I attended Johnny Shaw’s Noir at the Bar event tonight at Beulahland on Northeast 28th. Johnny and five other crime writers read short stories and other excerpts of their work. Featured were Greg Rucka, Barry Graham, Lisa Alber, Chris La Tray, and Roger Hobbs.

I especially enjoyed Alber’s reading from her upcoming Irish murder mystery Kilmoon, which will be out in April.

Graham, who never has anything nice to say about his native Glasgow, recited his selection from memory. His story was the finest I’ve heard involving one man eating another man’s eyeball.

I’m on the slate for the next event. After hearing Graham’s eyeball thing, I need to read from “Clutch.”


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