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July 28, 2015
Royally Flushed: Atlantic City's Counterfeit Chip Scam
Crime HQ
July 24, 2015
Washburn, Mims, and Foley: Women Authors Leading the Western Charge
Edward A. Grainger
July 22, 2015
Announcing the Hammett Prize Nominees
Crime HQ
July 21, 2015
Naked Drunk Driving Suspect Arrested After Falling Off Barn Roof
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Tue
Jul 28 2015 8:45am

Royally Flushed: Atlantic City’s Counterfeit Chip Scam

For most people, a royal flush spells certain victory, but for Christian Lusardi of Fayetteville, North Carolina, it might very well spell prison. When workers at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, went to investigate the cause of a clogged pipe, a wild discovery was made: counterfeit poker chips with a tournament value of $2.7 million had been flushed down the toilet. The Borgata Winter Poker Open, the tournament at which the fake chips were used, was put on hold while officials sorted out what to do next.

The proceeding investigation led authorities to arrest Lusardi on charges of theft and rigging a public contest. Lusardi is believed to have introduced the counterfeit chips on multiple occasions, and is noted to have won $6,814 in the tournament. The investigation is still ongoing.

H/T: NY Post

Thu
Jul 23 2015 8:45am

“A Place With No Mercy”: Spectre Trailer

In the past, the villains of the James Bond universe have bordered on being one-dimensional, but some of the recent films have gone on the remedy that, and if Christoph Waltz's acting from the Spectre trailer is any indication, it looks like he might set the bar even higher. Take a look for yourself in the trailer below. Spectre hits theaters on November 6th.

Wed
Jul 22 2015 3:00pm

Announcing the Hammett Prize Nominees

Awards season closing in on us, so dust off those red carpet duds, grab your finest champagne flute, and get ready to roll! We've already informed you of 2015's Thriller Award nominees and winners, Shamus Award nominees, Crimefest Award winners, Macavity Award nominees, Anthony Award nominees, Arthur Ellis Award nominees, Agatha Award winners, and the Edgar Award winners, but there's more good news to go around, and now it’s time for the Hammett Prize nominees. Wouldn’t that Thin Man sculpture look so cool on your mantelpiece? Well, to get it you have to write like these shortlisters:

Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke
Smoke River by Krista Foss
Gangsterland by Tod Goldberg
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Goodhouse by Peyton Marshall

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers will name the winner, during the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association's (NAIBA) Fall Conference, in Somerset, New Jersey, October 2-4. The winner will receive a bronze trophy designed by sculptor Peter Boiger. Congrats to the nominees!

Tue
Jul 21 2015 3:30pm

Now Win This!: Shadow Lurker Sweepstakes

You can't run from what you don't see coming, so I'd avoid that dark alley if I were you, or you just might find yourself face-to-face with these nine nefarious books!

Click here to enter for a chance to win!

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[Did you hear that?]

Mon
Jul 20 2015 3:00pm

The Port of San Pedro: A New Noir Series

As undisputed fans of all things dark, chaotic, and deadly, it seems like it's our duty to bring to your attention The Port of San Pedro, an upcoming television series created by Cleo Valente.

The Port of San Pedro is a clear homage to the glory days of noir, from its black-and-white stylization to the schemings of the duplicitous femme fatale, Luli-May Tang. Throw in Nick de Salvo (Steve Polites), an undercover detective who's teamed up with his corruptible police captain, Sebastian Montenero (Luke Fattorusso), and you've got yourself a classic tale that knows where its roots first grew.

The series' synopsis informs us that Luli-May Tang (Melodie Shih) is a Chinese woman who's running an illegal currency forgery operation in Macao and has started to look into new ventures at the port of San Pedro. Luli-May is assisted by Mike Moretti (Mark Mikita), a mute sociopath who serves as her bodyguard. For Nick and Sebastian, their progress is impeded by Augustine “Quint” Quintero (Jesus Guevara), a morally ambiguous man who's attracted equally to both new opportunities and the deadly femme fatale.

At this time, there's no news as to when (and where) Season 1 will premiere, but a teaser trailer has recently been released. Take a look for yourself, and if you're interested in more information, check out The Port of San Pedro's Facebook and Twitter accounts, where you'll be ther first to read all breaking news.

Fri
Jul 17 2015 8:45am

Spaghetti Western! (with Dogs and Vacuum, of Course)

Now, that's what we call a good ole' spaghetti western. Why yes, of course there are costumed dogs and a vacuum! If you're trying to portray true struggle, pioneering spirit, and romance, how else would you do it?

h/t: Cute Overload. We look forward to hearing about Baxter and Dixie's nominations.

Thu
Jul 16 2015 11:00am

Crime Through Time: Marc A. Hermann’s NYC Photo Mashups

It's been said that you can never truly outrun the past, and photographer Marc A. Hermann has used that notion as inspiration in his “Then and Now” series where archived photos from the newspaper's past have been digitally mashed-up with modern photos depicting the same location. From the Daily News:

New York City's rich photo history has been well documented by the Daily News through the years. Many of the places, stories, and lives lived by New Yorkers who have come before us are still alive and well, but locked in photography archives. Marc A. Hermann, historian of the New York Press Photographers Association, has juxtaposed then and now photos of New York City, bringing back to life people and stories of the Big Apple's past.

As you scroll through all of Hermann's mashups, it's startling to see just how quickly everyone adapts and moves forward. Whether it's a dead gangster (the above picture depicts the death of mob man Frankie Yale in Brooklyn in 1928) or a scorched storefront, New York City has moved on to hide its past, but thanks to Hermann, it's easy to remember.

Check out the full “New York City Then and Now” series on the Daily News' website!

HT: Thanks to The Lineup for putting this on our radar.

Wed
Jul 15 2015 7:00pm

Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List: August, 2015

Discover (or remember to order) your next cozy with a delightfully convenient shopping list of upcoming soft-boiled mysteries! We kept rolling off last month with July's releases, and now we're setting our sights on July! Let us know in the comments how you like it and what you can't wait to read next!

Criminal Element's July 2015 Cozy Bookshelf Shopping List!

[Let's get to the goodies!]

Tue
Jul 14 2015 10:30am

Sherlock: A First Look at the Christmas Special

For its upcoming Christmas special, Sherlock will be traveling back to the time period in which it was written, and fans can get their first glimpse in the delightfully tongue-in-cheek teaser that was recently released. Watch the clip below, and enjoy everything we've come to love from this series: a sarcastic Sherlock, a blunt Watson, and not-a-plot-device Mrs. Hudson. Oh, and don't forget about Watson's distinguished mustache, which even he isn't all too happy with. And for those of you worried about continuity, don't worry; this episode will exist in a vacuum and won't be connected to the other, modern day episodes.

Tue
Jul 7 2015 2:00pm

Now Win This!: Read All About It Sweepstakes

If these titles sound familiar, it's because each one has been recently featured on Criminal Element, and now we're giving you the chance to win them — these 15 titles are ready for your bookshelf!

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[Let's spark your memory...]

Sat
Jul 4 2015 10:00am

Happy 4th of July: 120 Seconds, $1000 of Fireworks!

For the 4th, we offer this explosive 2 minutes from TeddieFilms, who went into the desert with action cams and a cool grand of fireworks to burn!

Wherever this took place, it might've been illegal or possibly dumb. (That kinda makes it even more up our alley.) Nonetheless, we sincerely wish you, our cherished site visitors, to have a spectacular and safe holiday!

Happy Independence Day!

Mon
Jun 29 2015 10:45am

Careers: Passion for Execution? Willing to Relocate?

No, they don't mean the usual corporate-speak kind of “execution.” Saudi Arabia is hiring for the real deal. According to RT, the kingdom

which executes more criminals than any nation except China and Iran, wants to hire eight new executioners. A surge in executions has been witnessed under new King Salman’s rule.

The job description published online on Monday says no special training is required from applicants. The executioners would be required to behead condemned criminals in public as well as carry out amputations on those convicted of lesser offenses...

Apparently, the positions get paid at the lower end of the civil service scale, but given Saudi Arabia's ranking as only 3rd in worldwide executions, it's a role with good security and growth potential for the right candidate.

 

Leading image from animated series Executioner, created by Greg Grabianski and Andy Rheingold—Revolver Mag article on “Most Metal Cartoons” at link

Fri
Jun 26 2015 8:45am

Announcing The M.O.’s “Wishful Thinking” Story!

Thanks for checking out our shortlist of great short crime stories and voting! We're excited to announce the “Wishful Thinking” story we'll be publishing in its entirety is...

“The Cocoon” by Louis Rakovich

We were, again, delighted and vexed by the overall quality of the story submissions as well as those of the four finalists. In a couple of weeks, we'll have the reader-selected story here for your perusal and enjoyment! On Friday, July 10th, you'll see the chrysalis emerge at last!