Monthly Archives: May 2010

Boston Noir edited by Dennis Lehane – review

May 31, 2010
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Boston Noir edited by Dennis Lehane – review

It’s easy for a casual visitor to get lost in the winding streets of Boston, and the same proves true for Akashic Books’ noir anthology, Boston Noir. Dennis Lehane edits this volume of nominally noir short stories — each based in a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts — and his appreciation of the inconclusive and...

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Breaking Bad – “Abiquiu” – Review

May 31, 2010
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Breaking Bad – “Abiquiu” – Review

Tonight’s episode opened with a flashback that referenced Jane’s lipstick-stained cigarette that we saw last week in Jesse’s car ashtray, but the scene also holds the key to all the action that follows it in “Abiquiu.”  The cold open showed Jesse and Jane visiting a Georgia O’Keeffe (who spent a great deal of her...

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New installment of Bicycle Cop Dave by Gary Phillips starts June 2nd

May 30, 2010
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New installment of Bicycle Cop Dave by Gary Phillips starts June 2nd

Got word from Gary Phillips that the next installment of Bicycle Cop Dave, his webcomic, is starting back up again on Wednesday June 2. Art is provided by Manoel Magalhães. Bicycle Cop Dave is “set in a downtown Los Angeles where gentrification displaces the working poor, where loft dwellers walk their little dogs past...

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Write and Wrong: Questions & Answers

May 29, 2010
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The question of the day is: I know your max word limit for fiction is 5,000 words. is that firm? or are you open to longer stories, say in the 6,000 range? As a complete aside, unless an email comes through saying it was sent from a Blackberry or comparable device with a miniscule...

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The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel – review

May 29, 2010
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The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel – review

Things start out uneasy for Anton Walker. He has a great job, a great wife and a wedding on the horizon. Things are looking good. Except his job duties and staff have been stripped away, he has been relegated to the basement, his wife keeps herself locked up in her study and after they...

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Palos Verdes Blue by John Shannon – review

May 28, 2010
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Palos Verdes Blue by John Shannon – review

The various components of the 11th Jack Liffey novel are so dysfunctional and bewildering that it is almost impossible to summarize the plot. Liffey’s family includes an ex-wife who yearns for him (or someone), a daughter who has just had an abortion after a brief, intense affair with a gang leader, and a girlfriend-op...

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The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo – review

May 28, 2010
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The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo – review

There are several questions raised in this novel, the third in the Harry Hole series. And they apparently can only be answered by Harry Hole, the Norwegian alcoholic detective, if he sobers up. Haunted by the death of his partner he is frustrated after pursuing proof of the identity of her murderer for two...

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A Thousand Cuts by Simon Lelic – review

May 28, 2010
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A Thousand Cuts by Simon Lelic – review

The pivotal event in this masterful debut novel takes place in the opening pages, at first from the point of view of a 13-year-old schoolboy who was not even present when it occurred, “it” being a school shooting when a...

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40th anniversary of Cotton Comes to Harlem

May 27, 2010
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Thanks to Film Gordon for reminding me that yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the movie Cotton Comes to Harlem based on the Chester Himes book of the same name. I’d love to see a new filmed version of one of the Harlem books. If there was a movie version being filmed today who...

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Love Ranch – trailer

May 27, 2010
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Looks like Love Ranch may actually hit some screens soon. What can I say it looks good. Synopsis: LOVE RANCH is a bittersweet love story that turns explosive when the players in a romantic triangle lose control and cross the line. Set in the late–1970s, depicting larger than life personalities living on the edge,...

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Crime Song Wednesday: Stagger Lee

May 26, 2010
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Two weeks ago when I wrote about Hey Joe I said that there were at least two songs entered into the crime song hall of fame. The other besides “Hey Joe” is “Stagger Lee”. In terms of song Stagger Lee (and all of various names) is the baddest of the bad. The song “Stagger...

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Examination of a character type: The Driver

May 26, 2010
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This is just a thinking out loud piece rather then a full on analysis. I wanted to take a look at the history of and riff on a recurring character type, The Driver. I have two...

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Justified – “Veterans” – Review

May 26, 2010
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Justified – “Veterans” – Review

Another damn fine episode of Justified, this time seeming to address practically every damn storyline we’ve seen to date.  As an added bonus, there was no time-wasting disposable US Marshal’s office case to be seen for miles in any fucking direction.  You better believe a big ol’ dumbass grin did not leave my face all hour, dear reader....

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Preview of Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit adapted and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke from IDW

May 25, 2010
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Preview of Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit adapted and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke from IDW

The sequel to the 2010 Spinetingler Award winning graphic novel Parker is coming out in October from IDW. It’s called Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit. Darwyn Cooke is on board to do two more of these Parker adaptations. The Outfit will include one chapter that is The Man With the Getaway Face which is...

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US trailer and poster for The Killer Inside Me

May 25, 2010
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US trailer and poster for The Killer Inside Me

The promotional wheels are starting to spin faster. We’ve seen images, teasers and the UK trailer. After the jump check out the new poster and the US trailer which has a totally different feel then the last one we saw. Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction...

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Quote For The Day – Noel Murray

May 24, 2010
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Nerd here.  Noel Murray of the AV Club had some shit to say about the endings of genre fiction in his piece on the last episode of Lost.  Check it out: Let’s talk about endings. I was chatting with a fellow TV critic a couple of weeks ago and told her that when it...

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Breaking Bad – “Fly” – Review

May 24, 2010
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Breaking Bad – “Fly” – Review

While the world watched ABC to find out that the Lost island was actually located in a retarded kid’s snow globe, AMC put up an episode of Breaking Bad that will probably win this year’s Peabody.  “Fly” was part chamber piece, part slapstick comedy and completely fucking kick ass.  It was also one of...

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Is Lost the greatest shaggy dog story ever told? What a load of cock and bull.

May 23, 2010
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Now that Lost is done its time for the debates to begin. Here’s my quick two cents for what they are worth. I’m writing this 10 hours before the series finale of Lost airs because I think that my thoughts about the series as a whole have largely coalesced regardless of what happens tonight....

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Vanished by Joseph Finder – review

May 23, 2010
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Vanished by Joseph Finder – review

Joseph Finder has written several thrillers revolving around the business and corporate world. Each was a standalone. Now, he turns his attention to creating the beginning of a series. The protagonist is Nick Heller, a tough, principled investigator with a high-powered private intelligence firm. Nick’s father is serving a 30-year sentence in Federal prison...

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206 Bones by Kathy Reichs – review

May 23, 2010
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206 Bones by Kathy Reichs – review

Temperance Brennan, the forensic anthropologist and protagonist of numerous novels by Kathy Reichs and now a popular tv series, returns in a terrific new entry, the twelfth in the series. Temperance is presently with the coroner’s office...

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