Monthly Archives: June 2010

Spinetingler Wants You

June 29, 2010
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Spinetingler wants people who love mystery/crime fiction and thrillers. We want people with an opinion, we want people to start conversations. If you are interested in writing about mystery, crime or thriller fiction or anything related contact me. This includes, but isn’t limited to: Movies TV shows Short stories Novels Book covers Comics Community...

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Too Small To Be Big by Simon Wood

June 28, 2010
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Too Small To Be Big by Simon Wood

by Simon Wood I’ll never be a bestselling author. It was never my intention. Seriously, it wasn’t. I just wanted to be published and published well (and hopefully earn a few schekles along the way to keep me stocked in Walnut Whips). But I can dream. It’s cool to think that one day my...

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DEVIL’S KEEP by Phillip Finch – review

June 28, 2010
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DEVIL’S KEEP by Phillip Finch – review

Bravo Cell One Nine was a covert team, a secret entity trained by American security and intelligence agencies, put together for the first time sixteen years previously. Raymond Favor, 28 years old; Arielle Bouchard, age twenty-two; Alex Mendonza, twenty-five; and Winston Stickney, thirty-one. Disparate personalities and backgrounds, each with his or her own area...

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The Deputy by Victor Gischler – review

June 26, 2010
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The Deputy by Victor Gischler – review

The setting for this book is Coyote Crossing, a sleepy little town in western Oklahoma whose young people generally share a common desire: to leave as soon as possible. Toby Sawyer was one of those, but he has returned home at age twenty-five for the funeral of his mother, was bequeathed the family trailer,...

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Friday’s Forgotten Books: Four Corners of Night by Craig Holden

June 25, 2010
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Friday’s Forgotten Books: Four Corners of Night by Craig Holden

I had read another of Holden’s books years ago so when I read Craig McDonald’s Friday’s Forgotten Book post on Four Corners of Night it got bumped higher up the TBR pile because I had a copy on the shelf. After reading it I can only say, Holy hell what a book. I can’t...

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Character traits in Windward Passage by Jim Nisbet

June 24, 2010
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Character traits in Windward Passage by Jim Nisbet

I’m reading Windward Passage by Jim Nisbet and it’s got me thinking about character traits. In it there is a character names Quentin Asche. You get to know this character through some description but mainly action and dialog — the usual means. You get many, many pages into the book when it is almost...

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Infamous by Ace Atkins – Review

June 23, 2010
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Infamous by Ace Atkins – Review

Some pretty fucking swell authors have taken a swing at the Depression-era gangster novel over the years, and many of those projects have turned out no-shit aces.  Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana teamed up for the first time with Pretty Boy Floyd, Elmore Leonard’s The Hot Kid was arguably his best book of the last decade (okay,...

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Quote for the Day

June 23, 2010
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While pursuing another line of thought I found this line in an interview with Walter Hill. It’s an interesting and succinctly stated idea. But is he right? (bolding is mine) Somebody once asked me why I never did horror films, just action, and what was the difference? I said horror movies terrorize women, and...

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Crime Song Wednesday – Black River Killer by Blitzen Trapper

June 23, 2010
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There are at least two readings in this brilliantly written Cormac McCarthy inspired song. The first is simply that we are hearing a song about this guy who’s got a dark heart and just can’t stop doing what he’s doing. Sociopath, psychopath, whatever this guy is a stone cold killer and it makes for...

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Winter’s Bone contest winner

June 22, 2010
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Congrats to Chris La Tray. He just scored himself a copy of the tie in edition of Winter’s Bone plus a copy of the movie poster suitable for framing and displaying. We’ll have another contest up sometime later this week. Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction...

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Dennis Tafoya – Interview

June 22, 2010
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Dennis Tafoya – Interview

Recently, New Jersey’s favorite beach bum, Kieran Shea, sat down with Spinetingler favorite Dennis Tafoya to talk up Tafoya’s latest novel, The Wolves of Fairmount Park and the Pennsylvanian author’s upcoming projects. Here’s what Shea’s got to say: Last year, Dennis Tafoya’s debut novel Dope Thief detonated like a pipe bomb, reaping praise from...

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Peter Temple wins $42k prize in Miles Franklin award

June 22, 2010
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Yowza! Now that’s a prize worth winning. Peter Temple won the Miles Franklin award for his crime novel Truth. The prize? A cool $42,000. The sequel to The Broken Shore has won Temple the $42,000 prize in Sydney Tuesday night, beating five other short-listed contenders. Temple has published nine novels and won the Ned...

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The Wolves of Fairmount Park by Dennis Tafoya – review

June 22, 2010
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The Wolves of Fairmount Park by Dennis Tafoya – review

Dope Thief by Dennis Tafoya was one of the best debut crime novels last year. Dark and unflinching but not afraid to deal in emotions and intimacy if not hope and redemption. The follow up this year is The Wolves of Fairmount Park. Based off of Tafoya’s refusal to pigeonhole Dope Thief into any...

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The Third Rail by Michael Harvey – review

June 21, 2010
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The Third Rail by Michael Harvey – review

Chicago is Michael Kelly’s home turf, and in the past two novels in the series, some historical incident is the basis for the plot. This, the third in the series, is no exception. In February, 1977, four cars on the El derailed and plunged to the street below and 11 persons died as a...

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Writing Contest: Pay The Bitch Back

June 21, 2010
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Payback’s a bitch, right? A little while back, a writer managed to annoy the fiction editorial staff of Spinetingler. Well, we at Spinetingler like the idea of writing therapy, and the idea of reading therapy, so we’ve decided to have a special contest. Sandra RuttanSandra Ruttan is the bestselling author of SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES, HARVEST...

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Tony by Gerard Johnson – Review

June 19, 2010
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Tony by Gerard Johnson – Review

An awkward man approaches an Asian man on the street selling black market DVDs to passersby.  He tries to engage the salesman in conversation, first asking if he has any VCR tapes seeing how he himself has no DVD player, then explaining to the man how he likes action movies, then offering up more strained...

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Stephen Blackmoore is bookless no more

June 19, 2010
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A couple of days late but it still bears mentioning. We love it when one of the Bookless leaves that title behind. In the past we’ve interviewed John Rector right on the cusp of his deal being announced and now we have another. Stephen Blackmoore, whom we interviewed just a couple of months ago,...

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Quote for the Day

June 18, 2010
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DT: I walked on that movie set as a drug counselor. I was helping this kid I was counseling. He called me up and said, “Hey, there’s a lot of blow down here.” It was 1985, and cocaine was running rampant in the movie industry. It was crazy. You’d walk into production and there’d...

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A Gerry Fegan what?: Remembering not to judge a book by its cover

June 18, 2010
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A Gerry Fegan what?: Remembering not to judge a book by its cover

I received a copy of the SOHO catalog in the mail the other day and saw the listing for The Ghosts of Belfast. The paperback cover caught my eye. Well, check it out for yourself after the jump: Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of...

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Video Interview–Stephen Jay Schwartz

June 17, 2010
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Video Interview–Stephen Jay Schwartz

by Eric Beetner Spinetingler’s man in the city of Angels, Eric Beetner,  is at it again with another video interview. Here’s what Beetner has to say: Recently I got to sit down with author Stephen Jay Schwartz not long after I’d finished his debut novel Boulevard. It is the tale of LAPD robbery/homicide detective...

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