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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Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carre – review

March 29, 2011
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Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carre – review

This novel could easily have been entitled “The Money Launderer Who Tried to Come in Out of the Cold.” It is the story of Dima, a Russian gangster, the Mickey Cohen of the Russian Mafia, who launders all the billions amassed in illegal activities. He makes contact with a visiting English couple on holiday...

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On the Line by S. J. Rozan – review

March 29, 2011
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On the Line by S. J. Rozan – review

What, exactly is “on the line” in this newest novel from S. J. Rozan is nothing more than the life of Lydia Chin. For the uninitiated, Lydia, a young ABC , is the sometime partner of Bill Smith, a...

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Operation Napoleon by Arnaldur Indridason, Victoria Cribb (tr) – review

March 29, 2011
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Operation Napoleon by Arnaldur Indridason, Victoria Cribb (tr) – review

Long before there were Erlender and Sigurdur Oll, Arnaldur Indridason wrote this imaginative novel. In fact, it was copyrighted a decade ago, and only now has been published in Great Britain and Canada. (U.S. publication is scheduled for the fall of 2011, and the next Reykjavic Murder Mystery, Outrage, is to be published in...

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Innocent Monsters by Reed Farrel Coleman – review

March 29, 2011
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Innocent Monsters by Reed Farrel Coleman – review

A predominant theme of this wonderful new novel by Reed Farrel Coleman is guilt, something of which there is more than enough to go around, and which plagues several of the characters, not least of whom is the protagonist, Moe Prager. Moe is still feeling the aftershock of 9/11;...

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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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Portobello by Ruth Rendell – review

March 23, 2011
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Portobello by Ruth Rendell – review

This is not an easy book to read. Nor is it a mystery. It is a somewhat disjointed story of some disparate characters joined only by the Portobello, a winding street in London filled with stalls and shops where one can find almost anything at any price. The novel alternates telling about each of...

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Freeze Frame by Peter May – review

March 23, 2011
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Freeze Frame by Peter May – review

Enzo MacLeod has solved three cold cases and undertakes to clear up another in this series which began when he accepted a bet that he could find the solution to seven cases described in a friend’s book. This novel involves a 20-year-old murder on a little island off the coast of France. The victim,...

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The Little Death by P. J. Parrish – review

March 23, 2011
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The Little Death by P. J. Parrish – review

When a man’s body is found in a place called Devil’s Garden on the westernmost fringe of Palm Beach County in South Florida, it was startling enough. The body was naked, but even more disturbing was the fact that it was missing its head. Neither the clothes nor the head were anywhere around. The...

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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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