Monthly Archives: November 2010

Vermilion Drift by William Kent Krueger – review

November 30, 2010
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Vermilion Drift by William Kent Krueger – review

In a perfect display of a not-unreasonable NIMBY mindset Vermilion Mine to a nuclear waste site. In the midst...

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Three Stations by Martin Cruz Smith – review

November 30, 2010
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Three Stations by Martin Cruz Smith – review

Russia, and more specifically Moscow, is Arkady Renko’s home turf where, as a sometime senior investigator for important cases in the prosecutor’s office , he somehow manages to solve cases nobody above him wants solved. On the brink of quitting out of disgust at the beginning of the novel,...

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The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan – review

November 30, 2010
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The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan – review

While its predecessors in this delightful series set in Thailand focused on all the trouble in which Poke Rafferty could find himself, this novel is exclusively the property of his wife, Rose. As readers of the previous entries have learned, Rose was a bar girl (i.e., dancer and prostitute) before meeting and marrying Poke....

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Con Ed by Matthew Klein – review

November 29, 2010
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Con Ed by Matthew Klein – review

Kip Largo is a former con man who is trying, finally, to lead an honest life. That is, until his loser son, fearing the Russian Mob, comes to him for help. To save his son, Kip must pull off one last “big con.” To do so, he needs to navigate between a ruthless Armenian...

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More Holiday Book Deals

November 29, 2010
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Thanks to Ben and 200 Noirs for pointing this one out. Book Closeouts has a ton of books for bargain basement prices. We’re talking instant crime fiction collection here. As always what’s listed below is just a sample. If you find other deals please let me know. Quantities are limited so buy now and...

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Book Deals at Barnes & Noble

November 29, 2010
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Last week I did a post listing some great bargain book deals at Amazon. This post will list some great book deals at Barnes & Noble. As usual this is just me picking some of the titles available, there is a lot more available so you should take a more full look when you...

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I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman – review

November 29, 2010
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I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman – review

Eliza Benedict, 38 years old, has by choice always been a full-time wife and mother, devoted to caring for and protecting her family. The serenity of that life is threatened one day when her mail holds a letter from Walter Bowman, the man, now on Death Row, who had kidnapped her and held her...

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Boardwalk Empire “Paris Green” – review

November 29, 2010
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Boardwalk Empire “Paris Green” – review

Review by Mike Dennis You give women the right to vote and next thing you know, they’re giving you all kinds of lip. They’re even like, implying that they should have some say in whether or not they get pregnant. Geez, what’s a guy to do? According to Eli, that’s what your fists are...

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True Grit – Three New TV Spots

November 28, 2010
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Probably the most anticipated movies for me this year is True grit and everything I see about it ramps up the excitement even more. Three new TV spots for True grit have made their way online and we’ve got them for you here. You can check them out after the jump… Brian LindenmuthBrian is...

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This week’s books

November 28, 2010
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This week’s books

Here are the books that we received at Spinetingler HQ this week. A mixed bag with some interesting titles. I’ve never heard of Case With 4 Clowns and that makes me want to read it. It’s being reprinted for the first time in 50 years. I’m looking forward to reading Peeler, Beat to a...

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Crime Fiction Short Films: The Bloody Olive

November 27, 2010
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This very entertaining noir-esque crime short starts out kind of serious and then becomes a laugh out loud exercise in absurdity without ever becoming ridiculous. Dir. Vincent Bal / Belgium / 1996 The classic Christmas short film noir with inevitable twists and turns. Mylene and Werner are going to make their flat up for...

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The Cobra by Frederick Forsyth – review

November 27, 2010
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The Cobra by Frederick Forsyth – review

Frederick Forsyth has written numerous books with far-out themes. “Cobra” is another one, just more so. The plot is fairly simple: A not-so-thinly disguised President call to the White House Paul Deveraux, known as The Cobra, ostensibly retired from the CIA (with sighs of relief from the...

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Dope by Sara Gran – review

November 26, 2010
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Dope by Sara Gran – review

In Dope, Gran’s third novel in as many genre’s, we are introduced to Josephine, a former addict, who is offered a thousand dollars to find a suburban couple’s missing daughter. But the search will take her into the dark underbelly of 1950′s New York that she thought she’d escaped-and a web of deceit that...

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Luther by Neil Cross – Review

November 25, 2010
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Luther by Neil Cross – Review

The six-part TV series Luther recently ran on BBC America and the Nerd was regrettably late to the party by a number of weeks.  Now that the series has ended and only a handful of episodes are available on demand, I feel that it is the perfect time to hip you to this surprisingly...

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London Boulevard by William Monahan, Based on the novel by Ken Bruen

November 24, 2010
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London Boulevard by William Monahan, Based on the novel by Ken Bruen

reviewed by Russel D McLean Let’s get this up front: I love the script for The Departed. Foul, profane and complex, it was a wonder to behold. So it gave me great hope for this British-set thriller based on Ken Bruen’s wondrous early novel, London Boulevard, when I saw that the screenwriter was the...

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Florida Gothic Stories by Vicki Hendricks – Review

November 24, 2010
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Florida Gothic Stories by Vicki Hendricks – Review

Vicki Hendricks goes all the way like precious fucking few authors are willing to today and Florida Gothic Stories proves my statement on damn near every fucking page.  There are stories in this collection that are so fucking crazy that you can’t imagine even the right honorable Mayor of Storytown himself (who totally exists – don’t...

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The Soft Touch by John D. MacDonald – review

November 24, 2010
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The Soft Touch by John D. MacDonald – review

Jerry Jamison lives a quaint life. A steady job in construction under his father-in-law’s business. A gorgeous wife. A nice home in a nice neighbourhood. On the surface everything seems great – the American dream. But unfortunately for Jerry if you scratch a little deeper and everything becomes an absolute mess. His job is...

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Boardwalk Empire “The Emerald City” – review

November 24, 2010
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Boardwalk Empire “The Emerald City” – review

Reviewed by Mike Dennis Richard “Half-Face” Harrow has arrived in Atlantic City at Jimmy’s behest. He’s staying at Margaret’s house, guarding her and her children. This guy was a sniper in World War I and you can be sure Nucky will call upon those talents before too long. I love the Harrow character. The...

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Book deals at Amazon

November 23, 2010
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Post updated on 11/29/10 Earlier today Ray Banks and Allan Guthrie tweeted that some of their books were bargain priced at Amazon. Based on that I did some quick poking around and found a bunch of other deals. I’m sure that there are others but after the jump are the book deals on Amazon...

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Chaser by Hong-jin Na – Review

November 23, 2010
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Chaser by Hong-jin Na – Review

The fucking Koreans symbolically kick Hollywood in their respective cinematic crime balls yet again with Chaser, a brutal thriller recently released on DVD.  Why does the Nerd insist that every time a foreign country makes a good crime film that it is an affront to the American way of life?  I don’t really know, that’s...

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