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Graham Moore’s THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT is featured in this week’s giveaway

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Giveaway | 1 comment

Graham Moore’s THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT is featured in this week’s giveaway

This week CrimeSpree Magazine, in conjunction with Friday Reads Facebook page, is offering up a chance to win a copy of LAST DAYS OF NIGHT by Graham Moore   THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT A historical legal thriller centered on the key personalities who fought the “War of the Currents”—Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Westinghouse’s young, talented lawyer, Paul Cravath. It’s John Grisham meets The Alienist. New York, 1888. The miracle of electric light is in its infancy, and untold glory (and untold riches) await the man who can power the...

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Review of Hard-Core: Life of My Own by Harley Flanagan

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 1 comment

Review of Hard-Core: Life of My Own by Harley Flanagan

HARD-CORE: LIFE OF MY OWN Harley Flanagan 2016 Feral House  Harley Flanagan has been on my radar for years. Less for the music of the Cro Mags and more for the fact that for as long as I can remember, he has shown up in pictures and been mentioned in articles ranging from Hardcore to 70s/80s NYC to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to tattoos. His name has been mentioned in discussions I’ve had with fans of punk rock to the dude who taught me how to properly deadlift (Yo Ben, dat be you) and more. So many instances of reading a quote or seeing a snippet of...

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Review of THE EMERALD LIE

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

Review of THE EMERALD LIE

THE EMERALD LIE Ken Bruen September 6, 2016 Mysterious Press Jack Taylor is typically a disaster of a man, teetering between always-tenuous sobriety and dedicated addiction to alcohol and…well, whatever’s handy. Jack drank himself off of Ireland’s police force, the Garda Siochana, twelve novels ago, and he’s been spending his time as a freelance investigator…when he can lift his head off of the bar. THE EMERALD LIE doesn’t spend any time allowing Taylor to flirt with sobriety. The tale picks up shortly after the events of GREEN HELL, with...

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Review of The Get Down, Season 1 (Netflix)

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Home Entertainment | 1 comment

Review of The Get Down, Season 1 (Netflix)

The Get Down Season 1 Sony Pictures Television Netflix The Get Down is a mess. It’s a fuzzy mish-mash of genres, chock full of things that make little to no sense. It attempts to lump together elements of superhero movies, musicals, kung-fu flicks, spaghetti westerns, 70’s Blaxploitation films, and god only knows what all else. It’s a fiction, but features exaggerated versions of real people…who are still alive, as are many that were active in the setting. This is expectedly problematic. In general, it’s a bit of a fucking disaster. But, if...

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David Goodis: The Kafka of East Oak Lane

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Books, Essay | 0 comments

David Goodis: The Kafka of East Oak Lane

That David Goodis is “the poet of the losers,” and that his universe is as cold as the frosty sleet-driven winds of Philadelphia’s November, has been eloquently stated. In his room in his parents’ comfortable house in East Oak Lane, he could write about his own city, its wintry street corners opening out onto block after block of uniform row houses, its gutters reflecting moonlight from the other side of the universe. Bad luck often drove his protagonists to the parts of the city most open to, and most challenging to their suffering and the...

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Behind The Book by Chris Formant

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Books, Essay | 1 comment

Behind The Book by Chris Formant

One evening, I was walking through my rock memorabilia gallery, with The Doors music in the background, and I stopped to study my latest addition: a two-page article in the Record Mirror from 1964 announcing a hot new band: The Rolling Stones. What struck me the most was how young they were. Before me was a fresh-faced Keith Richards, a teenaged Mick Jagger, and Brian Jones, the founder of the Stones. Hanging beside them were articles about Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison and The Doors. Besides being the soundtrack of my youth, there was...

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Review of LET THE GOOD PREVAIL

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

Review of LET THE GOOD PREVAIL

LET THE GOOD PREVAIL Noah & Logan Miller September 6, 2016 Rare Bird Books You’re broke. You poach firewood from the New Mexico woodlands by day, which you attempt to sell door to door, with little success. None of the banks will give you a business loan to build a better future. Your brother came back from the service missing a leg, and he’s still getting in with the ladies better than you are, what with his engagement to the daughter of the local (crooked and cocaine addled) Sheriff. Most days end in a beery haze, some with you...

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Craig Johnson talks about AN OBVIOUS FACT

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Interviews | 2 comments

Craig Johnson talks about AN OBVIOUS FACT

  An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson combines a mystery within a western setting.  This novel allows readers to jump on the motorcycle with the characters as they go on a wild ride in Hulett County Wyoming having to face biker gangs, neo-Nazis, gunrunners, a mega millionaire, and undercover ATF agents. Readers will have plenty of action, humor, and twists.   Elise Cooper:  Did you get the idea for the story from Sheriff Matt Dillon?   Craig Johnson:  I did not draw on any fictional characters, but based him on a lot of actual...

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Pet Spotlight:Jason Miller’s Robin Clayspo

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Pet Spotlight | 1 comment

Pet Spotlight:Jason Miller’s Robin Clayspo

  Name: Robin Clayspo (though, like all cats, he really has somewhere in the neighborhood of fifty names, titles, and honorifics.) Breed: haha nope. Closest approximation is American short hair by way of Bedlam. Age: 8 years old. This is the story of a cat called Robin Clayspo. Robin is one of the pets who come along at just the right moment, just the right time in your life, and somehow manage to fill a gap you might not even know you had. I discovered him through one of those pet-finder Websites—you know the ones—a Nashville shelter...

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Criterion’s October line-up is rich indeed

Posted by on Sep 10, 2016 in Home Entertainment | 0 comments

Criterion’s October line-up is rich indeed

Film fans had best start saving up now for next month’s Criterion Collection Line-up, which includes films from Robert Altman, the Coen Brothers, del Toro and Richard Linklater. I am not going to list the entire roster here, but these are few that have me twitching. BLOOD SIMPLE by Ethan and Joel Coen Joel and Ethan Coen’s career-long darkly comic road trip through misfit America began with this razor-sharp, hard-boiled neonoir set somewhere in Texas, where a sleazy bar owner releases a torrent of violence with one murderous thought....

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