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May 26 2015

Orson Welles at 100: Touch of Evil (1958)

Orson Welles’s Touch of Evil is one of the great pieces of cinematic trash. It’s a frantic film, wildly over the top, in love with its own squalor, infatuated with the feel and smell...
May 13 2015

Orson Welles at 100: The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

The Lady from Shanghai is a brilliant mess. It is a film that was taken away from its director, edited thoughtlessly, scored with one song endlessly repeated, and then shelved for years before it was...
March 13 2015

The Mongolian Conspiracy by Rafael Bernal

It’s 1968, the height of the Cold War, and we are in Mexico City. Filiberto Garcia is a sixty year old Mexican policeman. Over the course of his life he has killed people: men, women, a priest....
December 20 2014

Back to the Beginning: The Bounty Hunters by Elmore Leonard

From the early 1970s until 1992’s Unforgiven, Westerns had become outmoded, pitiful television productions and lame B-films that had run the genre into the dust heap, and unless Clint Eastwood...
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...
Crime HQ
July 28 2014

Tourist Trap: Mexico’s Super-Creepy Island of the Dolls

The island perches among canals south of Mexico City, and didn't start out moth-eaten, mold-covered, and terrifying... probably. The story goes that the island’s only inhabitant, Don...
June 10 2014

A Western for the B-Movie Junkie: The Female Bunch (1969)

When Thelma and Louise hit the big screen in 1991, it stood out in the world of mainstream movies for being a film that portrayed women as badass renegades who fought against abuses from men and took...
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...
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...
August 12 2013

Fresh Meat: Strong Rain Falling by Jon Land

Strong Rain Falling by Jon Land is the fifth thriller featuring Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, who confronts her family's past, dating from the Mexican Revolution, when the people and country she...
July 17 2013

Summer Reads with Drinks, Part Two

There were just too many great summer reads and matching drink selections for one post, so here is Part Two. Book and drink selections were matched and tested by the same dedicated team that recently...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
September 20 2012

Fresh Meat: The Hot Country by Robert Olen Butler

The Hot Country by Robert Olen Butler is a historical crime novel set in early-20th-century Mexico (available October 2, 2012). When we meet Christopher Marlowe “Kit” Cobb, war correspondent...
June 27 2012

Salma Hayek, Modern Femme Fatale?

The drug thriller Savages, based on the book by Don Winslow, is just a little more than a week away from its cinematic debut and the Internet is soaking up images of Salma Hayek as femme fatale-cum-drug...
May 18 2012

Fresh Meat: Beautiful Sacrifice by Elizabeth Lowell

Beautiful Sacrifice by Elizabeth Lowell is a romantic suspense novel featuring the Mayan doomsday prophecy (available May 22, 2012). The heroine of Elizabeth Lowell’s latest romantic suspense...