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Whether the world is at stake or it’s just another day in Chinatown, Jake, these stories are about dark deeds, suspense, and the adrenaline rush.

Blogs
March 30 2015

Arsenic in Your Wine Glass? Naturally!

A recent California lawsuit claims a score of brands of wines produced there, contain high levels...
Blogs
March 28 2015

Noir’s Goon Squad: Brad Dexter

Brad Dexter has evil eyes. There are a lot of guys who have that whole hollow-on-the-inside steely-eyed-gaze...
Blogs
March 27 2015

Like Jurassic Park, with Foreskins

Last year, we covered the strange and controversial artistic history of the Holy Foreskin, supposedly...
Excerpts
March 24 2015

The Patriot Threat: New Audio Excerpt

The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry is the 11th Cotton Malone political thriller where a North Korean...
Blogs
March 23 2015

Lost Classics of Noir: The Big Heat by William P. McGivern

I first saw Fritz Lang’s 1953 film noir The Big Heat decades ago, and I just viewed it again...
Blogs
March 23 2015

“Where is Hunt?”: Trailer for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Tom Cruise has long been a polarizing star possessing the unique ability to sustain a decades-long...
Blogs
March 22 2015

Under the Radar: Movies You May Have Missed — Attack the Block

Why is it that aliens always invade New York? Or Los Angeles? How come it’s always the...
Blogs
March 21 2015

A George Smiley Offensive: The Honourable Schoolboy

In John Le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the previous George Smiley adventure,...
Blogs
March 19 2015

The Americans 3.08: “Divestment”

In an early scene in last night’s The Americans, Oleg’s father calls Arkady (Lev...
Blogs
March 18 2015

Beast in View: Margaret Millar at 100

In the vast criminal menagerie that Margaret Millar created over the course of her long career, there...
Excerpts
March 17 2015

Echoes: New Excerpt

Echoes by Laura K. Curtis is the first romantic suspense in the Harp Security series, in which a travel...
Blogs
March 17 2015

Now Win This!: Caught Red Handed Sweepstakes

Here's the smell of the blood: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand,...
Blogs
March 16 2015

The Stand Alones: Georges Simenon’s The Widower

I don’t know if we can say with certainty that Georges Simenon was the most successful writer...
Excerpts
March 15 2015

The Friendship of Criminals: New Excerpt

The Friendship of Criminals by Robert Glinski is a mob-feuled thriller focused on Anton, an aging...
Blogs
March 13 2015

The Mongolian Conspiracy by Rafael Bernal

It’s 1968, the height of the Cold War, and we are in Mexico City. Filiberto Garcia is a sixty...
Blogs
March 12 2015

Just in Time for Spring Cleaning: Zombie Proof Your Home

It finally seems that winter is behind us. The weather is warming up. The snow piles are melting...
Blogs
March 7 2015

Crimes Against Film: Super Bitch (1973)

I have watched this movie three times now, and twice while planning to write about it for this site....
Excerpts
March 6 2015

Asylum: New Excerpt

Asylum by Jeannette De Beauvoir is a thriller set in Montreal narrated by the city's Director...
Blogs
March 6 2015

Submissions for The M.O. Close at Midnight!

Okay, it'll technically be 11:59p.m. when The M.O. submissions close. But don't be caught...
Blogs
March 5 2015

The Americans 3.06: “Born Again”

If last night’s opening scene of The Americans was the first time a bathtub had been prominently...
Blogs
March 5 2015

But These Tarantulas are Farm-Raised, with BBQ Seasoning!

Eating wild bugs can be a risky affair, but in the global bazaar, insect specialties are now available,...
Excerpts
March 4 2015

All the Old Knives: New Audio Excerpt

All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer is an espionage thriller about an ex-couple from the CIA who...
Blogs
March 3 2015

Now Win This!: Shooters and Computers Sweepstakes

Sometimes CTRL + ALT + DELETE just won't do, and you'll wish you had backup. These eight...
Blogs
March 3 2015

Gangland Undercover: Inside the Vagos Motorcycle Gang

As Charles Falco was about to learn after being caught for dealing drugs, the only way out of jail...
Blogs
March 2 2015

John Le Carré’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Smiley’s Reckoning

In 1974’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, we finally have an account of George Smiley as a full-fledged...
Blogs
March 2 2015

Lizzie Borden’s Not Nearly Done!

Christina Ricci will reprise the role of Lizzie Borden in a 6-episode miniseries, plus two more...
Excerpts
March 1 2015

Impasse: New Excerpt

Impasse by Royce Scott Buckingham is a thriller about a recently-fired prosecutor who heads into the...
Blogs
February 28 2015

Under the Radar: Genre Movies You May Have Missed — Bandits

As a reporter says in the opening prologue, Bandits (2001) is “part Bonnie and Clyde, part...
Blogs
February 27 2015

How to Get Away with Murder 1.14: “The Night Lila Died”

As How to Get Away with Murder can attest, the “previously on” section that starts...
Blogs
February 27 2015

How to Get Away with Murder 1.15: Season Finale “It’s All My Fault”

How To Get Away With Murder finally proved that it knew where it was going all along: the twists...