Monthly Archives: March 2011

2011 Spinetingler Award Best Novel: New Voice – NOMINEES

March 31, 2011
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The mystery & crime field is large and varied and we think that this diverse selection of books represent some of the best that it has to offer. Selections were tough and after some difficult decisions some very good books just barely missed the cut. Spinetingler would like to congratulate all of the nominees....

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2011 Spinetingler Award Best Novel: Rising Star – NOMINEES

March 31, 2011
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The mystery & crime field is large and varied and we think that this diverse selection of books represent some of the best that it has to offer. Selections were tough and after some difficult decisions some very good books just barely missed the cut. Spinetingler would like to congratulate all of the nominees....

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2011 Spinetingler Award Best Novel: Legend – NOMINEES

March 31, 2011
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The mystery & crime field is large and varied and we think that this diverse selection of books represent some of the best that it has to offer. Selections were tough and after some difficult decisions some very good books just barely missed the cut. Spinetingler would like to congratulate all of the nominees....

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2011 Spinetingler Award: Best Short Story Collection – NOMINEES

March 31, 2011
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The mystery & crime field is large and varied and we think that this diverse selection of books represent some of the best that it has to offer. Selections were tough and after some difficult decisions some very good books just barely missed the cut. Spinetingler would like to congratulate all of the nominees....

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2011 Spinetingler Award: Best Anthology – NOMINEES

March 31, 2011
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The mystery & crime field is large and varied and we think that this diverse selection of books represent some of the best that it has to offer. Selections were tough and after some difficult decisions some very good books just barely missed the cut. Spinetingler would like to congratulate all of the nominees....

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2011 Spinetingler Award: Best Crime Comic/Graphic Novel – NOMINEES

March 31, 2011
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The mystery & crime field is large and varied and we think that this diverse selection of books represent some of the best that it has to offer. Selections were tough and after some difficult decisions some very good books just barely missed the cut. Spinetingler would like to congratulate all of the nominees....

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2011 Spinetingler Award: Best Mystery/Crime Fiction Press, Publisher or Imprint – NOMINEES

March 31, 2011
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Spinetingler would like to congratulate all of the nominees. The polls will open tomorrow at 6am EST. Go here to vote, polls are open until April 30th. After the jump you will find the nominees for the 2011 Spinetingler Award Best Mystery/Crime Fiction Press, Publisher or Imprint Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of...

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2011 Spinetingler Award Best Cover – NOMINEES

March 31, 2011
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2011 Spinetingler Award Best Cover – NOMINEES

Spinetingler would like to congratulate all of the nominees. The polls will open tomorrow at 6am EST. Go here to vote, polls are open until April 30th. After the jump you will find the nominees for the 2011 Spinetingler Award Best Cover Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of...

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2011 Spinetingler Award David Thompson Community Leader Award – NOMINEES

March 30, 2011
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Spinetingler would like to congratulate all of the nominees. The polls will open Friday at 6am EST. Go here to vote, polls are open until April 30th. After the jump you will find the...

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2011 Spinetingler Award: Short Story on the Web – NOMINEES

March 24, 2011
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UPDATE: Go here to vote, polls are open until April 30th. As has become our practice we like to announce the nominees for the Best Short Story on the Web category one week ahead of the other categories. We hope that will allow voters enough time to read all of the stories before voting....

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Justified – “Save My Love” – review

March 24, 2011
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Justified – “Save My Love” – review

Apparently the Nerd was wrong as hell with his prediction that we wouldn’t see the aftereffects of Winona and Raylan’s illegal conduct for a while.  In fact, “Save My Love” picks up the morning after the fuckfest they had after Raylan bailed her out, with Winona jumping out of bed and checking the bills...

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Fun and Games by Duane Swierczynski – review

March 23, 2011
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Fun and Games by Duane Swierczynski – review

Picking up a new book by Duane Swierczynski is a lot like setting out on a road trip with a bipolar drinking buddy off his meds. You have no idea where you’ll end up, but it’s a good bet the journey will include tons of laughter, some tense moments, and enough spilled blood to...

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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin – review

March 22, 2011
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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin – review

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is a book I would happily recommend to any reader, no questions asked.  Tom Franklin’s third novel simply deserves all eyes that come across it – this is some true blue Oprah’s book club shit to be sure.  Now, coming from the poop-covered mouth of your dear old Nerd (that sounds like less...

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Fiction: The Birthday Present by Gary Ponzo

March 22, 2011
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“You’re here to kill me aren’t you?” Sheryl Janeck held open the front door with the demeanor of someone greeting the UPS man. She couldn’t have seen the gun, I had it tucked into the back of my jeans. Before I could respond, she stepped back into the mansion and left the door open...

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Full video of discussion with James Sallis & Craig McDonald at Poisoned Pen

March 17, 2011
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Not too long ago The Poisoned Pen hosted a discussion between James Sallis and Craig McDonald to promote their new books, The Killer is Dying and One True Sentence. Below is the full video of the discussion. Watch live streaming video from poisonedpenauthorevent at livestream.com Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine...

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Justified – “Blaze of Glory” – review

March 17, 2011
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Justified – “Blaze of Glory” – review

The cold open of tonight’s episode squared up the robbery from last week right away, giving us a quick montage of clips from the ATF’s interviews with Boyd and Ava.  The couple stick to their story, claiming that Boyd didn’t know about the robbery until he was in the thick of it, fighting for his...

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Under the Shadow of Prop Joe: Writing Noir and Pop Culture in a Post-Wire World

March 15, 2011
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Under the Shadow of Prop Joe: Writing Noir and Pop Culture in a Post-Wire World

By Nik Korpon My first exposure to The Wire came in 2003 while working as a valet driver at the Peabody Court Hotel in Baltimore. I’m inside the elevator with Mr. Morgan—a blind guest—taking him up to show him around the room. I’m making smalltalk, giving the lowdown about the Harbor, the best cannoli...

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Smokeheads by Doug Johnstone – review

March 14, 2011
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Smokeheads by Doug Johnstone – review

Smokeheads is quite simply the kind of shit I want to read, that mix of genre thrills and straight-up character study that never feels like it’s trying to either fill its genre cliches quota nor trying to impress me with its style, themes, or general literary “deepness.”  That said, it’s also a fairly hard book to pin...

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Quick Notes: Last Night at the Lobster, The Cold Kiss & The Weight of Silence

March 14, 2011
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Quick Notes: Last Night at the Lobster, The Cold Kiss & The Weight of Silence

Last Night at the Lobster by Stuart O’Nan Anyone who has worked in retail for any substantial length of time understands that the store becomes it’s own world and the people in it are a family. Not a cardboard cutout family filled with stock characters but instead a real family. One that is opinionated...

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I Saw The Devil by Kim Ji-woon – review

March 12, 2011
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I Saw The Devil by Kim Ji-woon – review

The fucking Koreans have done it again, dear reader, and if you’ve been following Korean cinema for the last decade you know that that is a very, very good – if genuinely disturbing – thing indeed.  In the last few years, Korean filmmakers like Park Chan-wook (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Lady Vengeance) and Bong Joon-Ho...

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