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October 28 2015

Da Vinci’s Spooks: Intelligence

Mounties aside, we in the U.S. don’t usually think of Canada as the sort of place that would spawn a great TV police show. (Insert polite-criminal joke here.) Yet it did: Da Vinci’s...
August 17 2015

Show Me a Hero: Parts 1 and 2

“Show me a hero, and I’ll give you a tragedy.” The Wire changed television and remains one of the greatest stories about life in an American city ever created. So, no pressure,...
February 12 2015

Fresh Meat: The Whites by Harry Brandt aka Richard Price

The Whites by Richard Price (writing as Harry Brandt) is about a NYPD detective nearing retirement as he falls under siege by an unsolved murder, his own dark past, and a violent stalker (available...
Crime HQ
February 4 2015

Play Dates for The Wire: David Simon, Richard Price, and a Riot

Know what it's like to get sloppy on piña coladas with David Simon of The Wire? Let Richard Price tell you all about it... If you're thirsty for more, here are clips on singular...
September 15 2014

Boardwalk Empire 5.02: “The Good Listener”

At the end of last week’s stellar season premiere, Nucky’s new bodyguard slices the ear off of a would-be assassin. Episode Two, “The Good Listener,” continues this auricular...
July 29 2014

New Trailer for Nightcrawler: The City Shines Brightest at Night

In the new trailer for the upcoming film Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, an aspiring journalist who speeds around the the streets of Los Angeles in the middle of the night looking...
January 16 2014

Justified Episode 5.02: “The Kids Aren’t All Right”

There was so much great stuff that I’m not even sure where to begin. So let me start with the titular kids, one of whom is Loretta McCready (Kaitlyn Dever), one of the pivotal figures from the...
Crime HQ
May 16 2013

James Gandolfini Gets Criminal Justice

HBO recently announced it was picking up a 7-part series called Criminal Justice starring James Gandolfini as an “ambulance-chasing New York City attorney who gets in over his head when he takes...
December 12 2012

Opposites Attract: Why We Love Both Castle and The Wire

I was looking at my collection (yes, I do this a lot) and I was wondering. How can I have on the same shelf genres such as hard-boiled, gritty, literary, noir, literary noir, police procedurals,...
November 1 2012

The Wire on a Reservation: Jason Aaron’s Native American Crime Saga Scalped

If you were an HBO subscriber from 2002 to 2008 you got to watch something special unfold. That something special was of course David Simon’s acclaimed drama The Wire, which at first glance...
May 2 2011

The Wire: An English Cop’s Perspective

That’s the job.  Shit rolls downhill.  Cops live in the valley. During my 30 years as a West Yorkshire police officer, those truisms remained steadfastly true.  Crime priorities...