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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.

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January 30 2015

How to Get Away with Murder 1.10: “Hello Raskolnikov”

ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder opened its first season with the revelation that the...
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January 30 2015

Automatic Crime Sonnet Robot, Activate!

If modern robots can write your letters, why not poetry, and what richer fodder for auto-verse...
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January 29 2015

The Americans 3.01: Season Premiere “EST Men”

I can’t remember a show sticking the landing of its finale better than The Americans did...
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January 26 2015

Lowdown Calendar: More of 2015’s Mystery Conventions

We've already highlighted 5 of the biggest mystery fan conventions of 2015, but lucky for us,...
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January 25 2015

Literary Mysteries: Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita, Ada, or Ardor) is not what one would call a traditional mystery...
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January 21 2015

Announcing 2015’s Edgar Nominees

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the Edgar Award nominees and special winners. ...
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January 20 2015

Now Win This!: 3x3 Sweepstakes

The best things in life come in threes, and this sweepstakes proves it with a contemporary high-tech...
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January 20 2015

Six Reasons to Watch The Americans

The premise of The Americans, which is set in the early 1980s, is that Philip and Elizabeth Jennings,...
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January 14 2015

Agent Carter: 1.03: “Time and Tide”

By this point, we know that Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) is on the trail of something big. Howard...
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January 14 2015

“Everyone Creates the Thing They Dread”: New Trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron

Marvel has released a new trailer for this summer's inevitable blockbuster Avengers: Age...
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January 12 2015

Run Down to the Ground: Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

One of the few bits of learning I retained from my years as a sleepwalking college student, was a...
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January 12 2015

Pop Music Spells Freedom, Really, In Morse Code!

It's the story of a Columbian colonel, a Miami ad man, long-time hostages and the music of freedom....
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January 8 2015

Southern African Crime Fiction on the World Stage

Over the last ten years there has been an explosion of authors writing contemporary crime fiction...
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January 7 2015

Agent Carter: 1.02 “Bridge and Tunnel”

One of the charms of Captain America: The First Avenger was the way Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell)...
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January 7 2015

Agent Carter 1.01: Series Premiere “Now Is Not The End”

First, a confession: I am Agent Carter’s ideal audience. One, I like women who kick ass....
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January 1 2015

The Quietest Crime of the Century: Happy New Year!

Is all really quietest on New Year's Day? Ask one of the perpetrators of the “crime...
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December 28 2014

George Smiley Minor: The Looking Glass War

In John Le Carré’s fourth novel, The Looking Glass War, events are definitely skewed....
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December 27 2014

Another Kind of Thrilla in Manila: Wonder Women (1973)

This post can be seen as the third in a trilogy of appreciations I’ve written of B-movies that...
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December 25 2014

Joy Through the Underworld and Peace on Earth!

Don't get homicidal for the holidays, at least not without us and 7 Noir Holiday...
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December 23 2014

Let’s Not Forget Film Noir’s John Dall

John Dall (1918-1971) starred in top Hollywood productions Spartacus, Rope, and The Corn is Green,...
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December 8 2014

Number 12 of the Scams of Christmas: Soggy Security

Criminal Element's counting down 12 scams of Christmas, beginning with an issue that can...
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December 5 2014

American Horror Story: Freak Show 4.08: “Blood Bath”

Welcome back to the Freak Show! I hope you dames and gents had a lovely break to spend time with your...
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December 5 2014

Newspaper Turns Frown Upside Down, Circulation Plummets

  Recently, The City Reporter in Russia promised to publish only good news, and circulation...
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December 2 2014

House of Cards Season 3 Premiere Date Announced

Did you catch the the important message delivered by Frank and Claire Underwood? If not, we have...
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December 1 2014

Fresh Meat: Gods and Monsters: Mythbreaker by Stephen Blackmoore

Gods and Monsters: Mythbreaker by Stephen Blackmoore is a standalone thriller where a new set of gods...
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November 28 2014

Not So Holy: The Saint in New York by Leslie Charteris

“Pardon me. In the excitement of the moment, and all that sort of thing, I forgot to...
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November 24 2014

Lost Classics of Noir: Whip Hand by W. Franklin Sanders (and/or Charles Willeford)

In case you’re confused by the author credit in the heading here, let me just say that I join...
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November 21 2014

How to Get Away with Murder 1.09: Mid-Season Finale “Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me”

“Same time next week?” Conner (Jack Falahee) wisecracks to his accomplices in crime,...
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November 20 2014

Fresh Meat: Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline

Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline is the 13th book in the Rosato & Associates series featuring attorneys...
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November 20 2014

Wicked Good Brew: Jailhouse Brewery

Wintertime fills the shelves and supermarkets with one of our favorite things since the repeal...