Monthly Archives: January 2011

Wake Up Dead by Roger Smith – review

January 31, 2011
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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, organic-only-eating assholes who can only take in some (heavens no!) “genre fiction” if they...

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January 2011 Pull List

January 31, 2011
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After the jump check out the January 2011 releases that I’m looking forward to reading. How about you, what are you looking forward to? Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and...

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Interview With Anthony Neil Smith about E-publishing Choke On Your Lies

January 31, 2011
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Interview With Anthony Neil Smith about E-publishing Choke On Your Lies

This is the first in a series of interviews with authors about their experiences dipping their toes into the epublishing pool. Spinetingler: When did you write Choke on Your Lies? Anthony Neil Smith: I had tried to write it several times over the past five or six years, maybe even earlier. But I finally...

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Introduction: Interviews With E-publishing Authors

January 31, 2011
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Every day more and more authors are experimenting with e-publishing their works. Either through Kindle or other sites like Smashwords; either on their own or through a publisher; either publishing their back catalog or all new and original works. Some sites make self-publishing seem like Amway or one of those find your fortune, wealth...

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Five on Friday: Five Great Movie Beatdowns

January 28, 2011
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Five on Friday is a fun bi-weekly look at random but specific topics that ignore the obvious. For example if it was a list of five great mob movies you wouldn’t see any Godfather or Scorsese movies. The list should provoke discussion, scratch below the surface and be a fun way to spend a...

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A Sporting Murder by Chester D. Campbell – review

January 27, 2011
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A Sporting Murder by Chester D. Campbell – review

In his fifth fictional appearance, Greg McKenzie, a former cop who had worked for 25 years as a special agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, has been hired to look into the proposed arrival in Nashville of an NBA team, and to check out the rumor that something shady was going...

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Evidence of Murder by Lisa Black – review

January 26, 2011
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Evidence of Murder by Lisa Black – review

Persistence is a virtue, and Theresa MacLean, a forensic scientist in the M.E.’s office exhibits plenty of that in this novel in which she still has not recovered from the death of her fiancé. A young woman has been found frozen to death on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland and there are...

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Odds and Ends Links

January 25, 2011
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I decided to clean out the traps again and post some links to some of the odd but cool stuff I found over the last few weeks. Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in...

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Choke On Your Lies: My Homage to Nero Wolfe

January 24, 2011
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Choke On Your Lies: My Homage to Nero Wolfe

By Anthony Neil SmithThere’s something about the Nero Wolfe novels that really sticks with me. He’s this giant fat guy, a genius, who only “works” as a private eye when he’s nearly broke. So he’s lazy, too. And he’s got this prick Archie working for him, like some sort of chirpy little bird or...

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She Felt No Pain by Lou Allin – review

January 21, 2011
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She Felt No Pain by Lou Allin – review

RCMP Corporal Holly Martin, newly transferred to Vancouver Island, faces adjustment to her new command, along with encountering her own past along the way. The reader is treated to all kinds of descriptions of the island in all its glory. Almost incidentally, a mystery unfolds when an apparently homeless man is found dead of...

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Bleed a River Deep by Brian McGilloway – review

January 20, 2011
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Bleed a River Deep by Brian McGilloway – review

Along with the Lincoln Perry novels from Michael Koryta, Brian McGilloway’s Inspector Devlin series is the rare middle-boiled series that the Nerd eagerly follows.  McGilloway’s tight plotting, sense of place, and spare prose are all a draw, but naturally what keeps me coming back is Devlin himself, an achingly human and recognizable character rarely...

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Priest by Ken Bruen – review

January 19, 2011
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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 personal loss, has always believed himself to be beyond salvation. But a new job...

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2011 Edgar Award Nominees

January 19, 2011
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The nominees for the 2011 Edgar Awards have been released.  The Awards will be presented on4/28/11.  Check out the full list of nominees after the jump. Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree...

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Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer, Translated by K. L. Seegers – review

January 19, 2011
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Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer, Translated by K. L. Seegers – review

Post-Apartheid South Africa has undergone many traumatic changes. But for homicide detective Benny Griessel, nothing much changes except for the murder victims, the politics, unsettled race relations and his own personal problems. Benny is saddled with “mentoring” newly promoted black or “colored” detectives. Of course, he is the only experienced white. The plot involves...

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The Track of Sand by Andrea Camilleri, Translated by Stephen Sartarelli – review

January 18, 2011
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The Track of Sand by Andrea Camilleri, Translated by Stephen Sartarelli – review

Strange dreams and perfect intuition and logic are the keys to solving a mystery in this Inspector Montalbano novel. It seems that even when he is asleep he can proceed with an investigation with dispatch. He awakens one day and looks out of his beach house to see a bludgeoned horse lying in the...

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Indian Pulp Fiction: Tehelka’s Pulp & Noir issue

January 17, 2011
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Indian Pulp Fiction: Tehelka’s Pulp & Noir issue

For those that don’t know the pulp industry is thriving in India with some authors publishing up to five novels a month in a variety of genres. The current issue of Tehelka is devoted to Pulp & Noir. In his Letter From the Editor Tarun J Tepal says Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor...

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Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of the 1960′s – review

January 17, 2011
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Philip K. Dick: Four Novels of the 1960′s – review

To be fair and honest right from the outset I was pre-disposed to like this collection for at least two reasons. 1) I have been a fan of The Library of America for a number of years now. The books that they put out are of the highest quality and are a great value...

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Dying Gasp by Leighton Gage – review

January 17, 2011
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Dying Gasp by Leighton Gage – review

When the fifteen-year-old granddaughter of one of the most important and influential men in Recife, and indeed in all of Brazil, goes missing, the case lands on the desk of Chief Inspector Mario Silva, who makes his third appearance in this latest in the series. [The politician’s office is described as “decorated partly in...

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Hill Street Blues – Happy 30th birthday

January 15, 2011
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30 years ago today Hill Street Blues made it’s debut, lasting for 7 seasons and eventually attracting great crime writers like as Robert Ward. It’s important to remember that a show like The Wire was not formed in a vacuum but stood on the shoulders of the great shows that came before it and...

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American Rust by Philipp Meyer – review

January 14, 2011
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American Rust by Philipp Meyer – review

American Rust takes vast swaths and bits and pieces of prior Great American Novels; echoes and influences of distinctly American novels and creates in the process an ambitious, sometimes plodding novel that feels vaguely familiar. The characters are well defined but in some ways becomes an exercise in character study overkill. In my opinion...

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