Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Crime Report

I’ve been knee-deep in National Book Award winners all day for a current project but here’s a few accounts of fictional criminal activity that are worth sharing.

Sara Paretsky delivers a characteristically eloquent essay on loners in crime fiction at The Guardian. (link via The Rap Sheet).

Martin Cruz Smith gets a proper going over as Stalin’s Ghost hits bookstores. This week’s deliveries include an interview at the Boston Globe, and a ‘web-exclusive commentary’ (whatever the hell that is) at Newsweek. You can still get my take from last month at Bookslut.

Apparently, the chief Bookslut is the “insider’s outsider,” according to Literago. Jessa Crispin and Dennis Loy Johnson debate the death of book reviews.

A small death...Punk Planet has gone to the great magazine newsstand in the sky. Dies irae, dies illa.

Mike Ripley’s new “Getting Away With Murder” column in Shots UK delivers some interesting dope on The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction, and mentions a title I need to go track down, I Predict A Riot by Belfast funnyman Colin Bateman. Any novel cribbed from a Kaiser Chiefs lyric by a half-cocked Irishman and I'm there.

Galleycat reports that the International Thriller Writers are launching a “Serial Thiller” with contributions from Jeffrey Deaver and Lee Child, that will be initially released as an audio adaptation.

The prodigious Sarah Weinman has a nice feature in this month’s Poets & Writers all about superhero lit, including an interview with Austin Grossman about the intriguing Soon I Will Be Invincible. She also has time to investigate a book about crime scenes, a topic well served by her background in forensic science.

On the big screen: the director of Finding Neverland has been chosen to direct the 22nd James Bond film. The right choice? Time will tell whether directing Johnny Depp with a nervous tic properly prepares one for motivating an icy Daniel Craig.

Far more exciting is the thought of Frank Miller adapting Raymond Chandler’s Trouble Is My Business as a vehicle for Clive Owen to play Philip Marlowe.

In more casting news, Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, and Ludacris gang up with Guy Ritchie for RocknRolla, a new caper flick set in the London criminal underworld.

Helping give Iron Man a little profane soul? Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, naturally.

In murky tunes, the National rock tunes from the Boxer at D.C.’s 9:30 Club, courtesy of National Public Radio.

And we’re out. Kill the lights.

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