Welcome to Blood & Whiskey

Once a month I share book reviews, recommendations, lists and news, mostly crime stories — mysteries, thrillers, noir, spy capers, also true crime — plus occasional author Q&As. Also: a cocktail of the month (usually whiskey, for those so inclined) and a monthly Blood & Whiskey playlist on Spotify.

I’ll tell you what my voracious wife is reading, what we’re watching, and I’ll share occasional updates on my own books. More on those at nealthompson.com

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(photo by Beowulf Sheehan; Lower East Side, NYC, 2017)

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And it's a battered old suitcase

To a hotel someplace

And a wound that will never heal

No prima donna, the perfume is on

An old shirt that is stained with blood and whiskey

-Tom Waits, “Tom Traubert’s Blues”

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From author, journalist, whiskey-sipper Neal Thompson, crime fiction and true crime roundups, reviews, author interviews. Plus cocktails & playlists.


Journalist & author. The First Kennedys; Kickflip Boys; Driving with the Devil; A Curious Man; 2 more. I read, run, ski, swim, paddle, strum, yoga, bourbon.