Aug 25, 2010


Two of Crime Fiction’s Most Respected Independent Presses Merge

MADISON, Wisc. — August 26, 2010 — Tyrus Books, Inc. today announced the acquisition of Busted Flush Press, LLC., in a move that brings together two of crime fiction’s most recognizable independent presses.

“We’re very excited to add the Busted Flush brand to Tyrus Books. David Thompson is a dedicated and tireless advocate of crime fiction and I look forward to seeing the Busted Flush brand continue to grow,” said Benjamin LeRoy, Publisher and President of Tyrus Books.

Thompson, Publisher of Busted Flush Press, will continue in his current role, selecting approximately twenty titles a year for publication. The combined companies will have approximately 45 books in print by the end of 2010 with another 20 titles scheduled for spring 2011.
"I am very excited to join forces with Ben and Tyrus Books. I’ve long been a fan of what Tyrus has been doing,” Thompson said,“and I believe Busted Flush Press will be a good fit."
With this acquisition, Busted Flush becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Tyrus Books. Both companies are distributed to the trade by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

About Busted Flush Press
Busted Flush Press has published previously out of print books from authors such as Ace Atkins, Daniel Woodrell, Reed Farrel Coleman, Don Winslow, Zoe Sharp, and Ken Bruen. Works published by Busted Flush have won or been nominated for nearly all major awards in the crime fiction field including the Shamus, CWA Dagger, Macavity, Anthony, Derringer, and Edgar Awards. For more information about Busted Flush Press please visit

About Tyrus Books
Tyrus Books, founded in 2009, publishes crime and dark literary fiction from emerging and established authors including Loren D. Estleman, Victoria Houston, Peter Gadol, Angela S. Choi, Victor Gischler, Seth Harwood, and Mary Logue. Before starting Tyrus Books, Publisher Benjamin LeRoy founded and presided over Bleak House Books.For more information on Tyrus Books please visit

Aug 24, 2010

Victor Gischler Talks To At Wizard World Chicago 2010

The awesome Rich Johnston of Bleeding interviewed Victor at our booth at Chicago Comic Con.
Fun stuff

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Aug 14, 2010

Chicago Comic Con schedule ~ Crimespree Booth

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 5pm - 9pm
Friday, August 20, 2010 - 12 NOON - 8pm
Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 10am - 7pm
Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 10am - 5pm

BOOTH # 135

Thursday Night

Onrie Kompon: 6:00 – 8:00
Todd Allen and Scott Beaderstadt 7:00
Mark Kidwell - Around all Day
RD Hall - Around all day 
 TYRUS BOOKS will be on hand with some of their latest titles, including THE DEPUTY by Victor.

Onrie Kompon 12:00 – 1:00
Todd Allen and Scott Beaderstadt 1-2

Jill Thompson 4-8

Victor Gischler 4

Brian Azzarello 6

Todd Allen and Scott Beaderstadt 6-7

Jill Thompson – around all day
Mark Kidwell - Around all Day
RD Hall - around all day
 TYRUS BOOKS will be on hand with some of their latest titles, including THE DEPUTY by Victor.

Raymond Benson 11:00
Victor Gischler 12:00

Tim Broderick 12:00

Brian Azzarello 2:00
Jamie Freveletti 2:00

Victor Gischler  3-4 Q&A Panel with Sean
Crimespree Presents a Q&A with Victor Gischler & Sean Doolittle

Victor Gischler  4:00
Sean Doolittle 4:00
Marcus Sakey 4:00

We have a LOT of books to give away. Jamie and Marcus will be handing out their latest paperbacks while they last. 
We have two cases of DAMN NEAR DEAD from Busted Flush, EVEN by Andrew Grant, and loads of other titles.

New t-Shirts will be making their debut at the show, copies of Crimespree. You can buy sketches from Mark Kidwell and Jill Thompson

Here's a video of RD Hall and Mark Kidwell

Aug 11, 2010

Victor Gischler at Crimespree Booth

Just who is this Victor Gischler? Where does he come from, what does he do?

And can I buy him a beer? (YES)

Mrs. Crimespree and I first met Victor Gischler back in 2001 at a crime fiction convention in Washington DC. He was hanging out with folks from a publisher called UGLYTOWN (Jim Pasco and Tom Fassbender). They were getting ready to publish his first book GUN MONKEYS. Jim's hair was green so he stood out a bit. Also with them were Sean Doolittle and Anthony Neil Smith, both awesome crime writers in their own right.
Upon meeting Victor we like him at once, mellow, relaxed and funny as Hell. We would go on to see more of Victor at events and conferences and we would read each of his books. My favorite is PISTOL POETS. He's also written SHOTGUN OPERA, SUICIDE SQUEEZE, GO-GO GIRLS OF THE APOCALYPSE, VAMPIRE A GO-GO and most recently THE DEPUTY fro Tyrus Books.

In the past few years a lot of my crime writing pals are starting to write comics as well. This is great for me as I love comics. Victor started with a couple one shots, Punisher comes to mind, and was soon doing Deadpool, a run on Punisher and now he's writing X-Men. In the Punisher and Deadpool in particular you can really see Victor's touch. His sense of humor and his wonderful dialogue.

We were thrilled when he agreed to come up to Chicago for Chicago Comic Con. He'll be around Friday and Saturday , including a Q&A with fellow crime writer Sean Doolittle on Saturday. Stop by and see him, you'll be glad you did.

To find Victor on the Web just go here:

Victor is also doing a signing Friday night at Challengers in Chicago.

The photo to the left was taken by David Hale Smith

Aug 6, 2010

CRIMESPREE ISSUE 37 is off in the mail

Editorial by Ruth Jordan
Hey It’s Ayo!
Footprints on LUCILLE FLETCHER by Joseph Goodrich

Book Excerpt - LAST WORDS OF THE EXECUTED by Robert Elder

Cover Story LISA UNGER by Jen Forbus
Mysteries in Handwriting by Sheila Lowe
Panic Zone by Rick Mofina
Research and Personalities by Jamie Freveletti
Reed Farrel Coleman
Craig’s Joint by Craig McDonald
Dialogue with Declan by Declan Burke
Sunshine and Crime by Michael Lister
Teen Books by Amy Alessio
Breaking Fifteen by Nora McFarland
Festival of Mystery by LC Hayden
Changing Genre by Michael Ridpath
Eye On Hollywood
DVD Reviews
Audio Books
Buzz Bin
Book Reviews
Crime and Idiocy by Jennifer Jordan
Crimespree on Comics
Cooking with Crimespree 

or if you want an individual issue

Aug 4, 2010

Aug 1, 2010

2010 Crimespree Award Nominations

The winners of each of these awards, along with the recipient of this year's Jack Reacher Award will be announced at Bouchercon in San Francisco

Favorite book of 2009

BURY ME DEEP by Megan Abbott
TOWER by Ken Bruen & Reed Farrel Coleman
TRUST NO ONE by Gregg Hurwitz

Favorite First Book 2009

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
RUNNING FROM THE DEVIL by Jamie Freveletti
EVEN by Andrew Grant
A BAD DAY FOR SORRY by Sophie Littlefield
Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville

Best in an on-going series for 2009

THE SILENT HOUR by Michael Koryta
SHATTER by Michael Robotham
WALKING DEAD by Greg Rucka
TRUTH by Peter Temple