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September 18 2017

Review: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke is a powerful thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice. The first person we meet in the little Texas town of Lark is Geneva...
July 27 2017

Review: The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh

The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh is a unique thriller that mixes elements of science fiction, Westerns, and mystery to create a truly wild ride (available August 1, 2017). Despite being set in a community...
December 16 2016

Review: Christmas in the Lone Star State by Jason Manning

Christmas in the Lone Star State by Jason Manning is a Western set in the rough-and-tumble Texas frontier. Read Scott Adlerberg's review of Christmas in the Lone Star State by Jason Manning,...
April 7 2016

Hap & Leonard 1.06: “Eskimos” Episode Review

“You can’t walk out of a slaughterhouse like this one without having a little chat.” Mickey Spillane said the first page sells the book, and the last page sells the next book....
March 31 2016

Hap & Leonard 1.05: “War” Episode Review

“People suck, and they want everything.” There was a scene in Savage Season that stuck with me for a long time, and this episode brought it to life. We’ve become accustomed...
March 17 2016

Hap & Leonard 1.03: “The Dive” Episode Review

“Paranoia just means having all the facts.” –Howard, quoting Burroughs. Unfortunately, “The Dive” is somewhat of an apt title, as this episode’s a...
March 10 2016

Hap & Leonard 1.02: “The Bottoms” Episode Review

The first episode set the tone, the second is setting the speed. Unlike some shows—such as Jack Taylor, which compresses an entire Ken Bruen novel into a 90-minute episode—Hap &...
March 3 2016

Hap & Leonard 1.01: “Savage Season” Episode Review

I think what I like best about Joe Lansdale’s Hap & Leonard books is that the duo are poor. Oh, I could say working class or blue-collar, but those suggest a steady job. And where Hap...
January 21 2016

The Death Shift: Exclusive Q&A with Peter Elkind

Peter Elkind is the author of the book The Death Shift, which deals with the case of Nurse Genene Jones, the LVN who killed around 40 babies in secret in Texas back in the 1960s. The hospitals she worked...
January 19 2016

Breaking Point: Exclusive Q&A with Author Suzy Spencer

Suzy Spencer is the author of the book Breaking Point, which deals with the case of Andrea Yates—the woman who drowned all five of her children in 2001, just three months before September 11th,...
May 26 2015

Orson Welles at 100: Touch of Evil (1958)

Orson Welles’s Touch of Evil is one of the great pieces of cinematic trash. It’s a frantic film, wildly over the top, in love with its own squalor, infatuated with the feel and smell...
April 25 2015

Fresh Meat: Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

Day Shift by Charlaine Harris transports readers back to the dusty town of Midnight, Texas, where all sorts of paranormal happenings occur in this second book in the trilogy (available May 5, 2015). Midnight,...
April 9 2015

Book 1 with Sheriff Dan Rhodes: Too Late to Die by Bill Crider

Many readers develop a deep affinity for a continuing detective or mystery series beyond well-sculpted plots, fast action, and wisecracks, that is, if they are going to stick with it for the long read....
March 19 2015

Robert Durst was Reading about Himself before Arrest

Robert Durst, the subject of the HBO documentary The Jinx, directed by Andrew Jarecki, was arrested over the weekend in New Orleans for the murder of longtime friend Susan Berman. According to...
January 30 2015

Introducing The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: HBO’s 6-Part Documentary Series

The story seems familiar enough. We’ve all seen the wealthy kid who learns that happiness can’t be bought; the sibling who doesn’t want to enter the family business; the abusive marriage...
December 2 2014

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They say all is fair in love and war, but these six books might change your mind about that. Register to enter for a chance to win. Click here to enter for a chance to win! This is NOT...
November 24 2014

Lost Classics of Noir: Whip Hand by W. Franklin Sanders (and/or Charles Willeford)

In case you’re confused by the author credit in the heading here, let me just say that I join you in your befuddlement. This 1961 noir novel was originally published as a Fawcett Gold Medal paperback...
November 18 2014

Fresh Meat: Wink of an Eye by Lynn Chandler Willis

Wink of an Eye is the debut mystery by Lynn Chandler Willis about a Los Angeles private eye who returns home to a small town in Texas (available November 18, 2014). Wink of an Eye is a modern mystery...
November 6 2014

Fire, Brimstone, and a Loaded .38: The Rise and Fall of J. Frank Norris

J. Frank Norris was a fundamentalist preacher who believed in the literal interpretation of scripture, but he was a little lax on the whole “turn the other cheek” injunction. On July...
September 24 2014

Fresh Meat: Strong Darkness by Jon Land

Strong Darkness by Jon Land is the sixth mystery featuring the gunslinging Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong (available September 30, 2014). I used to read Robert Ludlum novels and marvel when I reached...
September 9 2014

Fresh Meat: Nine Days by Minerva Koenig

Nine Days by Minerva Koenig is a debut mystery featuring Julia Kalas, a forty-something former mob wife who finds herself under witness protection in rural Texas and in the middle of murder (available...
May 19 2014

Fresh Meat: Lost by Laura K. Curtis

Lost by Laura K. Curtis is a novel of romantic suspense featuring a former police officer and an FBI agent who both end up undercover in a rural Texas cult (available May 20, 2014). With Lost, Laura...
February 28 2014

Fresh Meat: Wrecked by Tricia Fields

Wrecked by Tricia Fields is the third book in the series about West Texas Chief of Police Josie Gray, who is tasked with finding her lover, a man who is missing and suspected of murder (available March...
November 19 2013

Custer, Texas Preacher: Preacher Headed to Television

Breaking Bad has ended. Walter White has sung his glorious swan song of destruction and self-immolation. The Walking Dead shambles on, spawning even more zombie series and Don Draper is nearing...
November 19 2013

Fresh Meat: Twisted by Laura K. Curtis

Twisted by Laura K. Curtis is a novel of romantic suspense about a true crime author who returns to her Texas hometown to solve her mother's murder (available November 19, 2013). Aside from...
August 12 2013

Fresh Meat: Strong Rain Falling by Jon Land

Strong Rain Falling by Jon Land is the fifth thriller featuring Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, who confronts her family's past, dating from the Mexican Revolution, when the people and country she...
August 10 2013

Fresh Meat: Compound Murder by Bill Crider

Compound Murder by Anthony Award-winning author Bill Crider is the 20th in the Sheriff Dan Rhodes mystery series about Blacklin County, Texas (available August 13, 2013). So if you thought the best...
August 8 2013

Death Row Zinng: Empty Injections, the Never-Executed, and Other Oddities

Texas Runs out of Lethal Injectables? Apparently, it's not a shortage, but an expiration of stock, still, the busiest death row's syringes are empty...   There are...
July 12 2013

Fresh Meat: These Mortal Remains by Milton T. Burton

These Mortal Remains by Milton T. Burton sees East Texas sheriff Bo Handal square off against a group of white supremacists (available July 16, 2013). Nazi-wannabes, drug-running, robbery, the shooting...
June 17 2013

Killer Stiletto Heels Cost $100k (in Bail)

A woman in Houston, Texas recently committed murder “with a deadly weapon, namely a shoe...” At least, that's what the police think after Ana Lilia Trujillo answered the victim's...