In which I guest blog at Andrew Nette’s Pulp Curry. Nette is the author of Ghost Money, a crime novel set in Cambodia, 1996. I’ve yet to read but it awaits me on my Kindle. In my guest blog, I wax on about my entrance in the world of crime fiction. Here is an excerpt.
- About a decade ago, I was like a lot of writers: I talked about writing but I didn’t scribble a single story. Not a sentence, not a dependent clause, not a word. Then at some point I read a notice from Mississippi Review calling for postmodern noir stories. I had no idea what the hell they meant by that, but I was intrigued by the opportunity, and also my girlfriend at the time wanted me to do something with whatever meager talent she perceived in me.
Roachkiller and Other Stories is FREE today, gratis, costing nada y pues nada y, well, you get the picture, on Amazon. My short story “Hurricane,” a sample from the collection, is also free today, just FYI.
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.