What: Author of KILL ME QUICK!, GUNS OF BRIXTON, COLD LONDON BLUES and THE LAST LAUGH, AND OTHER SHOTS OF NOIR.He was born in England and lives in Poland. He is an International Thriller Writers Inc. member whose writing has been translated into Polish, Italian, German and Slovene. He has had writing published in various magazines and anthologies, including three editions of THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST BRITISH CRIME. He has edited a few anthologies, including the best-selling TRUE BRIT GRIT–with Luca Veste.
Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.
I just read your new novella KILL ME QUICK! It’s gritty, fast-paced and hilarious. Where did the inspiration for this story come from?
I was in correspondence with the great Cathi Unsworth after reading her novel WEIRDO and Graham Greene’s BRIGHTEN ROCK back to back. We noticed that there weren’t too many other examples of ‘seaside noir’. It started me thinking about writing one. At about the same time, Chris Black launched Number Thirteen Press. I was a fan and wanted in. Soooo …
It was common at British seaside resorts for girls to wear Kiss Me Quick hats, so the title of the book was obvious to me.
“BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION is more of a cerebral pleasure than an adrenaline rush or an all-out emotional experience, but it is a sneaky and sophisticated mystery that will please even the most die-hard fans of the genre. Hilary Davidson finally has some competition for best mystery writer in the business!”—Benoit Lelievre for Dead End Follies
“Like the best punk song ever played, Bad Citizen Corporation is raw and unpolished, it rips and roars, screams and pounds.”—Josh Stallings, author of YOUNG AMERICANS
“In the end, I want more Greg Salem. I want to find out about a few of the other mysteries in his life and I definitely want to see his Los Angeles again. I especially want to see him kick ass on stage a few more times. I’m absolutely psyched to see what Lauden has next (we should be seeing more very soon from Down & Out Books, if I remember correctly). He’s a talent out of the west coast to watch for.”—Angel Luis Colon for MyBookishWays
“Tight as a snare drum and as lean and mean as early Pelecanos, Bad Citizen Corporation is the dog’s bollocks.”—Paul D. Brazill, author of KILL ME QUICK!
“There is nothing better than finding a debut novel with strong recommendations from authors you dig and having the novel read like it was written by a seasoned pro. In other words, picking up Bad Citizen Corporation by S.W. Lauden is gonna make a lot of readers very happy.”—Derrick Horodyski for Out of the Gutter
It’s that time of the year. I’ve made a list, checked it a couple dozen times, and now I’m posting it here.
This is not a “Best Of” list in the traditional sense. More of a “Man, I read some great books that got published this year!” list. The titles and authors are in no particular order, and there are probably a few I forgot.
If you haven’t already read these books, you should. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are all great excuses to support your favorite booksellers. As if you need another excuse to buy books. (UPDATE: I’ve gotten some great suggestions for this list on other platforms. If you want to mention a book I didn’t, please leave it in the comments below Because: Conversation! —Thanks!).
CANARY by Duane Swierczynski
CONTENDERS by Erika Krouse
STRANGE SHORES by Arnaldur Indridason
HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY KIDNAP STRANGERS by Max Booth III
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins
RUMRUNNERS by Eric Beetner
UNCLE DUST by Rob Pierce
THE MAGICIAN’S LAND by Lev Grossman
A NEGRO AND AN OFAY by Danny Gardner
WORM by Anthony Neil Smith
WAYS TO DIE IN GLASGOW by Jay Stringer
GO DOWN HARD by Craig Faustus Buck
VORTEX by Paul D. Marks
NEW YORKED by Rob Hart
YOUNG AMERICANS by Josh Stallings
THE MAN IN THE WINDOW by Dana King
THE CARTEL by Don Winslow
Still On The TBR List
KILL ME QUICK by Paul D. Brazill
HASHTAG by Eryk Pruitt
ZERO SAINTS by Gabino Iglesias
BULL MOUNTAIN by Brian Panowich
THE SUBTLE ART OF BRUTALITY by Ryan Sayles
Novellas & Anthologies
THE FURY OF BLACKY JAGUAR by Angel Luis Colon
DREAMING DEEP by Anonymous-9
THE DEEPENING SHADE by Jake Hinkson
REDBONE by Matt Phillips
DEAD HEAT WITH THE REAPER by William E. Wallace
KNUCKLEBALL by Tom Pitts
SAFE INSIDE THE VIOLENCE by Chris Irvin
Looking Forward To 2016
CLEANING UP FINN by Sarah M. Chen
GRAVEYARD LOVE by Scott Adlerberg
CITY OF ROSE by Rob Hart
DECEMBER BOYS by Joe Clifford
ROUGH TRADE by Todd Robinson
HARD-BOILED HEART by Will Viharo
FLOODGATE by Johnny Shaw
S.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available now from Rare Bird Books. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.