Monthly Archives: June 2012

Capture by Roger Smith – review

June 29, 2012
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Capture by Roger Smith – review

Capture opens with security guard Vernon Saul watching from a distance while a four year-old girl drowns in the Atlantic.  He’s part of Sniper Security, an outfit that watches over a rich Cape Town beach community, and the girl in question is Sunny Exley, daughter of American motion capture whiz kid Nick Exley and British...

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The Vanity Game by HJ Hampson – review

June 29, 2012
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The Vanity Game by HJ Hampson – review

HJ Hampson seems to lay her filthy cards out on the table awfully quick in her debut novel The Vanity Game but don’t be fooled – there’s more than one ace up her sleeve in this motherfucker. After a few pages it’s pretty clear that her main character, soccer superstar Beaumont Alexander, is a...

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Flash Fiction: Losing my Religion by K. A. Laity

June 29, 2012
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“I could do it,” Tony said as I started the engine. “Believe me. Easy.” I backed the Subaru up then eased away from the kerb. An old lady in a Ford pulled into the spot almost before I got out. Life in the congestion zone. “Might better open up a car park. You’d get...

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Rogue’s Gallery: Posters – the good and the bad

June 27, 2012
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Rogue’s Gallery: Posters – the good and the bad

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: Were going lightweight this time. I’m a poster collector. I think the movie poster images are as integral to the visual style of what we consider Noir...

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – review

June 26, 2012
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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – review

Gone Girl is going to be the hit of the summer. The book that boring woman in HR will tell you her book club is reading once they’re done with the third E.L. James.  The one your mom will say ate up her whole week at the resort.  The novel your girlfriend or wife...

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Peter Farris – Interview

June 14, 2012
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Peter Farris – Interview

  I was fortunate enough to meet Peter Farris at last year’s Bouchercon in St. Louis. We had been goofing around on Twitter and various social media platforms over the past year, so we’d “known” each other for a while. Needless to say, on the first night of Bouchercon I got hammered with Farris...

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Last Call for the Living by Peter Farris – review

June 12, 2012
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Last Call for the Living by Peter Farris – review

Despite what its cover might imply, Last Call for the Living is not a sequel to The Shack.  In fact, this debut novel from author Peter Farris is about as far from a treacly-ass Christian novel as you could ever hope for.  It’s the story of Charlie Colquitt, an Aspberger-y bank teller whose branch...

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Introducing The Vanity Game by HJ Hampson

June 11, 2012
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Introducing The Vanity Game by HJ Hampson

by HJ Hampson My debut novel, The Vanity Game, was released today. It’s a dark comedy about a premiership footballer who becomes embroiled in the doings of a shady cartel of gangsters – a satire on celebrity culture. If The Vanity Game was a picture it would...

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The Cut by George Pelecanos – review

June 9, 2012
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In the first novel of a new series, we are introduced to Spero Lucas, a just-returned Iraq war veteran, working as an investigator for a Washington, D.C. defense attorney with a sideline of recovering “lost” property fort a 40 per cent cut of its value. In the caper he undertakes in this initial foray,...

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Flash Fiction: Armegeddon Short by Gary Clifton

June 8, 2012
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Rule of thumb:  in the station house, you’ll find some brilliant cops, some dumb as dirt, and a few crazy as a fruit orchard boar.  Some take the job just to tote around a gun, some to actually serve and protect, and others God knows why.   I learned pretty quick, my new partner in...

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Edge of Dark Water by Joe R. Lansdale – review

June 6, 2012
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Edge of Dark Water by Joe R. Lansdale – review

Edge of Dark Water is a fairy tale, a grim but hopeful coming of age story about a band of misfits on the run from pure evil on a raft headed down the Sabine River in East Texas during the Great Depression.  Thankfully, because it’s a Joe R. Lansdale novel, Edge of Dark Water...

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Tumblin’ Dice by John McFetridge – review

June 1, 2012
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Tumblin’ Dice by John McFetridge – review

You should be reading John McFetridge.  It’s as simple as that, really.  The guy is one of the most exciting and ambitious motherfuckers in the crime writing game today and you should read every fucking thing he puts to paper – the end. Well, okay, I’ll fucking elaborate for you some: You really should...

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