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May 4 2017

Review: The Darkest Night by Rick Reed

The Darkest Night by Rick Reed is the 5th book in the Detective Jack Murphy series, which finds the detective investigating a murdered cop, his partner's missing niece, and a shadowy voodoo cult.  If...
February 28 2017

Which New Orleans Crime Fiction Character Are You?

From telekinetic waitresses to grizzled war vets, New Orleans offers refuge for all types of people. With its historic past and modern rebirth, the city is a natural host to an array of crime fiction....
September 14 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: September 13, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books that published the day before—sharing the ones that we are looking forward to reading the...
April 21 2015

A Case of Place: What TV’s American Horror Story Taught Me About My New Orleans

This post, about how a scenery-chewing TV series rekindled one New Orleans crime author's love for his own city, is offered for your delight and in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of...
January 6 2015

Fresh Meat: Doing the Devil’s Work by Bill Loehfelm

Doing the Devil's Work by Bill Loehfelm is the third book starring Maureen Coughlin, an up-and-coming New Orleans police officer trying to rebuild her life (available January 6, 2014). Doing...
March 10 2014

True Detective: 1.08 The Finale “Form and Void” Brings the Story Full Circle

The problem with serial killers and psychopaths in fiction, in general, is that they are banal. If you want to be realistic, the story remains the same: we make our own monsters, and the only mystery...
March 3 2014

True Detective: 1.07 “After You’ve Gone” Heads For a Hard Landing

Last episode, we saw the true detectives' fiery breakup. Maggie dealt Martin a dose of his own unfaithful medicine, we met founder of the Wellspring schools Reverend Billy Lee Tuttle, and modern-day...
February 23 2014

True Detective: 1.06 “Haunted Houses” Used to Feel Like Home

Last episode, Ruston Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) walked out of the interview with Detectives Gilbough (Michael Potts) and Papania (Tory Kittles). They had confronted him with photos placing him...
February 18 2014

True Detective: 1.05 “The Secret Fate of All Life” is Circular as a Noose

“I don't like your face. It makes me want to do things to it.” Cohle's attempt to get to LeDoux through his confidential informant fizzles. The man sees “the corrosion...
February 8 2014

True Detective 1.04: “Who Goes There” Into the Underworld

In “Who Goes There,” the fourth episode of True Detective, we reach the halfway point and begin our descent into the underworld. The title could be a reference to a famous science fiction...
January 24 2014

True Detective 1.03: “The Locked Room” is a Skull Caging a Beast

True Detective's third episode commits the storytelling to deceptive minimalism, opening with Rust and Martin staring at pagan graven image in the burnt wreck of an abandoned church at night, looking...
January 20 2014

True Detective 1.02: “Seeing Things” in a Slow-mo Supercollider

Polarizing from episode one, HBO's new series True Detective remains so in episode two, where the serial killer premise fades further into the background, a mere formality in the documentation...
January 7 2014

True Detective Series Premiere: “The Long Bright Dark”

True Detective, the moody new police drama from HBO (airing January 12, 9pET), may be what Southern noir fans have been waiting for. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey star as two Louisiana...
September 10 2013

The World Needs Bad Men: Trailer for True Detective

Here is the first full trailer for HBO's True Detective, and it looks like HBO is set to create yet another great series. Each season is set to follow the lives of two detectives over the course...
August 9 2013

Louisiana State Penitentiary: Insiders Call It Angola or The Farm

One of my favorite subgenres in the dessert case of crime fiction is prison stories, which would be the hidden file in the seven layer cake. To most of us, prison is a hidden world, a mythological place...
August 5 2013

Fresh Meat: Justice for Sara by Erica Spindler

Justice for Sara by Erica Spindler is a romantic thriller about a young woman who returns, after a decade of hiding, to her hometown to solve her sister's murder. (available August 6, 2013). She's...
July 9 2013

Fresh Meat: Nearer Home by Joy Castro

Nearer Home by Joy Castro is the second story about Times-Picayune reporter, Nola Céspedes (available July 16, 2013). Note: This post contains *spoilers* regarding the first book in Joy Castro’s...
May 27 2013

Sultry Swampy ’Gator Bait

Haters gonna hate... Gators gonna gate! When the sheriff and local bad boys clash with her kin, Cajun swamp gal Desiree is one badass bayou babe bent on revenge! Bad movies come from every decade,...