Monthly Archives: July 2012

Breaking Bad – “Hazard Pay” – review

July 31, 2012
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Breaking Bad – “Hazard Pay” – review

“Hazard Pay” starts to give us a better idea of where the new season of Breaking Bad is headed as our boys work out a new lab situation and Walt spies his next hurdle to be done away with.  The episode opens with Mike going to county lock-up as a “paralegal” for a lawyer...

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The Last Kind Words by Tom Piccirilli – review

July 25, 2012
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The Last Kind Words by Tom Piccirilli – review

Tom Piccirilli’s The Last Kind Words starts with pro thief Terrier Rand returning to Long Island after five years living off the grid out west.  He originally ditched after his girlfriend’s miscarriage and his brother’s incarceration for a killing spree that left eight dead, but now his brother has called him home to ask for...

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Breaking Bad – “Madrigal” – review

July 23, 2012
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Breaking Bad – “Madrigal” – review

More loose ends are tied in episode two of season five (say it with me!) part one, the delightfully Mike-heavy “Madrigal.”  We find out right fucking quick that no, that flash forward from last week will not be a running thing a la season two’s more vague series of flash forward cold opens.  Instead...

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Don Winslow – interview

July 18, 2012
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Don Winslow – interview

During Don Winslow’s most recent appearance at the Poisoned Pen, owner Barbara Peters read from several press releases from Winslow’s past novels. What was most striking was that each release was near identical, describing Winslow’s then current novel as his sure to be “break-out” novel; the book which would rocket the San Diego novelist...

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The Dead Women of Juarez: Bringing Awareness Through Crime Fiction

July 17, 2012
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The Dead Women of Juarez: Bringing Awareness Through Crime Fiction

by Sam Hawken It should be a surprise to no one to learn that Mexico is an incredibly violent country.  While it was never the most peaceful place, things have exploded in the last six years and over 50,000 people have been killed.  The numbers of the kidnapped, extorted and abused are even higher. ...

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The Kings of Cool by Don Winslow – review

July 17, 2012
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The Kings of Cool by Don Winslow – review

The Kings of Cool is a prequel to Don Winslow’s 2010 Savages, one of the most excitingly original crime novels of the new century.  Savages is the book that I recommend to any and everyone, whether they read one or one-hundred books a year.  Its voice is so assured and badass, its storytelling so lean and...

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Breaking Bad – “Live Free or Die” – review

July 16, 2012
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Breaking Bad – “Live Free or Die” – review

Season five (part one, mind you) kicked shit off by tying up some loose ends from season four, a season which seemed to have one of the more definitive finales on Breaking Bad to date.  Turns out we all forgot about Gus’ laptop and the feed from the superlab contained within it, leading to...

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Wild Thing by Josh Bazell – review

July 11, 2012
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Dr. Peter Brown, ne Pietro Brnwa , has become a doctor thanks to the Witness Protection Program in which he was placed several years before the story opens. Pietro bears rather unusual tattoos, at least in combination:...

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Falling Glass by Adrian McKinty – review

July 10, 2012
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Falling Glass by Adrian McKinty – review

Adrian McKinty’s Falling Glass is a kick-ass thriller full of violence, sharp prose and great dialogue, all related at a swifter-than-all-hell pace.  It’s also a deeply felt story of a man wrestling with his identity as he enters middle-age.  Add to that plenty of laughs and some of the tightest action and suspense sequences this...

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The Troika by Stepan Chapman

July 3, 2012
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The Troika by Stepan Chapman

I first heard about The Troika by Stepan Chapman in Jeff VanderMeer’s article at the Fantastic Metropolis site in 2002. I knew when reading the article that I just had to read this book. So I went to Amazon, bought a copy, and devoured it. Five years after it was published. I can’t even...

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