Review of WARLOCK HOLMES: A STUDY IN BRIMSTONE

WARLOCK HOLMES: A STUDY IN BRIMSTONE G.S. Denning May 2016 TitanBooks Yes, this is yet another re-working of Sherlock Holmes. As someone who has read many and been disappointed in most, this one charmed me. It stays true to the source material yet massages and prods it at the same time. In this version, Sherlock isn’t Sherlock. And he isn’t quite human, either. Oh, and he isn’t always terribly bright. He is a “consulting magician.” A walking, talking tome of the esoteric. But not what one would call observant. Not one to deduct. For tried and true fans, Dr. John Watson is still at Holmes’ side after his return from the Afghan War. He’s just...

Review of HEAVY by JJ Anselmi

HEAVY JJ Anselmi 2016 Rare Bird Books   Ok, picture a map of the United States. Most people even when looking at the full map only see certain areas. East Coast and West Coast. Texas. Florida. Those are givens. Some see that ribbon of cities Detroit, Milwaukee, Memphis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, etc.   What’s missing? That entire swath of land from west of the Mississippi River to California.   That includes Wyoming.   I’ve been guilty of that myself.   Something I’ve wondered what is life like in those small nameless towns in the middle of nowhere? How do people life? Do they make it out? Do they eat...

Review DECEMBER BOYS

DECEMBER BOYS Joe Clifford June 2016 Ocean View In the Jay Porter series, DECEMBER BOYS is the second book and LAMENTATION is the first. Jay now has a family, Jenny and Aiden, and a new job at NEI, investigating insurance claims. There is no wasting time in DECEMBER BOYS. First chapter leads Jay to an insurance claim that has turned out to be a false claim. While Jay is questioning one young boy, he notices pictures of the boy’s brother. This causes Jay to have flashbacks of his own brother, Chris, and of all the times they had together. Jay is having issues letting the Lombardi case to rest. It haunts him. Now he has this new case...

HARD CASE CRIME to Publish New Lawrence Block Novel in September Jan29

HARD CASE CRIME to Publish New Lawrence Block Nove...

Hard Case Crime has announced they, along with Titan Books, will be publishing a new Lawrence Block novel in September. THE GIRL WITH THE DEEP BLUE EYES tells the story of a former New York police officer, now working as a private eye in Florida, who gets drawn into the web of a local wife who’s looking for a hit man to help her become a widow. Block has described the book as “a down-and-dirty noir thriller, characterized by my Hollywood agent as ‘James M. Cain on Viagra.’ ” The novel is Block’s eleventh with Hard Case Crime. The previous ten include Hard Case Crime’s very first book, GRIFTER’S GAME; the erotic suspense novel GETTING OFF;...

Jimmy Palmiotti: Top Five Westerns

UNFORGIVEN I love this film for a number of reasons. Mostly it showed us the consequences of killing someone and the cast was just amazing on every level. THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES This is the one that was my “JONAH HEX” movie for real. When I was younger I liked the spaghetti westerns but felt like they were a bit surreal. This movie put the history into the story and it worked on every level. ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST Gets better each time I watch it. It features amazing cinematography and again, a film that studies the change in the American west. I also love the cast. BLAZING SADDLES Never gets old. This movie took everything I love...