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October 23 2017

The Deuce 1.07: “Au Reservoir” Episode Review

Well, I am a degenerate. I can be a nitpicky viewer, and last time I pointed out the lack of heroin in The Deuce’s fairy tale of New York. And what do you know? We get an overdose this...
October 16 2017

The Deuce 1.06: “Why Me?” Episode Review

After last week’s emotional high point, you have to expect a low, and this is an enjoyable coast toward the inevitable. We learn the why behind the “No Go Zone” of Times Square....
October 9 2017

The Deuce 1.05: “What Kind of Bad?” Episode Review

She was an American Girl, raised on promises… We see a lot of promises broken this episode, ones made to others and to themselves. Maggie Gyllenhaal breaks our hearts as Elaine runs...
October 2 2017

The Deuce 1.04: “I See Money” Episode Review

The last shot of the wonderful opening credits sequence always makes me gag; that barefoot splashing into a filthy Times Square puddle. Walking in sandals in New York City is still a gamble, and...
September 25 2017

The Deuce 1.03: “The Principle Is All” Episode Review

They found the smoke! Abby needs a job. She’s following the want-ads, and the office she interviews at is full of old white men and looks hazier than a dirty fish tank. But I’m getting...
September 18 2017

The Deuce 1.02: “Show and Prove” Episode Review

“There’s not enough smoke.” That’s one criticism I overheard about The Deuce, HBO’s 8-episode series set on 42nd Street in the ‘70s. Everyone lights up, but...
September 7 2017

Back in the New York Groove with The Deuce

As nostalgic as I am for the '70s and ‘80s Times Square, I’m glad that George Pelecanos and David Simon’s new show The Deuce wastes no time getting the first mugging out of...
August 14 2017

Watch the Trailer for HBO’s The Deuce

With only two episodes left of Season 7 of Game of Thrones, people are starting to wonder what their next Sunday night show will be. Well, don’t change the channel because HBO is bringing...
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,...
June 21 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: June 20, 2017

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...
June 20 2017

Review: The Force by Don Winslow

The Force by Don Winslow is a haunting and heartbreaking story of greed and violence, inequality and race, crime and injustice, retribution and redemption that reveals the seemingly insurmountable...
April 20 2017

Review: Incendiary by Michael Cannell

Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling by Michael Cannell follows a serial bomber who stalked the streets of 1950s New York and details the race to catch...
April 20 2017

Mapping the Mad Bomber of New York City

Especially prescient in today’s times, Michael Cannell's Incendiary whisks us through the streets of Manhattan—to Grand Central, Times Square, Penn Station, Radio City Music Hall—where...
October 7 2016

Review: Teetotaled by Maia Chance

Teetotaled by Maia Chance is a sparkling new mystery that will delight readers with its clever plotting, larger-than-life characters, and rich 1920s atmosphere. Ah, the Roaring Twenties! Forget...
August 22 2016

The Night Of: “Ordinary Death” Episode Review

I’ll take evidence over a confession, every time. Seven episodes, and we have no idea who stabbed Andrea to death in the bedroom. It’s to the show’s credit that we keep tuning...
August 15 2016

The Night Of: “Samson and Delilah” Episode Review

Judges 16. That’s all a man needs to know. The long-awaited trial begins midway through the episode, and it is oddly anticlimactic. We’ve seen hints of strife and trial by media—a...
August 11 2016

My Uneasy Acquaintance with One of Manhattan’s Most Infamous Houses

My relationship to one of Manhattan's most strangely haunted houses is a complex one that goes back to my first year in New York City, eleven years ago. I was on a meandering, wandering...
August 8 2016

The Night Of: “Season of the Witch” Episode Review

You got some secrets in you. And some rage. I like it. The defense attorney has been pilloried since the dawn of the court system. The advocate of the Devil. And today, we still disrespect...
July 13 2016

ThrillerFest XI: Sights, Sounds, and Screams

If you’re not familiar with ThrillerFest, it’s the official convention of the International Thriller Writers, held every July in New York City at the Grand Hyatt hotel. The basic convention...
July 11 2016

The Night Of Series Premiere: “The Beach” Episode Review

Richard Price is probably more famous for his writing on The Wire than his sprawling crime novels, but they both deliver the same incredibly detailed vision of how crimes occur and how a city deals...
June 8 2016

R. Is for Robot: Reviewing The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

Elijah (“Lije”) Baley is a New York City homicide detective, three thousand years in the future. His world is an overpopulated Earth, with eight billion people living in massive, layered...
April 26 2016

The Antihero in All of Us

Billy Joel said it best: “I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints/the sinners are much more fun.” For me, the same is true for protagonists. Although...
April 25 2016

The Wonders of the 42nd Street Library

Read this exclusive guest post about the wonders of the 42nd Street Library by Con Lehane, author of Murder at the 42nd Street Library, and then make sure you're signed in and comment...
April 25 2016

Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen

Murphy's Law by Rhys Bowen is the first entry in the popular Molly Murphy Mysteries series. It won the 2001 Agatha Award for “Best Novel.” Winner of the 2001 Agatha Award for “Best...
April 22 2016

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll is a psychological thriller about a hot shot NYC socialite and magazine writer with a disturbing past. Luckiest Girl Alive is nominated for the 2016 Edgar Award...
December 21 2015

Top 5 Christmas Mysteries

As traditional as counting down the shopping days to Christmas or making plans to visit out of town family is the appearance of Christmas and holiday mysteries. When did the tradition start? Why...
December 16 2015

The ZINNG: Christ, Crime, and Cash

Aryan Art? A bizarre lawsuit has been filed against the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. The New York Post reports that 33-year-old Justin Renel Joseph is suing The Met for their “offensive...
November 18 2015

The ZINNG: 10 Commandments for Crime Fiction

Stolen from Mount Sinai – Crime fiction has seen its fair share of variety in style and content throughout its long history, but just like any specific genre, a general archetype is often...
September 30 2015

Netflix and Marvel’s Jessica Jones: A Primer

Marvel's Jessica Jones brings the dangerous world of a super-powered private detective to Netflix. The feature film and television adaptations of Marvel Comics characters like Iron Man,...
September 28 2015

TBR Confessions: Once-Cops, Outrage, and Lies

RECENTLY FINISHED: Once Were Cops by Ken Bruen. I've been on a bit of a tear with Ken Bruen lately. This was the ninth Bruen novel I've read this year. Granted, Bruen tends to write short...