Monthly Archives: June 2011

Nikki Dudley – interview

June 29, 2011
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Michael Lipkin: Congratulations on your first novel Ellipsis, the story of a man pushed in front of a train and the chilling investigations and revelations that ensue. Can you give us a little bio about yourself? Nikki Dudley: I was born and grew up in London. I work for a charity that promotes reading...

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Ellipsis by Nikki Dudley – review

June 29, 2011
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Ellipsis by Nikki Dudley – review

Reviewed by Michael Lipkin Ellipsis begins on a London train platform, as an unidentified narrator stares at a man near the track . . . “I chose him because of the red scarf. “My palms sweat. Dirt from the wall is smudged across them and slithers in the folds. There is a faint smell...

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Cowboys by Gary Phillips & Brian Hurtt – review

June 24, 2011
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Cowboys by Gary Phillips & Brian Hurtt – review

Cowboys, the latest graphic novel from Vertigo Crime, opens with two men in a Mexican standoff.  There are blood and brains all around them as a shootout has just taken place.  Before we learn who survives the showdown we cut back to five weeks previous, find out that the two men are Federal agent Tim Brady and cop Deke...

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The Lost Sister by Russel D. McLean – review

June 23, 2011
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The Lost Sister by Russel D. McLean – review

Russel D. McLean’s The Lost Sister follows private eye J. McNee (first seen in McLean’s fantastic previous novel The Good Son) as he searches for Mary Furst, a beautiful teenage girl whose godfather is Dundee’s, well, “godfather” of sorts, David Burns.  At first he figures Burns’ criminal affairs are to blame for Mary’s disappearance, but when fellow...

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2011 music – What I’ve been listening to

June 21, 2011
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2011 music – What I’ve been listening to

Thought I’d change things up a bit. When the weather gets warmer I always wind up sharing my music with the neighbors because the windows are open. So I’m opening the windows here too to share what new music I’ve been listening to with Spinetingler readers. It’s a bit of a rattlebag and I...

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Gun by Ray Banks – review

June 17, 2011
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Gun by Ray Banks – review

Ray Banks’ Gun takes place over a particularly dark day for Richie, a young ex-con hired by local hard man Goose to pick up a gun.  It’s a shit job, bitch work even, but he’s newly back on the street and he’s got to start somewhere.  And yeah, it’s annoying that Goose doesn’t remember...

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Dust Devils by James Reasoner – review

June 16, 2011
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Dust Devils by James Reasoner – review

James Reasoner’s Dust Devils opens with recently-outta-high-school Toby signing on as a ranch-hand for the middle-aged-but-still-smoking-hot Grace on her small farm.  She’s wary of the stranger at first, bringing him his meals to the guest house though otherwise steering clear.  But soon his manners and hard work eventually gain him entrance to her kitchen.  His sweet nature and easy charm soon lead him to her bedroom. It’s a wonderfully...

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8 Pounds by Chris Holm – review

June 15, 2011
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8 Pounds by Chris Holm – review

From a reader’s perspective, short story collections are generally a crapshoot. For writers, it’s that much more. Unless you write stories specifically for the collection (and let’s be honest, who really does that?) you end up sifting through a pile of stories trying to find a common thread, common tone, common characters: anything to...

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SJ Rozan’s Keynote Speech from The California Crime Writers Conference

June 14, 2011
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SJ Rozan’s Keynote Speech from The California Crime Writers Conference

SJ Rozan delivered the following keynote remarks June 12, 2011, to a Sisters in Crime Los Angeles luncheon, part of a two-day conference. The following introduction was excerpted from The California Crime Writer’s Conference program. SJ Rozan, a life-long New Yorker, is the author of thirteen novels. She’s a multiple Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero...

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Fiction: FATHER’S DAY by Patricia Abbott

June 14, 2011
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The knocking grew more insistent over the weekend, but the old man kept to his usual routine—repairing appliances neighbors put out for trash. Once fixed, he could sell them at Blue Eddie’s table at the Saturday flea market. If he wandered a few blocks north, people threw away the most wondrous things: toasters in...

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T. Jefferson Parker’s Keynote Speech from The California Crime Writers Conference

June 13, 2011
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T. Jefferson Parker’s Keynote Speech from The California Crime Writers Conference

Bestselling author T. Jefferson Parker has 18 novels in print, including his latest, The Border Lords. My personal favorite is LA Outlaws, which I’ve read a dozen times and keep on my nightstand. A three-time Edgar Award winner, Mr. Parker delivered the keynote address at the California Crime Writers Conference, hosted by Sisters in...

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Fatale by Jean-Patrick Manchette – review

June 10, 2011
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Fatale by Jean-Patrick Manchette – review

I can’t say I’ve read much of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s work.  In fact, all I’ve read of his shit is the fantastic Jacques Tardi graphic novel adaptation of Three to Kill entitled West Coast Blues.  (Tardi’s take onManchette’s The Prone Gunman, Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot, is coming out in July and waiting for that shit...

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badbadbad by Jesus Angel Garcia – review

June 9, 2011
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badbadbad by Jesus Angel Garcia – review

Jesus Angel Garcia’s debut novel badbadbad is the story of, wouldn’t ya’ fuckin’ know it, Jesus Angel Garcia, a low-rent webmaster for the First Church of the Church Before Church who is trying to regain custody of his young son from his estranged wife.  But while JAG may be playing the part of the nice Southern Christian for the sake...

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Frank Sinatra in a Blender by Matthew McBride – review

June 8, 2011
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Frank Sinatra in a Blender by Matthew McBride – review

The Nerd is all about full disclosure, dear reader, at least as much disclosure as a dude who writes under a ridiculous pseudonym and behind a Charles Neslon Reilly on velvet portrait avatar can muster, anyway.  The full disclosure I refer to is this: I do not own an e-reader of any sort.  I’m still on...

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Review: SUPER 8 – The Official #1 Summer Blockbuster

June 8, 2011
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Review:  SUPER 8 – The Official #1 Summer Blockbuster

Bad things happen. But you can still live. If there’s a designated movie buff in the house, it’s Brian. I knew very little about SUPER 8 before seeing it at the advanced screening last night, other than the fact that we would be seeing it in theaters because it was on Brian’s list. Part...

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Interview with Jason Starr on The Pack

June 7, 2011
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Interview with Jason Starr on The Pack

June is already shaping up to be a big month for Jason Starr. On the heels his latest novel, The Pack, comes the big announcement that filmmaker David Fincher has optioned Starr’s previous novel, Panic Attack. It is slated to be one of the first projects for Fincher’s new production company, Panic Pictures. One...

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From News Stories to Novel

June 7, 2011
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From News Stories to Novel

By Traci Hohenstein Over 2300 hundred people are reported missing every day. That thought stuck in my mind after watching a show on the Natalie Holloway case. I was heartbroken and fascinated at the same time after hearing the particulars of Natalie’s disappearance. How can a young girl in the prime of her life...

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A Dirty Carnival by Ha Yu – review

June 7, 2011
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A Dirty Carnival by Ha Yu – review

Aw shit.  You see the name of the writer-director in the headline for this post, don’t you?  Sounds decidedly un-American, does it not?  Now look at the image to the right of this text.  That sure as shit ain’t Brad Pitt in that picture.  Yep, looks like the Nerd is back on his “Goddamn those South Koreans make...

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Fiction: A GIFT FROM GOD by Lisa Jenkins

June 6, 2011
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The church looked warm and welcoming against the backdrop of lifeless land. Its strong wooden doors beckoned him, promising some respite from the fierce sun. Hector accepted the invitation and crept inside. Breathing deeply, he was glad to find that the devil’s own dust clouds could not penetrate the sacred sanctity of the church....

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The Beloved Dead by Tony Hays – Review

June 6, 2011
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The Beloved Dead by Tony Hays – Review

“An Arthurian Mystery,” The Beloved Dead announces itself. What’s to explain? You all know the story of Arthur: Of how he was the lord of the Britons and became the…er…Rigotamos. Of his epic conflict on the battlefield…I mean, uhm, the courts…of the…er…consilium. Of his forbidden love with the slutty nun, Guinevere. And of how...

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