Monthly Archives: June 2011

Hollywood Hills by Joseph Wambaugh – review

June 30, 2011
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Hollywood Hills by Joseph Wambaugh – review

The patented Wambaugh formula continues to enthrall the reader, even after reaching the Twenty-book mark. Most of the familiar characters from the preceding 19 books are present again, along with some new ones, and the accustomed anecdotes illustrating the madness that befalls the LAPD cops remain at the high level of the author’s past...

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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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Gone by Mo Hayder – review

June 29, 2011
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Gone by Mo Hayder – review

DI Jack Caffery, an 18-year-veteran of the Murder Squad and presently head of Bristol’s Major Crime Investigation Unit, returns at a point six months after the events described in the author’s last novel, “Skin.” As the book opens, on a cold November night, Caffery is called to the scene of a carjacking in an...

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Straw Dogs – trailer

June 28, 2011
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Apparently they remade Straw Dogs and its coming out in September. A couple of things. -I never really liked the original. Not that I found it offensive or anything like that just that I found it boring or at the very least un-engaging. -This trailer is a case study in giving the whole damn...

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Beat by Stephen Jay Schwartz – review

June 28, 2011
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Beat by Stephen Jay Schwartz – review

This, it should be stated, is not an easy book to read. It is, at the same time, completely compelling and nearly impossible to put down. An anomaly, it would seem. The protagonist, LA Robbery-Homicide detective Hayden Glass, is many things: unpredictable, often exhibiting self-destructive behavior , fiendish...

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Think Twice by Lisa Scottoline – review

June 27, 2011
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Think Twice by Lisa Scottoline – review

First there was Cain and Abel. In this novel we have Bennie Rosato and her twin sister, Alice Connelly (they were separated at birth and raised by different mothers). Bennie grows up to be a highly successful Philadelphia lawyer, heading her own firm, while Alice turns out evil. Alice has drugged Bennie, burying her...

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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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Coming Back by Marcia Muller – review

June 23, 2011
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Coming Back by Marcia Muller – review

In light of recent events in Tuscon, Arizona, it was kind of eerie reading this novel. In the last book in the series, “Locked In,” Sharon McCone was shot in the head and suffered from locked-in syndrome. In this installment, we find her finished with rehabilitation, following a physical therapy routine and attempting to...

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Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva – review

June 23, 2011
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Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva – review

According to the author’s introductory words to this novel, he received a note in 1994 about a story he had written for the newspaper where he worked as a reporter in Providence, Rhode Island, suggesting that it could serve as the outline for a novel. He did begin to write such a book, only...

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Breaking Bad Season 4 trailer

June 21, 2011
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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 the Spinetingler Award committee.More Posts - Website - Twitter

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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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Death Echo by Elizabeth Lowell – review

June 20, 2011
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Death Echo by Elizabeth Lowell – review

International intrigue is at the heart of the plot which joins Emma Cross, former CIA operative and now with St. Kilda’s Consulting, and Mackenzie Durand, former Special Ops leader, the only survivor of his team in its last mission. Now a transit captain, he picks up a brand new yacht, the Blackbird, offloaded from...

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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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