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April 16 2014
One of the most gripping elements, at least for me, is the vulnerability of the children and...
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April 16 2014
Set to premiere on FX in July, Guillermo del Toro's The Strain is adapted from the successful...
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April 15 2014
The Long Shadow by Liza Marklund, translated from Swedish by Neil Smith, is the eighth featuring Stockholm...
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April 15 2014
In my teens and early twenties, my two best mates and I spent a lot of time watching horror films,...
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April 15 2014
Walter White has been many things. Teacher, husband, father, murderer, and meth cooker. While he won't...
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April 14 2014
When they first announced that Justified would end after Season 6, I was prepared to be heartbroken...
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April 14 2014
If you’ve been watching Turn, AMC’s new Revolutionary War spy drama, you might be...
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April 13 2014
The reputation of Scandinavian thrillers has really taken off in recent years. Stieg Larson was the...
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April 12 2014
The Axe Factor by Colin Cotterill is the third Jimm Juree Mystery about a relocated news reporter...
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April 11 2014
Sometimes a good setting is all an ace novelist needs to pen a memorable story. Give an able scribe...
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April 9 2014
Last week, I discussed Guillermo del Toro’s 1993 debut, Cronos, and now I'm back to...
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April 9 2014
Pop artist as crime poet? Well, Claes Oldenburg's work repeatedly makes monuments out...
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April 8 2014
Register to enter for a chance to win a six-book bundle of contemporary crime novels featuring lots...
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April 7 2014
The Drop (previously titled Animal Hosptial), a Brooklyn-based mob-thriller is set to debut in...
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April 7 2014
With the publication of A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle kicked off a Sherlock Holmes phenomenon...
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April 5 2014
The Walking Dead manages to be both the most frustrating and occasionally most compelling show I watch...
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April 5 2014
I can’t count the number of times people have said to me that they won't watch a Western...
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April 3 2014
Over the past two decades, Guillermo del Toro has more than proven himself as a master of his craft....
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April 2 2014
The 2014 Derringer Award winners have been announced by the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and congratulations...
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April 1 2014
It's been almost exactly 18 years since Fargo premiered on April 5, 1996 and took audiences to...
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March 31 2014
Hustle by Tom Pitts is a gritty, harsh story of two male prostitutes from San Francisco who attempt...
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March 30 2014
By Its Cover by Donna Leon is the 23rd Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery about the Venetian police...
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March 28 2014
While Twin Peaks is a web of contradictions—combining as it does comedy and horror, “high”...
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March 27 2014
In the last of these columns I wrote about an author whose work I said would have to be represented...
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March 26 2014
Sean Connery filmed one traditional Western: 1968’s Shalako. But two others have strong Western...
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March 25 2014
Notorious by Allison Brennan is a debut thriller featuring Max Revere, formally Maxine, a renowned...
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March 25 2014
It's been 14 years since the original X-Men movie hit screens in 2000 and the franchise has...
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March 24 2014
Let us now praise Audrey Horne. When we were first introduced to the pretty high school senior...
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March 24 2014
Ah, it's that time when a young Disney Channel star makes the move from child star...to scream...
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March 23 2014
I enjoyed Wallace Stroby’s recent Criminal Element post about some under-seen heist films. It...