Monthly Archives: April 2011

Verse Noir by David Rachels – review

April 29, 2011
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Verse Noir by David Rachels – review

The micro genre of crime poetry can be a mixed bag with a lot of it falling into the prose poem category. Which is fine, if you look at some of the Crime Song Wednesday selections that we highlighted last year many of them read as well as they were preformed. So, I wasn’t...

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Poontang and Other Poems by Charles Willeford – review

April 29, 2011
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Poontang and Other Poems by Charles Willeford – review

Because it’s a small book of poetry it’s a quick read. I read it over a cup of coffee. I’m a fan of Willeford’s prose but never have really had the chance to read his poetry. You can’t beat the price. Willeford clearly was a man who loved words and that love comes through...

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Fear and Loathing at The Edgars Part Two

April 29, 2011
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Dawn. A weak sun breaks over the teeming city, downtown Manhattan. Horns honk, jackhammers prattle but inside Room 1665, the nerve center of Spinetingler’s Edgars News coverage, the coffee is brewing, and two bleary-eyed writers get back to work after a few hours of restless shut-eye. Elaine: Al, how many people do you figure...

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Ballistics by Billy Collins – review

April 29, 2011
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Ballistics by Billy Collins – review

In this age of instant, push-button publishing the art of the carefully chosen word can sometimes feel lost. Poetry isn’t read as much and collections aren’t big sellers. Yet Billy Collins, along with just a small handful of other popular poets, defies all of that with collections that sell hundreds of thousands of copies....

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Friday’s Forgotten Books: Bellman & True by Desmond Lowden

April 29, 2011
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Friday’s Forgotten Books: Bellman & True by Desmond Lowden

Rare Treasures: Bellman & True By David Corbett What is it about the rare and obscure that inspires such devout allegiance? One of my favorite crime films is a relatively little known offering from George Harrison’s HandMade Films titled Bellman & True (1987). The title comes from an old Cumberland song titled “D’ye Ken...

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Fear and Loathing at the Edgar Awards

April 29, 2011
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by Elaine Ash and Albert Tucher Dateline April 29th 2:45 A.M. Spinetingler Press Bunker, Room 1665, Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. Elaine Ash and Al Tucher report on the Edgar Awards. “How many more nights and weird mornings can this terrible shit go on? How long can the body and the braintolerate this...

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Edgars Results

April 28, 2011
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The winners are bolded after the jump and this post will continue to be updated as the winners are announced. 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 at BSC Review, Galleycat...

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Our Edgars coverage

April 28, 2011
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For up-to-the-minute Edgar Awards coverage stay right here at Spinetingler. All the awards will be announced as they happen right here via our Woman at the Awards, Elaine Ash. Elaine and her human sidearm, Albert Tucher, will be live, front and center at the Edgars, filing updates with the Spinetingler newsdesk as each winner...

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Justified – “Reckoning” – review

April 28, 2011
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Justified – “Reckoning” – review

The way shit was winding down towards the end of “The Reckoning” I was starting to think that maybe I miscounted how many episodes we’d been through.  The funeral service montage started going down (loved the shot where Winona noticed Raylan’s grave marker was all set and ready for his final rest, making their future away from the...

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The Terror of Living by Urban Waite – review

April 27, 2011
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The Terror of Living by Urban Waite – review

The Terror of Living begins with fifty-something ex-con Phil Hunt trekking into the wilds of northern Washington State on horseback to pick up an air-dropped heroin shipment.  Small town deputy Bobby Drake catches Phil and his partner in the act, with Phil managing to escape but the heroin and his partner shit out of luck. ...

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Years of Red Dust by Qiu Xiaolong – review

April 27, 2011
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The author of the Inspector Chen series, which usually portrayed incisive pictures of Chinese culture and politics, turns his attention to another form of literature: these short stories which mirror the changes in the country from 1949 and the beginning of the Communist takeover from the defeated Nationalists to the present day. Each chapter...

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Worth Dying For By Lee Child – review

April 25, 2011
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Worth Dying For By Lee Child – review

It should perhaps be noted at the outset that readers waiting for the other shoe to drop, so to speak, after the cliffhanger ending of 61 Hours, the previous book in the series , are – initially at least – in for a disappointment, for the explanation [such as...

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The Reversal by Michael Connelly – review

April 25, 2011
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The Reversal by Michael Connelly – review

The book’s title has a double meaning: the Lincoln Lawyer, Mickey Haller, normally a defense attorney, is asked in this instance to act as an independent prosecutor in a 1986 case that the higher court has reversed and sent back for retrial. The defendant was convicted of abducting and murdering a 12-year-old girl and...

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Djibouti by Elmore Leonard – review

April 25, 2011
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Djibouti by Elmore Leonard – review

We have become accustomed to certain characteristics in an Elmore Leonard novel: kooky characters, an offbeat plot, visual and visceral elements, and so on. All of these and more are present in Djibouti, but somehow they are not amusing or meaningful. The beginning of the book is somewhat slow and dull until you get...

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Conversations with the Bookless: Todd Robinson

April 22, 2011
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Does Big Daddy Thug even need an introduction at this point? I’ll do one anyway. The web and all of the things that happen on it run the risk of being ephemeral. When it come to older things on the web you can only access something if you knew it was there. This isn’t...

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On transcending the genre…

April 21, 2011
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…or a brief, incomplete and informal history presented without commentary… …or you say tomato I say carpet bagging; I say tomato and you say transcending the genre. If a genre is constantly, over the course of its...

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Justified – “Full Commitment”

April 21, 2011
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Justified – “Full Commitment”

The “previously on Justified” segment that precedes the show made all viewers feel purty’ smart this week, way smarter than Raylan at least.  By teasing us with a bunch of Gary backstory and showing a little Wynn leg, it was obvious (even if you hadn’t figured it out from the classy cars last week)...

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Conversations with the Bookless: Chad Eagleton

April 21, 2011
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Today’s Conversations is with Chad Eagleton. Check it out 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 magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads...

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Conversations with the Bookless: Malachi Stone

April 20, 2011
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Today’s Conversations with the Bookless features Malachi Stone. After the jump check out the interview… 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 at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website....

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Conversations with the Bookless: Steve Weddle

April 19, 2011
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Steve Weddle is in the running for the title of hardest working man in crime fiction. From blogging to short fiction to starting a publication with its own book imprint he has developed a reputation for getting things done. Some say he has clones and still others say he is a robot but neither...

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