Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Blood Spattered Televisions

I know you people are at home salivating over the new Dark Knight DVD and trying to unravel the fourth season of Lost, but an item of note just came across my desk that might interest all you CSI and Dexter addicts.

A&E (home to Criss Angel's Mindfreak and other perversions of nature) is out flogging several of its more interesting crime-related shows. Among their latest offerings are the criminally underrated S.W.A.T (getting down and dirty with the boys in blue from Detroit and Kansas City, where they really need them from time to time), Jacked! (which really could be a how-to show about car theft if you approach it in the right frame of mind) and Crime 360, which is kind of like training at home for a better career, only with crime scenes and blood spatters and stuff.

Anyway, starting this week on Itunes, all these A&E true crime shows are going on sale for 99 cents each. Seriously. You were looking for something to watch at the gym that will make you run faster anyway. This should do the trick.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Blowback

This morning's offering is my latest review at The Rocky Mountain News, a judicious analysis of the latest Kay Scarpetta novel from Patricia Cornwell. Not that it will make a bit of difference to the legions of the novelist's fans who have already snapped up the novel via pre-orders, most of whom will like this offering just fine.

Anyway, it looks like Cornwell's long-running forensic investigator could outlive the Rocky, which has been put up for sale by Scripps just a shade before the paper's 150th anniversary. The headlines say that the company will entertain offers for the next four to six weeks but after that point, its future remains uncertain. Well, hell.

For more cheerful reading, check out USA Today's profile of Cornwell (and her Ferrari Spider and Bell 407 helicopter and many other toys...) or better yet, Sarah Weinman's list at the L.A. Times of her favorite mysteries of the year, including a host of books I've celebrated myself this year like Don Winslow's The Dawn Patrol, Tara French's The Likeness and Tom Rob Smith's Child 44.