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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Crime HQ
May 6 2014

Now Win This!: Four Knaves Sweepstakes

You bet we've got four knaves for you: Jimmy, Moe, Alex... and, uh, Dismas? This handful of trouble includes fresh titles from Johnny Shaw, Reed Farrel Coleman, Marc Guggenheim, and John Lescroart—such...
May 3 2014

Fresh Meat: Wolverine Bros. Freight & Storage by Stephen Ulfelder

Wolverine Bros. Freight and Storage by Steve Ulfelder is the fourth installment in the Conway Sax Mystery Series about the part-time racecar driver, part-time private eye and full-time recovering alcoholic...
May 2 2014

Hollywood’s First Murder Mystery: The Puzzling Life and Death of William Desmond Taylor

The film colony that left the East Coast (the birthplace of American film) and settled in and around Los Angeles in the 1910s moved with shocking speed to corner the global movie market. By the early...
April 30 2014

Fresh Meat: Plaster City by Johnny Shaw

Plaster City by Johnny Shaw is the second adventure in the Jimmy Veeder Fiasco series where the semi-reformed brawler agrees on taking a trip across the vast SoCal desert with Bobby to help him look...
April 11 2014

Lost Classics of Noir: Kiss Her Goodbye by Wade Miller

Sometimes a good setting is all an ace novelist needs to pen a memorable story. Give an able scribe a backdrop that is the stuff of fertile literary ground and they can go to work in spinning a yarn...
Crime HQ
March 10 2014

Pass the Marshmallows, the Veronica Mars Movie is Almost Here!

Zoinks! This Friday night brings the limited theatrical and video on-demand release of the movie Veronica Mars, crowd-funded at lightspeed by fans of the iconic tv girl detective of the 'oughts...
February 18 2014

Fresh Meat: Runner by Patrick Lee

Runner by Patrick Lee is the thriller debut of Sam Dryden,  retired special forces, tasked with protecting a powerful young girl from the evil clutches of the government (available February 18,...
February 4 2014

Fan Favorites: 2014’s Mystery Conventions

2014 promises to be chock full of wonderful mystery conventions and conferences ranging from Bouchercon— the world’s largest crime fiction convention—to more tightly-focused conferences...