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For the 300th issue of ShortList the editors asked writers to create an original noir story. The catch? It had to be exactly 300 words long. You can read the stories by Anthony Horowitz, Denise Mina, Frank Bill, George Pelecanos, Chris Brookmyre, Stuart Neville, Arne Dahl, Mark Billingham, Malcolm Mackay, Joe R. Lansdale, David Vann, Will Self, David Whitehouse, Danny Wallace, John Connolly, James Sallis, Daniel Woodrell and Ben Banyard at ShortList.

»Yes, the mayhem quotient is off the charts in Bill’s debut novel, but there is much more to Donnybrook than characters maimed and murdered in nightmarish ways. The cast is memorable, the dialogue crackles, the tension is unrelenting — and it all happens for a reason.«

Dave Astor

Donnybrook by Frank Bill is a testosterone-fueled tale about southern Indiana lowlifes, says Dave Astor. His review of the novel you can read at The Washington Post.

»There’s a long tradition of shotguns and spare-prose fiction depicting America’s working class, and right now the Midwest is having a literary moment. Dennis Lehane, who anchors his crime novels in Boston, once told an interviewer that ›in Greek tragedy they fall from great heights. In noir they fall from the curb.‹ In books by a small but growing number of authors—besides Bill, Donald Ray Pollock (Ohio), Bonnie Jo Campbell (Michigan), Alan Heathcock (Illinois)—there are no curbs. The roads are gravel and dirt, but the people still find a way to fall.«

Craig Fehrman

A worth reading essay by Craig Fehrman about the authors Frank Bill (Crimes in Southern Indiana: Stories, Donnybrook) and Donald Ray Pollock (Knockemstiff, The Devil All The Time) and the new violent Midwestern fiction. You can read his essay Country Noir at The American Prospect.

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