In 2010 the online crime fiction journal All Due Respect blasted its way across the internet leaving a trail of blood and mayhem. Written by some of the best up and coming authors on the crime fiction scene, the stories inside this volume will leave you breathless. A few of them may even make you sick to your stomach and then double check all your doors and windows before you go to sleep. These pages are filled with thugs, grifters, dope dealers, and killers who make no apologies about who they are or what they do. All Due Respect is about crime, not the solving of crime, not the bemoaning of crime, just the bad things that bad people do. So pull up a chair, grab a drink, and keep an eye on that guy in the corner as you read All Due Respect.
Highlighting lowlifes in hardboiled homilies - these stories stick it in and break it off. Tender as a brick, subtle as a Molotov Cocktail. - Jedidiah Ayres author of Fierce Bitches.
ALL DUE RESPECT is the sort of anthology you dole out to yourself piecemeal. You read "Even Sven" and then shake your head, looking off into the distance, trying to make sure you start breathing again. You read Matt Funk and Patti Abbott the way you eat a good meal in that restaurant you go to for your anniversary. You savor the characters, the plot undertones. When a Joe Clifford character says that something "tastes like a cat's ass," you nod that, yeah, that character probably has that experience. Full of great stories from David Cranmer, Thomas Brown, Fiona Johnson, Ryan Sayles and more, ALL DUE RESPECT is a book you'll read a story at a time, maybe one a night, like that after-dinner drink you can't put down.
- Steve Weddle, editor, NEEDLE: A Magazine of Noir
ALL DUE RESPECT, the first collection from the legendary website of the same name, founded by Alec Cizak and run by Chris Rhatigan, is full of bars and beatings, guns and grifters, not necessarily the kind of crime to cozy up with by the fire, unless it's one of those burning cars on the side of the road.
Stand-outs include the opener "Day Tripper," where Clifford's tight descriptions had me believing every word out of his day laborer's mouth as he tried to stay sober at a dead-end job full of temptations.
Mike Toomey's dialogue-heavy "Even Sven" flew by, like a story talking your ear off in the passenger's seat of your car. Erin
Cole has some fun with slow-mo, doing Tobias Wolfe "Bullet In The Head"-like tricks with the gunshots in "7 Seconds."
Nigel Bird's "Hoodwinked" has a great staccato style that reads like a brutal telegraph.
Garnett Elliot's "Disability, Inc." might be my favorite, his style always reminding me of Richard Bachman, but twice as mean, (which makes him, what, three times meaner than King?)
Christopher Grant gives us a little chocolate kiss with "Deviation Jones: A Trilogy,"
Sayles follows an addict through her day in "Formula and Meth," showing us that the ladies can live down there in the gutters with the boys and suffer the same comeuppance,
C.J. Edward's "Peeper" is doing worse than peeping, to animal and human alike.
And, holy crap, Richard Godwin with his special brand of perverse, with talking parrots and threats of talking orifices that reach almost Naked Lunch levels of hilarity.
Matt Funk gives us just one perfect scene in "His Girl," reminding us never to take your eyes off the girl,
and David Cranmer closes the show, reinforcing what I already believed - the only time anyone can tolerate magicians is in crime fiction, where they never fake those tricks. All of these were good fast reads. Highly recommended. - David James Keaton, author of FISH BITES COP! Stories To Bash Authorities