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Elmore Leonard R.I.P.

August 20th, 2013

. “Try to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip.” Author Elmore “Dutch” Leonard died this morning. He was 87 years old. He was one of the best. Here are some random thoughts on this great writer: – My first exposure to Leonard’s writing was seeing the movie GET SHORTY when it came […]

. Over at her blog, Patti Abbott is hosting John D. MacDonald Day in her weekly feature “Friday’s Forgotten Books.” I thought I’d write up a little something. I first encountered MacDonald in 1992 when I read THE EXECUTIONERS, the basis for both movie versions of CAPE FEAR. I liked it, but didn’t feel compelled […]

. Prolific mystery writer Donald Westlake (aka Richard Stark, aka Tucker Coe, aka Samuel Holt, aka Judson Jack Carmichael, aka several other pseudonyms, pen names and nom de plumes) died on New Year’s Eve 2008. His latest book, THE COMEDY IS FINISHED, will be published next Tuesday, February 21 by one of the best publishers […]

Noir City 3 – part 3

August 20th, 2011

. Wrapping up the Noir City Festival. —– Tuesday 8-16-10……….A NOIR CITY DOUBLE FEATURE! The Story of Molly X (1949) – Noir City Directed by Crane Wilbur. Screenplay by Crane Wilbur. Starring June Havoc, John Russell and Charles McGraw. Hard-boiled June Havoc starts her own gang after her husband is killed. Things go pretty good […]

Noir City 3 – part 2

August 18th, 2011

—– Sunday 8-14-10……….A NOIR CITY DOUBLE FEATURE! Larceny (1948) – Noir City Directed by George Sherman. Screenplay by William Bowers, Herbert H. Margolis and Lou Morheim from the novel “The Velvet Fleece” by Lois Eby and John Fleming. Starring John Payne, Joan Caulfield, Dan Duryea and Shelley Winters. Two grifters try to con a war […]

Noir City 3 – part 1

August 15th, 2011

— Once again that magical time of year has arrived – The Noir City Film Festival at the Music Box Theater here in Chicago. Run by the Film Noir Foundation, Noir City: Chicago 3 features double bills of well-known films and little-seen gems. The last two summers were awesome and I expect nothing less from […]

Look in the archives of any prominent mystery magazine and you’ll find at least one story by Stephen D. Rogers, a very prolific and talented writer.  His new short story collection, SHOT TO DEATH, came out in mid-February.  Earlier this month, he started a SHOT TO DEATH Blog March, stopping at different blogs here and […]

Robert B. Parker R.I.P.

January 19th, 2010

Mystery writer Robert B. Parker died yesterday at the age of 77. He was just “sitting at his desk.” Not a bad way to go for a writer that put out 3 books a year, who wrote 5 to 10 pages a day. He was one of the great ones, one of those writers that […]

Deadly Beloved

September 11th, 2009

What I’m currently reading: I always know I’ll be buying at least one book every month – the latest release from Hard Case Crime. Hard Case splits their time between re-issuing classic pulp novels and putting out new pulp novels.  They’ve released books from big names like Lawrence Block, Donald Westlake and Michael Crichton, as […]

Haiku Tuesday 9/8/9

September 8th, 2009

James Bond books and films Have been entertaining me For a good, long while

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