Monthly Archives: March 2013

Justified – “Peace of Mind” – review

March 30, 2013
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Justified – “Peace of Mind” – review

“Peace of Mind” could have just as easily been called “Get Ellen May” as, you know, that’s what the episode’s about and all, but “Peace of Mind” wisely underlines as a title the thematic concerns that are hit hard in the episode.  One of the darkest concerns of season four is the question of...

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When Worlds Collide by Craig McDonald

March 27, 2013
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by Craig McDonald It wasn’t supposed to be this way. In the beginning of my fictional world, there was Chris Lyon. The year was 1990: I had recently “discovered” James Ellroy. I had just finished reading THE BIG NOWHERE, still my favorite Ellroy novel, and was well into reading L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, when I decided...

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Justified – “Decoy” – review

March 20, 2013
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Justified – “Decoy” – review

Expectations were high for “Decoy.”  You’ve got Raylan and the gang trying to protect Drew Thompson and get him the fuck up to Lexington.  Boyd and Tonin’s crews are after him, a bunch of bombs and a fucking helicopter in place to aide that mission.  We were all excited as shit to see the...

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Iguana Love by Vicki Hendricks – review

March 19, 2013
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Iguana Love by Vicki Hendricks – review

I dunno how the weather is in your neck of the woods, dear reader, but in Minnesota we’re dealing with a whole helluva lotta snow right now – the shit just keeps coming down!  Last year during St. Pat’s it was so warm out there were people in fucking shorts at the bar, but...

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Fiction: Inigo Montoya by J. E. Seymour

March 18, 2013
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The sun was just dropping below the tops of the white pines when the car rolled up the gravel drive.  Kevin was watching, expecting the vehicle, but he still jumped when the driveway alarm went off. He stepped out onto the porch and waited while the Camry came to a stop in front of...

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The Rapist by Les Edgerton – review

March 17, 2013
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The Rapist by Les Edgerton – review

Les Edgerton’s The Rapist isn’t gonna hold your hand.  Well, you probably figured as much seeing how, you know, it’s called The Rapist for fuck’s sake – a breezy, cozy quilting mystery this shit most likely ain’t.  But this beast, published by basement-crazy fan-favorite indie house New Pulp Press, isn’t even the visceral anti-hero piece...

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Cold Quiet Country by Clayton Lindemuth – review

March 16, 2013
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Cold Quiet Country by Clayton Lindemuth – review

Clayton Lindemuth’s debut novel Cold Quiet Country is set in 1971 Wyoming during a massive blizzard.  It’s the hugely corrupt Sheriff Bittersmith’s last day on the job and he’s out to get Gale G’Wain, a farmhand who stabbed his employer through the neck with a pitchfork and took to the woods with the farmer’s daughter...

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Stoker by Chan-wook Park – review

March 15, 2013
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Stoker by Chan-wook Park – review

Stoker is a take on Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt, a film about estranged “Uncle Charlie” (Matthew Goode) staying with his sister-in-law Evie (Nicole Kidman) and niece India (Mia Wasikowska) following the death of his brother.  Told from the sullen India’s perspective, we don’t know what to make of the handsome and cool Charlie...

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Inside Straight by Ray Banks – review

March 15, 2013
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Inside Straight by Ray Banks – review

Inside Straight, the latest offering from personal favorite Ray Banks, is the story of (self-described) world-class casino pit boss Graham Ellis.  Our Graham has been transferred from the ritzy Palace to the far less glamorous Riverside in Salford and he sure as shit ain’t happy about it.  The gig’s beneath his skill level and...

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Justified – “Get Drew” – review

March 14, 2013
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Justified – “Get Drew” – review

Apparently it didn’t take as much effort as we had anticipated to track down Shelby Drew Thompson.  Really, the hunt was on for only about half of “Get Drew.”  I had thought that he had a better getaway plan and possibly even a master plan of some sort but…nope.  He was just gonna roll...

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Low Down Death Right Easy by J. David Osborne – review

March 12, 2013
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Low Down Death Right Easy by J. David Osborne – review

This J. David Osborne guy has got some fucking chops, dear reader.  I just blew a Sunday afternoon inhaling his latest, Low Down Death Right Easy, and don’t regret it in the slightest.  It’s the story of some hard-luck sons of bitches in small town Oklahoma that’s told in such a sly, beautifully stripped...

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Sex, Drugs and Bookglue: The Six Best Doper Books of All Time

March 8, 2013
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By j.a. kazimer You know you want it. Just one taste. Just a little hit to tide you over… But remember the first six are free, but the rest of the list, is gonna cost ya. Candy by Luke Davies The language and desperation in this book is what makes it a go-to reading...

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The Tracks Side of the Wrong: Rock Noir – A playlist for Broken Glass Waltzes

March 7, 2013
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by Warren Moore The marriage between rock and roll and noir fiction seems like a pretty natural one, to me, anyway. At its best, rock and roll is outlaw music; at its best, noir carries you with enough adrenaline to fuel a mosh pit. And of course, sometimes we can blend the two. We’ve...

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Justified – “The Hatchet Tours” – review

March 6, 2013
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Justified – “The Hatchet Tours” – review

So on this week’s Justified we got a major answer and a particularly heavy shoe dropped, namely we learned of the identity of Drew Thompson and Boyd finally was hipped to the fact that no, Ellen May is not dead after all.  But though those are two developments that have been a long time...

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The Sun Worshippers / Yellowleg by A. S. Fleischman – review

March 6, 2013
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The Sun Worshippers / Yellowleg by A. S. Fleischman – review

One of the great things about Stark House Press is not just their impeccable tastes in vintage paperback reissues, but that they make fans of those yellowing pages’ most far-out dreams come true: new, never-before published novels by the best names in classic crime fiction. Among the manuscripts they’ve discovered and printed for the...

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Low Down Death Right Easy by J. David Osborne – review

March 5, 2013
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Rural Noir seems to be the new genre of choice these days. People like Tom Franklin, William Gay and Daniel Woodrell are finally getting the recognition they deserve—or, more likely, I’m finally discovering them and am narcissistic enough to think I’m on the cutting edge or something—and rising stars like Donald Ray Pollock and...

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Seduction of the Innocent by Max Allan Collins – review

March 5, 2013
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Seduction of the Innocent by Max Allan Collins – review

One of crime fiction’s most versatile and entertaining writers, Max Allan Collins is a strong contender for the hardest working man in the mystery field. He’s one of those writers who, along with Bill Pronzini and Ed Gorman, should be treasured and thanked for being so prolific. Collins’ prose shows a rare and enviable...

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