CRIMESPREE ISSUE 58 Feb01

CRIMESPREE ISSUE 58

Issue 58 of Crimespree featuring a cover story with F PAUL WILSON, shipping early February   If you need to subscribe or renew information is RIGHT HERE   EDITORIAL BY RUTH JORDAN FAVORITES OF 2014 HANGING WITH AYO INTERVIEW WITH F PAUL WILSON BY BRYAN VANMETER FICTION: BAD PRECEDENT BY PATRICK SHAWN BAGLEY FIVE LIST—COP SHOWS BY JAYE WELLS TO AGE OR NOT TO AGE BY KIRA PIEKOFF SLUETHFEST BY REBECCA SWOPE EVERYTHING ON BLACK BY STEPHEN COULTER FOOTPRINTS—BARBARA SERANELLA ODD THOMAS CRAIG’S JOINT REDD FARREL COLEMAN NERO WOLFE ON A&E A LOOK BACK SIN IT TO WIN IT BY STEVE MCQIGGEN DVD REVIEWS Q&A WITH CHARLES TODD—ELISE...

In Praise of James Ellroy, 2015 Grand Master Mar04

In Praise of James Ellroy, 2015 Grand Master

From the latest issue of Crimespree on James Ellroy’s Birthday we give to you:   In Praise of James Ellroy, 2015 Grand Master By Craig McDonald A few days back, the reminder came from Mr. Jon Jordan the time had arrived for another Crimespree column. I was also kindly extended the offer to chip in my picks for year’s favorites in books, films, comics and the like. That second is a real struggle for me this round. I didn’t put my foot into the comic pool much at all this year, other than to sample an issue of the new Justice Inc. title to see if someone would finally deliver a compelling comic version of Doc Savage (I can’t say...

5 Things I loved in 2014

ORDINARY GRACE by William Kent Krueger Simply put, this is a novel that saw Kent take his game to the next level. Kent’s Cork O’Connor series is, in my opinion, one of the best ongoing series today. The characters age, love, suffer loss and grow. OG is the author’s second stand-alone (He, and his publisher, prefer not tot talk about the first) and finds Kent mining his childhood memories and craft the southern Minnesota setting. And in doing so, gives the readers the sights, sounds and even smells of small town middle America in the 50s. He does an amazing job and delivers a book that feels more like a recollection than a...

Finalists for 2015 Derringer Awards Mar02

Finalists for 2015 Derringer Awards

Occasional Crimespree contributor Gerald So and the folks at The Short Mystery Fiction Society have announced the finalists for our 2015 Derringer Awards: For Best Flash (Up to 1,000 words) Joseph D’Agnese, “How Lil’ Jimmie Beat the Big C” (Shotgun Honey, May 12, 2014) Rob Hart, “Foodies” (Shotgun Honey, May 2, 2014) Jed Power, “Sweet Smells” (Shotgun Honey, July 28, 2014) Eryk Pruitt, “Knockout” (Out of the Gutter Online, August 31, 2014) Travis Richardson, “Because” (Out of the Gutter Online, May 15, 2014)* Melissa Yuan-Innes, “Because” (Fiction River:...

PAST CRIMES by Glen Erik Hamilton

Harper Collins March 3rd, 2015 Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton is his debut novel starring Army Ranger Van Shaw. It is a book about family and forgiveness, and how circumstances can affect the interaction between people as they embrace and reject their past. Within that story is an action-packed plot that looks at the different aspects of crime. Donovan, “Dono,” Shaw, Van’s estranged grandfather, raised him to become a thief, following in his footsteps. Having had enough of the criminal world, Van exiled himself, abandoning his illicit past, by joining the army. Van, an Army Ranger returns home to Seattle after ten years in response to a...

Film Review: BLACK SEA Feb27

Film Review: BLACK SEA

BLACK SEA Directed by Kevin Macdonald Written by Dennis Kelly Starring: Jude Law This is a tidy little suspense film that might be missed by people who may like it. We were pleasantly surprised at how nicely it filled a February afternoon. Jude Law (in a very good performance) plays a Captain Robinson, a fellow whose been put out to pasture by the salvage company he works for. He and two friends are approached about salvaging treasure from a German U-boat that has been undersea since WW II, full of Russian gold bullion intended to buy off Nazi aggression. Robinson puts together his team and it’s not long before things go awry on the...

Sansom, Strauss and Swierczynski are featured in this week’s giveaway Feb27

Sansom, Strauss and Swierczynski are featured in t...

Crimespree magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is offering you a chance to win copies of LAMENTATION by CJ Sansom ,  THE DEATH OF CAESAR by Barry Strauss, and CANARY by Duane Swierczynski   LAMENTATION by CJ Sansom As Henry VIII lies on his deathbed, an incendiary manuscript threatens to tear his court apart. Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councilors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government. As heretics are hunted across London, and radical Protestants are burned at the stake, the Catholic party focuses its...

Giving Up On An Author Feb26

Giving Up On An Author

When is enough enough? I was in a Target not too long ago and as I am prone to do I wondered through the books. A woman was talking to a friend and holding up the latest Patricia Cornwell novel and actually said: ” I didn’t like the last five so I’m hoping this one is good”  Five books in a row she read by the same author, not liking any of them and yet she is still buying the new one in hardcover. Points added to her score for being a loyal fan, points deducted for being foolish with her money.   I’ve said it before and I will say it again (and again), LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO READ BAD BOOKS.   The sheer...

Bale, Pike slated for THE DEEP BLUE GOODBYE Feb26

Bale, Pike slated for THE DEEP BLUE GOODBYE

John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee appears ready to return to the big screen. Almost two years after Dennis Lehane was hired to adapt THE DEEP BLUE GOODBYE, the project has two leads to go with a director. Variety is reporting that Rosamund Pike (GONE GIRL, JACK REACHER) is joining Christian Bale (Nolan’s BATMAN trilogy, AMERICAN HUSTLE) to star in THE DEEP BLUE GOODBYE, the first novel to feature MacDonald’s iconic protagonist. Travis is a former navy man that lives on a houseboat (the Busted Flush) and acts as a “salvage consultant” and helps folks out for a large fee. He is described as a “knight in slightly tarnished...