Charles Roland


Five-Star Edition

Switchblade issue two

Switchblade No. 2, edited by Scotch Rutherford:

A solid second issue of a welcome new crime digest. The upgrade in design looks great on paper, or in pixels—but the stories are the main event. Collectively, a five-star rating, with Charles Roland’s “Profski Gets It” the standout, S.E. Bailey’s “A Talent for Killing” worth extra points, and Scotch Rutherford and Stephen D. Rogers in a dead sweat for best flash.

Charles Roland’s Profski Gets It

Switchblade issue two

Stories from Switchblade issue two, edited by Scotch Rutherford:

“Profski Gets It” by Charles Roland opens with a short, gross prelude, meant to set the mood. Fortunately, this PI procedural takes off directly after, along with Profski, for New Orleans. When a Milwaukee runaway stops texting her younger sister, an infernal alarm finally triggers her parents to hire Profski, after the NOPD comes up clueless. Profski follows each new lead further into more dubious locales. Roland paints a beautifully gray picture of where second-thoughts should never let us go. An issue highlight.