Month: December 2010

Baby Shark’s Beaumont Blues by Robert Fate – review

While not breaking any barriers of originality its fast pace, action packed sequences and ultimately likable characters come together to form a well told and enjoyable tale. When young Kristin Van Dijk and her irascible good ol’ boy partner Otis…

Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane – review

I was surprised as anybody that Lehane went back to the well and gave us another Kenzie and Gennaro PI novel.  I figured he was going to make big, operatic period novels like The Given Day from here on out…

What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman – review

Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who—or what—could have lured the two…

Dirk Gently (BBC) – review

reviewed by Russel D McLean Starring: Stephen Mangan, Helen Baxendale, Darren Boyd Based on the novels by Douglas Adams First broadcast: BBC4, Thursday 17 December 2010 It’s been a long time since I read Douglas Adams’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective…

Pike by Benjamin Whitmer – review

It’s doubtful you’ll read a novel more bleak, violent and nasty this year than Benjamin Whitmer’s Pike. Also unlikely: that you’ll read anything as starkly evocative and beautifully written. Really, the Nerd is tempted just to leave the review of…

Blood of Paradise by David Corbett – review

EL SALVADOR: America’s great Cold War success story and the model for Iraq’s fledgling democracy—if one ignores the grinding poverty, the corruption, the spiraling crime and a murder rate ranked near the top in the hemisphere. This is where Jude…

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk – review

Most everyone I know has either read the book or seen the movie so I apologize in advance if I don’t bring anything new to the conversation (not that any of my reviews tend to do that). I read Fight…

The Fall (and Rise) of the Crime Comic

The good folks over at Mulholland Books let me take another shot at writing an article for them. This time I wanted to write about crime comics. Some of the most vibrant crime fiction being written today is taking place…

Copycat Covers

For awhile The Rap Sheet had a semi-regular feature on copy cat covers, different books that used the same cover art. The series was an attempt to call the publishers out on this practice. Readers were asked to contribute any…

Boardwalk Empire “A Return to Normalcy” – review

reviewed by Mike Dennis The sun rises over a calm sea, gently lapping at the shores of Atlantic City. The boardwalk stirs to life, as people drift out of an all-night party in Babette’s. Nucky and Margaret stroll over to…

The Caretaker of Lorne Field by Dave Zeltserman – review

Review by Tom Piccirilli Jack Durkin is the ninth generation caretaker of Lorne Field, a clan contracted for over three centuries to weed the land of bloodthirsty Aukowies, evil sentient plants that could destroy the world if left to grow…

Late Rain by Lynn Kostoff – review

Corrine Tedros stands to inherit an assload of money.  Her husband is the favorite nephew of childless soda magnate Stanley Tedros, a local legend in Magnolia Beach, SC.  Thing is, Stanley shows no signs of dying soon and he’s quite…

Spinetingler Award bleg

With the Spinetingler Awards a couple of months off and the end of the year approaching the process of taking a look at possible Spinetingler Award nominees has begun. Slowly. But it’s still begun. We wanted to give folks a…

Cast of Shadows by Kevin Guilfoile – review

Cast of Shadows begins with every parent’s worst nightmare, when Davis Moore’s teenage daughter is brutally raped and murdered by an unknown assailant. It gets worse. For Davis Moore is a fertility doctor, dealing with cutting-edge genetic reproductive techniques. It’s…

Ice by Vladimir Sorokin – review

Moscow has been hit by a wave of brutal murders. The victims are of both sexes, from different backgrounds, and of all ages, but invariably blond and blue-eyed. They are found with their breastbones smashed in, their hearts crushed. There…

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