News for week ending 2012-12-28 (open thread)

News for week ending 2012-12-28 (open thread) […]

Reviews: Quick takes on The Dead Man, volumes 3-8

My original plan, as I mentioned when I reviewed the first two volumes in this terrifically fun combination of men’s adventure and horror, was not to review them all. I planned to review volumes that stuck out for one reason or another–an author of particular interest to the readers of The […]

News for week ending 2012-12-21 (open thread)

News for week ending 2012-12-21 (open thread) […]

Noir Magazine features Parker, Reacher…

…and me!

This one’s so hot off the presses, the website isn’t even live.

This is Noir Magazine, a new magazine for tablets. I downloaded it for my iPad today, the day of its debut.

I just got the iPad a few weeks ago. I won it in a drawing of all things, […]

New trailer for upcoming Parker film, plus behind-the-scenes featurette

Above is the second trailer. Interesting that Payback is alluded to.

Here’s a behind the scenes featurette. It’s mostly just footage from the trailers with some comments by director Taylor Hackford, Jason Statham, and Jennifer Lopez edited in. Nothing terribly insightful, but it’s only two and half minutes long.

I got it […]

The Nolan series by Max Allan Collins, part II–Not Quite Parker review and guest post

The Nolan Series, Part II

By Mr. Dan Luft

After Max Allan Collins published the first two books of his Nolan series, his publisher asked for a full-blown series.  Collins then wrote another three volumes, but they would sit unpublished for years after Collins’s first publisher, Curtis, was purchased by Popular Library (I […]

News for week ending 2012-12-14 (open thread)

News for week ending 2012-12-14 (open thread) […]

When… (fifty years of Parker)

Why is the cover of that bit of bureaucracy posted above?

Because that’s the bit of bureaucracy that contains this:

The hunter, by Richard Stark, pseud. New York, Pocket Books,   155 p. (Permabook edition, M 4272) © Richard Stark; 15Dec62; A607387

Fifty years ago today, a fresh-faced guy in a Chevy offered […]

Non-Westlake Scores: John D. MacDonald’s The Deep Blue Goodbye and Nightmare in Pink

NB: A version of this post also appears on Existential Ennui.

I’m in the midst of a series of posts on vintage softcovers over on Existential Ennui, and I’ve reached a pair of paperbacks I was basically badgered into buying by one of the regular commenters on both The Violent World […]

Reviews: The Con Man and Killer’s Choice by Ed McBain

The Con Man is exactly what you’d expect after the three previous volumes: A series of crimes that may or may not be related, the detectives of the 87th fanning out to crack the cases, a look at how policework is done, and the 87th’s great characters.

The joy for the crime-minded […]