Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Ninth Step by Grant Jerkins – review

October 30, 2012
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The Ninth Step by Grant Jerkins – review

Grant Jerkins’ The Ninth Step gets to the heart of some my favorite themes in crime like few novels I’ve ever read.  Guilt, obsession, redemption, and the difference between protecting yourself and protecting your family are all organically breached and beautifully handled in this tough, tight and agonizing character-driven thriller by a dude whose previous...

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Author Charles Robbins on what inspired The Accomplice – article

October 29, 2012
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Author Charles Robbins on what inspired The Accomplice – article

We live in a time when the dark side of politics is becoming increasingly visible. The Accomplice by Charles Robbins is a political thriller that gives readers a keen sense of what a presidential campaign is like and what can happen when it goes awry. Critics say that it offers cunningly accurate descriptions of...

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Ishmael Toffee by Roger Smith – review

October 27, 2012
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Ishmael Toffee by Roger Smith – review

After years of killing in the streets of the Cape Flats, the horrifying slum outside of Cape Town, and even more years killing within the walls of Pollsmoor Prison, Ishmael Toffee is ready to stop, you know, fucking killing already.  Now on parole, Toffee gets a gig gardening for a wealthy widower who lives...

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Flash Fiction: Pool and Ice Cream by Peter Anderson

October 26, 2012
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They continued to shoot pool well past 11:30 in the dimly lit pool hall despite both having to teach the next day.  Doug came from America and Steve from post-industrial Walesand like most Western 20-somethings in a non-descript Chinese city they taught English to kids who didn’t seem particularly interested in learning it. That...

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Seven Psychopaths by Martin McDonagh – review

October 20, 2012
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Seven Psychopaths by Martin McDonagh – review

Seven Psychopaths is a violent, funny, twisty crime story with a huge cast and body count but it’s also about friendship, Hollywood and – most importantly – storytelling.  Writer-director Martin McDonagh’s follow-up to the wonderful In Bruges tells of an Irish screenwriter named (tellingly) Martin living in LA trying to write a script called (even...

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Flash Fiction: Unrestricted Diet by Gary Clifton

October 19, 2012
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“Body parts all over the dammed place, McCoy,” the Homicide Captain tossed me the folder.  He was dead-on.  She’d been thirtyish, attractive and hung around a neighborhood bar, Juggies. Red Harper chewed his nasty cigar and surveyed the scene, a beautiful day in an immaculately manicured city park, now strewn with bits, pieces, and...

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Review: ARGO – the must-see film of 2012?

October 13, 2012
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Review: ARGO – the must-see film of 2012?

“To this day the story stands as an enduring model of international co-operation between governments.” ARGO does far more than salute the spirit of cooperation that’s existed between Canada and the United States, and how that helped save six Americans during the height of the Iranian Hostage Crisis: ARGO cements Ben Affleck’s place as...

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Flash Fiction: First Edition by Warren Bull

October 12, 2012
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“They say you’re the best mystery writer alive,” said the husky man. With callused fingers, he shoved two copies of Death Technician at me for signing. I’d noticed him shifting his weight from foot to foot, glaring at me when I spent time talking with anyone in line who brought my novel to the...

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Parker trailer – thoughts

October 4, 2012
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I am on record as saying that a character in a film doesn’t have to physically resemble the character as described in the book. Hell, I’ve even said that race and gender shouldn’t really matter. With that said I am very on the fence about Jason Statham as Parker. It’s not a physical attributes...

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Big Maria by Johnny Shaw – review

October 2, 2012
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Big Maria by Johnny Shaw – review

Johnny Shaw is quickly becoming a personal favorite of the Nerd’s.  His debut Dove Season would’ve made my top ten of 2011 if, you know, I’d fucking read the thing in 2011.  If Big Maria doesn’t get a spot on this year’s list then I’ve apparently got a dozen soon-to-be classics in my ever-growing TBR pile right now....

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Looper by Rian Johnson – review

October 1, 2012
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Looper by Rian Johnson – review

Guys, you gotta go see Looper.  Seriously, go out and pay for a ticket to this motherfucker toot-sweet and show that there’s an audience for films like this. If you don’t like remakes and movies based on toy-lines or just fucking flicks that treat you like a particularly slow five-year-old, go see this movie in...

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