Vital Crime Fiction: Knuckledragger by Rusty Barnes

Matt Phillips
Nov 7, 2017 · 4 min read

My Inspiration

Knuckledragger’s milieu is working-class/immigrant-populated but rapidly gentrifying Revere MA, home of America’s first public beach. While walking up and down that very working-class beach and the other city streets, I took inspiration from the many convenience stores, Cambodian markets and bakeries, while trying my best to reimagine it all as the scene of a crime, so to speak.

Rusty Barnes | Crime writer

My Research

I did what any writer does. I paid attention. Every time I stopped at the Beachmont Dunkin’ Donuts for my iced coffee (extra cream/extra sugar) I listened to the old men who gather there every day to bullshit for an hour or two over their black coffee.



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roughneckdispatch

Writing about the bad, the bitter, and the wasted.