Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday, February 13, 2009

Don't Bogart That Review, My Friend

I'm not sure I've taken quite as grave an approach to this peppy new title by Joe Gores as some others have (*Cough* New York Times) but I think it's fair. In today's Rocky Mountain News - still publishing! - you can find my review, "Hammett Homage Revisits Sam Spade," which takes a brief look at the new Maltese Falcon prequel Spade and Archer.

For more detailed takes on the book, you can also check out reviews by the lovely Sarah Weinman (L.A. Times) and Cara Black (SF Gate), not to mention quite a bit of story-behind-the-book at Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind.

So what's this bird that everybody's all steamed up about? You Netflix subscribers can watch the original movie online. Or there's always the trailer if you're in a rush.

People lose teeth talking like that.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Questioning The Usual Suspects

Wow, it's early this year. Now online, you can find the results of the project that I spend my entire December holidays working on every year: The Kirkus Reviews Mysteries and Thrillers Special.

Within these bloody pages, you can find the bite-sized spotlights boiled down from hours and hours of conversations about bad guys, blunt objects, and the mechanics of the fugitive life. My personally scribbled spotlights include interviews with Elmore Leonard, Charlie Huston, Walter Mosley, Richard Lange, Tom Cain, and Greg Rucka, as well as the feature on Charles Ardai and Hard Case Crime.

And that's just my two cents. Also inside, you'll find previews of a bunch of great books heading for store shelves (or your Amazon wish list, if you prefer), including the good doctor Josh Bazell's Beat The Reaper, Cara Black's Murder in the Latin Quarter, Denis Johnson's Nobody Move, and Loser's Town by Hollywood insider Daniel Depp (whose brother is in a bunch of pirate movies or something, apparently. Yeah, that Johnny).

Enjoy. We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Christopher Moore Talks FOOL

I haven't seen too much about this book yet (although I've had a copy in my hot little hands for a little while) but here's a brand spankin' new video featuring the Author Guy talking about the roots of his forthcoming novel, Fool. Lots and lots more, including the first chapter, audio samples from the reading by Euan Morton, a contest to win an Ipod (or, er, a hat), and a free reading of A Dirty Job, all at

Ah, and a new author interview here:

Everybody loves a fool.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Cleaning Up With Charlie Huston

Waste not, want not. In the new issue of Bookslut, you can find all the parts of my little chat with killer author and perpetrator Charlie Huston that can be published in places that let you use Bad Words, which are few and far between these days.

Go forth, and read "Charlie Huston, The Cleanup Hitter," to find out more about The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, what it feels like to have Stephen King write you a review for Amazon, how Los Angeles vibrates a writer's antenna, and a modest take on his new scribbling from a guy who represents the future of crime fiction. If we're lucky.

What's not in the interview is that Huston is working on something he calls, "More ambitious than anything else I've ever tried." Whatever it is should blow people's mind after a downright frenetic crime trilogy, an epic vampire fusion series, and two hardback bestsellers. He's supposedly doing something else for Marvel Comics (after Moon Knight) but nobody seems to be able to tip me off about it yet. Further bulletins as events warrant.

Elsewhere in the February offerings at Bookslut, you'll find reviews of The Way Through Doors (the second novel by noodle-bender Jesse Ball) and Arthur Conan Doyle's novella The Poison Belt, an interview with aforementioned noodle-bender Ball, a long, long, long talk about Spider-Man with Marvel's lord and savior Brian Michael Bendis, and Colleen Mondor's take on Charles Darwin.

There. That should keep you busy for a little while.