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Ryan Sayles Talks Noir, Writing, and Being a Military Policeman

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DIALOGUE Between the Lines

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RYAN SAYLES is the Derringer-nominated author of the Richard Dean Buckner hard-boiled PI series, The Subtle Art of Brutality, Warpath and Albatross as well as the standalone novels Goldfinches and Together They Were Crimson. His short fiction has appeared in dozens of venues in both print and digital media. He was the editor of the clown-themed anthology Greasepaint & .45s and has been included in numerous others such as the Anthony Award-nominated Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen and Unloaded: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns. He is a founding member of Zelmer Pulp, a writer's group publishing a wide array of genre fiction. Ryan was formerly a submissions editor at the now-defunct The Big Adios website as well as a columnist/interviewer at Out of the Gutter Online. He is Midwestern and formerly military and police.


In the city of Carcasa, gunshots devastate the night as a patrol officer makes a traffic stop. The occupants—three dealers caught in the act of muling—set into motion a course of actions that can only end badly. Now, one is dead, another fleeing on foot and the third tearing through neighborhoods in a bumper car-style chase. Furious, grief-stricken officers on their heels with their brother fighting for his life on the side of a road.

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