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DavidCranmer
December 15 2017

Longmire 6:09: “Running Eagle Challenge” Episode Review

Vic (Katee Sackhoff) is learning there is often no such thing as closure. After going to a support group and seeing a woman who, rightfully so, is still crying over a lost child a year later, she...
DavidCranmer
December 13 2017

Longmire 6:08: “Cowboy Bill” Episode Review

The spavined storyline of Longmire vs. Nighthorse continues. Nighthorse (A Martinez) wants to stay out of the prison population, preferring solitary confinement where the long reach of Malachi...
DavidCranmer
December 11 2017

Longmire 6:07: “Opiates and Antibiotics” Episode Review

Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) is damn near giddy with relief from being out from under the dark prosecution cloud. He grabs a bottle of libation from his office and heads into the next room to...
DavidCranmer
December 8 2017

Longmire 6:06: “No Greater Character Endorsement” Episode Review

I had forgotten how much I appreciate Warren Zevon’s singing. His gruff, world-weary rendition of “Back in the High Life Again” opens the show as we follow Walt Longmire (Robert...
DavidCranmer
December 6 2017

Longmire 6:05 “Burned Up My Tears” Episode Review

This last season of Longmire is pulling out all the stops, resulting in unexpected twists, turns, and drop-offs—literally, in this case, toward the end of the episode. It all begins with...
DavidCranmer
December 4 2017

Longmire 6.04: “A Thing I’ll Never Understand” Episode Review

Much of the first five seasons in the relationship of Walt (Robert Taylor) and Vic (Katee Sackhoff) had a hollow ring to the sexual tension. Would they, or wouldn’t they? Snooze. Vic ended...
DavidCranmer
December 1 2017

Longmire 6:03: “Thank You, Victoria” Episode Review

What should have been a routine, dull day at the courthouse is anything but for Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) and Vic Moretti (Katee Sackhoff). Jury selection is underway for Walt’s upcoming...
DavidCranmer
November 29 2017

Longmire 6.02: “Fever” Episode Review

Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips) agrees to recuperate at Walt’s house if Walt shakes hands on staying away from Jacob Nighthorse (A Martinez). They both agree though Walt takes...
DavidCranmer
November 27 2017

Longmire 6:01: “The Eagle and the Osprey” Episode Review

Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) begins the sixth and final season farther behind the 8-ball than any other time in the show’s five-year history—and that’s saying a lot for this...
DavidCranmer
November 21 2017

Review: The Best American Mystery Stories 2017, Edited by John Sandford

From an isolated Wyoming ranch to the Detroit boxing underworld, and from kidnapping and adultery in the Hollywood Hills to a serial killer loose in a nursing home, The Best American Mystery Stories...
DavidCranmer
November 17 2017

Review: Stealing Ghosts by Lance Charnes

Stealing Ghosts by Lance Charnes is the second book in the DeWitt Agency Files series. The DeWitt Agency opens for business again, and I, for one, appreciate the clever way that author Lance Charnes...
DavidCranmer
November 14 2017

Review: Blood Run by Jamie Freveletti

Blood Run by Jamie Freveletti is the fifth book in the Emma Caldridge series, where the biochemist and her team must stop the spread of a smallpox virus and avoid the ruthless government attempting...
DavidCranmer
November 13 2017

Review: The Savage by Frank Bill

The Savage by Frank Bill is an unnerving vision of a fractured America gone terribly wrong and a study of what happens when the last systems of morality and society collapse (available November...
DavidCranmer
November 9 2017

Review: Trading Down by Stephen Norman

Trading Down by Stephen Norman is a fast-paced cyberthriller set inside an investment bank under cyber-attack. A novel on the banking infrastructure and what could happen if it was obliterated is...
DavidCranmer
November 7 2017

Review: The Midnight Line by Lee Child

The Midnight Line by Lee Child is the 22nd book in the Jack Reacher series. I dip into the Jack Reacher novels every few years and have enjoyed these visits with the wandering, destructive,...
DavidCranmer
October 15 2017

Executed 100 Years Ago: Who Was Mata Hari?

Exotic dancing and espionage are the twin peaks that come to mind when the name Mata Hari is mentioned. But what is her full, true story? Lost to time and blurred in key passages, for sure. Fact...
DavidCranmer
October 12 2017

Celebrating Robert Mitchum’s Centennial: Mitch Goes to War

We’ve been celebrating one hundred years of Robert Mitchum, having already looked back at his noir and Western films. Another genre he dominated was war movies, often projecting the great...
DavidCranmer
September 14 2017

Celebrating Robert Mitchum’s Centennial: The Noir

Robert Mitchum (1917-1997) may have gotten his start in Westerns, but it’s his reputation in the world of noir that became indelible. Other actors had ascended the genre throne before him,...
DavidCranmer
September 4 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return Season Finale Review: Parts 17 and 18

Part 17: “The past dictates the future.” The penultimate episode begins with Gordon Cole (David Lynch) revealing to Albert (Miguel Ferrer) and Tammy (Chrysta Bell) a secret he has...
DavidCranmer
August 28 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return Review: Parts 14, 15, and 16

Part 14: “We Are Like the Dreamer” Heaps of reveal in this surreal saturated episode, although certain junctions are far from satisfactory. What works: David Bowie, once again,...
DavidCranmer
August 7 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return Review: Parts 11, 12, and 13

Part 11: “There’s Fire Where You Are Going” Some boys playing catch see Miriam Sullivan (Sarah Jean Long) crawling out of the woods after being left for dead by Richard Horne...
DavidCranmer
August 6 2017

Celebrating Robert Mitchum’s Centennial: The Westerns

Robert Mitchum’s (1917-1997) first Western film (third film, overall) was Hoppy Serves a Writ (1943), starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, and his last was the idiosyncratic “psychedelic...
DavidCranmer
August 1 2017

The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower Part VI, The Final Chapters

Last week, we were left wondering if laughter really is the best medicine. This week, we make it to the Dark Tower as we close out our long journey through Stephen King's magnum opus.  The...
DavidCranmer
July 26 2017

Review: Killing Is My Business by Adam Christopher

Killing Is My Business by Adam Christopher is the second book in the Ray Electromatic Mysteries series. Check out Adam Christopher's discussion of genre and how his robot noir blurs the...
DavidCranmer
July 25 2017

The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower Part V

Last week, a van nearly took the author's life. This week, we're left wondering if laughter really is the best medicine.  The Dark Tower is very close, but our ka-tet is spread far...
DavidCranmer
July 18 2017

The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower Part IV

Last week, the ka-tet lost another at the Battle of Devar-Toi as they free the Breakers and save the beam. This week, the author Stephen King is saved, but at what expense?  The Dark Tower...
DavidCranmer
July 17 2017

Twin Peaks: The Return Review: Parts 8, 9, and 10

Part 8: “Gotta Light?” Hard to convey the vibe this reviewer got from experiencing a seminal moment in television history without coming across as an awestruck fanboy. So, what...
DavidCranmer
July 11 2017

The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower Part III

Last week, we lost Father Callahan but ran into an old friend. This week, the ka-tet loses another at the Battle of Devar-Toi as they free the Breakers and save the beam. The Dark Tower is very...
DavidCranmer
July 4 2017

An Artistic Debut: Reviewing SoHo Sins by Richard Vine

SoHo Sins by Richard Vine is an intriguing debut novel about the underworld of the New York art scene (now available in paperback!). Read David Cranmer's review of SoHo Sins by Richard Vine,...
DavidCranmer
July 4 2017

The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower Part II

Last week, we began our final book of the series, The Dark Tower, with a chilling and thrilling opening. This week, the ka-tet reunites (minus the late Father Callahan) and Roland runs into an old friend. The...