Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell – review

October 30, 2013
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The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell – review

It has been seven long years since Daniel Woodrell gave us a novel.  Seven.  Loooong.  Years.  In that time Woodrell’s star has undoubtedly risen, with a high profile movie having been made out of Winter’s Bone and beautiful reissues of his work coming out in the wake of said film.  In other words, the...

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How Bad Can The Bad Guy Be? By William Petrocelli

October 29, 2013
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How Bad Can The Bad Guy Be? By William Petrocelli

Many mystery fans will tell you that their favorite character in any crime novel is the bad guy. There’s often a good reason for that. It takes a lot of thought to become a good villain. By the time you’ve been primed to be the heavy in the story, at least half of the...

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The Counselor by Ridley Scott – review

October 26, 2013
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The Counselor by Ridley Scott – review

The Counselor, a Ridley Scott film featuring an original script from Cormac McCarthy, shares many similarities with the greatest adaptation of McCarthy’s work, the Coen Brothers take on No Country For Old Men.  It’s a Texas crime film about the horrors of the cartel featuring a relatively decent man in over his head with...

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Ratlines by Stuart Neville – review

October 25, 2013
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Ratlines by Stuart Neville – review

Nerd favorite Stuart Neville ups his game with Ratlines, a historical thriller set in the early sixties in Ireland.  Coming off his epic Belfast trilogy (Ghosts of Belfast, Collusion, Stolen Souls), Ratlines is a bit of a departure for the author but thankfully no less blisteringly badass. The novel follows Irish military cop Albert...

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FICTION: Bad Karma by Dwight Holing

October 24, 2013
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Bobby Ballena doesn’t look like he’s spending time worrying about melanoma. His skin’s the color of a pair of huaraches and his thick curls are streaked from sunshine. We grew up in the same neighborhood and ran together for awhile, but this is the first I’ve seen him since he lit out for Baja...

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Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance by D. Harlan Wilson – review

October 22, 2013
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Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance by D. Harlan Wilson – review

Book: Peckinpah: An Ultraviolent Romance Author: D. Harlan Wilson Published by: Raw Dog Screaming Press (September 2013) Words fall down at twice the speed of a human body. The air they displace is a fetid mix of pig excrement and gases coming from the bloated carcass of masculinity. Sam Peckinpah’s ghost screams and shoots...

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The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale – review

October 21, 2013
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The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale – review

Joe R. Lansdale’s The Thicket is like a Larry McMurtry western that’s been soaking in the saloon spittoon.  It’s got plenty of tough and funny characters, nasty violence, vulgar-ass dialogue, and a prose style that feels like your great uncle is eight beers in and running down the greatest hits of his anecdotes for...

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Prisoners by Denis Villeneuve – review

October 18, 2013
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Prisoners by Denis Villeneuve – review

Prisoners is a really strong, character-based thriller from Denis Villenueve, the director of the underrated French Canadian film Incendies.  The story begins with the disappearance of two young girls from a small town Pennsylvania neighborhood on Thanksgiving Day.  The immediate suspect is a half-idiot creep played by Paul Dano in full-on molester garb.  After...

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CHANDLERS’S HEROES, Non-Fiction by Dana King

October 17, 2013
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CHANDLERS’S HEROES, Non-Fiction by Dana King

In his 1950 essay, “The Simple Art of Murder,” Raymond Chandler deconstructs the classical idea of a mystery, replacing it with the form begun by Dashiell Hammett, who “gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons, not just to provide a corpse.” Chandler goes on to describe his idea...

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Guest Post: Leonard Goldberg’s Favorite Books

October 10, 2013
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Guest Post: Leonard Goldberg’s Favorite Books

Writers are often asked to name their very favorite books. I have been asked this question so many times, I have come to the conclusion that there are at least 20 novels that I could name comfortably. And the list is varied and includes Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, Harper Lee’s classic To...

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Corrosion by Jon Bassoff – review

October 10, 2013
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Corrosion by Jon Bassoff – review

Jon Bassoff, the man behind Nerd favorite indie publishing house New Pulp Press, gives us one hell of a debut with Corrosion, a psycho noir that will please the living shit out of the sick fucks who enjoy the novels he’s been distributing to the crime world the last few years.  Devoted fans of...

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FICTION: Hun I Don’t Think You Should Get Too Close by AV Boyd

October 7, 2013
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There’s still enough daylight to see the muley halfway down the pasture, but here in the mountains, the sun set a long time ago. “Hun,” my wife whispers. “Hun, he’s legal.” The muley is in the dark timber on the edge of the clearing. He is at an angle facing us. He is looking...

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FICTION: Time and Tides by Zen McCann

October 2, 2013
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“We’re here.” Her voice carried just above the noise of the boat’s engine. Despite the swollen waves of high tide, Isla Jimenez brought the inflatable runabout up on the beach with the sure handedness of long experience. Killing the engine and tipping the heavy outboard motor up on its mount, she jumped out with...

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Breaking Bad – “Felina” – review

October 1, 2013
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Breaking Bad – “Felina” – review

“Felina” was a lot of fun.  We got to see Walt win and be badass non-stop for seventy-five minutes.  We got Badger and Skinny Pete popping up.  We got a mild reconciliation of sorts with Skyler and closure for Marie, money for the kids, a freed Jesse in a rad El Camino, and Walt...

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