Monthly Archives: February 2012

Blood & Tacos #1 is out now

February 29, 2012
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Blood & Tacos #1 is out now

The first issue of Blood & Tacos is out now. There was a time when paperback racks were full of men’s adventure series. Next to the Louis L’Amours, one could find the adventures of The Executioner, the Destroyer, the Death Merchant, and many more action heroes that were hell-bent on bringing America back from...

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Justified – “The Man Behind the Curtain” – review

February 29, 2012
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Justified – “The Man Behind the Curtain” – review

Alright so now we’re getting into straight-up serialization on the show, Justifans – we’re at a point with episode seven that if you haven’t been following the show this season, you can pretty much eat shit far as the writers are concerned.  Right now it’s all about the conflict between Boyd’s crew versus Quarles’...

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Tournament of 2011 Crime Fiction Ebooks

February 29, 2012
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Back when I wrote for another site I used to do something similar to this each year. We would take the best books of the year and randomly pair them up. Since you could only vote for one it forced us all to take a different look at how a best of list is...

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Old Ghosts by Nik Korpon – review

February 28, 2012
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Old Ghosts by Nik Korpon – review

Good God, looks like I gotta catch up with this Nik Korpon character, dear reader, and catch up toot-fucking-sweet at that.  I read the first paragraph of Old Ghosts, wherein a guy slicing off his finger on a home renovation work site sets off a chain of events both hilarious and horrifying (I no-shit...

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The Lady Speaks: Crime writer Sara Paretsky discusses her seminal sleuth

February 28, 2012
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The Lady Speaks: Crime writer Sara Paretsky discusses her seminal sleuth

by Jim Napier From Kansas farm girl to NY Times Bestseller list: Sara Paretsky published her first mystery, Indemnity Only, in 1982. A founder and former President of the writers’ group Sisters in Crime, she was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger in 2004. She had already received the Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement...

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Wolf Tickets by Ray Banks – review

February 27, 2012
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Wolf Tickets by Ray Banks – review

Wolf Tickets is Ray Banks’ “fuck yeah!” book, the novel where he delivers the most straight-up hard-boiled thrills per page than in anything he’s written to date.  It follows two ex-army hard men, Farrell and Cobb, as they track down Farrell’s girlfriend who took twenty grand off him and ran off with her evil...

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Bullhead by Michael R. Roskam – review

February 25, 2012
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Bullhead by Michael R. Roskam – review

Bullhead is a refreshingly unpredictable film from Belgium about illegal hormone beef trading.  At least, that’s what it seems like at first.  (Hey, I said it was unpredictable, didn’t I?)  Though it may at first feel like a twisty underworld drama like other foreign classics of late like Animal Kingdom and A Prophet, what...

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Rampart by Oren Moverman – review

February 25, 2012
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Rampart by Oren Moverman – review

Oren Moverman is a helluva director, an artist more interested in character than plot, in questions rather than answers, and who has a gift for working with actors, especially with his muse, Woody Harrelson.  With just two films, The Messenger and Rampart, to his name as writer-director, the guy has impressed the hell out...

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Flash Fiction: The Moron By VR Barkowski

February 24, 2012
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I hate working late, and I hate the dark. When the two converge—like now—life sucks. It’s past midnight, and two blocks of Stygian night lay between the secured lot safeguarding my precious Z4 and me. Park it on the street, my ex tells me. The guy is a moron. On the street? A BMW...

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Table of Contents for Winter 2012 Spinetingler issue

February 23, 2012
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Our first Kindle issue of Spinetingler is just about ready. We are working on art and the issue should be out in the next couple of weeks. Here is the table of contents. FICTION “Black Light Marker” by Sam Wiebe “Two to Tango” by Thomas Pluck “Boss” by Dan Luft “Paul Little Learns the...

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Voices Of The Dead by Peter Leonard – review

February 23, 2012
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Voices Of The Dead by Peter Leonard – review

The horrors of Nazi Germany and the monstrous experiences of Jews has never been something I’ve had the desire to read about, it’s far too traumatic to digest, and yet Leonard has the ability to walk you through just enough of it to let you feel a measure of the impact without immersing you...

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Justified – “When the Guns Come Out” – review

February 22, 2012
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Justified – “When the Guns Come Out” – review

“When the Guns Come Out” is the first misstep for me this season.  Not a bad episode by any means, just not as strong as what’s come before it.  The main arc of the episode with Delroy the pimp (the ever-awesome William Mapother from In The Bedroom and, more recently, Another Earth) smacking around one...

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Flash Fiction: Moonshine by Seth Sherwood

February 17, 2012
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In the winter, we’d speed over the lake, its frozen surface supporting the weight of the car, our bodies and the jars in the trunk. But it’s autumn, so we’re left with no choice but to take the winding roads that twist and curl the same way your hair does when the window is...

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The Killing of Emma Gross by Damien Seaman – review

February 16, 2012
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The Killing of Emma Gross by Damien Seaman – review

The Killing of Emma Gross is a piece of historical fiction loosely based on the murders committed by Peter Kurten in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1929-30.  If Kurten’s name doesn’t ring a bell with you, dear reader, don’t go googling around the web or anything before picking up the novel as Damien Seaman lays out...

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Justified – “Thick as Mud” – review

February 15, 2012
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Justified – “Thick as Mud” – review

Not a whole lot of shit in “Thick as Mud” pushing the season arc forward (though there were some small developments on that front, surely) but the throwaway story more than made up for it, far as I’m concerned.  Then again, something about major surgery in a shitty motel has always gave the Nerd...

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The Bitch by Les Edgerton – review

February 14, 2012
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The Bitch by Les Edgerton – review

The Bitch (Bare Knuckles Press) is a splendid, devastating story of ex-con, Jake Bishop, trying to go straight and make a life for himself in a world that stacks the cards against him at every turn. Everything Jake holds dear seems so fleeting in his life and yet the “Bitch”, the state’s three strikes...

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Poison Flower by Thomas Perry – review

February 11, 2012
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Thomas Perry has brought back his wonderful protagonist, Jane Whitefield, in his 19th novel, and the seventh featuring the part-Seneca woman whose credo has always been that “to save innocent people from the enemies who wanted them dead, there would be times when she must fight.” When her plans to free James Shelby from...

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The Dog Who Knew Too Much by Spencer Quinn – review

February 11, 2012
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Ah, what a pleasure to re-enter the world of Chet, the canine narrator and K-9 school dropout, and his human companion, Bernie. In the midst of a plethora of dark books and novels featuring over-the-top sadism and end-of-the-world thrillers , this charming series was just what...

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Trackers by Deon Meyer – review

February 11, 2012
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Bringing back two characters from previous novels, the South African author has written a complicated story with three separate plots which are related both in circumstances and the people involved. One theme involves what appears to be a Muslim plot, which a government intelligence service suspects at first to be a tradeoff between the...

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The Killer is Dying by James Sallis – review

February 11, 2012
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The first thing one perceives on reading the first pages of James Sallis’ new novel is the literal accuracy of the title: The man who calls himself Christian is a contract killer, a Vietnam vet now terminally ill, on his last job. A few pages later, something goes awry as the man he has...

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