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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Quote for the Day

March 26, 2010
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And then should readers be taking genre fiction seriously at all? Well, in my more serious moments I like to think of crime fiction (some, certainly not all, crime fiction) as satire. An opportunity to take potshots at the maniacs running government and commerce. –Mike Nicol Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler...

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The Very Last Drop a New Inspector Rebus story by Ian Rankin

March 26, 2010
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The Very Last Drop a New Inspector Rebus story by Ian Rankin

To aid the charity Royal Blind Ian Rankin penned a new Rebus story, gave a reading and auctioned off some items (including the original manuscript of “The Very Last Drop”). Ian Rankin has generously allowed the story to be published on the Royal Blind website. Check out the first paragraph and link to the...

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The noir Brady Bunch

March 25, 2010
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The noir Brady Bunch

Needle, coming soon. 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 in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.More Posts - Website - Twitter

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Quote for the Day

March 25, 2010
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HERE ARE THE DANGER SIGNALS. ANY TIME TWO CHARACTERS ARE TALKING ABOUT A THIRD, THE SCENE IS A CROCK OF SHIT. ANY TIME ANY CHARACTER IS SAYING TO ANOTHER “AS YOU KNOW”, THAT IS, TELLING ANOTHER CHARACTER WHAT YOU, THE WRITER, NEED THE AUDIENCE TO KNOW, THE SCENE IS A CROCK OF SHIT. DO...

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Victor Gischler – Interview

March 24, 2010
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Victor Gischler – Interview

I recently guest blogged over at Paul D. Brazil’s little slice of the interweb about Anthony Neil Smith. In the post, I described the novels of Victor Gischler upon first discovering them on Amazon as: “…a Seinfeld episode with guns…” I, of course, recanted this statement later in the piece because I was basing...

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2010 Spinetingler Award: Best Short Story on the Web nominees

March 24, 2010
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Last year we saw the most improvement in the short story category in terms of voter turn out. A couple of things played into this. We were more proactive in seeking stories out instead of relying solely on editors submitting them and , perhaps more importantly, we announced the nominees ahead of the other...

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Justified – “Riverbrook” – review

March 24, 2010
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Justified – “Riverbrook” – review

Early in this week’s episode of Justified, Raylan gets his badge, guns, car, cowboy hat, and dignity taken from him by the escaped con he’s hunting down.  It’s an interesting moment.  Up until that scene the viewer believes that Givens is damn near incapable of making a stupid move.  Seems like every ten minutes since we met the...

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