Monthly Archives: August 2010

Resume With Monsters by William Browning Spencer – review

August 31, 2010
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Resume With Monsters by William Browning Spencer – review

I originally reviewed Resume With Monsters on November 3, 2006 Over the course of 16 years, 4 novels and 2 story collections William Browning Spencer has been quietly carving out his own bit of territory. His voice is singularly unique combining a vivid imagination and an always odd and sometimes bizarre sense of humor....

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Three Days to Never by Tim Powers – review

August 30, 2010
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Three Days to Never by Tim Powers – review

I originally reviewed Three Days to Never on October 31, 2006 We are introduced to recent widower Frank Marrity and his 12 year old daughter Daphne. Upon the death of his grandmother in 1987 they discover some things in her shed that finds them in the middle of a covert war between the Mossad...

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Benjamin Whitmer – interview

August 30, 2010
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Benjamin Whitmer – interview

Since the death of Larry Brown there have been at least a dozen novelists touted as the heir to Brown’s gritty throne. Needless to say, there have been few who’ve actually lived up to the promise. However, with Benjamin Whitmer’s stark debut, Pike, the Denver, Colorado based novelist easily rivals Brown’s most renowned novels....

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The Guns of Pike by Benjamin Whitmer

August 30, 2010
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The Guns of Pike by Benjamin Whitmer

by Benjamin Whitmer I’m going to start with what I hope isn’t a shocking confession in the world of crime fiction: I’m a bit of a gun nut. Though admitting that in some places seems tantamount to professing an interest in pedophilia — or, perhaps worse, being a cigarette smoker — I’m hoping that...

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Transubstantiate By Richard Thomas – review

August 30, 2010
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Transubstantiate By Richard Thomas – review

Reviewed by Chris Deal The New Black There’s a lot of discussion going on these days in regards to what it means to be noir, whether the genre requires all the old tropes, the hard-boiled, anti-hero private detective, the femme fatale, organized crime or corrupt law.  Since the heyday of the ’40s and ’50s,...

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THE CRACK IN THE LENS by Steve Hockensmith – review

August 29, 2010
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THE CRACK IN THE LENS by Steve Hockensmith – review

Our book club’s book for March was Steve Hockensmith’s THE CRACK IN THE LENS. For those who haven’t experienced this delightful series, it takes place in the rough-and-tumble Old West (or thereabouts), when men were tough and women were tougher, especially those saloon gals. Our heroes are the Amlingmeyer brothers. Older brother Gustav (“Old...

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Short Thoughts on Short Fiction–My summer anthologies

August 28, 2010
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Short Thoughts on Short Fiction–My summer anthologies

Hey gang, So how’s the summer been going for ya’ll? Yeah, hot and busy here in my adopted home town of the Valley of the Sunand I know, I haven’t been around old Spintingler all that much the past couple of months, but after pissing off a couple of writers here in the pages...

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Animal Kingdom by David Michod – Review

August 27, 2010
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Animal Kingdom by David Michod – Review

The record is broken and it keeps fucking repeating itself, dear reader, and the bit of song that is driving me mad goes like this: “The best crime flicks today are from overseas.”  The latest example, Animal Kingdom, comes from Australia, a country that previously this year gave us the undeniably awesome The Square.  Shit, some...

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The Long Fall by Lynn Kostoff – review

August 27, 2010
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The Long Fall by Lynn Kostoff – review

A short while back I was blown away by Lynn Kostoff’s recently re-released debut, A Choice of Nightmares, a book that straddled the line between literary character study and crime novel in truly exciting ways.  As amazing an experience as that novel was, with his second novel, 2003’s The Long Fall, dude managed to...

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The Language of Defeat and a challenge redux

August 27, 2010
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Last year in response to Banville-gate I issued a challenge in two parts over at my old blog. In light of Ray Banks’ essay today over at Mulholland, A Donkey in the Grand National, I thought we could try to revisit it. Especially since the wonderful Spinetingler audience is considerably larger then my blogs...

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DEATH OF A VALENTINE by MC Beaton – review

August 26, 2010
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DEATH OF A VALENTINE by MC Beaton – review

Hamish Macbeth was engaged to be married at least twice in the previous 24 novels in this delightful long-running series, but never came close to standing before the altar on his wedding day as he does at the beginning of this latest entry. The bride-to-be is a policewoman who got herself assigned as Hamish’s...

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Top 15 definitions of noir

August 26, 2010
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One of the ongoing debates in the crime fiction community has to do with defining noir. It seems to be a subject that most of us who read muse on publicly, privately or Rara-Avianly. These discussions have a couple of traits that I find interesting. One is the personal element of the attempt to...

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The Guards TV movie review

August 24, 2010
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The Guards TV movie review

by Karl McGowan I recently got to see the film adaptation of Ken Bruen’s The Guards, shown on the Irish channel TV3, it’s the pilot of a proposed series of TV movies based on the Jack Taylor series of novels. I have to admit to having a bit of trepidation about how the film...

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Windward Passage by Jim Nisbet – review

August 24, 2010
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Windward Passage by Jim Nisbet – review

Jim Nisbet is a long time favorite of mine having discovered his work sometime in the late 90’s. The guy has been penning some mighty classics for years now and in 2010, with two new releases and the start of Overlook’s ambitious reissue project of his back catalog, it feels like the time is...

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John Rector – video interview

August 23, 2010
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John Rector – video interview

There have been few debut novels that I’ve been impressed with more than The Cold Kiss by John Rector. The story of Nate, his pregnant girlfriend Sara and a mortally wounded hitchhiker named Syl White is a tightly plotted thriller that was literally a single sitting read for me. (and for just about everyone...

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Fiction: WATCHING THE IGUANAS by Richie Narvaez

August 23, 2010
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Oonie did not want to be in a nameless bar in a town called Contrahecho being stared at by a woman who looked just like her grandfather. A big, fat face, long, white dirty hair. But her grandfather was more than a world away—and dead. Oonie never liked him anyway. This woman wore a...

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Fiction: PI, P.I. by Stephen D. Rogers

August 20, 2010
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Even though I was in my office trying to recuperate from an ill-fated relationship, my digits trailed along the hall, descended the building’s stairwell, and meandered up and down every dark alley in the world. I was non-terminating, non-repeating. In a word, I was everywhere. I was Pi, the private eye, the rational irrational....

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Chasing the Dead by Joe Schreiber – review

August 19, 2010
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Chasing the Dead by Joe Schreiber – review

I originally reviewed Chasing the Dead by Joe Schreiber on October 27th, 2006 What makes this thriller exceptional though is Schreiber’s decision to hijack Sue’s SUV and drive it right off the thriller map and into supernatural territory. After committing a grave robbery she will come across the ghosts of her past, the ghosts...

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Jennifer Government by Max Barry – review

August 18, 2010
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Jennifer Government by Max Barry – review

I originally reviewed Jennifer Government by Max Barry on October 24th, 2006. In Jennifer Government the government is all but abolished with corporations controlling everything. Not only do all goods but all services have a price and everything can be negotiated. Countries don’t exist as we know them but instead the world is divided...

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Savages by Don Winslow – Review

August 17, 2010
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Savages by Don Winslow – Review

I remember reading The Death and Life of Bobby Z as a kid and digging the shit out of it, but for some reason I never picked up another Don Winslow again.  Don’t ask the Nerd why because he can’t tell you – them’s just the fucking breaks.  After having just burned through Savages...

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