Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Winter of Frankie Machine by Don Winslow – Review

October 30, 2010
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The Winter of Frankie Machine by Don Winslow – Review

In the opening chapters of Don Winslow’s The Winter of Frankie Machine we get a carefully detailed description of a day in the life of Frank Machianno, a San Diego surfer and small business owner of retirement age who clearly ain’t about to retire any time soon.  He opens his bait shop on the pier,...

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The Dawn Patrol by Don Winslow – Review

October 29, 2010
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The Dawn Patrol by Don Winslow – Review

A few months back when I reviewed Don Winslow’s Savages, easily one of the most exciting books to drop all year, I mentioned that I’ve been asleep when it comes to Don Winslow’s shit, that until Savages I hadn’t read one of his books since The Death and Life of Bobby Z  back when...

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Calibre & Vixen by Ken Bruen – review

October 29, 2010
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I originally reviewed Calibre & Vixen by Ken Bruen on January 30th, 2007. In both Vixen and Calibre Bruen chooses to follow one main case much as he did in Blitz. Vixen is the sometimes moniker of a femme fatale bomber who wants money from the city in order to stop the indiscriminate killings...

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Russel D. McLean – interview

October 29, 2010
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Russel D. McLean – interview

Normally I’m not much into reading P.I. novels. Most of them have such a well worn, been there done that feel to them that the minute I read a novels jacket at the bookstore and see the protagonist is a P.I., the book almost immediately goes back on the shelf without even bothering to...

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Book title story

October 29, 2010
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Book title story

I took this one yesterday and tried to make it about a boxer after his final fight, which was one fight to many. You can decide if it’s successful or not. Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his...

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The Devil by Ken Bruen – Review

October 28, 2010
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The Devil by Ken Bruen – Review

God’s favorite whipping boy Jack Taylor is back in The Devil, Ken Bruen’s eighth entry in his Galway private eye series, and you better believe he’s still drinking and drugging his way through his miserable life.  But though his addictions still have him in a half-nelson, Jack’s looking for a change at the beginning of the novel,...

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The Dramatist by Ken Bruen – review

October 28, 2010
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The Dramatist by Ken Bruen – review

Even though those stories were complete in their telling the previous three novels in the Jack Taylor series can in some ways be seen as a three act prologue for the Dramatist. Sub-plots that had been in the making find their completion as old characters come back into Jack’s life. Jack for the first...

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Book title stories

October 28, 2010
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Book title stories

Here’s a couple from John Kenyon that seem to be more riffs on a theme. Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website....

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The Cleanup by Sean Doolittle – review

October 27, 2010
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The Cleanup by Sean Doolittle – review

Matt Worth became a cop for the right reasons; he’s a good guy and wants to help people. We are introduced to him as he is in the middle of a streak of bad luck. His wife has left him for a Homicide detective. After getting into a fight with the guy he is...

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Gregg Hurwitz interviews Michael Connelly at Bouchercon 2010

October 27, 2010
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Michael Connelly being interviewed by Gregg Hurwitz at Bouchercon 2010 Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler...

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Downtown by Ed McBain – review

October 27, 2010
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Downtown by Ed McBain – review

The only McBain novels I’ve read are I’m Canon-For Hire/The Gutter and the Grave, Cop Hater, and The Mugger; the latter two are police procedurals, so I didn’t really know what to expect when I cracked open Downtown. I had never heard anything about it because I assume the 87th precinct novels overshadow just...

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Boardwalk Empire “Family Limitation” – review

October 26, 2010
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Boardwalk Empire “Family Limitation” – review

Review by Mike Dennis Whoa! This show is back. After drifting off into a sort of unreality for a few weeks, the series’ latest episode has put it back on track. The story arc thickened considerably, and the characters are now acting the way you might expect. And can you say “Adult content”? More...

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Art in the Blood: Crime Novelists Discuss Their Craft by Craig McDonald – review

October 26, 2010
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Art in the Blood: Crime Novelists Discuss Their Craft by Craig McDonald – review

I originally reviewed Art in the Blood by Craig McDonald on January 18th 2007 Craig McDonald is widely considered to be the best interviewer in crime fiction. He goes into each interview so well equipped with research and thought provoking questions that he possesses the singular ability to put the interviewee at ease. It’s...

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Ben Kenobi: Private Jedeye

October 26, 2010
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(via) Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.More Posts - Website - Twitter

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Robert Ward, Reed Farrel Coleman, Daniel Woodrell discuss fiction

October 26, 2010
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Authors Robert Ward, Reed Farrel Coleman, and Daniel Woodrell discuss fiction. Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the...

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Fun & Games by Duane Swierczynski – excerpt

October 26, 2010
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Mulholland Books has an excerpt from Duane Swierczynski’s upcoming novel, the first in a trilogy, Fun & Games. ONE It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Popular saying She discovered Decker Canyon Road by accident, not long after she moved to L.A. A random turn off the PCH near Malibu shot...

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Four Kinds of Rain by Robert Ward – review

October 25, 2010
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Four Kinds of Rain by Robert Ward – review

I originally reviewed Four Kinds of Rain by Robert Ward on January 7th, 2007. As much as Ward’s work on such shows as Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice and New York Undercover are all appreciated I personally hope that we will see more novels from him. In 1985 Robert Ward wrote a novel, Red...

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Going Humbly by David Corbett

October 25, 2010
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Going Humbly by David Corbett

by David Corbett An Ear for Tone I grew up in central Ohio, a fairly provincial and racially segregated backwater at the time, despite the presence of the...

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Hideous Babies and the Loom of My Muse by Tom Piccirilli

October 24, 2010
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Hideous Babies and the Loom of My Muse by Tom Piccirilli

by Tom Piccirilli So how does someone come to write a horror-dark-fantasy-crime novel about a group of four people with multiple personality disorder who wind up together in a mental institution where a murder may or may not...

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Book title story

October 24, 2010
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Book title story

Here’s the latest book title story I came up with. Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler...

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