Monthly Archives: January 2012

Wee Rockets by Gerard Brennan – review

January 30, 2012
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Wee Rockets by Gerard Brennan – review

Fourteen-year-old Joe Phillips is leaving the Wee Rockets. It was a fun gig for a while, him and his mates beating old pensioners for their purse or wallet then splitting the take on cider, pot (or as they confusingly call it in Northern Ireland, “blow”) and cigarettes, but now the gang is getting too...

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Enter, Night by Michael Rowe – review

January 27, 2012
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Enter, Night by Michael Rowe – review

Toronto’s ChiZine Publishing is known for their strange, dark, and industrial type thrillers—novels considered too disturbing for mainstream publishers—and it’s clear to see from their burgeoning success, that they make there own rules in the publishing world. Run by husband and wife team Brett Savory and Sandra Kasturi, who bravely started their company during...

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Friday’s Forgotten Books: Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet

January 27, 2012
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Friday’s Forgotten Books: Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet

Thierry Jonquet was a French crime writer who died in 2009 at the age of of 55. Tarantula was published in French in 1995 under the title Mygale and was translated into English under the same title in 2003 and under the title Tarantula in 2003. Tarantula has three separate plot lines. The first...

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Flash Fiction: Grind by Chad Haskins

January 27, 2012
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Carmen Colangelo never made a promise he didn’t keep, especially a threat, which is why Gavin is fucked. “So what’s your New Year’s resolution?” asks Gavin’s fiancé Jennifer, in the hotel ballroom. “To wake up tomorrow,” he wants to say. “My dentist has been busting my balls for years to stop chewing ice, so...

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Empire State by Adam Christopher – review

January 26, 2012
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Empire State is a complex, twisting, genre-mixing novel that combines aspects of noir, speculative fiction and hardboiled detective stories into a satisfying mélange. At the heart of the story is a detective, Rad Bradley, who is looking for a woman and on the trail of a murderer. His search for answers reveals truths about...

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Rogue’s Gallery: The definitive Noir Director?

January 26, 2012
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Rogue’s Gallery: The definitive Noir Director?

ROGUE’S GALLERY – Where three dedicated Noirheads discuss, argue and bat around topics on all things Film Noir. With Jake Hinkson, Cullen Gallagher and Eric Beetner. ERIC: I’m very curious to see if this will even get any argument from either of you. I propose that Anthony Mann is the definitive Noir director. He...

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Justified – “Cut Ties” – review

January 25, 2012
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Justified – “Cut Ties” – review

The throwaway story dominated a whole lot more than the serialized elements this week, but what was there was pretty choice.  Hell, I even really liked the disposable plot this week quite a bit, would’ve liked to have seen more time to devoted to it, honestly.  The idea that the scumbag guy Powe in...

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Blood Simple – review

January 24, 2012
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Blood Simple – review

I already know what you’ve thought when you saw the title of this review. “Why bother reviewing a classic? If it’s that good, its quality and its reputation should speak for itself loud enough.” Well, a classic movie is not like a mandatory reading in high school. Not everybody has the patience to sit...

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Review— In Nine Kinds Of Pain by Leonard Fritz

January 20, 2012
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Review— In Nine Kinds Of Pain by Leonard Fritz

Leonard Fritz paints a bleak portrait of the city of Detroit in his stylish debut novel In Nine Kinds Of Pain (New Pulp Press). It appears so grim in fact—over run with corruption and decay—that it’s like a complete departure of hope. And yet Fritz manages to lay all of this out with such...

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Flash Fiction: The Last Hit by Liam Sweeny

January 20, 2012
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The baked, cracked mud caked the road like dandruff as they drove the Monte Carlo, engrossed in Jimi Hendrix wailing on Hey Joe from a beat-up cassette in the tape-deck. The sun was a shimmering blur edging on the rear-view, just starting its descent toward the rock outcroppings that lined the horizon. John was...

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Raylan by Elmore Leonard – review

January 19, 2012
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Raylan by Elmore Leonard – review

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with the novels of Elmore Leonard. I know, I know, he’s one of the true masters of crime fiction and I should just heap praise on whatever he writes. I know he’s written more truly great novels in a ten year span of his 50 plus year career...

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Justified – “The Gunfighter” – review

January 18, 2012
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Justified – “The Gunfighter” – review

Last year’s season of Justified is clearly gonna be tough to top.  The Bennett clan cast a tall shadow that the new and returning villains of the show are gonna have to to work real hard to even getting close to upstaging.  Hell, Boyd’s crew thought they could slip right into control of Harlan...

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We Own the Night – review

January 18, 2012
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We Own the Night – review

The crime drama is a dying art in the Hollywood landscape. Gone are the days where Francis Ford Coppola and Brian De Palma freaked everybody out with lengthy and every bit delightful crime epics. I’m at loss to find the reason why this is a genre so hard to film right. I found We...

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Mercury Tilt by Adrian McKinty

January 17, 2012
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Mercury Tilt by Adrian McKinty

Mercury Tilt by Adrian McKinty My new crime novel, The Cold Cold Ground is set in Northern Ireland in 1981 during the most famous of the IRA hunger strikes. This was the heart of the “Troubles” when bombings were frequent and terrorist attacks a daily occurrence. I grew up in a Protestant housing estate...

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Drawing Dead by JJ DeCeglie – review

January 17, 2012
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Drawing Dead by JJ DeCeglie – review

PI Jack Andrelli’s done with this shit. His girlfriend offed herself in his bathtub and now he’s just fucking done.  Doesn’t give a shit.  He spends his time drinking booze by the gallon, boning whores where he can, and gambling like a fucking degenerate.  If the first two can’t kill him, looks like the...

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2012 Spinetingler Award: Best Novella

January 16, 2012
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To honor the crime fiction novellas released in 2011 we are proud to announce the first annual Spinetingler Award for Best Novella. If the trend of novellas continues then this award will be folded in to the main awards in the future. The polls will be open until the end of the month. Here...

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Collusion by Stuart Neville – review

January 15, 2012
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This follow-up to the highly praised “The Ghosts of Belfast” deserves the same reception. It picks up where the earlier noir ended, carrying forth the characters and planting the seeds for the third novel. Jack Lennon, a Catholic detective in an otherwise Protestant police force in Northern Ireland, is warned off investigating the deaths...

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Buried Prey by John Sandford – review

January 15, 2012
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Discovery of the bodies of two young girls, murdered 25 years earlier, sets the stage for a look at the popular protagonist, Lucas Davenport, both as a rookie patrolman and later as the seasoned investigator of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension a quarter of a century later. Soon after joining the Minneapolis police department,...

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Rag and Bone by James R. Benn – review

January 15, 2012
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Last year, the Russian Parliament acknowledged that country’s responsibility for the slaughter of more than 20,000 Polish officers at the Katyn Forest early on during World War II over the protests of the Communist Party. Katyn plays a prominent role in this novel, the fifth in the Billy Boyle World War II mysteries. When...

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Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid – review

January 15, 2012
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As the book opens, Dr. Charlotte Flint finds her professional life as a forensic psychiatrist in tatters, her reputation destroyed, and awaiting a hearing by the General Medical Council to decide whether or not she can be reinstated as an expert in her field. Magdalene Newsam, a pediatric oncologist, is a 28-year-old...

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