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Hardboiled mystery writer Anonymous-9 (Elaine Ash) writes in Los Angeles, parties in Texas, and traces her DNA back to Vikings in Scotland. She has deals with three publishers and is proud to self publish on Smashwords. Her bestselling HARD BITE series is digitally produced by Blasted Heath (Scotland) and trade paperbacks are published by New Pulp Press and Down & Out Books (USA). A-9 was listed in the Top 5 Novels of 2013 by BOOKPEOPLE/MYSTERYPEOPLE independent bookstores and she won a Readers' Choice Award 2013 from The House of Crime and Mystery (Canada) . Her short stories have earned a Thriller Award nomination by an ITW judging panel, Spinetingler Magazine’s Best Short Story on the Web 2009, another nomination for the same award in 2010, and two Derringer nominations. Uncanny Books has commissioned her to write a novelette titled DREAMING DEEP which tributes H.P. Lovecraft, a founding faher or modern American horror. Coming in 2015. Find out more at www.anonymous-9.com.
on Nov. 18, 2012 :
I thought it was unfair to read these stories so soon after When the Women Come Out to Dance by Elmore Leonard. There were a lot of similarities in the style, subject matter, the shock of what people can do to each other & how they can justify it in their own minds. Leonard is a well known expert at it while Anonymous-9 is a fairly new author. How could she possibly hope to compete? Damn, but she did!
The one HCC novel I read that was written by a woman, Christa Faust, was as noir & hard case as anything I've ever read by a guy. In some ways, it was even rougher & darker. She, like Anonymous-9, write far better leading women than most men do. They are sometimes worse than I want to imagine & they do men just as well. Set that into a some very creative situations & the results were wonderful. Definitely an author to pursue!(
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Nov. 02, 2011 :
Anonymous-9’s “Hard Bite and Other Short Stories” reminds me of the curved spine of a serpent’s tail. Tattooed on its back are vivid colors, shapes and sizes that change and move into shadows or sunshine depending on which angles of imagination you choose to look, or which she allows you to see. The serpent slithers through brush and undergrowth and you have to run to keep up, you have too, because nothing matters more than what happens next? What the fuck happens next?
Every story is alive, every page a beating heart. Enter into the “Master Bedroom” where mom and pop lie chained to the bed. Or check your drink for a “Tequila Spike” where there is more than meets the eye in the gentle and frail. While you’re checking that drink, better check twice and cross your legs like a lady, certain mixtures can cause (one of my favorites—no joke) a “Killer Orgasm” emphasis on killer. In “Hard Bite”, a disabled superhero cyber geek and killer monkey take down one hit and run perpetrator at a time. ‘Nuff said. Reading “Return of the Night of the Living Dead Monkey from Sunset Boulevard” is like movie cow tipping with a satisfying mug of cold beer. In “Claw Marks” Anon turns from monkeys to kitties, where the creature of the household witnesses crime first hand, then helps clean up the aftermath. If you enjoy political satire, especially undead political satire, you’ll enjoy “Eating the Deficit.” Speaking of eating, how does “Organic Chicken tortilla Soup with Chopped Finger Garnish” sound? The prose is humorous and tasty with a dash of horror. Yum! And of course, there is “M-N-S(n) Murder-necrophilia-suicide.” A demon, head of the Family Homicide in Hades, has a difficult case on his hands. Frank Sinatra really screws up his never-ending day, or does he?
I highly recommend Anonymous-9’s “Hard Bite and Other Short Stories” for every genre lover out there. Just keep an eye on that serpent, and if he offers you an apple—take a rain check.
(reviewed the day of purchase)