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»Barrett is also remembered for the novel The Hereafter Gang (1991), a postmortem tale of a Dallas public relations man who explores his past after his death. Texas writer Joe R. Lansdale called The Hearafter Gang «a masterpiece,» while the website desribed it as «the best novel that almost no one has ever heard of.»«

Joe Gross

Obituary: Joe Gross about the writer Neal Barrett Jr., who has died at the age of 84. His memorial post at

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.

»The state of Texas has long been a hotbed for crime fiction, as evidenced by the enduring reputations of two the greatest noir novelists of the 20th century.«

Christopher Kelly

Orphans, drug wars and other mysteries: Christopher Kelly about crime fiction from Texas. Including this novels:

  • The Right Side of Wrong by Reavis Z. Wortham
  • Lie Still by Julia Heaberlin
  • These Mortal Remains by Milton T. Burton
  • Long Fall From Heaven by George Wier and Milton T. Burton
  • Compound Murder by Bill Crider
  • Strong Rain Falling by Jon Land
  • The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale

Read more at The New York Times.