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Do Some Damage is a group of seven crime writers, each with a different voice and something to say. From grizzled vets to grizzly rooks, they pull back the curtain on the way the industry works. Whether beating deadlines or beating characters, each week they share their thoughts on reading, writing, plot, voice and all the sordid junk that goes through a writer’s brain. This podcast includes news, interviews, and select fiction.

Episodes

Special Episode: Frank Bill day at DSD
2013 Feb 19
Steve Weddle talks with Frank Bill about his new book, DONNYBROOK. An excerpt from the book can be found at the DoSomeDamage blog. (UPDATE: Er, not so much anymore. Head to Frank Bill's blog if you want details on DONNYBROOK.) Here's what folks are saying about the book: "Donnybrook is some serious hillbilly-noir that had my ears ringing by the end. Open the first page... and duck." --Craig Clevenger, author of The Contortionist's Handbook and Dermaphoria “Dark, grim, and achingly beautiful. Frank Bill is one of the most original and compelling voices in this new generation of crime writers, and Donnybrook is nothing short of stunning.” -- John Rector, author of The Cold Kiss and The Grove "Donnybrook is a bellow of rage from the American heartland, and Bill is the new bard of the disaffected rural underclass." -- Roger Smith, acclaimed author of Wake Up Dead "With Donnybrook, Frank Bill has crafted one of the most fearless debut novels I've read in years. Bill has taken the rural noir traditions established by such masters as Larry Brown and Daniel Woodrell and has completely shattered them and reshaped those traditions into the methamphetamine fueled nightmare that is Donnybrook."--Keith Rawson, editor/publisher, Crimefactory Magazine “Donnybrook is the culmination of Frank Bill's craft and style. The story gleams with ruined characters who reflect our drug-adulterated times, and dialogue that captures a singularly American desperation." -- Elaine Ash, editor Beat to a Pulp DONNYBROOK at Carmichael's in Louisville. AS ALWAYS: You can get the podcast by 1. Right-clicking on the title up there at the top (or, if you have one of those Apple computers, whatever you people do) 2. Visiting the iTunes music store or 3. Visiting the Feedburner page.
Season Three Preview
2012 Jan 04
Jay has a book deal. Nothing else. Email us: dsdamage AT gmail.com Also, you can get the FREE podcast by 1. Right-clicking on the title up there at the top (or, if you have one of those Apple computers, whatever you people do) 2. Visiting the iTunes music store or 3. Visiting the Feedburner page or click here Jay Stringer, dressed as Leonardo diCaprio for Halloween, 1982.
Russel D. McLean and Jay Stringer Get Lost
2011 Mar 25
Looking for Russel today? Well, you've found him. He and Jay Stringer chat about -- among other things -- Russel's fantastic THE LOST SISTER, now available stateside. Listen to the chat here in the warm tones of an m4a file. Enjoyz UPDATE: MP3 file here. Buy the book here or here or here. AS ALWAYS: You can get the FREE podcast by 1. Right-clicking on the title up there at the top (or, if you have one of those Apple computers, whatever you people do) 2. Visiting the iTunes music store or 3. Visiting the Feedburner page or 4. Click here
Seth Harwood visits Jay Stringer: YOUNG JUNIUS
2011 Mar 23
Seth Harwood and Jay Stringer chat it up. Check out the book: YOUNG JUNIUS AS ALWAYS: You can get the FREE podcast by 1. Right-clicking on the title up there at the top (or, if you have one of those Apple computers, whatever you people do) 2. Visiting the iTunes music store or 3. Visiting the Feedburner page or 4. Click here
DSD Book Club -- LATE RAIN chat with author Lynn Kostoff
2011 Feb 05
In today's special edition of the Do Some Damage podcast, Steve Weddle talks with Lynn Kostoff, author of LATE RAIN, the Do Some Damage book group selection. For more on the DSD Book Group, go here. For more on Do Some Damage, go here. For more on LATE RAIN (Tyrus Books) and Lynn Kostoff, go here. DESCRIPTIONCorrine Tedros is a Lady Macbeth wannabe who sets in motion the murder of her uncle-in-law (a soft-drink mogul), and things go awry when the murder is witnessed by a senior citizen in the late stages of Alzheimers. Things are complicated by the fact that the daughter of the man with Alzheimers is involved with a former homicide detective who has resigned and moved South in an attempt to reshape and simplify his life; on his own, Decovic starts to make connections in the case that cause Corrine Tedros to up the ante in keeping herself out of the murder investigation.A book about desire and need and the fear that drives how far the characters are willing to go to find what they want. REVIEWS“Corrine Tedros decides her elderly uncle-in-law, Stanley, is standing in her way when he refuses to sell his successful South Carolina company to the highest bidder, so through a shady lawyer, she hires a killer to take care of the problem. Jack Carson, a man suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, witnesses the murder but can’t describe the killer. Meanwhile, Ben Decovic, formerly a homicide detective in Ryland, Ohio, is now a patrolman for the Magnolia Beach Police Department in South Carolina, where he is attempting to recover from a personal tragedy. Although Corrine has made sure she has an alibi, Decovic is suspicious of her reactions and delves into her past, which she has gone to great lengths to conceal. Then Decovic becomes romantically involved with Jack’s daughter, Anne, and events begin to spiral out of control. Kostoff, author of the well-received The Long Fall (2003), returns to crime fiction with what a promising series debut starring a principled cop who is beginning to heal himself.”—Booklist“It’s safe to lump Lynn Kostoff in with Pinckney Benedict and Madison Smartt Bell, which is to say he is a very talented writer who no one will read because they are too busy telling all their friends on Facebook how funny last night’s episode of the hit sitcom “Two Bikini Models and an Adorable Puppy” was. This state of affairs does not fill my heart with hope.”—Independent Crime“Masterful writing, spot on dialogue and insight to the human condition more often associated with literary works than crime fiction, Lynn Kostoff’s Late Rain is one of those rare novels that transcend genre fiction; it is writing at its very best, brilliant from start to finish.”—Charlie Stella author of Johnny Porno“It reminds me a little of the work of Elmore Leonard, only it’s more tightly plotted. This is an excellent novel that makes me eager to read Kostoff’s earlier books.”—James Reasoner“The plot is rich and thick and the subplots connect in ways I wasn’t expecting. There are at least two subplots that are so beautifully understated, my jaw dropped when I finally caught on. If I did. . . I think I did. . .”—Sarah Wesson AS ALWAYS: You can get the FREE podcast by 1. Right-clicking on the title up there at the top (or, if you have one of those Apple computers, whatever you people do) 2. Visiting the iTunes music store or 3. Visiting the Feedburner page or 4. Click here
Missed Flight, featuring Oscar Martello
2011 Jan 20
Here's a special fiction edition of the DSD Podcast. Dan O'Shea reads Steve Weddle's "Missed Flight."  If you like Dan's reading of "Missed Flight," check out his reading of another Oscar Martello story, "Walkaways," which you can find at Seth Harwood's CrimeWav. And check out Dan's site for his own stories. The story "Missed Flight" appeared at Beat To A Pulp here. Also, we've announced the new book for the DSD book group. More info here. The DSD collection TERMINAL DAMAGE, containing "Walkaways," is available at Amazon's Kindle store and at Smashwords.  AS ALWAYS: You can get the FREE podcast by 1. Right-clicking on the title up there at the top (or, if you have one of those Apple computers, whatever you people do) 2. Visiting the iTunes music store or 3. Visiting the Feedburner page or 4. Click here
PIKE chat with Benjamin Whitmer
2010 Dec 19
On Dec. 18, Steve Weddle and Benjamin Whitmer had a chat about Whitmer's fantastic book, PIKE. The novel was the lead-off pick for the DoSomeDamage book group. Two other things to mention to you. First, still plenty of copies of the TERMINAL DAMAGE ebook available at Amazon and Smashwords. Second, the Christmas Noir Flash Challenge that Jay Stringer thought up kicks off over at DoSomeDamage this week. We got so many entries, Jay will be updating the site multiple times per day. Great stories from some of our favorite writers. So enjoy the chat with Mr. Whitmer. AS ALWAYS: You can get the FREE podcast by 1. Right-clicking on the title up there at the top (or, if you have one of those Apple computers, whatever you people do) 2. Visiting the iTunes music store or 3. Visiting the Feedburner page or 4. Click here
Crime Fiction in Comics
2010 Nov 12
In this episode Jay is joined by Paul Montgomery (IFANBOY.COM and the FUZZY TYPEWRITER podcast) and Joey Aulisio (MATINEEIDLES.COM and the CHEMICAL BOX podcast) to talk about crime fiction in comics, and some of the great titles you could try out. BLACKSADHardboiled PI fiction. With animals.ISBN 978-1595823939 SCALPEDNoir, Crime and Social fiction set on a Native American reservation. Best comic currently on the go? Quite possibly.The story starts with volume one, INDIAN COUNTRY, ISBN 978-1845766764 JINX.What Eliot Ness did next.ISBN 978-1582401744 TORSO, GOLDFISHSergio Leone-inspired street level crime stories.978-1582401959978-1582401799 ALIASFemale PI. With superpowers. And great dialogue.One of the best comics of the last ten years.978-0785137320 POWERSCops + Superpowers + Dialogue = Fun.The story starts with the murder mystery WHO KILLED RETRO GIRL? ISBN 978-1582406695 CRIMINALNoir anthology series. Very accessible. One of the best titles out there. The omnibus is a sound investment ISBN 978-0785142294 TORPEDO and WEST COAST BLUESEuropean Mob Noir978-1600104541978-1606992951 ABANDONED CARSConey Island Crime Noir, evokes a lighter side of Goodis.978-1560979180 PARKERRichard Stark Comic. Nuff said.978-1600104930 STUMPTOWNRockford-style PI story. All four issues may still be available at your local comic story if you ask reeeeeal nice. The hardback collected edition will be out early next year. SCARLETNew series, too early to say but looks like a cool vigilante-style story. Check your local comic store. Paul and Jay also discuss the novels of Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos, Charlie Huston and Ken Bruen. The music this week is a fun mix. We kick off with the classic Peter Gunn theme, one of crime fiction’s best tunes, before a little of the Black Keys and the sadly defunct Bash & Pop.More to come! The next episode will be more chat from Paul, Joey and Jay. We’re talking more crime comics, some film and TV, and a triple threat match between Joey, Jay and Frank Miller. AS ALWAYS: You can get the podcast by 1. Right-clicking on the title up there at the top (or, if you have one of those Apple computers, whatever you people do) 2. Visiting the iTunes music store or 3. Visiting the Feedburner page.
Hilary Davidson: Do Some Damage Done
2010 Oct 18
This week we're chatting with Hilary Davidson about her debut, THE DAMAGE DONE.  Hilary DavidsonTHE DAMAGE DONE “Razor sharp mystery debut… a great portrait of sisterly love, despite a dysfunctional past, as well as a highly satisfying mystery” — Publishers Weekly Lily Moore, a successful travel writer, fled to Spain to get away from her troubled, drug-addicted younger sister, Claudia. But when Claudia is found dead in a bathtub on the anniversary of their mother’s suicide, Lily must return to New York to deal with the aftermath. The situation shifts from tragic to baffling when the body at the morgue turns out to be a stranger’s. The dead woman had been using Claudia’s identity for months. The real Claudia had vanished, reappearing briefly on the day her impostor died. As Claudia transforms from victim to suspect in the eyes of the police, Lily becomes determined to find her before they do. Is Claudia actually missing, or is she playing an elaborate con game? And who’s responsible for the body that was found in the bathtub? An obsessive ex-lover? An emotionally disturbed young man with a rich and powerful father? Or Lily’s own former fiancé, who turns out to be more deeply involved with Claudia than he admits? As Lily searches for answers, a shadowy figure stalks her and the danger to her grows. Determined to learn the truth at any cost, she is unprepared for the terrible toll it will take on her and those she loves. “A tale of nonstop action with a nice final twist” — Booklist“Hilary Davidson is one to watch” — Margaret Cannon, Globe & Mail“A rich, haunting debut” — Megan Abbott“Grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go” — Linda Fairstein“One of the best debuts I’ve read in years” — Jon Jordan, Crimespree“Think Hitchcock writing for the hip Manhattan set” — Ken Bruen“An accomplished work that brilliantly balances the demands of tightly-plotted noir with a compassionate exploration of family secrets and survivor’s guilt. A superb debut.” — Dennis Tafoya“Readers will eagerly await Davidson’s next book” — Library Journal“Hilary Davidson’s debut is a memorable one.” — Ed Gorman“My favorite new voice in crime fiction.” — Allison Glasgow Robinson, Thuglit THE DAMAGE DONE, published by Forge on September 28, 2010 (ISBN 0765326973), is available from independent mystery booksellers across North America, as well as from IndieBound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders,Powell’s, and — in Canada — Indigo/Chapters. AS ALWAYS: You can get the podcast by 1. Right-clicking on the title up there at the top (or, if you have one of those Apple computers, whatever you people do) 2. Visiting the iTunes music store or 3. Visiting the Feedburner page.
The Lineup: Crime time for poets
2010 Oct 08
The DoSomeDamage podcast, Season 2, Episode 3 This week Jay Stringer and Russel D. McLean chat with Gerald So of THE LINEUP. Also, you know, Mr. Reed Farrel Coleman's INNOCENT MONSTER is out. AS ALWAYS: You can get the podcast by 1. Right-clicking on the title up there at the top (or, if you have one of those Apple computers, whatever you people do) 2. Visiting the iTunes music store or 3. Visiting the Feedburner page. The music used is 'Skinny Legged Girl' of the album 'Speaking In Cursive' by Two Cow Garage (itunes, 7.99)