During the past month, Betimes Books has released three Hector Lassiter novels ONE TRUE SENTENCE, (its first time in paperback), FOREVER’S JUST PRETEND (its first time anywhere) and TOROS & TORSOS.
By year’s end, or thereabouts, you should have the whole of the Lassiter saga before you via Betimes—a number of other novels and the Lassiter short story collection/miscellanea, WRITE FROM WRONG.
In a word, Betimes Books is all about offering quality fiction, in-and-out of genre, running the range from dark literary thrillers such as Betimes stablemate Hadley Colt’s erotic and twisty PERMANENT FATAL ERROR, about a mysterious, long-believed dead author (there is mystery attached to Colt herself, BTW), to edgy literary works—most recently including the republication of Richard Kalich’s CENTRAL PARK WEST TRILOGY.
A couple of months back, I had the good fortune to be afforded an early read of Betimes’ REACH THE SHINING RIVER by Kevin Stevens, a historical crime novel that transports you back to 20th Century Kansas City.
It evocatively tracks racial tensions circa 1935 against a vividly rendered backdrop of corruption and class friction, all of it unfolding to a soundtrack of classic jazz and blues.
Betimes also reunites me with Sam Hawken, who’s written some very fine Borderland noirs including LA FRONTERA and the recently released MISSING (now available from Serpent Tail.)
Apart from sharing some of the same Borderland preoccupations (mine play out in 2011’s EL GAVILAN) Sam and I go way back, having become acquainted moons ago when I was guest editing a Cinco de Mayo edition of HARDLUCK STORIES I dubbed “Borderland Noir.”
(That label’s since become a catchphrase or even title for others and their borderline-tension focused anthologies).
Sam’s short story contribution for that edition later became a chapbook for which I supplied an introduction.
In sum, Betimes is publishing some extremely interesting stuff and, my own works apart, I highly recommend you sample their other wares at Betimes’ official site here.
You'll find plenty of sample chapters, excerpts and essays by Betimes authors.
I’ll leave you with Hadley Colt’s very powerful and moody book trailer for PERMANENT FATAL ERROR (you can read more about the book trailer's production here) to further entice your palate for all things Betimes: