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August 28 2015

TBR Confessions: Fat Bob, Foxgloves, and Deadly Ghosts

My TBR Confessions include a smoking beagle, a wizard cop, and “ghosts” who aren't by Stephen Dobyns, Ben Aaronovitch, and Mary Roberts Rinehart. CURRENTLY READING: Is Fat Bob Dead...
February 11 2013

Fresh Meat: Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason

Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason is a thriller with a twist and a macabre sense of humor (available February 12, 2013). Three Graves Full is a crime novel that begins with a twist. Our protagonist,...
October 20 2011

Fresh Meat: Ranchero by Rick Gavin

Ranchero by Rick Gavin is peopled with real characters in an authentic South, the Mississippi Delta to be exact, who think and speak with the natural wryness of the place.  That makes it twice...
September 20 2011

The Art of the Steal Ain’t What it Used to Be

I don’t know about you guys, but when it comes to capers, from swiping the Hope Diamond to cracking a bank vault, I like to envision some complicated, timed to the microsecond, Oceans 11/ Mission...
June 22 2011

Flypaper Trailer: The Latest Comic Heist?

Since Jake Hinson’s been discussing the 5 best classic heist flicks, we share this trailer for a thoroughly modern entry among comic bank capers.  Flypaper stars Patrick Dempsey, Ashley Judd,...
June 21 2011

Classic Heist Flicks: The Art of the Steal

Unlike most classic film noir, heist movies are not about passion but process. If all noir taps into its audience’s guilty desires—to murder or lie or commit adultery—the heist film...
June 3 2011

The Art of the Heist: Caper-Lovers Will Never Be ‘Out of the Game’

If the detective mystery is the father of crime fiction and noir the alcoholic uncle, then the caper is the lovable nev’r-do-well cousin. Well, I take that back. Capers are doing quite well,...