Q&A with Jack Higgins

Elise Cooper: Both books deal with the IRA. What point were you trying to make? Jack Higgins: They were fighting for the position of Ireland in the British Empire. They wanted independence as a country. In the end they achieved something of the kind. EC: In Rain On The Dead you imply that the IRA fights for independence while the Muslim terrorists fight to impose their will. Do you agree? JH: Yes. I see what you mean. Both groups are fighting a new type of war and do not wear a uniform. It becomes very difficult for the authorities to recognize the enemy. It could be anyone in the street. At least with the Irish, they had a genuine desire...

The Friends of Eddie Coyle gets the Criterion trea...

Another classic crime flick is getting some love from the folks at Criterion, THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE will be released, as part of the Criterion Collection, on April 28th. In one of the best performances of his legendary career, Robert Mitchum plays small-time gunrunner Eddie “Fingers” Coyle in an adaptation by Peter Yates of George V. Higgins’s acclaimed novel The Friends of Eddie Coyle. World-weary and living hand to mouth, Coyle works on the sidelines of the seedy Boston underworld just to make ends meet. But when he finds himself facing a second stretch of hard time, he’s forced to weigh loyalty to his criminal colleagues against...

THE CARRIER by Sophie Hannah

The Carrier Sophie Hannah Jan 13,2015 Putnam Pub. The Carrier by Sophie Hannah is an intense psychological thriller. It can be considered a love story and a gripping mystery, a “who done it” of sorts. Released earlier this month in the US, it has already won the 2013 Crime Thriller of the Year at the UK National Book Awards. This story offers deep insights into interpersonal relationships through the different character’s personalities. The plot begins when Gaby Struthers, a scientist who has an innovative technology company must room with Lauren Cookson, a caregiver prone to hysteria. They are stuck in Germany overnight when their plane is...

Tim Dorsey: Dates for SHARK SKIN SUITE tour Jan24

Tim Dorsey: Dates for SHARK SKIN SUITE tour

With his latest, SHARK SKIN SUITE, hitting stores next Tuesday, Tim Dorsey will be bringing his special brand of madness to a bookstore near you. Bottom feeders beware: the Sunshine State’s favorite psychotic killer and lovable Floridaphile Serge Storms has found a new calling, legal eagle, and he’s going to make a killing as a crusading attorney—and star as a dashing lawyer on the big screen—in this madcap escapade from the insanely funny New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey. When it comes to swimming with the sharks, there is no bigger kahuna than Serge Storms. Binging on a marathon of legal movies set in Florida, Serge finds his...

GOODFELLAS: 25th Anniversary Blu-ray set for May

Warner Brothers Home Entertainment has announced that, on May 5th, they will release GOODFELLAS on 2-Disc Blu-ray featuring a new documentary with interviews from Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta and more, and a 36-page photo book exploring the films far-reaching influence. The book also includes a letter written by Martin Scorsese. GoodFellas, which  film critic Roger Ebert called the best mob movie ever, has been remastered from a 4k scan of the original camera negative, supervised by Martin Scorsese. GoodFellas explores the criminal life like no other movie. Following the rise and fall of a trio of gangsters...

Hard Case Crime to publish lost novels of Ed McBain Jan23

Hard Case Crime to publish lost novels of Ed McBai...

Hard Case Crime has announced they will be publishing two long lost novels by mystery legend Ed  McBain. The two books, which were both published in the 50s, were written under pen names and have been out of print for over fifty years. SO NUDE, SO DEAD was McBain’s first crime novel and tells the story of a piano prodigy turned heroin addict who wakes up in a seedy hotel room to find his companion of the night before – a beautiful singer and fellow addict – murdered in bed beside him. On the run from the police and growing desperate for a fix, he has to find the real killer or face a date with the electric chair. CUT ME IN is the story of a...

NOIR AT THE BAR: ST. PAUL Jan23

NOIR AT THE BAR: ST. PAUL

Thursday, January 22nd saw the Twin Cities area host their fourth Noir at the Bar event. For those not familiar, Noir at the Bar is an event that allows area crime/mystery authors to read their works in pub settings. There are now Noir at the Bar events happening fairly regularly on both coasts, as well as the St. Louis are. All it takes is a group of writers willing to shake off a fear of public speaking, and a local bar willing to share their space. The result? Well, that’s where the magic is. This year’s readers were: Kristi Belcamino from Minneapolis Kent Gowran from Chicago Dan O’Shea from Chicago Jeff Shelby from Minneapolis Frank...

Film Review: FORCE MAJEURE Jan23

Film Review: FORCE MAJEURE

Force Majeure Written and Directed by Ruben Ostlund Starring: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Kongsli A Swedish family is on a ski vacation. They are enjoying lunch at an outdoor restaurant when it appears that an avalanche is rushing toward them. The father (Johannes Kuhnke) tells the family it is a controlled avalanche but moments later changes his mind, picks up his cell phone, and takes off. His wife (Kongsli) stays with the children under their table. (This was an extremely frightening scene, beautifully put together). Two things happen as a result of this incident: the father cannot admit he ran away and his wife cannot let go of both his...