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- New Yorker Does Special "Crimes & Misdemeanors" Issue
And they ain't foolin' around. It's got some great stuff (both fiction and non-fiction) by Cormac McCarthy, Annie Proulx, Joyce Carol Oates, George Pelecanos and some cat named Hammett (with a previously unpublished story), among others, plus some awesome graphics, withtypography by Timothy Goodman, photographs by Grant Cornett, and prop styling by Shane Klein and Theo Vamvounakis. And you've just gotta check out the kick-ass video trailer for the issue by Grant Cornett.
- King & Maxwell
A new P.I show, based on David Baldacci's series of bestselling novels. Cross your fingers, folks, and let's hope this one doesn't suck.
- Feet of Clay Dept.
Did Rockford/Maverick/Fugitive/77 Sunset Strip creator Roy Huggins named names? Apparently, yes.
- Private Eyes for Dummies
There's a new Kickstarter project, and this one isn't being run by some millionaire producers or actors. Seems Jonathan Geffner, a New York ventriloquist wants to make a P.I. film, featuring a ventriloquist private eye, Van Trillo, and his partner, Sam Suede, who's a real dummy.
- Strand Goes Hard-boiled!
Strand Magazine, the venerable magazine that, in an earlier incasrnation, gave the world Sherlock Holmes, has dallied with hard-boiled before (it published "So I Shot Him," a long-lost Hammett story a few years ago, for example) but the current issue ups the ante considerably, with an Elmore Leonard story and a new Mike Hammer tale by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane, plus an interview with C.J. Box. That's all very cool, and I see they're now also going to be publishing it digitally. What's not so cool is that the e-edition will be for iPad pnly -- a nice way of telling owners of Nooks, Kobos, Kindles and all the rest to suck it.
- Veronica Mars Decides to Kickstart a Feature Film?
No, really. Kristen Bell, creator Rob Thomas and the rest are all on board to do a feature film -- if they can raise the geetus. And guess what? They've already raised it. But the money keeps rolling in.
- Noir Magazine: What Happened?
Speaking of Kickstarter $$$, did the highly touted, iPad-only Noir Magazine ever show up? The estimated delivery was last November, and their web page is curiously moribund.
- R.I.P. Alan Sharp, A Writer Too Dark for Hollywood
Film critic David Thomson's spot-on tribute to the late screenwriter who gave us the magnificent Night Moves (with Gene Hackman as disillusioned shamus Harry Moseby), one of greatest P.I. films ever.
- John D. MacDonald Hits the Racks Again
Starting in January, Random House will begin reprinting seventy of John D. MacDonald's novels, including all of the Travis McGee mysteries, in trade paperback and ebook formats, and each boasting an introduction by Lee Child..
- Your Weekly Shot 'o Noir
Every Friday, NJ photohound Mark Krajnak offers up an original dose of noir, Jersey-style.
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