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September 1 2015

Hannibal 3.13: “The Wrath of the Lamb” is Ended

Here we are, fannibalizing together a last time, much like Hannibal and Will in the blood-soaked (probably) series finale “The Wrath of the Lamb.” There was some returning to the inspiration...
August 24 2015

Hannibal 3.12: “The Number of the Beast is 666”

Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) envisions killing his wife and so consults the second-deadliest therapist in Baltimore. Supposing this is only his dragonic killer-empathy in overdrive, nonetheless, I didn't...
Crime HQ
August 4 2015

What’s Whitey Bulger Done?: Trailer for Black Mass Starring Johnny Depp

If there's anyone who typifies the if you can't beat 'em, join 'em mantra, it's Whitey Bulger, the infamous mafia boss who terrorized South Boston in the 1970s. Bulger became...
August 4 2015

Hannibal 3.09: “And the Woman Clothed With the Sun...”

When Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) visits Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), we learn even the perennially-scruffy nature boy wears aftershave. The moon-phased Tooth Fairy is on a killing deadline, and...
July 28 2015

Hannibal 3.08: “The Great Red Dragon” At Last Descends

Stray dogs and more Englishmen! Once Hannibal was captive, I felt safe vacating, so “The Great Red Dragon” is a late write-up. This episode had a dash of everything I love and may mourn...
July 20 2015

Hannibal 3.07: “Digestivo” Finishes Characters

Hannibal's “Digestivo” finishes characters with a burp, despite NBC moving our dinner reservation. Shifted to Saturday night, without preamble, this week's episode had lots...
July 11 2015

Fresh Meat: Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich

Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich is a multigenerational tale of one family's history of crime and vengeance in rural Georgia (available July 14, 2015),  For a debut novel, Brian Panowich...
Crime HQ
June 11 2015

Falling for the Point Break Remake

After two years of waiting, here's our first look at the new Point Break trailer with less surfing, but more altitude and extreme skiing. Luke Bracey stars as Johnny Utah, the young FBI agent and...
April 9 2015

The Americans 3.11: “One Day in the Life of Anton Baklanov”

Phew! For the first time in weeks, nobody on The Americans was lit on fire, no one was stuffed into a suitcase, no little old ladies were killed, and no teenage girls lost their innocence. And...
February 5 2015

The Americans 3.02: “Baggage”

The Americans followed up its action-packed premiere with one of its most contemplative episodes to date. Apart from a quick chase scene and a heart-stopping encounter between Oleg (Costa Ronin)...
January 29 2015

The Americans 3.01: Season Premiere “EST Men”

I can’t remember a show sticking the landing of its finale better than The Americans did in Season 2. Not only did they tie up all the intricate story arcs with a legitimately surprising...
January 23 2015

Under the Radar: Genre Movies You May Have Missed — The Frighteners

I love the mainstream, popular, and critically acclaimed films as much as the next person. The last thing I’d consider myself is a cinematic snob. But there are times when a truly amazing...
January 3 2015

Under the Radar: Genre Movies You May Have Missed — The Cell

I love the mainstream, popular, and critically acclaimed films as much as the next person. The last thing I’d consider myself is a cinematic snob. But there are times when a truly amazing movie...
November 17 2014

Fresh Meat: The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg is the third globetrotting mystery in the Fox and O'Hare sereis featuring the unlikely pair of FBI Agent Kate O'Hare and professional thief Nick Fox...
October 13 2014

Boardwalk Empire 5.06 “Devil You Know”

It’s taken nearly five seasons, but we’re finally close to answering the crucial question of Boardwalk Empire: Why is Nucky Thompson such a wet blanket? I mean, for a guy at the epicenter...
September 9 2014

Fresh Meat: Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd

Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd is a standalone romantic suspense featuring a geologist, an FBI agent, and a long-buried secret that comes to light during an earthquake (available September 9, 2014). If...
August 19 2014

Legends: Sean Bean Is Legendary But the Writing Isn’t (Yet)

The way Sean Bean’s craggy face commands the screen in the new television crime show, Legends, which premiered on TNT last week, is the show’s best asset. But the writing needs to level...
June 30 2014

Fresh Meat: Don’t Talk to Strangers by Amanda Kyle Williams

Don't Talk to Strangers by Amanda Kyle Williams is the 3rd mystery featuring ex-FBI profiler, recovering alcoholic, and police consultant Keye Street (available July 1, 2014). Uncovering the...
May 19 2014

Fresh Meat: Lost by Laura K. Curtis

Lost by Laura K. Curtis is a novel of romantic suspense featuring a former police officer and an FBI agent who both end up undercover in a rural Texas cult (available May 20, 2014). With Lost, Laura...
May 1 2014

Fresh Meat: Border War by Lou Dobbs and James O. Born

Border War by Lou Dobbs and James O. Born is the suspenseful thriller about the struggles of FBI Special Agent Tom Erikson after a questionable shootout on the Mexican border leads to his reassignment...
Crime HQ
April 23 2014

Game of Pawns: FBI Creates Anti-Spying Short Film

Game of Pawns: No, it's not the cutthroat tale of four families desperately trying to take over a throne pawnshop, it's the story of Glenn Duffie Shriver, an American student who was tricked/paid/recruited...
Crime HQ
December 12 2013

When the Men Were Slick and the Women Were Out of Control: American Hustle Trailer

Bradley Cooper's ridiculous perm and other bad hair decisions aside, American Hustle promises to be a knock-out of '70s proportions, and reunites some great talent in Hollywood. Jeremy...
December 10 2013

Cheering the Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973) with star William Smith

Roger Ebert said of Invasion of the Bee Girls, at the time of its 1973 release, “[it] is the best schlock soft-core science fiction movie since maybe The Vengeance of She." Wow. And did Ebert...
November 25 2013

Yes, You Must Watch The Blacklist With Me!

Back in September, I wrote about five new crime TV shows  that I was excited to watch. Of those five: Ironsides was cancelled, Dracula was a disappointment (although I am still watching it) and...
November 12 2013

Fresh Meat: Ghost Medicine by Aimee and David Thurlo

Ghost Medicine by Aimée and David Thurlo is the seventeeth crime novel featuring Navajo Police Special Investigator Ella Clah, who confronts the death of an old flame, rumored skinwalkers,...
November 11 2013

Fresh Meat: Dust by Patricia Cornwell

Dust by Patricia Cornwell features Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, trying to unravel a posed corpse's impossible death while her FBI-profiler husband involves her in the case...
November 6 2013

Fresh Meat: South by Lance Charnes

South by Lance Charnes is a dystopic thriller set in an alternate future, one in which American policy is driving citizens across the southern border (available November 12, 2013). It’s been...
September 14 2013

Set Your DVRs: Five New Crime TV Shows to Watch

According to TV Guide, there are fifty-seven new shows premiering this fall. Fifty-seven. That’s a lot of shows. Clearly, not all of them will succeed, but there are five new shows with criminal...
June 3 2013

Fresh Meat: Stolen by Allison Brennan

Stolen by Allison Brennan is the 6th book in the Lucy Kincaid series (available June 4, 2013). Lucy Kincaid is in the middle of her FBI agent training course at Quantico when her boyfriend Sean...
May 4 2013

Hannibal Episode 5: “Entrée”

Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane is a large, Gothic estate that houses a violent criminal known as Dr. Gideon. He’s been a model prisoner during his two year stay, earning...