Every so often, I open up my email and find a nice little surprise. This time around it was from genre author, Sean Taylor, with a preview copy of the new pulp detective anthology he’s released with Bobby Nash, “The Ruby Files.”
I’m going to be upfront here and say that I am not a big fan of hard-boiled detective fiction – it generally plays a bit cliche and flat for me. With that being said, Sean Taylor won me over with his short, “Die Giftige Lilie.”
Sean’s work on this story is by far my favorite of his – and I’ve been a fan of the man’s work for nearly 10 years now (since back when he wrote for iHero and Cyber Age Adventures online). Sean’s storytelling voice oozes cool and he had me glue to the page for the entire tale.
If you enjoy the story of a good, old-fashioned gumshoe told with a modern sensibility, then you’ll go head over heels for “Die Giftige Lilie.” The preview copy I received didn’t have full complete versions of the other stories, but on the strength of Sean Taylor’s story I give the work 4 thumb’s up.
You can find out more about “The Ruby Files” over on Amazon. I do wish the book were available in an e-format, because I’m a cheap bastard and $16.99 seems a bit over-priced for me. At $4.99-$6.99, an epub or Kindle version of “The Ruby Files” would be a must-buy for me.
-Mat Nastos, Super Genius