Roachkiller and Other Stories received a great review in the latest issue of Crime Factory. Thanks to them and to Eva Dolan for her generous review. Here’s an excerpt:
- Narvaez has a poet’s delight in phrasing and writes with an easy kind of grace, unforced, unhurried, letting his character’s lives unravel at their own pace. And almost without exception they do unravel, circumstances take unexpected turns, good people find wells of darkness inside themselves, double and triple crosses pile up . . . . Roachkiller is an accomplished debut from an author in full and firm control of his voice. Narvaez is definitely a name to watch.
Once again I’ll be reading as part of the famous Noir at the Bar series, on Sunday, September 9, 6 p.m., once again at Shade, 241 Sullivan Street, NYC. Other readers include Cindy “Raucous” Rosmus, Alison “Wonderland” Gaylin, Terrence “I Want to be Cuban” McCauley, “Jersey” Jen Conley, Gilbert “Crime” King, “Aweseome”Al Tucher, Jason “Super” Starr, “Gentlemanly” Glenn G. Gray, and, of course, “Teddy Bear” Todd Robinson. Once again, come for the beer, if not the noir!
New World Review just posted a review of Long Island Noir, calling the climax of my story “Ending in Paumanok” “partly poetic justice and deeply disturbing”:
- Extortion is also the main event in the R. Narvaez story, “Ending in Paumanok.” Here a Stony Brook University professor coerces her brother-in-law into giving her money. She’s being squeezed, in turn, by one of her students who is also her lover. She might be the academic, but the author makes it clear that she’s not as smart as she thinks. The story has ironic twists. It’s difficult to differentiate between the victims and the victimizers. The climax is partly poetic justice and deeply disturbing.
Read the entire review here.
I’ll be reading from my story “Ending in Paumanok” from Long Island Noir July 12, 6 p.m., as part of Le Poisson Rouge’s Mischief + Mayhem’s Unprintable monthly reading series, which features new work that writers have either refused to publish, been unable to get past industry censors, or finally managed to publish after much difficulty. The event will be hosted by Katie Halper, and I’ll be reading with some of the usual suspects, Kaylie Jones, Qanta Ahmed, and Ken Wishnia. See you there!
Attempting to be emphatic. Photo courtesy of Glenn G. Gray, as was my bar tab. Gracias!
Sunday night’s Noir at the Bar NYC was exceptional. Twelve hard-core crime writers read, including me: (in order) Cindy Rosmus, Justin Porter, Richie Narvaez, Todd Robbins, Jason Starr, Jonathan Hayes, Wallace Stroby, Matthew Melina, Thomas Pluck, Jen Conley, Johnny Shaw, and Todd Robinson. A truly talented hive of scum and villainy. The reading was at my favorite local, Shade Bar in the West Village. T-shirts! Books! Here’s hoping for more such energetic and X-rated events in future. You can find me there scribbling most Friday nights. But unless you’re going to buy me a beer, don’t bother me.
Author Manuel Ramos (King of the Chicanos) interviews me over at La Bloga. I talk about Roachkiller and Other Stories, saying such things as “You get crime, mystery, action, humor, and there are a lot of dogs—especially in ‘Juracán.’ I love dogs. I think your readers will enjoy the variety of voices and genres. And the dogs.” Ramos is kind enough to call the collection “a wild group of ten stories that are difficult, if not impossible, to categorize. You’ve got noir, hard-boiled, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, crime fiction – all covered with black humor and bitter, almost relentless, poignancy.”
Read the full interview here.
I’ll be reading this Sunday, June 3, 6 p.m. as part of the famous Noir at the Bar series, which fortuitously has moved from St. Louis to Manhattan for what I hope is more than a one-time thing. Other readers include: Cindy “Rowr” Rosmus, Jason Starr of Starr Command, Jonathan “Plays It As It Lays” Hayes, G-Cubed Glenn G. Gray, Jumpin’ Justin Porter, Thomas “Gives a” Pluck, Jazzy Johnny Shaw, and Todd “Swiss Family” Robinson. Quite a lineup! What makes this an even happier circumstance for me is that the bar in this case will be Shade, 241 Sullivan Street, NYC, my favorite haunt for the last several years (and the place where a lot of my writing gets done). Come for the beer, if not the noir, but come!