"I think what a review should do above all, whether the reviewer likes the book or not, is to give some flavor of the book--not just a plot summary, but a suggestion of its essence... If you want to see a good example, look no further than Kevin Burton Smith's reviews... in Mystery Scene. And it's a nice bonus when the reviewer can turn a phrase the way he does. Too many fan reviewers just don't take the time to polish what they produce."
Enid Schantz
Rue Morgue

Just as I owe a huge chunk of gratitude to David Firks of Blue Murder for his early support of my work, I have to tip my fedora to J. Kingston Pierce, the Crime Fiction editor of January Magazine, the on-line literary magazine, for his early encouragement and guidance. He originally invited me to contribute an essay on Ross Macdonald, but he soon had conned me into writing book reviews. A tireless editor, he helped me to become the writer I am. So, it's his fault...
Wanna get your book reviewed? I tend toward hard-boiled and noir stuff, with a definite preference for private eye fiction. Of course, there are no promises, but if you want to send me a review copy of your upcoming masterpiece, my snail mail address is:
Kevin Burton Smith
The Thrilling Detective Web Site
3053 Rancho Vista Blvd., Apt. 116,
Palmdale, California
If I can't place the review with one of my editors, I'll at least try to list it on the Word on the Street pages on Thrilling Detective Web Site. Other questions? Feel free to contact me via e-mail.

In reverse chrological order, this list covers book and film reviews.

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