BLACKLIST: The Complete First Season

BLACKLIST: The Complete First Season Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Release date: Aug 12th, 2014 I was very excited about this show, the little I saw leading up to it looked great and I really enjoy James Spader. I was almost afraid to watch because I was afraid I may have built it up to much in my head before seeing it. That fear was mis-placed. I love this show. The first episode grabbed me from the beginning. Raymond “Red” Reddington is a former US Agent who dropped off the radar years ago and went on to become The Concierge of Crime, facilitating criminals across the globe in various endeavors. He’s had a spot on the most wanted...

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee Sep09

Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee

For the last nine years we’ve run an event called Murder and Mayhem in Muskego. As of this year we are re-booting and moving the event to Milwaukee. It’s a one day event with 6 sessions filled with mystery authors. This year’s line-up is shaping up to be loads of fun. The attending authors so far: Carole Barrowman Kristi Belcamino Susanna Calkins Dana Cameron Jessie Chandler Sean Chercover Matthew Clemons Blake Crouch Ian Hamilton Chris Holm Julie Hyzy Jess Lourey Daniel B. O’Shea Lori Rader-Day Rob Riley Todd Robinson Marcus Sakey Tom Schreck Alex Segura Johnny Shaw Frank Wheeler The registration fee gets you in the door and we will...

How to Cook PEPOSO by Brian Azzarello Sep06

How to Cook PEPOSO by Brian Azzarello

This is one of the recipes from our forthcoming cook book, COOKING WITH CRIMESPREE. When we first ran this in the magazine I cookedit and it was AMAZING ~ Jon   PEPOSO Brian Azzarello This is an old Italian recipe – Renaissance old. The masons who fired the tiles for Brunelleschi’s Doumo in Florence originated it and would prepare it in the tile kilns while they were working. This dates it at 1436. That’s cool to me, and just adds an extra bite to an incredibly earthy dish that’s cooked low and slow. One of the things that I usually enjoy about cooking is the history – recreating moments from the past – usually handed down from Aunt...

Jimmy Palmiotti Picks his Five Sexiest Noir Films Aug28

Jimmy Palmiotti Picks his Five Sexiest Noir Films

I’ve been a fan of Jimmy Palmiotti for quite a while and I love all his work. His last Kickstarter with his group at Paperfilms was DENVER and it is a terrific book. They are currently running a kickstarter for a follow up to the popular SEX AND VIOLENCE. With a title like that how can you not be intrigued? I’ve been thrilled with every book Jimmy is involved with and can’t wait for this one. In the spirit of the nature of the book Jimmy gave us a list of what he considers the sexiest noir films. ~ Jon Here’s Jimmy: Sexy Noir usually includes a Femme Fatale, and I think these films featured some of the best. Other than postman, I kept...

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Aug20

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease is benefiting from this promotion in raised awareness and a lot more donation than they’ve had in the past. “As of Wednesday, August 20, The ALS Association has received $31.5 million in donations compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 20). These donations have come from existing donors and 637,527 new donors to The Association.” I did it and I thought I would link to some of the others that have done it. Michael Connelly’s is...

Tales from the Blue Line 25 Aug12

Tales from the Blue Line 25

Thirty years plus – the amount of time I spent as a police officer – can seem like an eternity, to borrow from an old cliché. But then so can thirty seconds, given the right conditions. Some who study time and space say that it’s proof that there really is no time in the traditional sense, that there are only events by which we measure and change our lives. Some predict that each of us will come to know the difference; to know the truth, in our own time and in our own way. Well, those are muddy waters for us folks stuck in the physical realm. Grasping for higher meanings aside, things can get especially twisted for we who were/are...

Robin Williams and Me Aug11

Robin Williams and Me

I never met Robin Williams but I feel like we had been friends for a long time and I mourn his passing like I would for that of a good friend. My first exposure to his not always controlled madness was seeing him on Happy Days playing an alien who wanted to take Richie back to Ork. This was soon followed by Mork and Mindy. During the run of the show he did a comedy special for HBO which to this day is one of the funniest stand up routines I’ve ever seen. I still have the vinyl record of “reality, what a concept” He started making feature films starting out with comedies but soon also showed us that he could do drama as...

PAPERBACK CONFIDENTIAL by Brian Ritt reviewed

PAPERBACK CONFIDENTIAL Brian Ritt 2014 Stark House The crime fiction/mystery genre is full of reference books and I’m not exaggerating when I say there are hundreds of them. They take a lot of research to put together and a lot of time to write. Some are interesting and some are not, and my problem is usually one of two things, they are too academic and as a result very dry reading. Also a lot of times I’m not really learning anything new as some of these subjects are just over analyzed. PAPERBACK CONFIDENTIAL does not have these problems. Focusing on authors who hit big during the heyday of paperbacks Ritt does a brilliant job of giving us...

Steve Weddle Interviewed By Tim Hennessy

Steve Weddle Interview By Tim Hennessy Steve Weddle’s debut novel-in-stories Country Hardball revolves around a small Arkansas community’s struggles, heartbreak and secrets. It’s a truly exceptional collection of stories that mixes working class tragedy with elements of the crime genre and if that’s your literary sweet spot, you’re in for a fantastic read. In addition to working for a newspaper group, Steve edits Needle: A Magazine of Noir, blogs at Do Some Damage and teaches online classes at LitReactor. Tim Hennessy: What gave you the inkling to try writing fiction? Was there a piece of writing that really excited you? Were you successful...

THE POOR BOY’S GAME by Dennis Tafoya

From the Buzz Bin in the next issue of Crimespree Magazine: Son of a bitch can Dennis Tafoya write! THE POOR BOY’S GAME weighing in at just over 320 pages packs a giant punch, right to the throat. Frannie Mullen used to be a US Marshal, but after a fellow agent and friend is killed in the line of duty she out of work and out of sorts. Trying to put her own life in perspective she is also dealing with a sister who is newly sober and a boyfriend who is not exactly a person on the direct right side of the law. Fate steps in to test her resolve and push her to the limit when her bad assed and criminal father breaks out of prison and she is...