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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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October 25 2014

Fatal Footlights: The Theater Mystery

The theater world has long been a prime setting for mystery and mayhem. Shakespeare, that homicidal...
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October 22 2014

In the Kitchen with Walter W.

Miss Breaking Bad so much you can taste it? So does Walter Wheat, the pseudonymous author of...
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October 21 2014

99 Percent of You Might Be Jack the Ripper, Or His Victim

There has been a wave of examination of the latest Ripper case solution by crime enthusiasts and now...
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October 19 2014

Laughter in the Dark: Nabokov’s Original Femme Fatale

“Once upon a time there lived in Berlin, Germany, a man called Albinus. He was rich, respectable,...
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October 16 2014

Madly in Love: Edgar Allan Poe Short Story Adapted for Film

If you're a rabid Edgar Allan Poe enthusiast, like many of us are—especially around...
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October 14 2014

Gotham 1.04: “Arkham”

Gotham should be subtitled “Rise of the Penguin,” as it’s clear by this fourth...
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October 14 2014

Cremains of the Day: .....In....Spaaaaace!

If not space, the stratosphere at least. A company founded by people with a “background in aerospace...
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October 11 2014

How to Get Away with Murder 1.03: “Smile, Or Go to Jail”

I’ve never been great at remembering people’s names, and this show is not helping. The...
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October 8 2014

Noir’s Goon Squad: William Talman

We've recently featured a post on the noir career of Raymond Burr. Although he’s best...
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October 7 2014

Fresh Meat: Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan is the third novel featuring Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan,...
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October 7 2014

Fresh Meat: The Murder Man by Tony Parsons

The Murder Man by Tony Parsons is a debut thriller, introducing newly-minted homicide detective Max...
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October 7 2014

Twin Peaks: Not Claiming Credit for Its Return, But...

...but Jake Hinkson's Twin Peaks Rewatch recalls the show's greatness, and then, along comes...
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October 6 2014

Black Sea: Treasure-Hunting Nazi Gold by Submarine

There will be gold lust, danger, and Scottish accents in confined spaces in the upcoming Black...
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October 4 2014

Fresh Meat: The Delta by Tony Park

The Delta is a thriller by Tony Park set in Africa about Sonja Kurtz, an ex-assassin turned mercenary...
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October 1 2014

Fresh Meat: Tunnel Vision by Aric Davis

Tunnel Vision is the second book to feature Nickel, Aric Davis’s teenage sleuth and anti-hero...
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October 1 2014

Hello, October: Crime Writers in the Cemetery

If you know me—or if you’ve read one of my books—you know I have a thing for...
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September 30 2014

Fresh Meat: The Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen

The Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen is a romatic thriller about the daughter of a mob boss whose...
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September 30 2014

Fresh Meat: The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan

The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan is a novel set against the landscape of Montana, involving the relationship...
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September 30 2014

Gotham 1.02: “Selina Kyle”

Bruno Heller, the co-creater of Gotham, talked in an interview about the influence of 1970s New...
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September 29 2014

Fresh Meat: Mean Business on North Ganson Street

Mean Business on North Ganson Street is the story of a black police detective exiled from the sunny...
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September 25 2014

Being John Malkovich Being Other Celebrities: An Homage

Homages to popular iconic images aren't new, but they feel pretty new when the one posing is John...
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September 23 2014

Fresh Meat: Butterfly Skin by Sergey Kuznetsov

Butterfly Skin by Sergey Kuznetsov, translated from Russian by Andrew Bromfield, is a dark thriller...
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September 22 2014

Boardwalk Empire 5.03: “What Jesus Said”

The first two episodes of Boardwalk Empire’s final season were sprawling and raucous, with...
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September 22 2014

Boston Delivers Twice the Poe

Baltimore, Philadelphia, Richmond, and New York, all lay claim to Edgar Allan Poe, but Boston...
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September 19 2014

Gotham: Join Us for the Journey Through Batman’s Origins

“The attraction of this story was the chance to tell the origin stories,” said Gotham...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...