Monthly Archives: March 2010

Crime Song Wednesday: Never Going Back to Memphis by Shemekia Copeland

March 31, 2010
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This is the first installment of what will be a weekly column that focuses on crime songs. It’s simple really. Regardless of genre there are a lot of songs about crime. And a lot of these songs are great crime fiction in their own right. So what I want to do is take a...

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The New Six-Figure Torture Porn Industry?

March 31, 2010
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While many books these days aren’t benefiting from pre-publication reviews because review copies aren’t being produced or sent to reviewers and no money is available for even basic promotion, Chevy Stevens’ debut novel, STILL MISSING has the benefit of splashy ARCs and the author is currently on a pre-publication tour, promoting the book. The...

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Treme head writer David Mills has died

March 31, 2010
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Treme head writer David Mills has died

It’s not often that I get a message that gives me pause. But I just got a message telling me that David Mills, TV writer, longtime collaborator of David Simon and head writer of Treme collapsed on the set and has died. The Investigative Voice is reporting on the story. David Mills apparently died...

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2010 Spinetingler Award Nominees and Poll

March 31, 2010
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2010 Spinetingler Award Nominees and Poll

Nobody wants to hear me blather on so I’ll just say this quickly. In some of the categories selections were very tough. After some difficult decisions some very good books just barely missed the cut. The mystery & crime field is large and varied and we think that this diverse selection of books represent...

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Conversations with the Bookless: Gary Carson

March 31, 2010
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You can read the full introduction to the series here. In short The Conversations with the Bookless series is designed to raise the profile of and increase the exposure of some of the emerging writers we knew were out there. In this installment we talk to Gary Carson. After the jump check out the...

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Justified – “Fixer” – review

March 31, 2010
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Justified – “Fixer” – review

I’m starting to think that the best way to approach Justified is just to think of each episode as a singular, Leonard-esque condensed crime movie.  Yeah, there’s a few serialized elements so far, but Raylan and his fellow Marshals seem to take a back seat each week to the schemes of the bad guys. ...

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Kelli Stanley – Video interview

March 30, 2010
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Kelli Stanley – Video interview

A couple of weeks ago Eric Beetner (Co-author of One Too Many Blows to the Head along with J.B. Kohl) made the scene at this year’s Left Coast Crime in L.A. and along with sitting on a couple of panels and hobnobbing with the crime writing elite, Beetner had the opportunity to sit down with Kelli Stanley, author...

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PLOTS WITH GUNS #8 is LIVE!

March 30, 2010
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PLOTS WITH GUNS #8 is LIVE!

The long awaited 8th issue of the perennial hard-boiled crime zine PLOTS WITH GUNS is now LIVE. Check out all of the details after the jump. Keith RawsonKeith Rawson is a little-known pulp writer whose short fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews have been widely published both online and in print. He is the...

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2010 ITW Thriller Award Nominees

March 30, 2010
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The 2010 ITW Thriller Award nominees have been announced and there are some Spinetingler faves on the list. After the jump check out the full list of nominees. Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared...

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P D James – interview

March 30, 2010
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A Conversation with P. D. James Celebrated mystery novelist speaks her mind by crime fiction reviewer Jim Napier With eighteen bestselling novels and three works of non-fiction to her credit over the past five decades, at the impressive age of ninety P. D. James continues to rank among the most enduring of British crime...

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The Blog Tour of Opening Lines

March 30, 2010
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The Blog Tour of Opening Lines

I have to admit that few blog tours interest me, but when Stephen D. Rogers got in touch about his SHOT TO DEATH blog tour, I loved the premise. Every day he’d blog about a different opening line from SHOT TO DEATH, his collection of short stories, published February 2010. And the first lines...

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Il Divo by Paolo Sorrentino – review

March 29, 2010
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Il Divo by Paolo Sorrentino – review

No worries, dear reader, this is not a review of that lame Italian boy band whose Christmas album your mom busts out every December 25th.  Paolo Sorrentino’s Il Divo is many things – violent, exciting, complex, breath-taking, original – but lame (or boy band related, for that matter) this flick sure as shit ain’t. ...

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15 minute behind the scenes video for HBO’s Treme

March 29, 2010
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This 15 minute video will take us behind the scenes of HBO’s Treme with all new clips and interviews with cast and crew. After the jump check out the video. Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work...

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Fiction: CHEAP BASTARD by Hilary Davidson

March 29, 2010
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Don was between Grand Central and Greenwich when he heard the guy behind him jabbering into a cell phone. “I got till Friday to decide, but I’m gonna do it,” the young man’s voice cracked with excitement. “I’ll hafta work my ass off, but it’s gonna be worth it. You won’t believe what they’re...

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Conversations with the Bookless: Naomi Johnson

March 29, 2010
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You can read the full introduction to the series here. In short The Conversations with the Bookless series is designed to raise the profile of and increase the exposure of some of the emerging writers we knew were out there. In this installment we talk to Naomi Johnson After the jump check out the...

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Breaking Bad – “Caballo Sin Nombre” – review

March 29, 2010
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Breaking Bad – “Caballo Sin Nombre” – review

Walt and Jesse both make strides toward getting  their shit together again in this week’s episode, but with mixed results at best.  Jesse, who has been crashing on Walt’s couch, gets his aunt’s house back from his parents with a little help from lawyer Saul Goodman.  This is a cold and calculating Jesse that...

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Weekend update 2.28.10

March 28, 2010
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What did you miss this week at Spinetingler? The big news this past week was the announcement of the 2010 Spinetingler Award: Best Short Story on the Web nominees. The Nerd of Noir continued his TV coverage with reviews of the latest episodes of Justified and Breaking Bad. He also reviewed The Ghost Writer...

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The Ghost Writer by Roman Polanski – review

March 27, 2010
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The Ghost Writer by Roman Polanski – review

Excuse the Nerd a second while he pines for the fucking good old days, but remember when Hollywood made thrillers?  Those were good times, weren’t they?  Whatever your pleasure: legal, erotic, spy, paranoia – I miss ‘em all.  Sure, in the eighties and nineties most of them were shitty (just pop in Consenting Adults...

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Crimefactory Issue #2 is now out

March 27, 2010
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Crimefactory Issue #2 is now out

CRIMEFACTORY ISSUE #2 IS LIVE!!!!! New fiction by: Ray Banks Dave Zeltserman Kieran Shea Patti Abbott Josh Converse Stephen D. Rogers Gerard Brennan With features by: Jimmy Callaway Reed Farrel Coleman Craig McDonald Charlie Stella Chad Eagleton The Nerd of Noir 126 pages of pulpy goodness brought you by Keith Rawson, Cameron Ashley, and...

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Print the Legend by Craig McDonald

March 26, 2010
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Print the Legend by Craig McDonald

If you can name for me a crime series as wildly different book-to-book than Craig McDonald’s Hector Lassiter saga, I’ll eat my fucking hat sans hot sauce.  Head Games was a violent, whiskey-soaked road trip with a severed head in the trunk.  Toros & Torsos was a serial killer book that spanned decades and...

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