Review of THE LAST STAND By Mickey Spillane

THE LAST STAND Mickey Spillane March 2018 Hard Case Crime On March 9th of this year (2018) Mickey Spillane would have been 100 years old. As a fan of mystery novels I think this is reason to celebrate. Apparently, the good folks at Hard Case Crime agree because they are releasing a previously never published book by the master, and also published for the first time, the last novel he wrote complete. In the introduction for this book Max Allan Collins, both a Spillane scholar and friend to the late hard-boiled icon, some of the history is explained. A BULLET FOR SATISFACTION (a novella length story) appeared to have been written around 1952...

Review of BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA

BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA Nicolás Obregón 2017 Minotaur Books The best thing about Twitter is coming across new novels all the time. Nicolás Obregón’s BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA popped up a few times in my timeline, always with praise attached to it, and I decided to get my hands on a copy. Ten pages into it, I was glad I had done so. A brooding, bloody, unexpectedly emotional narrative set against the chaotic backdrop of Tokyo, this novel brings together a series of disparate elements an a likeable, flawed main character and makes them dance with a few revamped clichés to an entirely fresh rhythm. Inspector Iwata has been recently reinstated to the...

DVD Review: The Darkest Hour

DARKEST HOUR Universal Home Entertainment I’ve always been a fan of movies about the European WWII stuff. I just can’t get enough. We recently finally saw Dunkirk and I quite enjoyed it. DARKEST HOUR came out on disc this week so I popped in the Blu-Ray last night. I am pretty familiar with this period of history and even more so having just watched Ken Burn’s The Roosevelts. So going into this I had some knowledge of the events. This movie did give a nice look into the turmoil that Winston Churchill was dealing with both personally and with his war cabinet. He was never popular with the people in charge but the people grew to love and...

Review of A PROMISE TO KILL by Erik Storey

A PROMISE TO KILL Erik Storey 2017 Scribner Publishing an outstanding debut is a blessing and a curse. On one hand, the author can say he or she has “made it” and bask in the glory of a book received with praise by both readers and critics. On the other hand, a great debut creates high expectations. That’s probably the cause of the sophomore curse. In any case, I was worried about author Erik Storey because his first book in the Clyde Barr series, Nothing Short of Dying, was full of action and great writing and, perhaps more importantly, a ton of heart. Two chapters into the second entry in the series, A Promise to Kill, it was clear that...

Review Of TRUE FICTION By Lee Goldberg

TRUE FICTION Lee Goldberg April 1st, 2018 Thomas and Mercer Lee Goldberg has written a lot of great books that I have enjoyed. I also enjoy Lee, I’ve seen him on panels and do interviews and have met him a number of times. If anyone out there truly knows what it is like to live the lifestyle of a working author it’s Lee. He knows the business and he knows the aspects of writing for a living. TRUE FICTION is Lee’s latest and I it seems really obvious that the saying “write what you know” played a big part in Lee’s idea for a new series. This first book introduces Ian Ludlow, a thriller writer. (This is a pseudonym Goldberg used back in the...

WATCHMEN: THE ANNOTATED EDITION Edited by Leslie K...

WATCHMEN: THE ANNOTATED EDITION Edited by Leslie Klinger, Forward by Dave Gibbons Dec 2017 DC Comics WATCHMEN is possibly the most famous graphic novel ever published. Trade editions have never gone out of print and it still sells BIG numbers. It was on Time magazine’s list of 100 best novels of all time. There has been a movie made, prequels were published and the characters are being introduced into the DC Universe proper. There have also been a lot of articles and even whole books about WATCHMEN. People can’t seem to get enough. Now Leslie Klinger who has done annotated versions of Sherlock Homes, Dracula and more has tackled this...