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Meet FFO Badass Book Reviewer Derrick Horodyski

Badass Crime-lover Derrick Horodyski took ta doin' book reviews for Flash Fiction Offensive in the summer of 2015, when he hooked up with hey-day Miscreant editor Tom Pitts. Derrick ain't a professional writer. And don't get paid neither. So he's never got no reason to blow smoke up our keesters. If Derrick buys a book and he don't like it then he don't say shit. But if he digs a book? He kindly wants the author and the rest of us crime-lovin' hooligans to know!

We got no clue how many reviews Derrick's done for FFO over the years. He's been livin' on the lamwhile sendin' notes by carrier pigeonsor usin' smoke signals when he can filch a blanket, so he's been kinda quiet lately. But back in 2015 Derrick read 75 books: and, at year's end compiled a List of the Baddest. We invite you at gunpoint to take a look at Derrick's 2015 List, and give his Reviews a read whenever they appear. If not? Well, things could get ugly. We got itchy trigger fingers here at FFO!

Best of the Baddest-Badass-Books in 2015 by Derrick Horodyski

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2015 has been a hell of a great year for novels, novellas, and short story collections. An informal count reveals that I read about 75 books this year. Which of those 75 would I put into my Best of 2015 you ask?

The following have stayed with me for various reasons; great plots, memorable characters, or perhaps they were written by authors who just have a poet’s touch with brutal results. Whatever the reason … these are the books that left a mark on me this year:

Uncle Dust by Rob Pierce: Pierce paints a beautiful picture of a conflicted thief who is trying to get right with himself and the world. Unbelievable book by a great author.

New Yorked by Rob Hart: This book introduces a great main character, has a great setting, and just does everything right. I have his next addition in the series on my TBR pile and I can’t wait to tackle it very soon.

Love You to a Pulp by C.S. DeWildt: A glue-sniffing private eye who emits trouble like a hobo emits body odor? You had me at hello DeWildt…you had me at hello. One of my favorite reads this year.

The Glasgow Grin by Martin Stanley: I love me some Stanton brothers … really I do. Another book that does it all right. Great characters and great action packed plotting.

Knuckleball by Tom Pitts: A great novella that mixes noir with baseball fever. What more could a red-blooded American ask for? I read this in one sitting and wanted more. One of my favorite novellas of the year.

Selena and Diesel Therapy (Selena Part 2) by Greg Barth: Holy shit. What more can you say? I would be a jackass to leave it off a best of list ... dark, brutal, but with a touch of humanity. These books are special.

The Fury of Blacky Jaguar by Angel Luis Colon:  Blacky Jaguar is one of my favorite characters and Colon one of my favorite authors. He better be coming out with his novel soon.

Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich: This novel has scope, depth, and is a true piece of kick-ass literature. I never wanted this book to end.


The Incurables by Jon Bassoff: The man is a writing god … what more needs to be said? The despair and decay he emits from the pages of his books are a thing of beauty. He started at the top of his game and he only gets better with each book he puts out. Of all the great books I read this year, I think this one tops the list. This book does everything right.


I also managed to read a few books published prior to this year that blew me away. Not sure how I let these pass me by upon initial publication.

Junkie Love by Joe Clifford: This reads like the most noir-ish noir you will ever read…the fact that it’s non-fiction makes the punch it delivers even more brutal. I loved it.

The Subtle Art of Brutality by Ryan Sayles: This book was published a while back, but being late to the party, it was new to me. Sayles writes like a demon and I devoured this book. Looking to sink into the follow-up in the near future.


If there are any books on this list you let pass you by this year, make it a resolution to rectify that shit pronto. 


Read on, Derrick Horodyski. 

Like many of us who live in The Gutter, badass Crime-lover Derrick Horodyski lives his Life on-the-lam tryin’ to avoid the Man. Derrick took ta doin' book reviews for Flash Fiction Offensive in the summer of 2015, when he hooked up with hey-day Miscreant editor Tom Pitts. Derrick ain't a professional writer. And don't get paid neither. If he buys a book and he don't like it then he don't say shit. But if he digs a book? He kindly wants the author and the rest of us crime-lovin' hooligans to know! The best ways to reach Derrick are by smoke signals or carrier pigeons.