CRIMESPREE ISSUE 63 Jul11

CRIMESPREE ISSUE 63

Crimespree issue 63 featuring Timothy Hallinan and 25 years of Soho Crime   Our next issue will be shipping in a couple weeks, Tim Hallinan is on the cover with an interview from Jon Jordan.  Kristi Belcamino and Chris Holm are back with new columns. There are some fun interviews including  Alex Grecian, Frank DiMatteo, Todd Robinson  and more along with reviews and our other regular features.     If you need to subscribe or renew information is RIGHT HERE  ...

Crimespree’s Bouchercon City Guide For New Orleans Aug31

Crimespree’s Bouchercon City Guide For New O...

Bouchercon City Guide By Bryan VanMeter Hey out there! If you’re like me, you’re probably getting pretty excited about Bouchercon in a couple weeks. However, unlike me, you probably don’t live in this amazing city. So before you arrived, I wanted to give you a couple of my favorite hot spots to hit. For the most part, I didn’t include places that are splashed all over travel guides. You can find info for those easily enough and these are well worth your time. The following is a collection of some of my favorite things near the Bouchercon Hotel. Quick Getaways 1. MUSICAL LEGENDS PARK – 311 Bourbon Street www.neworleansmusicallegends.com This...

HAIL, CAESAR! Reviewed

HAIL, CAESAR! Universal Studios The Coen Brothers are hit and miss for me, and it’s not just because they veer from bloody noir (Blood Simple) to screwball comedy (Raising Arizona) to deadpan absurdity (A Serious Man). This one’s somewhere between The Hudsucker Proxy and O Brother, Where Art Thou? in the Coen spectrum. To quote George Schmidt, conductor of the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, a jazz band who I can’t believe hasn’t been on the soundtrack of a Coen Bros movie yet, “art fails where concept outstrips performance.” I love that line. It’s as economical as a telegram. (You know, like the old joke where a brother buys a...

Five Movies That Changed My Writing

  Silence of the Lambs This was probably the first serial killer movie I watched and it set the bar for all the others. The beautiful monster, Hannibal Lecter, stayed with me throughout my life. I devoured all the movies, the wonderful TV show, but have yet to read any of the books. I tried, but just couldn’t get into them. Silence of the Lambs is one of my all-time favorite films. Usually, there is one bad guy to face in movies but in SotL, there are two, plus the sexist FBI with Clarice to guide us through. Hannibal and Clarice have such a complex relationship, is it love? Hate? Attraction? Disgust? I don’t know, but it’s magnetic,...

William Kent Krueger: Dates for the MANITOU CANYON Tour Aug30

William Kent Krueger: Dates for the MANITOU CANYON...

William Kent Krueger, one of the nicest, and hardest working, authors in the Crime fiction genre is preparing to release MANITOU CANYON, the fifteenth book in the Cork O’Connor series. Since the violent deaths of his wife, father, and best friend all occurred in previous Novembers, Cork O’Connor has always considered it to be the cruelest of months. Yet, his daughter has chosen this dismal time of year in which to marry, and Cork is understandably uneasy. His concern comes to a head when a man camping in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness goes missing. As the official search ends with no recovery in sight, Cork is asked...

Interview With A Death Investigator, Part II Of II

Joseph Scott Morgan is a man in the truest sense. He was a death investigator from 1985 to 2005, first in New Orleans then in Atlanta. Think about that for a second… 20 years on the front lines, staring into the abyss. Then, like the man said, the abyss looked back. Long and hard. Joe, as I like to call him, was medically retired in 2005 with PTSD. Now, what makes him a man to me is that he went through all that and came out even more human than he was when he started. He is one of the realest people I have ever spoken with. After he left the medical examiner’s office in 2005, he took some time to put himself back together. When he was...

Endeavor Season 3 Reviewed

ENDEAVOR Season 3 PBS Just to get it off my chest I have a major problem with this show. I need more than just four stories. Yes, it’s six hours of viewing but I need more. Why do I need more? Because I really love this show. Inspector Morse was always interesting to me but sometime a bit dry. I like the continuation of the story through Inspector Lewis quite a bit. But there is something about Endeavor with Morse as detective constable working with DI Thursday that I just love. Watching him try and fit in with the system that seems outdated and counter intuitive to his intellect is a big part of the show and I think having seen where he...

Interview with Devin Faraci, Writer on KILLER INSI...

Interview with Devin Faraci KILLER INSIDE ME Jon: Devin, I’m a huge fan of the work of Jim Thompson, my favorite is THE ALCOHOLICS. What made you pick THE KILLER INSIDE ME to do an adaptation of? Devin: IDW had already chosen it! Chris Ryall came to me; he knew my writing and listened to my podcast, where I said I was a big fan of Jim Thompson. He had the rights to this book and took a chance on me.   Jon: I don’t like to even guess what was going on in Thompson’s head when he wrote the book. And having seen the film adaptation I don’t think I would have wanted to be around Casey Affleck while they were filming. Did Lou Ford get into...

Charles Todd’s THE SHATTERED TREE Reviewed

The Shattered Tree Charles Todd William Morrow Aug 30th, 2016 The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd reunites nurse Bess Crawford with Captain Barkley, an old acquaintance from a previous book. As with all their books the riveting mystery is combined with facts surrounding World War I. It is almost as if the Great War has become a secondary character within the plots. Readers will enjoy learning and comparing what happened during the World War to the modern warfare of today. In this story Bess does not have the support groups of the past: Her parents, her landlady, and for the most part Simon only make a cameo appearance. Not only must she work...