Month: August 2010

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Top 15 definitions of noir

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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