Monthly Archives: February 2010

Book Review: The Lost Sister by Russel D McLean

February 28, 2010
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Book Review:  The Lost Sister by Russel D McLean

When Russel D McLean debuted in 2008 with The Good Son, he made it clear there was a new Scottish crime fiction author who was destined for the international stage. With the second in the series, The Lost Sister, McLean is back – as is protagonist McNee – and makes it clear he’s a...

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The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville – review

February 28, 2010
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The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville – review

The “Troubles” in Northern Ireland have spawned many novels, but none as intense and different as Ghosts. Based on the past efforts of Republicans to force unification with Eire and the conflicts between Catholics and Protestants in the North, the novel focuses on the torment of Gerry Fegan who has, as an assassin on...

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Breathing Water by Timothy Hallinan – review

February 28, 2010
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Breathing Water by Timothy Hallinan – review

Bangkok is the setting for Poke Rafferty’s dangerous experiences, and this latest chapter in the series, perhaps the most thrilling, is no exception. Having already written a few books, and as part of his research into a new one, Rafferty induces his policemen friends, Arthit and Kosit, to set up a poker game with...

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Midnight Fugue by Reginald Hill – review

February 28, 2010
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Midnight Fugue by Reginald Hill – review

Andy Dalziel (the “Fat Man”) is still recovering from the after-effects of injuries (and a coma) resulting from an explosion two novels ago. But he ignores medical advice and returns to his duties as Detective Superintendent, albeit a little shakily. Is it time to turn over the reins to his protégé, Pascoe? Or does...

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Doors Open by Ian Rankin – review

February 28, 2010
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Doors Open by Ian Rankin – review

Inspector John Rebus, Ian Rankin’s usual protagonist, plays no part in his latest crime novel, but Edinburgh remains a vital part in this very unusual tale, plotted and written with the dexterity of a master of exciting and stimulating fiction. Three friends meet one day and hatch a plan to steal valuable artwork from...

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Sunday morning finds: Crime fiction book deals

February 28, 2010
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When I was a kid we used to wake up early every Sunday morning and go over to a huge fleamarket on the parking lot of a drive-in where now sits a Staples. Allowance in hand walking the hilled lot looking for good deals. This Sunday morning I’ve got some deals for you. Brian...

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The Guilty Client by Roberta Rogow – review

February 27, 2010
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The Guilty Client by Roberta Rogow – review

Deadly Ink June, 2009 ISBN: 978-0-97874428-1 Paperback, 229 pp., $13.95 In the first of a new series, Roberta Rogow introduces the law firm of Pettigrew and Roth, comprised of the esteemed Ephraim Pettigrew, his niece, Margaret (“Peggy”) Pettigrew; 25 years old and employed for a few dollars a week for the past ten years...

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Even by Andrew Grant – review

February 27, 2010
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Even by Andrew Grant – review

Minotaur May, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-312-54026-5 Hardcover, 352 pp., $24.95 David Trevellyan has been employed by the British Government for fifteen years, the reader never quite sure in what capacity – his exact job description is a bit murky He describes himself as a “consultant,” in the business of “telecommunications,” among other things. He tells...

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The Wings of the Sphinx by Andrea Camilleri, translated by Stephen Sartarelli – review

February 27, 2010
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The Wings of the Sphinx by Andrea Camilleri, translated by Stephen Sartarelli – review

Penguin Mystery Original January, 2010 ISBN: 978-0-14-311660-8 Paperback, 226 pp., $14.00 Inspector Montalbano is feeling his age: Only 56, he finds warring elements in his psyche pulling him between a bright, optimistic outlook, and a distinctively gloomier, perhaps more realistic one. His colleagues are, for the most part, decidedly grumpy fellows, and altogether endearing,...

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Book Review: The First Rule by Robert Crais

February 27, 2010
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Book Review: The First Rule by Robert Crais

Putnam January, 2010 ISBN: 978-0-399-15613-7 Hardcover, 320 pp., $26.95 Joe Pike again plays a leading role in this thriller, while Elvis Cole, who usually is in the forefront, is relegated to a supporting but vital function. It all starts when one of Pike’s former contract mercenaries, Frank, who retired 11 years before when Pike...

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Snow Angels by James Thompson

February 27, 2010
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Snow Angels by James Thompson

James Thompson’s Snow Angels has some shit stacked against it. First off, dude’s name is James Thompson, not to be confused with legendary crime novelist Jim Thompson. Second, his debut is called Snow Angels, not to be confused with the excellent Stewart O’Nan novel and the similarly excellent David Gordon Green movie adapted from...

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Michael Mann directed, David Milch scripted, Dennis Farina starring HBO drama Luck

February 27, 2010
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Let’s file this one under the Hope It Gets Picked Up. Michael Mann is directing a pilot that is scripted by David Milch and starring Dennis Farina in a horse racing drama pilot for HBO. The show will take a look at the world that surrounds the track through a large cast of characters....

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A&E orders 13 episodes of Sugarloaf

February 27, 2010
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A&E orders 13 episodes of Sugarloaf

My man JL was all over this the other day (He’s on top of it and provides more coverage then I can imagine). In a move towards more scripted television A&E has ordered 13 episodes of Sugarloaf. Sugarloaf is about a Chicago homicide detective who is wrongfully accused of an act that has deeper...

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Book Review: THE COMPLAINTS by Ian Rankin

February 27, 2010
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Book Review:  THE COMPLAINTS by Ian Rankin

A master of crime fiction moves on from his long-running series with a complicated new protagonist. It was hard to pick up Ian Rankin’s 25th* novel, The Complaints, without wondering how a book billed as the possible launch of a new series would compare to the long-running Rebus series that had made Rankin a...

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Dermot Mulroney is Jim Rockford in new Rockford Files

February 26, 2010
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It’s being reported that Dermot Mulroney has been cast as Jim Rockford in NBC’s controversial (in some circles at least) remake of the classic show The Rockford Files. The iconic role was originally played by James Garner in the 70’s. I’ll be frank. This felt like a bad idea from the initial announcement. But...

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Book Review: Roadside Crosses by Jeffery Deaver

February 26, 2010
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Book Review: Roadside Crosses by Jeffery Deaver

Simon & Schuster June, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-4165-4999-4 Hardcover, 397 pp., $26.95 Logic and Intuition, one or the other, is how Kathryn Dance solves the crimes she investigates. The California Bureau of Investigation Special Agent, in the third in the series featuring the body-language expert, faces a murder mystery involving the cyberworld of games and...

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Battlestar Galactica alum Grace Park cast in upcoming remake of Hawaii Five-0

February 26, 2010
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Battlestar Galactica alum Grace Park cast in upcoming  remake of Hawaii Five-0

Grace Park, who played Lt. Sharon ‘Boomer’ Valerii on Battlestar Galactica and Akani Cuesta on The Cleaner has been cast in the CBS remake of the classic TV show Hawaii Five-0. Her characters name will be Kono Kalakaulau and her uncle is Jinn who thankfully made it safely off the island and landed on...

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Book Review: The Lovers by John Connolly

February 26, 2010
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Book Review: The Lovers by John Connolly

Atria Books June, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-4165-6954-1 Hardcover, 352 pp., $26.00 There is always an element of the supernatural in the Charlie Parker series, and this novel is no exception. It begins with Charlie’s PI license being suspended and his permit to carry taken away. To keep a roof over his head, he’s tending bar...

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Book Review: U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton

February 26, 2010
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Book Review: U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton

Putnam December, 2009 ISBN: 978-0-399-15597-0 Hardcover, 403 pp., $27.95 Nearing the end of the alphabet, “U” is the 21st novel in the Kinsey Millhone series, in which Sue Grafton develops the plot utilizing the past and present, alternating between events during 1967 and her current investigation in 1988. It begins when a young man...

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Book Review: Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie

February 26, 2010
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Book Review: Necessary as Blood by Deborah Crombie

Morrow October, 2009 ISBN: 978-0-06-128753-4 Hardcover, 378 pp., $24.99 Continuing the Gemma James and Duncan Kincaid Series, Deborah Crombie focuses on two themes. First is the relationship between various characters, delving deeply into their psyches; second, the racial and ethnic changes in London’s East End over the years. Both are keenly sensitive and perceptive....

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