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Discount: <i>Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: Into the Fire</i> by George Galdorisi & Dick Couch
Blogs
May 25 2017

Discount: Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: Into the Fire by George Galdorisi & Dick Couch

In celebration of the recent publication of the latest in Tom Clancy's Op-Center series,...
Review: <i>Where Dead Men Meet</i> by Mark Mills
Blogs
May 25 2017

Review: Where Dead Men Meet by Mark Mills

Set against a terrific backdrop of Europe on the cusp of the Second World War, Where Dead Men...
<i>Shark Island</i> by Chris Jameson: A Visual Guide
Blogs
May 24 2017

Shark Island by Chris Jameson: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. This...
5 New Books to Read this Week: May 23, 2017
Blogs
May 24 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: May 23, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Vote for Your Favorite Roger Moore James Bond Film
Blogs
May 23 2017

Vote for Your Favorite Roger Moore James Bond Film

  Tell us which film you chose and why in the comments below!
We Can Be Heroes
Blogs
May 23 2017

We Can Be Heroes

Read author Rio Youers's exclusive guest post about the unlikely hero in all of us, and then...
Review: <i>Two Lost Boys</i> by L. F. Robertson
Blogs
May 23 2017

Review: Two Lost Boys by L. F. Robertson

Two Lost Boys by L. F. Robertson is a debut novel and a legal thriller that deals with the controversial...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wolves of the Calla</i> Part VIII
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May 23 2017

The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla Part VIII

Last week, Jake discovered Slightman the Elder's treasonous plan as the Calla geared up for the...
Page to Screen: <i>American Gods</i> 1.04: “Git Gone” Review
Blogs
May 22 2017

Page to Screen: American Gods 1.04: “Git Gone” Review

Every episode of American Gods has ended with me longing for more. All the Coming to America...
<i>Twin Peaks: The Return</i> Review: Parts 1 and 2
Blogs
May 22 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return Review: Parts 1 and 2

Ahead of David Lynch’s revival, I went back and binged on the original series, interested...
Watch the First Redband Trailer for <i>Atomic Blonde</i>
Blogs
May 22 2017

Watch the First Redband Trailer for Atomic Blonde

Charlize Theron reprises her role as a British spy (Mr. F) in Atomic Blonde, a “breakneck...
“Only the Dead Drink Brooklyns” Cocktail
Blogs
May 19 2017

“Only the Dead Drink Brooklyns” Cocktail

Vampires may need blood to survive, but what about when they vant to have a bit of fun? They...
The QUILTBAG Detective: Queer Characters in Crime Fiction
Blogs
May 18 2017

The QUILTBAG Detective: Queer Characters in Crime Fiction

Read Kristen Lepionka's quick-hits list of the top depictions of queer identities in crime...
Discount: <i>The Trident Deception</i> by Rick Campbell
Blogs
May 18 2017

Discount: The Trident Deception by Rick Campbell

In anticipation of the release of Blackmail by Rick Campbell (available June 27, 2017)—the 4th...
Discovering a Sister in Crime: Eleanor T. Bland
Blogs
May 18 2017

Discovering a Sister in Crime: Eleanor T. Bland

Summer 2015. A writer I’d just met hears about the novel I’ve been working on about...
5 New Books to Read this Week: May 16, 2017
Blogs
May 17 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: May 16, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Vote for Your Favorite God from <i>American Gods</i>
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May 16 2017

Vote for Your Favorite God from American Gods

    Don’t see your favorite god listed? Tell us who your favorite is in...
Q&A with Court Merrigan, Author of <i>The Broken Country</i>
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May 16 2017

Q&A with Court Merrigan, Author of The Broken Country

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Court Merrigan describes himself as a farm-raised country boy, recovering expat, teacher, and...
Review: <i>A Negro and an Ofay</i> by Danny Gardner
Blogs
May 16 2017

Review: A Negro and an Ofay by Danny Gardner

A Negro and an Ofay by Danny Gardner is the 1st book in The Tales of Elliot Caprice series.  On...
The Dark Tower: <i>Wolves of the Calla</i> Part VII
Blogs
May 16 2017

The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla Part VII

Last week, Susannah's pregnancy became increasingly distressing. This week, Jake confirms the...
Review: <i>Price of Duty</i> by Dale Brown
Blogs
May 16 2017

Review: Price of Duty by Dale Brown

Price of Duty by Dale Brown is the 21st book in the Patrick McLanahan series, where the U.S....
Page to Screen: <i>American Gods</i> 1.03: “Head Full of Snow” Review
Blogs
May 15 2017

Page to Screen: American Gods 1.03: “Head Full of Snow” Review

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is a masterpiece of early 21st-century works, and a big reason...
Adventures in Research, Part I: <i>Time of Departure</i>
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May 15 2017

Adventures in Research, Part I: Time of Departure

I’m sure every novelist has his or her personal formula for research. Recently, Criminal Element...
“The Last Paloma” Cocktail
Blogs
May 12 2017

“The Last Paloma” Cocktail

What happens when currency is an illusion and the world seems on the verge of another Collapse?...
5 Reasons 50s-Era Cuba Is the Perfect Setting for a Thriller
Blogs
May 12 2017

5 Reasons 50s-Era Cuba Is the Perfect Setting for a Thriller

I set my second novel in Cuba in the closing months of 1958, when American power brokers in Washington—namely...
Review: <i>The Last Iota</i> by Robert Kroese
Blogs
May 11 2017

Review: The Last Iota by Robert Kroese

Set in the world of The Big Sheep, The Last Iota by Robert Kroese delivers another dystopian adventure...
Discount: <i>Independence Day</i> by Ben Coes
Blogs
May 11 2017

Discount: Independence Day by Ben Coes

In anticipation of the release of the 7th Dewey Andreas novel from Ben Coes, Trap the Devil (available...
<i>The Forgotten Girl</i> by Rio Youers: A Visual Guide
Blogs
May 10 2017

The Forgotten Girl by Rio Youers: A Visual Guide

GIFnotes: Giving you the basic plot summary of an upcoming book with the help of the Graphics Interchange Format. This...
5 New Books to Read this Week: May 9, 2017
Blogs
May 10 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: May 9, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Vote for Your Favorite Season of <i>The Wire</i>
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May 9 2017

Vote for Your Favorite Season of The Wire

  Let us know what you chose and why in the comments below!