Month: October 2012

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…

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.…

Flash Fiction: Pool and Ice Cream by Peter Anderson

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…

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…

Flash Fiction: Unrestricted Diet by Gary Clifton

“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…

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…

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…

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