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JoeBrosnan
July 6 2015

Fresh Meat: Signal by Patrick Lee

Signal by Patrick Lee is the 2nd fast-paced thriller in the Sam Dryden series that features high-concept technology able to peek ten hours into the future (available July 7, 2015). If Energizer...
ThomasPluck
July 6 2015

True Detective 2.03: “Maybe Tomorrow”

Raise your hand if you thought Ray was dead? With the David Lynch opener to the third episode, I had hopes of a surreal twist to the story, but instead we get “rubber bullets,”...
ThomasPluck
June 29 2015

True Detective 2.02: “Night Finds You”

“We get the world we deserve.” – Ray Velcoro After so much dense setup in the first episode, if you were hoping for more room to breathe and enjoy time with the characters—morose...
JanetWebb
June 23 2015

Fresh Meat: Devil’s Harbor by Alex Gilly

Devil's Harbor by Alex Gilly follows Nick Finn, a California Customs and Border agent wrongly accused of murdering his partner forced to evade capture while attempting to prove his innocence (available...
ThomasPluck
June 22 2015

True Detective 2.01: Season Premeire “The Western Book of the Dead”

The second season of True Detective moves to California with an all new cast, keeping the grim sense of despair but losing the mysticism and existential dread that piqued the interest of so many...
Crime HQ
June 19 2015

Get Ready For True Detective Season 2

While we won't be welcoming the pointed ramblings of Rust Cohle back into our homes on Sunday night, we will be saying hello again to True Detective. As we've previously mentioned, Season...
dvaleris
May 28 2015

Fresh Meat: The Darkness Rolling by Wim and Meredith Blevins

The Darkness Rolling by Win and Meredith Blevins follows Seaman Yazzie Goldman, returning to Monument Valley after WWII to bodyguard a star in a John Ford western (available June 2, 2015). World...
dvaleris
May 24 2015

Fresh Meat: One Murder More by Kris Calvin

One Murder More by Kris Calvin is the debut mystery in the Maren Kane series about a good-hearted lobbyist from Sacremento caught up in a murder investigation (available June 1, 2015). When you...
DorothyHayes
May 19 2015

Fresh Meat: Skies of Ash by Rachel Howzell Hall

Skies of Ash by Rachel Howzell Hall is the 2nd police procedural in the Detective Elouise Norton series set in Los Angeles where a deadly house fire looks a lot like murder (available May 19, 2015). The...
ScottAdlerberg
May 11 2015

Familiar Yet Foreign Noir: The Late Show

The opening of Robert Benton’s private eye film The Late Show is chock-full of deception. We first see the Warner Brothers logo, but it’s not the Warner logo of 1977, the year the film was...
JoeBrosnan
April 27 2015

Tales of the Grim Sleeper: 25 Years of Killings and Looking the Other Way

When a serial killer eludes capture for the better part of three decades, it’s usually because of careful preparation, elusive tactics, and near-perfect execution, but that is not the case...
Crime HQ
April 14 2015

True Detective Season 2 Official Teaser Trailer

Time might be a flat circle, but make sure you draw it on your calendar on June 21st, because that's when True Detective Season 2 will begin. We've already discussed how Season 2 will not...
BrianGreene
March 31 2015

The Obscure, Peculiar, and Clairvoyant Black Rainbow

I first watched the 1989 film Black Rainbow a few years ago, and I took an interest in the movie for three reasons: 1. It was directed by Mike Hodges. Hodges is the auteur behind what are, to me, two...
Crime HQ
March 30 2015

Arsenic in Your Wine Glass? Naturally!

A recent California lawsuit claims a score of brands of wines produced there, contain high levels of arsenic. According to San Francisco's CBS affilate:  So far there is no theory on...
courthas
March 24 2015

Fresh Meat: Knuckleball by Tom Pitts

Knuckleball is a noir novella by Tom Pitts set in San Francisco during a busy baseball weekend when a well-liked police officer is gunned down (available March 24, 2015). With its ever-sprouting...
ThomasPluck
January 31 2015

So Close to Freedom: Visiting Alcatraz

Alcatraz, that most famous of American correctional facilities, has been a national park longer than it was a Federal prison. It housed Federal inmates from 1933 to 1963, a mere 30 years. The island’s...
JoeBrosnan
January 30 2015

Introducing The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: HBO’s 6-Part Documentary Series

The story seems familiar enough. We’ve all seen the wealthy kid who learns that happiness can’t be bought; the sibling who doesn’t want to enter the family business; the abusive marriage...
Crime HQ
November 11 2014

The Malfeasance Occasional: Special $1.99 Discount!

In advance of this week's Bouchercon, if you haven't had a chance to read our very own Travis Richardson's “Incident on the 405”, you can read it in full here! Travis's...
DirkRobertson
November 10 2014

Fresh Meat: Sons of Anarchy: Bratva: by Christopher Golden

Sons of Anarchy: Bratva by Christopher Golden is an original novel set in the television world created by Kurt Suttor about a California motorcycle gang (available November 11, 2014). Hold on to...
rachelkb
November 7 2014

Fresh Meat: Hell on Wheels by Sue Ann Jaffarian

Hell on Wheels by Sue Ann Jaffarian is the 9th cozy mystery in the Odelia Grey series, and this time a game of quadriplegic rugby takes a turn towards murder (available November 8, 2014). Plus size...
DorothyHayes
November 2 2014

Fresh Meat: Black Karma by Thatcher Robinson

Black Karma by Thatcher Robinson is the second in the White Ginger series, featuring San Francisco’s souxun, or “people-finder,” Bai Jiang, assisting the police to locate a man whose...
JakeHinkson
October 15 2014

God and the Gangster: How Billy Graham Tried to Save Mickey Cohen

Publicity makes for strange bedfellows. So does crime. So does religion, for that matter. Add publicity, crime, and religion together, and you get the fascinating story of how the Reverend Billy...
JoeBrosnan
September 23 2014

Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn Confirmed to Star in True Detective Season 2

HBO has just confirmed in a press release that Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will star in Season 2 of True Detective. It looks like some of the rumors we reported on last month turned out to be...
MeghanHarker
September 23 2014

Fresh Meat: Silent Murders by Mary Miley

Silent Murders by Mary Miley is the second Roaring Twenties mystery, featuring a former Vaudeville actress who goes undercover to solve a murder in the silent film industry (available September 23,...
BrianGreene
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 commenting on movies that were made from the novels. Ditto discussing the books that were converted...
EdwardAGrainger
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 with Isaac Asimov, Phillip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, and Arthur C. Clarke—represented...
BrianGreene
August 20 2014

Lost Classics of Noir: The Baby Doll Murders by James O. Causey

We noir heads love the covers of the classic paperback editions of what we now call pulp fiction. You know, the ones with the deliciously lurid images and the zinging plot teasers. The funny thing about...
Crime HQ
August 14 2014

Frontrunners Emerge for True Detective Season 2

As soon as True Detective Season 1 ended, rumors have been flying about who would star in Season 2. With filming to begin in the near future, frontrunners have emerged in the race. Rather than...
CToohey
July 22 2014

In Memoriam: James Garner (...Beep)

With his square jaw and magnetic charm, he played soldiers, lovers, marshals, judges, a sheriff for a day, gambler Bret Maverick, Philip Marlowe, and even Wyatt Earp, switching effortlessly between...
JoeBrosnan
May 28 2014

True Detective to Jet West for Season 2 with Room for Three

The Yellow King's pulse had barely stopped before talk turned to who would replace Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as the two lead detectives for True Detective's highly anticipated...