Monthly Archives: January 2013

Justified – “Truth and Consequences” – review

January 26, 2013
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Justified – “Truth and Consequences” – review

We’re getting ever closer to the full story behind the mystery of the Panamanian diplomat’s bag on this week’s Justified, “Truth and Consequences.”  While that storyline remains the most intriguing thus far this season (after all, the secret forced Arlo to cement his stay in maximum security even further in the first episode of...

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Kill You Twice by Chelsea Cain – review

January 23, 2013
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Archie Sheridan, a detective at the Major Case Task Force in Portland, Oregon, for years had headed what was termed the Beauty Killer Task Force, dedicated to tracking down and bringing to justice a megalomaniac serial killer whose victims were tortured and killed in gruesome ways, graphically described. Their target, Gretchen Lowell, a stunning...

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The Riptide Ultra-Glide by Tim Dorsey – review

January 23, 2013
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There’s nothing sane about a novel featuring Serge A. Storms and his sidekick, Coleman. There usually is a plot, but the real show is the madcap escapades and far-out situations described. And no less so are the irreverent observations from Serge’s mouth. Too numerous to mention. As in the former entries in the series,...

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A Killer in the Wind by Andrew Klavan – review

January 23, 2013
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There is a long history of hard-boiled detectives, but Dan Champion is unlike any of them in this eerie novel. To begin with, he doesn’t know who he is. Specifically, he has wiped from memory his early childhood and the experiences he underwent. However, he became a top-notch homicide detective with the NYPD until...

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The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen – review

January 23, 2013
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This follow-up novel in the Department Q series, in which Carl Morck made his debut in “The Keeper of Lost Causes,” is quite different from the introductory book. It is more complicated, while the character of the protagonist and his assistant, Assad, essentially remain the same. And to spice things up, another “assistant” is...

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A Pimp’s Notes By Giorgio Faletti – review

January 21, 2013
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This new novel by Giorgio Faletti takes place, naturally, in Italy, Milan to be precise. The era is the late ‘70’s, made evident by asides dealing with rotary telephones and cigarettes being smoked on airplanes. The period is made clear as well, e.g.: “A politician of Aldo Moro’s stature, held captive by the Red...

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Available Dark By Elizabeth Hand – review

January 21, 2013
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This novel isn’t one that defies description, exactly, but it does make it difficult. Its tone is bleak throughout, perhaps in keeping with the geographical landscape, made palpable by the author’s gorgeous writing. The plot is not complex, but that is not the crux of the book, which is the haunting quality of its...

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Night Rounds by Helene Tursten – review

January 21, 2013
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It’s taken a long time for this 1999 novel to cross the ocean, but the wait has been worthwhile. It is part of a series in which the protagonist is Inspector Irene Huss, a former Jiu-Jitsu champion, and is a Swedish police procedural. The action takes place in a private hospital specializing in surgery...

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The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen – review

January 21, 2013
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There are all kinds of Scandinavian protagonists, but Carl Morsck, the irascible Danish detective introduced to readers in this novel, is up there with the best of them. An iconoclast, the homicide chief doesn’t know what to do with him, as Carl insults and ignores his fellow police officers in Copenhagen. And when in...

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Port Vila Blues by Garry Disher – review

January 21, 2013
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Although I had heard of this Australian author, before picking up “Port Vila Blues,” I had not read any of his previous novels. He has written over 40 books, including most conspicuously the Inspector Hal Challis series. This book, written in 1995, is the fifth in the Wyatt series, which now total seven entries,...

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The Stonecutter by Camilla Lackberg – review

January 21, 2013
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Fjallbacka is a small village in Sweden, the setting for the author’s series, of which this is the third to be published in the US. Everyone knows everyone else, but of course that doesn’t prevent crimes from happening, so that Patrik Hedstrom continues to ply his job as a talented detective, while suffering the...

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Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin – review

January 21, 2013
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Old soldiers may never die and John Rebus hopefully will never fade away. After a couple of years in retirement he’s back as a civilian consultant on cold cases (which seems to be becoming a trend in resurrecting protagonists in crime fiction). In the course of this work he is informed by the mother...

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Hush Now, Don’t You Cry by Rhys Bowen – review

January 21, 2013
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Finally Molly Murphy and Capt. Daniel Sullivan get married and are on their honeymoon as the book opens, only to be interrupted on the second day when Dan is recalled to duty to investigate a tunnel which collapsed during the building of the new subway. To make up for the break, Alderman Brian Hannan,...

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Justified – “Where’s Waldo?” – review

January 16, 2013
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Justified – “Where’s Waldo?” – review

We’re week two into the fourth season of Justified and already the writers have completely ditched standalone “case-of-the-week” storylines.  Yes, there were no random fugitives to hunt down at all this week, just straight-ahead serialized storytelling, and you better believe I’m all for that.  But then again, with all the shit that happens in...

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Justified – “Hole in the Wall” – review

January 9, 2013
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Justified – “Hole in the Wall” – review

In the season four opener of Justified, everybody’s got a secret stash in the wall or, as new edition to the show Constable Bob Sweeney (a hilariously excellent Patton Oswalt) might put it, a “go bag.”  Raylan’s may be banging the babe who owns the bar he lives above but he’s squirreling away cash...

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Joe Clifford’s Best of Whatever 2012

January 8, 2013
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by Joe Clifford The problem with doing a Best Of list is you invariably leave someone off and then feel like a dick. I did one last year (on the recently revamped Candy & Cigarettes ), and when I realized I left someone off, I felt like a dick. Then...

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Best Crime Fiction of 2012

January 4, 2013
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Best Crime Fiction of 2012

“What does that mean? Whatever you want it to mean. Are these movies “the best”? Are they our favorites? Are they “movies we got to see before the deadline”? In my case, it’s some combination of all three — but I’m really quite happy with the aggregate results.” — Jim Emerson BRIAN LINDENMUTH [Insert...

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Rob Kitchin’s Best of Whatever 2012

January 3, 2013
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I’ve pulled out all my 5 star reviews for the year so far. They are in the order I read them, rather than a ranking (I’ll do that for a post in early January). I’ve also listed out the 4.5 star reads (depending on how long you want the list to be). I’ve reviewed...

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Eric Beetner’s Best of Whatever 2012

January 3, 2013
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First off, let me announce my disdain for the term “best of” for any list at year’s end. The best book/movie/song etc. is very likely something I have not read/seen/heard yet. So when someone announces a best list, it is really a “favorite of what I was exposed to” list. With that out of...

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Todd Morr’s Best of Whatever 2012

January 3, 2013
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A few of my favorite things Television I’ll start with the unholy trinity of criminal empire building shows, in a particular order, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, and Sons of Anarchy. Let me put in my vote now that despite the calls that he has earned a tragic end Walt walks away from the final...

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