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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Book Review: Wake Up Dead by Roger Smith

February 26, 2010
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Book Review: Wake Up Dead by Roger Smith

Imagine the worst ghetto you’ve ever been in. Imagine the poverty, strife, and outward hostility you experienced while you were there stranded in your broken down car, or because you got off on the wrong subway stop. Now, what I want you to do is multiply that by a hundred. No, screw a hundred,...

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Friday’s Forgotten Books: Tapping the Source by Kem Nunn

February 26, 2010
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Friday’s Forgotten Books: Tapping the Source by Kem Nunn

In 1991 a great pulpy action movie was released about an FBI agent named Johnny Utah, played by Keanu Reaves, who goes undercover to stop a seasonal string of bank robberies. It also stars Gary Busey and Turtle from North Shore is in it too. You see crusty old Busey (who is never crazy...

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Crime fiction short films

February 24, 2010
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Crime fiction has a lot of mediums by which to express itself, flex it’s muscle and tell a story. Most of the mediums are familiar to us even if we don’t explore them. Great crime fiction can be found in novels, comics, movies, television shows, short stories, plays and novellas. Every medium has it’s...

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Spinetingler flashback: Interview with Craig McDonald

February 24, 2010
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A few months back I conducted an interview with Craig McDonald that can only be described as sprawling. With the release of Print the Legend I just wanted to take the opportunity to point folks to it. I can’t speak for Craig but I found the conversation interesting. Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor...

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Are we headed for a pulp film renaissance?

February 24, 2010
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Over at Cinematical Elizabeth Rappe wonders if we are on the cusp of a pulp renaissance in film. She cites projects in various stages of development such as Tarzan, Solomon Kane, Conan the Barbarian, The Shadow, John Carter of Mars, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers and Doc Savage. She even mentions The Killer Inside Me...

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Book Review: The Kill Call by Stephen Booth

February 23, 2010
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Book Review:  The Kill Call by Stephen Booth

The uneasy relationship between DS Diane Fry and DC Ben Cooper is prevalent throughout this murder mystery, part of the author’s continuing series featuring the two protagonists. At first, the body of a well-dressed man found on a moor with his head bashed in seems to be a straightforward police investigation, However, the inquiry...

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Book Review: Survivor in Death by J.D. Robb

February 23, 2010
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Book Review:  Survivor in Death by J.D. Robb

Our book club’s book for June was SURVIVOR IN DEATH, the 19th in the Eve Dallas series of NYC police procedurals by J.D. Robb (also known as Nora Roberts). For anyone who hasn’t experienced this series, the key thing to know is that it takes place in New York City in the not-too-distant future...

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Book Review: The Face-Changers by Thomas Perry

February 23, 2010
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Book Review:  The Face-Changers by Thomas Perry

Our book club’s book for May was THE FACE-CHANGERS, a Jane Whitefield novel by Thomas Perry. For those who have not read Perry before, Jane Whitefield is a Native American “guide” whose job is to help people (usually innocent people accused of crimes they didn’t commit) disappear, to move “off the grid.” Her job...

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Book Review: Safer by Sean Doolittle

February 23, 2010
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Book Review:  Safer by Sean Doolittle

The front cover of “Safer,” Sean Doolittle’s superlative new novel, depicts neighborhood scenes, at once bucolic, mundane and lovely – children playing, a man mowing his lawn. It is just such a life that Paul Callaway and his wife, Sara, wanted to embrace when they moved from Boston to a quiet Midwestern town, albeit...

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Comic Review: The Last Days of American Crime by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini

February 22, 2010
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Comic Review: The Last Days of American Crime by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini

The U.S. government has perfected a broadcast signal that will extinguish criminal thoughts. Graham Brick, a fifty-four-year-old grifter, discovers the crime of the century that he’d been planning suddenly has been transformed into the last crime in American history because he only has 10 days before the signal goes live. Because of the short...

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Movie Review: Shutter Island

February 21, 2010
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Movie Review: Shutter Island

Shutter Island, directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max Von Sydow, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, Jackie Earle Haley, et al., Guest review by Keith Rawson When I found out Martin Scorsese was going to be directing the big screen version of Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island a couple of years...

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Book Review: Bloodstorm by Sam Millar

February 21, 2010
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Book Review: Bloodstorm by Sam Millar

Bloodstorm by Sam Millar is a good, solid and enjoyable PI novel that is competently told. A reader venturing into Karl Kanes neck of the woods will quickly fall into it’s rhythms as there a number of recognizable PI tropes not the least of which is Kane’s constant smart ass dialog. One of the...

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