Monthly Archives: July 2011

Soundtrack Sundays: COUNTY LINE by Bill Cameron

July 31, 2011
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Soundtrack Sundays:  COUNTY LINE by Bill Cameron

I don’t know where I fall on the Listen While Writing spectrum. Somewhere on the downslope toward Full On Rock Out Baby, but not so far down that dead silence is out of the question. Sometimes I find myself with the earbuds in and “November Rain” on repeat, the volume cranked up to Jellied...

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Devil Red by Joe R. Lansdale – review

July 29, 2011
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Devil Red by Joe R. Lansdale – review

The Hap & Leonard series from Joe R. Lansdale consistently hit homes book after book for numerous reasons.  There’s Lansdale no-bullshit prose, the evocative East Texas setting,  the abundance of dirty jokes and funny dialogue, the kick-ass action sequences, and storytelling that’s loose when you want it to be but tight when it counts....

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Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles by Edward Grainger – review

July 28, 2011
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Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles by Edward Grainger – review

Legendary Western writer Luke Short once gave an up-and-coming Brian Garfield the following advice: “Take out all the Western trappings. Your story should depend on characters and behavior. If it still works after you get rid of the clichés, it’s a story.” Judging from this, I’d wager that Luke Short would have greatly enjoyed...

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Every Shallow Cut by Tom Piccirilli – review

July 26, 2011
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Every Shallow Cut by Tom Piccirilli – review

An Open Letter to Tom Piccirilli: Dear Tom- I just finished Every Shallow Cut a couple days ago and have got to say: Goddammit, man. After reading that, I think I’m hanging up my spurs. Or Moleskine, as it were. I can’t beat it, or really even come close. Please keep in mind that...

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Is 2011 the year of the e-publisher?

July 26, 2011
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A recent Wall Street Journal article surveyed the crime fiction landscape and focused on some of the new, high-profile imprints like Mulholland Books and Mysterious Press. I’m glad that the article ran because I do believe that, as a genre, what is good for one is good for all. One trend that I’ve been...

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Breaking Bad – “Thirty-eight Snub” – review

July 25, 2011
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The reason for the title of this week’s episode, “Thirty-eight Snub,” was made evident from the start with the kick-ass cold open.  Jim Beaver, the fucking fantastic character actor who played Ellsworth in Deadwood and Vietnam Joe in John From Cincinnati, knocked it out the park as a gun-dealer hooking Walt up with a thirty-eight snub...

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Jesus Angel Garcia and Nik Korpon at Cyclops Books in Baltimore

July 24, 2011
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Jesus Angel Garcia and Nik Korpon at Cyclops Books in Baltimore

Jesus Angel Garcia brought his traveling roadshow/revival to Cyclops Books in Baltimore last night along with Baltimore’s young noir son, Nik Korpon. The country mice of Spinetingler HQ headed downtown from the wilds of Northern Maryland to hitch their wagons up to the group for the night. Cyclops is a book store, art gallery,...

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When the Thrill is Gone By Walter Mosley

July 23, 2011
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When the Thrill is Gone By Walter Mosley

Leonid Trotter McGill is a 55-year-old African-American man, an amateur boxer trying to turn his life around working as a private detective after having committed many dishonest acts in the past for which is trying to atone. His marriage is troubled, with both he and his wife having been unfaithful, and his girlfriend has...

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Blowback by Peter May – review

July 22, 2011
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The reader of an Enzo Macleod mystery faces a formidable task: Confronted by the deviousness of the unsolved crime Enzo seeks to solve, the magnificent descriptions of the area in France in which he works to complete the task, and the culinary delights of le haute cuisine Francaise, the reader has to overcome the...

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Drive – trailer

July 22, 2011
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First we brought you a clip from the upcoming must see crime movie, Drive, which was adapted from the classic James Sallis novel of the same name. Then we brought you a second clip. With a September release we now bring you the official trailer. Be wowed. Brian LindenmuthBrian is the non-fiction editor of...

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Critical Condition By CJ Lyons – reviews

July 21, 2011
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Critical Condition By CJ Lyons – reviews

The fourth and apparently last novel in this well-written series finds a changed dynamic in the relationships among the various protagonists, all health care workers at the fictional Angels of Mercy Medical Center in Pittsburgh. Those changes are brought about by the events that took place in the closing pages of the prior book,...

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Dead Man’s Chest by Kerry Greenwood – review

July 20, 2011
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Dead Man’s Chest by Kerry Greenwood – review

The Hon. Phryne Fisher makes her 16th appearance in this novel wherein she deservedly takes her entourage, including daughters Ruth and Jane, companion Dot, and pet Molly, on a vacation to the Australian coastal resort of Queenscliff where they are to spend relaxing time, i.e., no crimes or murders, at a house loaned to...

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The Final Reckoning By Sam Bourne – review

July 19, 2011
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The Final Reckoning By Sam Bourne – review

Truth and fiction merge in this thriller about survivors of the holocaust taking justice into their own hands, seeking out Nazis and murdering them. It comes to light when the last survivor of DIN, the secret group of Jewish resistance fighters (yes, there were some) and concentration camp inmates after the war, travels to...

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The Adjustment by Scott Phillips – review

July 19, 2011
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The Adjustment by Scott Phillips – review

The Adjustment, the long-awaited new novel from Scott Phillips, is the story of Wayne Ogden, a former supply sergeant in the Quartermaster Corps trying to slip back into regular life in Wichita, Kansas after blackmarketeering and pimping across the European Theater during WWII.  Though his current title may be that of PR man for...

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Every Bitter Thing by Leighton Gage – review

July 18, 2011
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Every Bitter Thing by Leighton Gage – review

On the opening page of Leighton Gage’s newest book, the fourth in his series featuring the Brazilian Chief Inspector Mario Silva, the reader is introduced to Jonas Palhares, a petroleum engineer who is very soon after brutally murdered in his Ipanema apartment. This is but one of several murders committed in the same manner,...

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Breaking Bad – “Box Cutter” – review

July 18, 2011
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Breaking Bad – “Box Cutter” – review

The cold open of season four’s premiere episode of Breaking Bad, “Box Cutter,” flashes back to the late chemist Gale setting up the laboratory that Walt and Jesse now work in. We witness him using the episode’s titular tool to bust open some, you know, fucking boxes, and discuss with Fring that while he...

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Kind of Blue by Miles Corwin – review

July 18, 2011
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Kind of Blue by Miles Corwin – review

The author, a former crime reporter for the L.A. Times, has published three non-fiction books prior to this, his first novel. It certainly reflects his deep knowledge of crime and police procedure, and certainly reflects all the past works that have preceded this effort, including such established authors as Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, James...

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Box 21 by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom – review

July 17, 2011
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Box 21 by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom – review

This is not an easy novel to read, but it is well worth it because it is quite different from the usual crime-cum-thriller novels from Scandinavia. It really is a psychological study of the conflicts facing detectives in their moral and ethical judgments. It is the story of how they not only solve cases,...

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Soundtrack Sunday: HARVEST OF RUINS by Sandra Ruttan

July 17, 2011
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When I first started working on HARVEST OF RUINS, I needed chapter titles. You see, because the book had intersecting timelines originally, I wasn’t writing it in sequence. I wasn’t writing it chronologically, and I wasn’t writing it in the order I thought it would appear in the book. I needed the chapter titles...

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Murder on the Palais Royal by Cara Black – review

July 17, 2011
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Murder on the Palais Royal by Cara Black – review

The sights, sounds and smells of Paris were authenticated not only in the reading of this novel, but in actually reading it while in the City of Light. Thus, a double pleasure was experienced as we followed the adventures of Aimee Leduc along the streets and boulevards through which we both walked. Aimee’s troubles...

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