Monthly Archives: December 2010

Baby Shark’s Beaumont Blues by Robert Fate – review

December 28, 2010
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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 take on the case of a missing heiress to an oil fortune little do...

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Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane – review

December 27, 2010
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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 – basicallygo all James Ellroy on our asses.  After burning through Moonlight Mile in just...

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What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman – review

December 23, 2010
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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 sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a...

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Best Mystery & Crime Fiction of 2010 Lists Collected

December 22, 2010
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I wanted to try and collect the various best mystery, crime, thriller fiction lists that appear online. I will add to the post as I find them so check back. If you see a list let me know and I’ll add it. -Amazon’s top 10 Mystery & Thriller’s of 2010...

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Hard Working Man: Captain Beefheart’s Opening to Blue Collar

December 19, 2010
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[note: I’ve been slowly working on an article on the movie Blue Collar, a labor of love about a truly great and forgotten film. With Captain Beefheart’s recent death I wanted to publish a portion of the article as a remembrance. Capt. Beefheart was involved in the opening song of the movie and the...

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Dirk Gently (BBC) – review

December 17, 2010
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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 Agency (and its insane sequel The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul). But what...

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Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Jones Men by Verne E. Smith – review

December 17, 2010
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Friday’s Forgotten Book: The Jones Men by Verne E. Smith – review

In 1972 journalist Verne E. Smith wrote an article for Newsweek called Detroit’s Heroin Subculture which would become the basis for the novel The Jones Men which was published in 1974. It was named a New York Times Notable and was nominated for an Edgar award in 1975. One of the first things to...

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Pike by Benjamin Whitmer – review

December 16, 2010
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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 this motherfucker at that and call it a day. If such a statement does...

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Blood of Paradise by David Corbett – review

December 15, 2010
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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 McManus works as an executive protection specialist, currently assigned to an American engineer working...

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Lost Echoes by Joe R. Lansdale – review

December 14, 2010
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Lost Echoes by Joe R. Lansdale – review

Since a mysterious childhood illness, Harry Wilkes has experienced horrific visions. Gruesome scenes emerge to replay themselves before his eyes. Triggered by simple sounds, these visions occur anywhere a tragic event has happened. Now in college, Harry feels haunted and turns to alcohol to dull his visionary senses. One night, he sees a fellow...

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Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk – review

December 14, 2010
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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 Club once before, in college, for a film class. It was right after the...

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The Fall (and Rise) of the Crime Comic

December 14, 2010
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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 in comics. For a couple of years I’ve been saying that crime comics should...

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Copycat Covers

December 7, 2010
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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 that they came across in addition to the ones that The Rap Sheet folks...

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Boardwalk Empire “A Return to Normalcy” – review

December 6, 2010
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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 railing to watch the tranquil dawn of a new day. So ends the...

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The Caretaker of Lorne Field by Dave Zeltserman – review

December 6, 2010
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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 uncontrolled. As a firstborn son Jack has spent the last thirty years waging a...

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Late Rain by Lynn Kostoff – review

December 6, 2010
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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 vocally made it clear that he sure as shit ain’t no fan of Corrine’s,...

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Sanctuary by William Faulkner – review

December 6, 2010
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Sanctuary by William Faulkner – review

I hate this book. This review will be completely biased and one sided. I’d also like to stress that this is purely opinion and not a review based on education or knowledge where I weigh in on things like cultural significance and literary technique. I simply think about shit I like and then compare...

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Spinetingler Award bleg

December 3, 2010
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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 chance to sound off. What was your favorite online short story of 2010? What...

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Cast of Shadows by Kevin Guilfoile – review

December 2, 2010
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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 a controversial and dangerous occupation: Moore has already been the object of a fanatic’s...

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Ice by Vladimir Sorokin – review

December 1, 2010
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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 is no sign of any motive. Drugs, sex, and violence are the currency of...

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