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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
September 18 2014

Get Carter by Ted Lewis: Crime Fiction’s Open Source Blueprint

I’ll get right to the point here; Ted Lewis’s 1970 novel Jack’s Return Home (re-titled...
Blogs
September 18 2014

“What If We Were Sent Here for a Reason”: The Maze Runner Trailer

Back in February, Kate Voss talked about seven books that we would be coming to screen in 2014,...
Blogs
September 17 2014

The Noir Geek’s Guide to The Big Lebowski

The Coen Brother’s 1998 comedy The Big Lebowski has many cultural touchstones—the...
Blogs
September 15 2014

We’ll All Be Seeing Hannibal’s Therapist Regularly

Gillian Anderson plays Bedelia du Maurier on Hannibal, an astonishingly cool and self-possessed...
Blogs
September 14 2014

Mossad as Superspy: Is the Myth Slipping?

I’ve run across an interesting piece by Nathan Abrams, Professor of Film Studies at Bangor...
Blogs
September 13 2014

Bogie and Bacall: Key Largo (1948)

In tribute to the late Lauren Bacall, we’re looking at the four classic films she made...
Blogs
September 13 2014

Bogie and Bacall: Dark Passage (1947)

In tribute to the late Lauren Bacall, we’re looking at the four classic films she made with...
Blogs
September 11 2014

Lost Classics of Noir: Build My Gallows High by Geoffrey Homes

I didn’t set out to make a habit of, when writing appreciations of books for this site, also...
Blogs
September 10 2014

Gotham’s Girls: Comic Noir’s New Leading Ladies

Noir has long been a male bastion in comics, from Frank Miller reimagining Daredevil and Batman to...
Blogs
September 10 2014

Bogie and Bacall: The Big Sleep (1946)

In tribute to the late Lauren Bacall, we’re looking at the four classic films she made...
Blogs
September 9 2014

Fresh Meat: Nine Days by Minerva Koenig

Nine Days by Minerva Koenig is a debut mystery featuring Julia Kalas, a forty-something former mob...
Blogs
September 8 2014

The Honourable Woman: Trapped Inside the Feedback Loop

Like the Cold War, the endless Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the dramatist’s gift that keeps...
Blogs
September 7 2014

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...
Blogs
September 5 2014

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...
Blogs
September 2 2014

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...
Excerpts
September 2 2014

Only the Dead: New Excerpt

Only the Dead by Vidar Sundstøl, translated from the Norwegian by Tiina Nunnally, is the second...
Blogs
August 29 2014

Rosewater: Jon Stewart’s Directorial Debut

Last summer, Jon Stewart took a three month hiatus from his nightly The Daily Show gig to travel to...
Blogs
August 26 2014

Now Win This!: Thrillers and Killers Sweepstakes

This sweepstakes features six books and one ebook that will leave you checking your back. Nowhere...
Excerpts
August 26 2014

Assassin’s Game: New Excerpt

Assassin's Game by Ward Larsen is the 2nd international thriller featuring David Slaton, a retired...
Blogs
August 26 2014

Before Hannibal Lecter, There was Thomas Bishop: Shane Stevens’ Forgotten Killer

Credit for the serial killer subgenre usually goes to Thomas Harris. However, two years before Harris...
Excerpts
August 23 2014

The Freezer: New Excerpt

The Freezer by Timothy S. Johnston is the second interstellar sci-fi thriller in The Tanner Sequence...
Blogs
August 21 2014

What Am I Bid for Johnny Depp as Charlie Mortdecai?

Much has been written, and will be written about Johnny Depp starring as Whitey Bulger in the upcoming...
Blogs
August 19 2014

Legends: Sean Bean Is Legendary But the Writing Isn’t (Yet)

The way Sean Bean’s craggy face commands the screen in the new television crime show, Legends,...
Excerpts
August 18 2014

Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box: Exclusive Excerpt

Enjoy this exclusive excerpt from Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box by George Mann, a historical thriller...
Excerpts
August 16 2014

Gun Metal Heart: New Excerpt

Gun Metal Heart by Dana Haynes is an international thriller featuring the deadly freelance operative...
Blogs
August 15 2014

The Movies of 1944: When Strangers Marry

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of film noir’s landmark year, we’re looking at...
Excerpts
August 15 2014

Jungle Horses: Exclusive Excerpt

Jungle Horses by Scott Adlerberg focuses on a London man, who after falling into debt with the...
Blogs
August 15 2014

Not Dead Yet: Melbourne Edition

A Melbourne hospital recently mass-mailed 200 death certificates for live, recently discharged...
Excerpts
August 14 2014

Don’t Look Back: New Excerpt

Don't Look Back by Gregg Hurwitz finds recently single Eve Hardaway adventuring through southern...
Excerpts
August 13 2014

Payoff: New Excerpt

In Payoff, by Douglas Corleone, a movie mogul's teenage daughter is kidnapped, and U.S. Marhsal...