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<i>Point Blank</i> (1967): The Only Neo-Noir that Matters
Blogs
December 8 2016

Point Blank (1967): The Only Neo-Noir that Matters

I’ve been a consumer of countless crime fiction novels, films, and television for most...
Murder, Mystery, and Scandinavia: The Perfect Combination
Blogs
December 8 2016

Murder, Mystery, and Scandinavia: The Perfect Combination

If you like the setting of your murder mysteries to take place in a cold, snowy climate, you’re...
Review: <i>Naked In Death</i> by J.D. Robb
Blogs
December 8 2016

Review: Naked In Death by J.D. Robb

Naked In Death by J.D. Robb is the 1st book in the In Death series featuring Detective Eve Dallas.  Nora...
<i>Sweet/Vicious</i>: A Socially Relvant Crime Fan’s Cocktail
Blogs
December 7 2016

Sweet/Vicious: A Socially Relvant Crime Fan’s Cocktail

If I told you that there was a new crime show that was both funny and socially relevant and successfully...
5 New Books to Read this Week: December 6, 2016
Blogs
December 7 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: December 6, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Which Type of Thriller Is Your Favorite?
Blogs
December 6 2016

Which Type of Thriller Is Your Favorite?

Crime fiction is a pretty broad genre. But even narrowed further to thriller, there are still...
The Dark Tower: <i>The Waste Lands</i>, Part III
Blogs
December 6 2016

The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands, Part III

Last week, Jake struggled mightily with the duality of his existence and the “doubling”...
<i>Don’t Turn Out the Lights</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
December 6 2016

Don’t Turn Out the Lights: New Excerpt

Don't Turn Out the Lights is the 3rd book in the Commandant Martin Servaz series (Available December...
Interview: Duane Swierczynski talks <i>The Black Hood</i> and comiXology
Blogs
December 6 2016

Interview: Duane Swierczynski talks The Black Hood and comiXology

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The Black Hood comes to comiXology Unlimited this month! Duane Swierczynski is the author...
<i>Westworld</i> Season Finale, 1.10: “The Bicameral Mind” Episode Review
Blogs
December 5 2016

Westworld Season Finale, 1.10: “The Bicameral Mind” Episode Review

The Westworld creators have certainly kept their cards close to their vests, keeping us guessing...
<i>The Walking Dead</i> Power Rankings 7.07: “Sing Me a Song”
Blogs
December 5 2016

The Walking Dead Power Rankings 7.07: “Sing Me a Song”

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Finally an episode that remembered different storylines can be featured in the same hour and...
Review: <i>Nocturnal Animals</i> (2016)
Blogs
December 5 2016

Review: Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Nocturnal Animals opens with a credits sequence that may very well go down as the most visceral...
<i>Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency</i> 1.07: “Weaponized Soul” Episode Review
Blogs
December 5 2016

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 1.07: “Weaponized Soul” Episode Review

We’re almost to the finish line, and things are wrapping up nicely—but there are...
Read an Excerpt of <i>Echoes In Death</i> by J.D. Robb!
Blogs
December 5 2016

Read an Excerpt of Echoes In Death by J.D. Robb!

In anticipation of the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th In Death novel, Echoes In Death (Available...
<i>Onslaught</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
December 4 2016

Onslaught: New Excerpt

Onslaught by David Poyer is the 16th Dan Lenson novel, which unfolds an utterly convincing...
<i>A Divided Spy</i> Writing Contest
Blogs
December 2 2016

A Divided Spy Writing Contest

Want to be published in a thriller by a bestselling author? St. Martin's Press is sponsoring...
5 Current Crime Comics You Should Be Reading
Blogs
December 2 2016

5 Current Crime Comics You Should Be Reading

Superhero comic books are just as popular as the blockbuster films they inspire. So when you...
Review: <i>The Knife Slipped</i> by Erle Stanley Gardner
Blogs
December 2 2016

Review: The Knife Slipped by Erle Stanley Gardner

The Knife Slipped by Erle Stanley Gardner was meant to be the 2nd book in the Cool & Lam Mystery...
Review: <i>In Sunlight or In Shadow</i>, Edited by Lawrence Block
Blogs
December 2 2016

Review: In Sunlight or In Shadow, Edited by Lawrence Block

In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper, edited by Lawrence Block,...
<i>Brazen</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
December 2 2016

Brazen: New Excerpt

Brazen by Loren D. Estleman is the 5th book in the Valentino Mystery series (Available December 6,...
Review: <i>Don’t Turn Out the Lights</i> by Bernard Minier
Blogs
December 1 2016

Review: Don’t Turn Out the Lights by Bernard Minier

Don't Turn Out the Lights by Bernard Minier is the 3rd Commandant Martin Servaz novel (Available...
<i>The 14th Colony</i> by Steve Berry: Now in Mass Market
Blogs
December 1 2016

The 14th Colony by Steve Berry: Now in Mass Market

The 14th Colony is the latest Cotton Malone thriller from New York Times bestselling author Steve...
<i>The Gentleman from Japan</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
December 1 2016

The Gentleman from Japan: New Excerpt

The Gentleman from Japan by James Church is the 6th book in the Inspector O series (Available December...
Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—<i>Saga</i>
Blogs
November 30 2016

Page to Screen: Comics I’d Love to See on My TV—Saga

The Series: Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. The Heroes: Alana and Marko—once...
Introducing Peter James TV!
Blogs
November 30 2016

Introducing Peter James TV!

I’m extremely excited to have launched my own YouTube channel, Peter James TV, in which...
5 New Books to Read this Week: November 29, 2016
Blogs
November 30 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: November 29, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
<i>Painted Doll</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
November 30 2016

Painted Doll: New Excerpt

Painted Doll by Jonelle Patrick deals with the shocking discovery that a mother's death ten years...
The Devil’s Truths: Exploring the Mythology of <i>Lucifer</i>, Episode 2.10: “Quid Pro Ho”
Blogs
November 29 2016

The Devil’s Truths: Exploring the Mythology of Lucifer, Episode 2.10: “Quid Pro Ho”

Well, it’s nice to see Amenadiel swoop in and convince Mum not to detonate the bomb, thus...
Which Noir Character Are You?
Blogs
November 29 2016

Which Noir Character Are You?

If you’re a regular visitor of Criminal Element, then you’re probably more than a...
<i>Westworld</i> 1.09: “The Well-Tempered Clavier” Episode Review
Blogs
November 28 2016

Westworld 1.09: “The Well-Tempered Clavier” Episode Review

Lines are starting to intersect with lots of gut-wrenching carnage as we race to the show’s...