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Tue
Sep 9 2014 9:30am

The Ripper Case Solved? We’ve Waited This Long...

After this weekend's “revelation” of Jack the Ripper's identity (was he really a local Polish hairdresser?) in the Daily Mail, we waited. It took mere hours for the first sets of questions to arise, some most pointedly about the DNA-tested shawl, such as whether or not it really was intact after so much handling and owned by the victim Catherine Eddowes to begin. (Be warned, sensitive readers, all discussions must include frank reference to the DNA-bearing material on the shawl—it's not blood, IYKWIMAITYD.) Also, given that Dr. Louhelainen's novel method called “vacuuming,” which he developed to acquire enough DNA to test, hasn't been vetted in scientific peer review yet, there are questions about that, too. Here are a few cautious, preliminary thoughts from Smithsonian and many more with verve from our own pal Lyndsay Faye, if you're interested. We at CrimeHQ are fascinated, without doubt, but as we've got more than enough tree rings to remember the last time the Ripper case was “solved,” we'll spectate with our bags of popcorn until the forensics settle.

Mon
Sep 8 2014 4:00pm

Breathless: Part 3

This week’s final episode of Breathless on Masterpiece Mystery is also the final episode of the series. It wasn’t renewed. So, if you love it that might come as disappointing news.

At least the series creators did viewers the service of clearing up a few puzzling plot points. Issues are resolved. Characters evolve. Even the despicable Dr. Richard Truscott (Oliver Chris) demonstrates believable and reassuring signs of humanity.

Lots of secrets are revealed both to the audience and the characters.

But, here’s the thing about secrets: They are only intriguing if they involve information that’s worth keeping secret.  If after the big reveal your reaction is, “Yeah. And?” the secret hasn’t delivered to expectations. It’s like the guy who corners you at a party and asks, “Want to hear something funny?” You just know you’re going to have to fake a chuckle when he’s through talking.

[Heh, heh, heh...sigh...]

Mon
Sep 8 2014 2:30pm

The Strain 1.09: “The Disappeared”

After the fraught stand-off of last week’s episode, “The Disappeared” gives us a little breathing space—after the opening scene, that is, when little Zach arrives home to find his mom’s boyfriend has become unusually violent. To give Zach some credit, he’s definitely cut of the same cloth as Carl from The Walking Dead: when attacked by a blood-covered Matt, the kid rushes for cover and picks up a shovel to defend himself.

And luckily he doesn’t have to stave off the threat alone for long. Dad Eph rushes in, makes with a quick stab, and deftly chops the asshole’s head off with said shovel. The rest of the group hurries in and while Eph and Nora comfort Zach, Abraham and Vasiliy do a quick search of the house.

No Kelly. And Matt had some nasty cuts across his face before Eph detached it from his shoulders. Draw a line between the dots and the obvious conclusion is that Kelly will show up again at some point to reclaim her son—but only because she’s compelled more by the Master than her maternal instincts.

Meanwhile, Felix’s condition is worsening. Gus keeps demanding a doctor, but the city’s starting to tear itself apart and medical personnel are at a premium. The detention officer tells Gus there will be someone to check out his friend at Rikers, so he hurries to get Felix onto the transport truck, assuring his buddy that he’s there for him.

Yeah, he’ll be there for him—when Felix is no longer his BFF but a creature of the night.

[Talk about a breakup...]

Mon
Sep 8 2014 11:00am

“You Are Not Safe”: Trailer for The Walking Dead Season 5

When we last saw our zombie-bashing brotherhood, they were trapped in a metal box and stranded amidst a group of (possible) cannibals. Terminus was a lie. But when Season 4 ended with Rick Grimes declaring that the cannibals were “screwing with the wrong people”, it was clear all was not lost...at least not yet. And now, the trailer for Season 5 has aired and it proves just that. So take a look and let us know what you're looking forward to seeing this season!

The Walking Dead premieres October 12th.

Mon
Sep 8 2014 10:00am

Fresh Meat: The Sun is God by Adrian McKinty

The Sun is God, a historical crime novel by Adrian McKintyThe Sun is God by Adrian McKinty is a historical crime novel featuring a veteran of the second Boer war trying to solve a murder on an island of religious cultists in Colonial New Guinea in 1906 (available September 9, 2014).

After reading the setting for The Sun is God, a fan of Adrian McKinty might be tempted to gently place the book back on the shelf and tiptoe out of the store. Could the author of the celebrated Troubles Trilogy set in 1980s Belfast and the Michael Forsythe books set in 1990s New York City really just have written a book about a religious cult in Colonial New Guinea at the turn of the 20th century? If so, wouldn’t it be wise to skip this one and wait for the next rough and tumble Sean Duffy book? Also, what’s a bookstore? I don’t think any McKinty fans will react that way, but if they did, they’d regret their decision. While it’s true that The Sun is God is notably different in setting, scope, and structure from his previous works, it doesn’t take many pages to realize that the book is still firmly, and pleasingly, in familiar McKinty territory.

The foremost similarity is the way in which McKinty deftly weaves real history into his fictional plot. His mastery of time and place, whether it’s 1982 Belfast, 1992 Harlem, or 1906 New Guinea, is readily apparent. McKinty has a gift for recreating not only the details, but also the feel of his historical locales. Conjuring a big city from the recent past is one thing; depicting a brief, forgotten era in a speck of land halfway across the world is another, and McKinty handles it effortlessly.

[So onto the fanatics and nudists, then...]

Sun
Sep 7 2014 9:00pm

The Honourable Woman: Trapped Inside the Feedback Loop

Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Nessa Stein in The Honourable Woman, a miniseries spy thrillerLike the Cold War, the endless Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the dramatist’s gift that keeps on giving. Nowhere else can an author, screenwriter or filmmaker find such a stew of moral ambiguity, seething hatreds, political misbehavior, skullduggery, conflicting loyalties, and flat-out bad behavior in which to marinate his or her stories. It’s nearly impossible to overcook a plot set against this backdrop; real life is always more outlandish and extreme.

The limited-run series The Honourable Woman, a BBC2/SundanceTV co-production, is the latest entry in the long list of films and TV shows to mine that particular vein of pitch-black paranoia ironically known as the Holy Land.

Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Dark Knight and everywhere indie) and her brother Ephra (Andrew Buchan, Broadchurch) shared a unique formative experience: watching their Israeli arms-industrialist father being murdered in a posh London hotel restaurant. Now grown and living privileged lives in London, they’ve tried to steer the Stein Group into less lethal markets, bringing universities and broadband Internet to the West Bank. Of course, the self-reinforcing feedback loop that is the Middle East delights in punishing good intentions. Various entrenched interests on all sides—yes, more than two—need to bend Nessa to their wills. Following an unpopular business deal and an untimely suicide (or was it?), things become nasty and messy in short order.

Nessa and Ephra are both damaged individuals. Nessa sleeps in her London mansion’s high-tech safe room and forms unhealthy relationships with her bodyguards.

[Who else can she trust...?]

Sun
Sep 7 2014 2:00pm

Ray Bradbury Writes Noir: Death Is a Lonely Business

I suspect most people think of science fiction and fantasy when they hear the name Ray Bradbury, who—along with Isaac Asimov, Phillip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, and Arthur C. Clarke—represented the very best of modern thought-provoking and socially-conscious escapism. His Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, to name a few, are required reading for any serious student of sci-fi/fantasy. But apart from his legions of dedicated fans, many may not be aware that Mr. Bradbury took a stab at several noir novels rather late in his career, the first of which was 1985’s Death Is a Lonely Business, his first full-length novel in over a decade. The book is dedicated to several notables of crime fiction including Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and Ross Macdonald. To their noir hardboiled legacy, he writes in his own Bradbury-ian elegance, fusing the well-worn (and, frankly, by then, tired) detective novel with a great deal of his distinct lyrical flair. Examples: “books clustered like vultures with their black feathers and dusty golden stares” and “Venice was and is full of lost places where people put up for sale the last worn bits of their souls, hoping no one will buy.” To his credit, Mr. Bradbury never borders on parody or pastiche (a problem I’ve noticed with other writers when attempting to emulate the golden era masters) and instead paves his own path down those shadowed mean streets cluttered with desperate and longing characters.

[Let's go meet them...]

Sat
Sep 6 2014 11:00am

Fresh Meat: Fighting Chance by Jane Haddam

Fighting Chance by Jane Haddam is the 29th mystery in the Gregor Demarkian series about the Armenian-American detective (available September 9, 2014).

Gregor Demarkian is in the throes of investigating a bank foreclosure on a house owned by a friend, and for which the bank instituting the foreclosure has no mortgage, when Father Tibor Kasparian is arrested and charged with the bludgeoning death of a judge. Motive? Martha Handler has a reputation for handing out long sentences for petty offenses to juveniles and it is well known that Father Kasparian was trying desperately to prevent the jailing of one of the neighborhood boys.

It looks like an open and shut case.  The priest had been filmed on a cell phone raising and lowering the murder weapon as though bashing in the judge’s head. The video,  of course, goes viral.

But Gregor doesn’t believe the priest is guilty, despite the film. The whole scenario just feels wrong. The “Armenian Hercule Poirot” begins investigating.

[Gregor also relies on his little grey cells...]

Fri
Sep 5 2014 11:00pm

Checking into The Knick 1.04: “Where’s the Dignity”

As Nurse Lucy Elkins learned in Episode 4 of The Knick “Where’s the Dignity”, it’s one thing to occasionally shoot up heroin in the private confines of your home and office, but it’s a completely different beast when you’re traveling to a seedy brothel to get your high.

We’ve already discussed Dr. Thackery’s secret drug addiction at length, knowing that Nurse Elkins was privy to a glimpse into his behavior. But in what’s clearly becoming a romantic crush, Nurse Elkins decided to tail Thackery after he shadily hopped in a cab. And so, add one more secret to the mix: Nurse Elkins knows where Thackery goes after work. The only question is if she’ll try and save him, or use her knowledge to further herself. I’m guessing she’s going to try and play doctor on the doctor.

[Enough romance, let’s talk about parental disappointment!]

Fri
Sep 5 2014 2:00pm

Fresh Meat: The Fuse Vol. 1: The Russia Shift by Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood

The Fuse Vol. 1: The Russia Shift, written by Antony Johnston and illustrated by Justin Greenwood is a sci-fi procedural graphic novel, featuring two cops forced to patrol an energy platform orbiting Earth (available September 9, 2014).

One of my favorite, if definitely niche, entertainment genres is the sci-fi police procedural. I was saddened by the recent cancellation of the TV show Almost Human—featuring a grouchy cop and his quirky android sidekick, for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure—so I'm extra pleased that a book as good as The Fuse has emerged to fill that void for me.

Set on Midway, a city that orbits 22,000 miles above the surface of the Earth, The Fuse Vol I: The Russia Shift follows a veteran cop, Klem Rystovich, and her fresh from planetside partner, Ralph Dietrich, as they investigate the murders of two “cablers.” Midway’s equivalent of the homeless, cablers choose to abandon society and live on the fringes, within the very skeleton of the orbiting city itself. Originally designed solely as a power station known as The Fuse, Midway was built up around the core generator by a group that included Klem’s cabler friend, Pyotr, whom the detectives run into during the course of their investigations:

Dietrich: Will anyone ever tell me what “FGU” means?

Klem: Don't—

Pyotr: First Guys Up. You didn't know?

Klem: He's fresh. I was gonna string him along a while longer. Go on, tell him.

Pyotr: Thousands of engineers built this place. We all lived up here for six months at a time, doing tours. But only a few hundred of us decided we preferred it up here to down on earth. When the Fuse was finished, everyone else went home. But to us, this was home. We started building. We were the First Guys Up. People like me and Klem built this place. We know every girder, ever rivet, every corridor and exhaust well. Course, most of us didn't figure we'd end up sleeping in them, too.

[There's even more world building!]

Fri
Sep 5 2014 10:00am

Fresh Meat: Night of the Jaguar by Joe Gannon

Night of the Jaguar is the debut thriller from Joe Gannon about a a former Sandinista guerrilla comandante turned cop who investigates a string of political executions (available September 9, 2014).

Jaguars are extremely difficult animals to hunt, which as an animal lover, I find satisfying. I hear the good old boys out at night with their dogs when I am down on my friend’s farm in deepest Virginia, trying their best, without success, to track down the big cats from the same family as the jaguar.

Hunting them makes them extremely and understandably resentful of humans, and they will turn and bite back with a vengeance, just like Joe Gannon’s stinging tale of deals and double deals in the sweltering heat of Nicaragua.

You will need more than a cup of iced water to cool you down when you pick this rattlesnake of a book up, for a cozy night-time read. He whips you straight into the action and the life and times of Captain Ajax Montoya:

He got the radio call he’d been waiting two days for.

“Ajax, Ajax, Ajax. Copy?”

“Copy, Dario, Go.”

“We got him, Ajax. Positive ID.”

“Where?”

“Barrio Jorge Dimitriov.”

“Any sign  of the priest?”

“Neither dead nor alive.”

Fifteen minutes later Ajax squatted inside one shack, observing another about twenty yards away. He pulled the .357 Magnum from its hand-tooled holster and slowly rolled the Python’s chrome cylinder over his open palm. With the hammer half-cocked it turned smoothly. He could feel the chambers silently clicking as they rolled past the barrel, like tumblers in a big lock. It helped him to think, it always had.

[You'll learn a thing or two while reading this...]

Fri
Sep 5 2014 9:30am

Boy Meets Girl, Girl’s Uncle is Colombian Drug Kingpin

Benicio del Toro is Pablo Escobar in the upcoming Paradise Lost, also starring Josh Hutcherson as a surfer who falls in love with the drug lord's niece.

If you liked that little taste, you might enjoy heading back to 1983 to see what happens right before the cocaine gets to these guys!

Thu
Sep 4 2014 3:00pm

The Turn of the Screw: A Gothic Whatdunit

Disturbing specter or spectral delusion? Predatory phantom or primitive fear? Dead face at the window or live madness in the mind’s eye? It’s for you to decide…

In 1898, as the Victorian era drifted towards its close, Henry James added to the world’s trove of ghost stories with a short novel that, to this day, has never lost its punch. James, scion of a New York banking family, had moved to England in the late 1860s and had already established himself as a top-shelf author by the time he wrote The Turn of the Screw. Penned in its author’s trademark ornate style, the novella’s plot is subtle and sinister. A young governess (whose name we never learn) is dispatched to a country house in Essex to give care and guidance to two young orphans. Though the boy has been tossed from his private school for some unspecified “wickedness,” both he and his sister seem to be gentle, pleasant children. Through the housekeeper, the governess learns of two former employees, both now dead, who seemed to have had an unhealthy grip on the children. In the course of the tale, the governess comes to believe that the ghosts of Peter Quint and Miss Jessel are attempting to claim her charges. She senses the presence of the unsavory pair, and, what’s more, she sees them.

[I told you it was spooky...]

Thu
Sep 4 2014 1:00pm
Excerpt

“Eldercare”: Exclusive Short Story Excerpt from Family Matters

Triss Stein

Family Matters, A Murder New York Style mystery anthology, edited by Anita Page“Eldercare” by Triss Stein is presented here in its entirety, an exclusive excerpt from Family Matters, edited by Anita Page, the third Murder New York Style mystery anthology (available September 9, 2014).

Come meet the relatives! These twenty short stories by members of the New York/Tri-State chapter will take you from the explosive excitement of the New York City Marathon to a secret cellar in Queens; from the warmth of an immigrant culture to the moneyed New York art world; from brutality and poverty to Wall Street’s privileged thugs. These urban short stories offer action-packed murder and suspense-filled mystery ranging in tone from fun to dark and from cozy to noir. No Metrocard or E-ZPass required to tour these neighborhoods.

She’s yelling at me. Not for the first time today and not even for the twentieth. And certainly not for the last.

She could yell at my big sister for once, the one who walks on water. The one who has the glamorous house on a beach in California. The one who hasn’t been home in two years and hasn’t called in two months. If she wants to yell, why not at her?

Or my older brother, the one who lives on the Jersey shore, but can’t seem to find a good day to hit the Garden State Parkway and give the old lady the thrill of his handsome face. But no. The surfing shop needs him night and day, even in the winter. She could yell at him; he has it coming.

So here I am, still on the same old beach in Brooklyn, still in the same old house where we grew up, still available for yelling.

The honest truth is, she was never sweetness and light. You think it’s just chance, both my siblings live on beaches, like where they grew up? But not THE beach where they DID grow up? They couldn’t wait to be somewhere else. Far enough so the old lady’s tongue couldn’t reach them. Even when all her brain cells were intact—or as intact as they ever were—she could skin you alive with her voice.

Right about the time I was plotting my own escape, she ended up in the hospital a couple of times, and then they said she had the big A and she was losing her brain cells, one cell at a time. They even showed me pictures.

And she wasn’t ever going to get better.

I was kind of hoping that the cells that were getting erased would be the ones that gave her the mean mouth and the vicious temper, but no such luck. They were the ones that told her how to dress herself and cook and eat. She still knew how to set a trap and spring it, with me playing the mouse. Trapped. So here I am, pushing thirty, living in my boyhood room with the Star Wars sheets on the cold twin bed. Making my own meals, cause she was never much of a cook, and now can’t be trusted near a stove. If she blew herself up, I wouldn’t mourn much. Not much, ha. Not at all, but I worry about the house. It’s a good house, brick, front and back yards, garage, three stories cause they built some bedrooms up in the attic. It’s one block from the beach. One freakin’ block. It’s worth real money. And I’ve earned it.

[Continue reading “Eldercare” by Triss Stein]

Thu
Sep 4 2014 11:00am

Bogie and Bacall: To Have and Have Not (1944)

In tribute to the late Lauren Bacall, we’re looking at the four classic films she made with husband and screen partner Humphrey Bogart between 1944 and 1948: To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, and Key Largo. First up is Howard Hawks’ To Have and Have Not.

I have to be honest and declare right here at the beginning that I don’t think there’s a better movie than To Have and Have Not. There are greater films, and more profound films, and films of more ambition and more scope and more depth. But there’s not a better movie.

By now, we’ve all heard the famous (and maybe even partially true) story of how Howard Hawks bet Ernest Hemingway that he could make a good movie out of Hemingway’s worst novel. He settled on To Have and Have Not as the biggest stinker and made a cinematic masterpiece by throwing out everything in the book and starting from scratch. There are a couple of things wrong with this anecdote, though. For one thing, the exact when and where and how of the story seemed to change every time Hawks retold it, sharpening and clarifying until it became a suitable testimony to his own prescience and talent. The other problem is that director Michael Curtiz actually adapted Hemingway’s original novel faithfully in 1950 and created the film noir masterpiece The Breaking Point starring John Garfield and Patricia Neal. Still, the core of Hawks’ anecdote nicely sums up his approach to the material. Hemingway’s novel was a story of moral defeat, of a man reaching, well, the breaking point. And that kind of thing had no place in the cinema of Howard Hawks.

[He had a much different interpretation...]

Thu
Sep 4 2014 8:45am

Goodbye, Shiny Shoes and Fancy Suits: Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Trailer

This Sunday, Boardwalk Empire will return for its fifth and final season. Viewers will see a huge jump in time, we're now not looking at the Prohibition Era of the 1920s, but jumping straight into the Depression in 1931. As Michael K. Williams, who plays Albert “Chalky” White, said in an interview “The days of the shiny shoes and fancy suits are long gone.”

Are you a fan of the show? Are you sad to see it go? What fall shows are you excited about?

Wed
Sep 3 2014 12:30pm

The Strain 1.08: “Creatures of the Night”

“Creatures of the Night” picks up where last week left off, with Eph and Co. recovering from their confrontation with Eichhorst. When Abraham confirms that the strigoi cannot stand sunlight, Nora and Eph’s medical expertise comes into play: as this vampiric plague is viral in nature, and viruses die when exposed to UVC waves, they reason that ultraviolet light may be one of their best defenses.

Our heroes arrive at a local medical supply warehouse only to find the place closed. Well, desperate times certainly call for desperate measures. “(We’re) burglars, vigilantes, vampire hunters—add it to the list,” Eph deadpans before breaking a window. And once inside they learn they’re not alone…

Turns out Vasiliy Fet has beaten them to the valuable UVC lamps, having correctly deduced that they’ll prove useful weapons against the “big munchers” he’s already encountered. So not only did the exterminator know enough to raid the medical supply warehouse, he also cunningly cut off the alarm for the place from down the street, and  even goes so far as to haggle with Nora over who gets how many lamps. And then calmly announces that he’s already “exterminated” a couple of the creatures on his own. Like it’s no big thang.

[Swoon...]

Wed
Sep 3 2014 8:45am

Home Invasion Hostages Were Merely Hallucinating

A local newspaper carrier had an interesting Sunday morning when she heard a disturbance coming from one of the houses on her route.

There were three people inside the house frantically screaming for help and banging on windows in an attempt to get the carrier's attention. They yelled out to her they had been shot at and held hostage for several hours. She quickly called 911 to get the help they needed.

When the police rolled up from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the three “hostages” inside at first refused to come out, saying they feared their attackers might still be in the bottom floor of the house.

Once officers were able to convince the three that they were with law enforcement, the investigators talked with the occupants and concluded that they had hallucinated the attack. They fired several shots from inside the house, officials indicate, trying to defend themselves against imagined intruders.



Later they found the meth lab inside the home and spent rounds of ammunition scattered around.

Some of the debris found outside under a window included a toilet that had been yanked out from the floor and thrown out the window, officers say, in an attempt to drop it on an the attacker who didn’t exist.

All three were taken to the Jackson County jail. All three suspects were charged with possession, attempt to manufacture methamphetamines, felony criminal mischief and possession of paraphernalia.

I guess you can say they had a really bad trip…

Tue
Sep 2 2014 1:00pm

Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

“The bedroom is strange. Unfamiliar. I don’t know where I am, how I came to be here. I don’t know how I’m going to get home.”

Those are the terrified words of Christine upon waking at the beginning of the psychological thriller, Before I Go to Sleep. To complicate matters there’s an unknown male lying next to her and Christine’s immediate thought is she has had an illicit affair with a married man, so she immediately moves to the bathroom to collect her wits and discreetly leave. But the man named Ben is used to her dilemma because he is her husband, he says, and they have been married for twenty-two years, and that Christine who has anterograde amnesia experiences such horrors when she wakes up each and every new day.

Ben explains to her that she’d had “a bad accident,” suffering severe brain injuries when she was 29 years old. Most of the time she sees herself as a young adult but occasionally regresses to being a child living with her mom and dad. She is able to retain information during the waking hours but when she goes to sleep most of it goes away. Christine and Ben live in North London where he takes care of them financially and leaves her on her own when he heads out for work. He writes messages on an eraser board with questions like “laundry? walk? (take phone!) tv?” to help her guide through the day. Before he leaves, he patiently explains everything Christine will need for the day as well as giving her a cell phone that looks (due to technological advances since her mishap) like a kid’s toy to her. Ben promises to call and departs for work. A picture is quickly painted of a loving husband who has stuck to his vow of ’til death do us part. His presence is soothing and calibrates Christine’s jittered nerves.

[But he's not the only man in Christine's life...]

Tue
Sep 2 2014 10:45am

Breathless: Part 2

In Episode 2 of Breathless on Masterpiece Mystery:

Richard Truscott (Oliver Chris) has gone to visit Margaret (Sarah Parish), as you knew he would.

Jean (Zoe Boyle), the new Mrs. Truscott, is back helping Otto Powell (Jack Davenport) and Charlie Enderbury (Shaun Dingwall) with their moonlight operation, as you might have suspected she would. This time the emphasis really is on “operation,” because the patient at the start of this episode requires hospitalization for internal bleeding after a botched attempt to terminate a pregnancy.

There’s trouble aplenty for everyone associated with the New London Hospital. Plus lots of proof that the 1960s were not pretty, kids.

[But the fashions are fabulous...]