Best Crime Fiction 2018

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2018 is when President Bill Clinton and James Patterson published their novel The President is Missing. It may not have been considered one of the year’s best but it was a unique approach. Who knows? Maybe George W. Bush will publish a western that takes place on a Texas ranch or Barack Obama will pen a compelling tale of Chicago mobsters or Hawaiian tourists.

2018 is also the year that Lon Bixby and I (Don Simkovich) published Book 3 Tom Stone: Day of the Dead, as we continue our chase around Los Angeles and Southern California. Some crime fiction authors churn out a few titles per year. Lon and I are a tad slower but we keep plugging away as we explore the characters.

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If you’re interested in knowing about what is considered the Best Crime Fiction of 2018 here are links and sources to check:

 

 

 

 

The Booklist Reader’s Top Three are:

Down the River unto the Sea by Walter Mosley

Exit Strategy by Steve Hamilton

The Force by Don Winslow

 

Vulture.com 10 Best Crime Novels of 2018 include:

The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem

The Best Bad Things by Katrina Carrasco

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

 

Crime Reads.com has the 20 Best Crime Novels of 2018 and to name a few:

November Road by Lou Berney

Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

The Infinite Blacktop by Sara Gran

 

The New York Times Best Crime Fiction of 2018 names these among its mentions:

Wrecked by Joe Ide, featuring his brainy PI from Los Angeles (I wonder if he and Detective Tom Stone know each other)

In the Galway Silence by Ken Bruen

Holy Ghost by John Sandford

So there you have a few “best crime book” lists. There are others so keep looking if you’d like. But otherwise, we hope you had your favorite crime books of 2018 that you enjoyed and that you’ll look forward to more in 2019.

One of mine was Badlands by CJ Box and reminded me of Tom Stone: Day of the Dead.

Have a wonderful 2019 in the stories you choose and in the life you live!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Christmas Crime Novels to Tense Your Holidays

A crime story at Christmastime adds a layer of angst to what is always celebrated as a joyous time of year. These novels can make for dangerous reading. Go ahead and turn a few pages and see what dilemmas you’ll encounter.

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A crime story that involves little-known neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

 Tom Stone: A Nitty Gritty Christmas 

A puzzling, drug-smuggling caper written by Don Simkovich and Lon Casler Bixby. Since this is our blog, we just had to list it first.

 

 

 

 

Published in 1933, this story delves into the psychological side of murder. Take a peek at Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith.

Cheery, hmm?

Adrian Gray meets a terrible fate from one of his children.

 

 

 

The Secret of Annexe 3 — for Endeavour fans everywhere, featuring Chief Inspector Morse who normally steers clear of New Year’s Eve celebrations.

For a related blog post, see this one we wrote on Endeavour Series V.

 

 

 

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A stalled train forces passengers to take refuge in a house where they become trapped. Chills and thrills for the holidays. Mystery in White.

 

 

 

 

The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries by Otto Penzler “offers yuletide fun and crimes” according to a 2013 review from The Washington Post.

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So many Christmas crime books are from British authors, which is not surprising since Christmas traditions are strong and it’s a place where so many crime fiction novels have been written.

You might think that Sir Author Conan Doyle of Sherlock Holmes fame was the reason for crime fiction, but it’s actually American-born Edgar Allen Poe who is considered the father of the detective story.

By the way, if you’re new to this blog that’s based on our Tom Stone detective stories, Lon and I want to extend a warm welcome to you. We do feature other authors in the thriller and crime fiction genre as well as excerpts from our own stories.

Here’s a good place to start if you want to check out the blog in more detail. Read this post “If you’re new to our crime thriller blog.”

It contains links to other posts including interviews with Don and Lon.

Enjoy it and we hope you have a wonderful Christmas holiday season and New Year’s celebration.

Also, take a few moments to look at our Crime Fiction Books page.

We’re working on Book 4 of the Tom Stone series and are quite excited about it. Stay tuned for discounts, deals and announcements about it by clicking here to join our reader’s group.

When you do, you can get a free chapter four of Tom Stone: Day of the Dead and a free copy of our short story A Deadly Path.

Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Thriller Book Deals

Treat yourself, friends, and family to these holiday shopping book deals — thrilling crime fiction novels and a thriller short story in the Tom Stone Detective Stories series:

Four Thriller Books — only Four Bucks!

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Four titles only 99 cents each from Thanksgiving and Black Friday through Cyber Monday to kick off your holiday shopping. 

Discover new authors and these Los Angeles crime novels — winding from Van Nuys and Highland Park to Boyle Heights, Long Beach, Marina del Rey and even far off El Centro.

Book 1 Tom Stone: A Nitty Gritty Christmas

The chase begins as Detective Tom Stone pursues Anthony Angelino when a child dies from eating cocaine stuffed in a chocolate bar.

Book 2 Tom Stone: Sweltering Summer Nights

Anthony Angelino sees legit profits in a legal marijuana dispensary, although Tom Stone suspects his suspect is up to something else as the mob elbows its way in for a piece of the action.

Stone gets sidetracked — only slightly — by noticing Alisha Davidson, the woman who is Angelino’s defense attorney.

Book 3 Tom Stone: Day of the Dead

An explosive battle set in a Santa Monica warehouse is the next stage in the on-going drama between Stone and Angelino. Will the mob get the shipment it had been waiting for or will Angelino make a clean getaway? Can Stone bring justice to the streets of Los Angeles?

Can Stone and Alisha survive the controversy of chasing Angelino and keep their budding relationship intact?

And, yes, Book 4 is a Work-in-Progress!

The Tom Stone Detective series features the themes of:

  • the lure of drug smuggling
  • interracial romance
  • a divorced dad caring for his girls
  • healing in foster care
  • father and son tensions and heroics

These are fast-paced stories with gripping themes and compelling characters.

Read the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Join the Tom Stone reading group and get updates on excerpts, specials, and more!

Want to read new authors? Learn more about co-authors Don Simkovich and Lon Casler Bixby:

 

Lon Caster Bixby.jpgInterview with Lon Casler Bixby

 

 

 

 

Are you new to our crime fiction blog?

Read this post to get acquainted: If You’re New to Our Crime Thriller Blog

We’re glad you stopped by and hope that we become more than just authors on your To Be Read list — but writers whose works you’ll anticipate.

Thanks for visiting, come back often, and have a wonderful Holiday and Christmas Season reading thrillers and crime fiction or whatever genre you enjoy!

 

 

Our Thriller Work-in-Progress: Novel #4

Hiking trails running above Hollywood and West Hollywood inspired a setting for our fourth Tom Stone thriller novel. We’re working with a title in mind that we’ve chosen and will mention it soon.

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Pic by Don Simkovich, Runyon Canyon

The trail off Mulholland Drive is one thing that fascinates me (Don) about Los Angeles. It’s a mix of urban and forest, even within several miles of downtown. This is part of the Santa Monica Mountains and a setting for a … crime scene. Trails carved into the sides of the hills are quite a contrast to the crowded streets and densely packed neighborhoods of apartments and homes.

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Pic by Don Simkovich, Runyon Canyon

Just imagine, hiding in the brush and waiting … patiently … for — well, you’ll have to read the novel which will be out in a few months.

The First 3 Tom Stone Books

In the meantime, get in on the Tom Stone action with the first 3 books in the series:

Book 1 Tom Stone: A Nitty Gritty Christmas

Book 2 Tom Stone: Sweltering Summer Nights

Book 3 Tom Stone: Day of the Dead

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Check them out online at major outlets and of course on Amazon where you can read free previews.

Check them out also on our Crime Books page.

And we have a short story Tom Stone: A Deadly Path.

If you’re in Los Angeles, take a tour along Mulholland Drive. It’s fascinating as it gives views of the LA Basin to the south and the San Fernando Valley to the north.

I can’t think of another major metro area like LA where urban living clashes so much with the forest and remnants of what was once wild.

But today, there’s another form of wildlife — the people that Detective Tom Stone and his partner Jake Sharpe hunt down.

The first three books are meeting with good reviews and we feel proud of our work so far in Book 4. Again, stay tuned and come back to stay up-to-date on our thriller in-progress.

Get a Free Chapter and Free Short Story: A Deadly Path

Click here on our Intro Site to get a free chapter from Tom Stone: Day of the Dead and a free short story Tom Stone: A Deadly Path.

 

If you’re new to our crime thriller blog …

then welcome. Lon and I are glad to have you as we work on our 4th novel in the Tom Stone Detective series, which is really a crime thriller series. We’ve also created a thriller short story, A Deadly Path.

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A bit about this site: we’d like to encompass a wider range of crime fiction entertainment from classic authors like we did on Edgar Allen Poe, to brief write-ups on TV shows that include the British drama Endeavour, plus the legendary Jack Webb and Dragnet and — from the late 1950s — Have Gun will Travel.

Stay tuned for contemporary authors like C.J. Box and more author interviews from today’s indie authors, plus crime updates on cocaine smuggling and other wild stuff.

So this site is a way to get to know our style and take in a wider view of thriller news and crime dramas.

 

 

If you’re not aware of it, our books are on our Crime Books page where you can read summaries and get a load of the fun covers.

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If you like watching video, here I am discussing our crime novels on a San Gabriel Valley, California talk show on the Crown City Network.

 

Lon Sungalsses and HatAnd if you want to learn about my co-author, Lon Casler Bixby, here’s a brief interview with him: Author Interview: Lon Casler Bixby.

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the independent authors we’ve featured include:

PHOTO S.N. BronsteinS.N. Bronstein who writes about Miami prominently;

 

 

 

 

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Follow Meghan online and learn more about her exciting projects.

Meghan Holloway who has a fluid style in her storytelling;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author photoMurder at Midnight author Faith Martin.

 

 

 

 

 

Colleen M. Story CroppedAnd if you enjoy reading about the writing process here is a blog post from Colleen Story, wellness writer: Why Writing Crime Fiction, or Any Genre, Doesn’t have to Kill You.

 

 

 

 

Enjoy browsing our site. If you want to contribute a post as a guest author, please contact Don Simkovich at dsimkovich@gmail.com. Make sure you put “guest author post” in the subject line.

Tom Stone: Day of the Dead now free on Kindle

phpEyYTYSAMIn honor of Halloween and Day of the Dead, we’re offering our 3rd novel Tom Stone: Day of the Dead for free on Kindle (Amazon). In this fast-paced and gripping thriller novel, Detective Tom Stone is on the heels of wanna be drug king Anthony Angelino who’s also fighting the mob.

Check it out on Amazon or visit our Crime Fiction Books page for more.

Crime Thriller Sale: 4 Books — 4 Bucks — 4 Days

Don and Lon’s October Surprise is a Thrill(er)

All 4 Tom Stone Detective Stories on Kindle only 99 Cents Oct 26 – Oct 29 2018

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Burbank, CA — Crime thriller authors Don Simkovich and Lon Casler Bixby announce their four books in their Tom Stone Detective Series are on a special Halloween sale for readers starting Friday, October 26 and running four days through Monday night, October 29.

No crowds were spotted camping out in front of stores like Best Buy because the sale is digital and available through Amazon.

Book 1 Tom Stone: A Nitty Gritty Christmas — only 99 Cents! Wow!

Cocaine stuffed in to candy bars and a child ODs — Tom Stone hits the streets, discovers Anthony Angelino’s prints all over it but …  

Book 2 Tom Stone: Sweltering Summer Nights — only 99 Cents! Wow!

Tom Stone eyes Angelino with suspicion when the street-savvy entrepreneur opens a medical marijuana dispensary. Why is the store really there?

Book 3 Tom Stone: Day of the Dead — only 99 Cents! Wow!

Tom Stone goes hot after Anthony Angelino as the wanna-be drug lord tangles with the mob.

Short Story Tom Stone: A Deadly Path — only 99 Cents! Wow!

Det. Jake Sharpe wants father-son time to get away from LA’s madness on a hike until … they get wrapped up in LA’s madness.

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