and featuring resourceful park ranger Sebastiano Cangio. De Gregorio was born in Italy, studied philosophy at the University of Perugia, and began work as a journalist and art critic. Jacob hails from Great Britain, where he taught English Lit before relocating to Italy. The pair live in Spoleto, a small town in the Umbria region, and have been writing on a full-time basis since 2006.
Cameron Pierce Hughes
is a native of San Diego, California, who—in addition to contributing interviews and features to The Rap Sheet—has reviewed books for January Magazine, Crimespree Magazine, the pop-culture Web site CHUD.com, the Philadelphia City Paper, and other publications. His first piece of fiction, “The War Zone,” was featured in Damn Near Dead 2: Live Noir or Die Trying, edited by Bill Crider (Busted Flush Press, 2010). His story “Moving Black Objects” was included in San Diego Noir, edited by Maryelizabeth Hart (Akashic, 2011). Hughes has been an Internet journalist since 2006. And yes, he worships the sun and talks about the weather a lot. He hates rain.
was a regular contributor to the late, lamented Mystery News, for which he wrote the “In the Beginning” column, focusing on new writers and their first full-length works of crime fiction. Authors featured in that column included Marcia Talley, Tasha Alexander, Scott Phillips, and Craig McDonald, among others. Miller’s book reviews have also appeared in January Magazine and Blue Coupe. A native of central Ohio, he now makes his home outside Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife, Leslie, and their Blue Headed Pionus parrot, and spends his days working in the insurance industry. Miller is a former trustee of Thurber House, a literary center in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo: Leslie Hutchings)
is creator of the award-winning Web site Deadly Diversions, which features more than 500 book reviews and interviews with leading crime-fiction writers from around the world. His work can also be found in several Canadian newspapers and on such Web sites as Spinetingler Magazine, The Rap Sheet, January Magazine, Reviewing the Evidence, Crime Time, Shots, the Montreal Review of Books, the Ottawa Review of Books, and Amazon.com. Based in Quebec, Napier has twice served as a judge for the Canada-based Unhanged Arthur Awards, and in 2011 chaired the judging. He has
contributed several biographies of contemporary crime writers to The Canadian Encyclopedia, as well as a chapter on writing crime fiction to the Now Write! Mysteries anthology published by Tarcher/Penguin Books. Napier is presently in the process of bringing his own crime novel, Legacy, to print. It will be the first in a series of Britain-based police procedurals.
is the longtime host of Poets of the Tabloid Murder, a mystery-fiction author interview show which can be heard on the Public Radio Exchange [PRX]. In addition, he is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Rap Sheet, January Magazine, Shotgun Honey, Yellow Mama, Mystery Scene, Plots with Guns, and Firsts Magazine. Nester is a regular contributor to The Rap Sheet’s “forgotten books” series; you’ll find his offerings here. A former high school English teacher in Connecticut, he now lives in Austerlitz, New York. More information is on his Web site.
was born under a bad sign, so he must keep writing to forestall his appointment at the crossroads. He’s penned novels, novellas, short stories, and online serials; edited or co-edited anthologies, such as The Cocaine Chronicles (2005) and Day of the Destroyers (2015); and worked in comics and low-low-budget films. His continuing characters include P.I.s Ivan Monk, Nate Hollis and Nefra Adams, cold-cash courier Martha Chainey, pulp hero Decimator Smith, Vietnam vet-turned-marijuana grower Tal Shanko, 1970s-era vigilante The Silencer, and bounty hunter Irma Deuce. Phillips is past president of the Southern California Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and vice-president of the Private Eye Writers of America. In addition to his Rap Sheet work, he blogs at Dr. Pop and Views from the Muse, and, with Christa Faust, is writing Hard Case Crime’s new Peepland comic-book series. He has won the Chester Himes and Brody awards for his fiction. His Web site is here. (Photo: Robin Doyno)
is a screenwriter living in Brooklyn, New York. He has sold several scripts and will be producing/writing a short film during the fall of 2016. His schedule also includes a trip to Italy this coming summer, where he will conduct research for another script. Rainone has published more than 30 short stories, both online (in Spinetingler Magazine and ThugLit) and in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. He writes for The Rap Sheet and serves as a contributing editor of January Magazine, in which he has published numerous book reviews and author interviews. In addition, Rainone contributes to the arts section of Nebraska’s Lincoln Journal Star. In 2009 he won the Mystery Writers of America Mentor Panel award.
Kevin Burton Smith
is a lost Montrealer who has been involved in publishing, in one form or another, ever since he was 4 years old and asked his mother to staple together some of his drawings. Since then he’s worked as a paperboy, an editor, a columnist, an illustrator, a graphic designer, a critic, a cartoonist, a book seller, a layout artist, and a short-story writer. He’s the founder and editor of The Thrilling Detective Web Site, the popular, long-running online encyclopedia of all things private eye, as well as the Web monkey for The Private Eye Writers of America and a contributing editor of Mystery Scene. Smith currently lives in that peculiar state-of-mind known as Southern California and is working on a non-fiction book about married detective couples with his wife, mystery author D.L. Browne (aka Diana Killian, Josh Lanyon). You can learn more about him here. (Photo: Peter Rozovsky)
Deserving of recognition and applause, too, are those writers who—for one reason or another—are now less active Rap Sheet contributors.
Megan Abbott is the author of such best-selling novels as The Song Is You (2007), Bury Me Deep (2009), Dare Me (2012), and You Will Know Me (2016). Declan Burke is an Irish fictionist, editor, and journalist, whose books include The Lost and the Blind (2014), Crime Always Pays (2015), and the essay collection Books to Die For (2012). Patrick Lennon is the UK author of novels including Corn Dolls (2006), Steel Witches (2008), and—as “P.F. Lennon”—Fixer (2016). Brendan M. Leonard is a New York City writer specializing in film and television, who also created New York Noir, a short-lived podcast anthology series. R.N. “Roger” Morris, a British author, has penned four mystery novels starring Porfiry Petrovich (from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s classic Crime and Punishment), beginning with 2008’s The Gentle Axe, as well as a trio of books featuring “decidedly unconventional turn-of-the-century sleuth, Detective Inspector Silas Quinn,” the most recent of which is The Dark Palace (2014). Jason Starr is a Brooklyn-born author, screenwriter, and comics writer whose novels include Fake I.D. (2000), Twisted City (2004), Savage Lane (2015), and—with Ken Bruen—The Max (2008) and Pimp (2016). David Thayer is a Niagara Falls, New York, native now residing in the Seattle area, who has published three e-book thrillers (among them Killer in the Box), all starring Manhattan police detective Armand DiPino. Jim Winter was the name used by writer T.S. Hottle, a software developer from Cincinnati, Ohio, during the 15 years he penned crime fiction, including private-eye tales about Nick Kepler Northcoast Shakedown, 2005), a bizarre road-trip novel called Road Rules, and several short stories. Finally, Dick Adler worked as an editor at venerable Argosy magazine before becoming the crime-fiction critic for the Chicago Tribune, freelancing pieces to TV Guide and Publishers Weekly, and penning an e-book mystery titled The Mozart Code. Adler began posting in The Rap Sheet back in May 2006, the same month this blog launched, and died in 2011 at age 74.