Month: September 2010

The Impossible Bird by Patrick O’Leary – review

I originally reviewed The Impossible Bird by Patrick O’Leary on November 22nd, 2006. Mike and Danny are brothers who were close when they were younger but grew apart as they got older, especially after one particular summer. Mike is a…

The Rising by Brian Keene – review

I originally reviewed The Rising by Brian Keene on November 27th, 2006. Jim Thurmond is locked in an underground shelter that he built for Y2K, in Virginia. The zombie invasion is already in full swing. His dead pregnant wife is…

Boardwalk Empire “The Ivory Tower” – review

Review by Mike Dennis The hijacking of a truckload of bootleg liquor bound for New York is so far proving to be the central event in this unfolding HBO series. Johnny Torrio has the booze now, over Big Jim Colosimo’s…

Red Riding Trilogy by Julian Jarrold, James Marsh & Anand Tucker

David Peace’s English answer to James Ellroy’s “LA Quartet” (The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential, and White Jazz), the “Red Riding Quartet” (1974, 1977, 1980, and 1983) has been adapted by screenwriter Tony Grisoni into a fantastic trilogy for UK Channel 4 and is…

A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane – review

I originally reviewed A Drink Before the War on November 22nd, 2006. The job is a simple one; their clients want them to locate a missing employee who may have taken some important documents. They are to find the missing…

The Town by Ben Affleck

The Town is a solid crime movie.  It’s got some nifty action, sharp dialogue, a strong narrative, gritty locales, and a cast packed with good actors doing good work.  Let’s fucking shake on it, it’s a date, I’m in –…

Boardwalk Empire – Pilot – review

Review by Mike Dennis Does the show live up to the hype? Were the trailers more than just a souped-up come-on for a time-waster? Is Steve Buscemi really as badass as he seems in the trailers? Yes, yes, and yes.…

Kiss Her Goodbye by Allan Guthrie – review

I originally reviewed Kiss Her Goodbye by Allan Guthrie on November 18th, 2006. Allan Guthrie presents a surprisingly sophisticated and well crafted tale that subtly weaves in subplots and observations of his characters that keep the suspense going until the…

Dave Thompson, we miss you

Word has come to all of us today that Dave Thompson of Murder By the Book and Busted Flush Press unexpectedly died yesterday. I communicated many times with him in the way that we do these days and I looked…

Internecine by David J. Schow – review

Internecine is one of the best thrillers I’ve read in years. I found that I was getting a little tired of the genre to tell the truth. For me thrillers were becoming the ultimate in disposable fiction — filled with…

CITY OF LOST GIRLS by Declan Hughes – review

After ten years when Ed Loy got disgusted and broke off his close friendship with larger-than-life Irish-born movie director Jack Donovan, they meet again in Dublin, where Ed is plying his PI trade and Jack is now making a movie.…

Bust by Ken Bruen & Jason Starr

I originally reviewed Bust on November 15th, 2006. Bust is the first collaborative novel in the Hard Case stable and a better paring couldn’t have been had then Ken Bruen and Jason Starr. Sometimes when books are written jointly the…

Savages by Don Winslow – review

…for it’s important that writers with some commercial clout should take the odd chance, that they should try to introduce a little edge to the mainstream and foster an environment conducive to a little experimentation. For if they don’t, then…

The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie – review

I originally reviewed The Gun Seller on November 8th, 2006. The Gun Seller is a spy novel that spoofs spy novels and also takes on the military-industrial complex. From the beginning it is clear to see the direct and strong…

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