Month: January 2011

Wake Up Dead by Roger Smith – review

The Nerd is not one to judge a book by its cover but by its country of origin?  Guilty as fucking charged.  Like many a full-dark junkie, the Nerd is well-fucking wary of all these “international” mysteries being read by totebag-carrying, socks-with-sandals-wearing,…

Priest by Ken Bruen – review

Ireland, awash in cash and greed, no longer turns to the church for solace or comfort. But the decapitation of Father Joyce in a Galway church horrifies even the most jaded citizen. Jack Taylor, devastated by the recent trauma of…

Shooters by Terrill Lankford – review

Shooters is complete trash. It’s smutty, sleazy, violent, obvious, and unnecessarily slick. It’s the 90s as crime fiction. Simply put, it’s everything that I love about this book. In the interest of being completely candid, I love the 90s. I…

Stay God by Nik Korpon – quick take review

Philip K Dick once said that paranoia isn’t when you think your boss is against you but when you think your bosses phone is against you. That sentiment pervades Stay God by Nik Korpon, especially in the sections that take…

The Wilding by Benjamin Percy -review

Benjamin Percy’s debut novel The Wilding starts out insanely strong, drags some in the middle act, brings the excitement back up for the climax, then completely pusses out with its resolution.  It’s frustrating because there’s so much shit here that I like,…

Collusion by Stuart Neville – review

The Ghosts of Belfast was massively praised by everyone and their third-cousin-thrice-removed in 2009 and rightfully so.  Stuart Neville’s debut combined supernatural horror and crime seamlessly while managing to be endlessly entertaining, gloriously dark and, you know, about something, said something being the…

Charles Willeford on Censorship

The controversial decision to replace the word “nigger” with “slave” in an edition of Huckleberry Finn has prompted a lot of discussion and commentary over the last couple of days. Earlier today I was reminded of something I read awhile…

The Best Mystery/Crime Fiction of 2010

We all know that “best” is a malleable term that should be taken with a grain of salt so I won’t get into all of the typical caveats and qualifiers. The term is used to stay consistent with past years…

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