Monthly Archives: November 2010

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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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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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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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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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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The Caretaker of Lorne Field by Dave Zeltserman – review

November 23, 2010
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The Caretaker of Lorne Field by Dave Zeltserman – review

Since his debut in 2004 with Fast Lane, Dave Zeltserman has received increasing recognition as an outstanding author of noir thrillers. He has since written five novels in quick succession and one recently released short-story collection, 21 Tales. His two most recent noirs, Pariah and Killer, illustrate not only his mastery of characterization, but...

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Disciple of the Dog by R. Scott Bakker – Review

November 22, 2010
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Disciple of the Dog by R. Scott Bakker – Review

R. Scott Bakker’s Disciple of the Dog is proof that a great plot isn’t needed as long as your main character is endlessly fascinating.  Well, that shit proved true for the Nerd, anyhow.  You see, I can’t really claim that everybody and their second cousin thrice fucking removed is gonna dig this off-beat take on...

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Murdaland Issue #1 – review

November 22, 2010
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Murdaland Issue #1 – review

Murdaland was a bi-annual literary journal devoted to noir and dark crime fiction that lasted for two glorious issues. I originally reviewed the first issue of Murdaland in March of 2007. In the introductory passage to the reprint of the David Goodis novella Professional Man it is said that Goodis was the “poet of...

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Professional Man by David Goodis from Best American Noir of the Century – review

November 22, 2010
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Professional Man by David Goodis from Best American Noir of the Century – review

Reviewed by Brian Evenson When we first meet Freddy Lamb we think of him as little more than an elevator operator with a voice that is “soothing and cool-sweet, almost like a caress for the women and a pat on the shoulder for the men.” People are fond of him, he “looked at you...

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What She Offered by Thomas H. Cook from Best American Noir of the Century – review

November 20, 2010
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What She Offered by Thomas H. Cook from Best American Noir of the Century – review

Reviewed by Kate Horsley Is noir just a series of clichés? Is it no more than a set of fashionably dark poses, a slickly commercial exploitation of pretended despair? “What She Offered” is a story constructed out of the best-known of all noir clichés. The narrator is haunting the bars when a femme fatale...

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The Paperhanger by William Gay from Best American Noir of the Century – review

November 19, 2010
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The Paperhanger by William Gay from Best American Noir of the Century – review

Reviewed by Keith Rawson For me, there is nothing more disturbing then the loss of a child. I have nightmares of walking through crowded rooms with my 4-year-old daughter’s hand clutched in mine and then suddenly feeling that tiny hand yanked away and I’m left panicked, attempting to push past a river of unmovable...

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When the Women Come Out to Dance by Elmore Leonard from Best American Noir of the Century – review

November 19, 2010
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When the Women Come Out to Dance by Elmore Leonard from Best American Noir of the Century – review

Reviewed by Gerard Brennan “When the Women Come Out to Dance” by Elmore Leonard pairs Mrs Mahmood, an ex-stripper who’s done quite well for herself (i.e. landed a rich husband), and Lourdes, a recently widowed Colombian lady seeking employment in South Florida. From their first meeting by the pool of the Mahmood mansion, Lourdes...

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Man in the Dark by Howard Browne from Best American Noir of the Century – review

November 19, 2010
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Man in the Dark by Howard Browne from Best American Noir of the Century – review

reviewed by Naomi Johnson Howard Browne may be the best kept secret in crime fiction. Sure, die hard fans of classic crime fic will swear that can’t possibly be true because the guy did this and that and wrote that and this for the pulps and for television and film and Browne’s resume just...

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The Hoarder by Bradford Morrow from Best American Noir of the Century – review

November 19, 2010
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The Hoarder by Bradford Morrow from Best American Noir of the Century – review

Reviewed by Michael Lipkin When James Ellroy and Otto Penzler offer a book called The Best American Noir of the Century, noir fans, scholars, students should simply go out and buy it—or borrow it, steal it, take it out of the library—whatever. Don’t worry about reviews, flaws, omissions, disagreements over definitions of noir. You...

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