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-- Barton Keyes gets all mushy with Walter Neff in Double Indemity (1944)
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Down Those Mean Streets with Boughs of Holly
Our ever-growing list of Christmas-related P.I. tales...
Uneek Mystery Author Miniatures
The real find -- at least for me -- in doing this year's Holiday Gift Guide for Mystery Scene was the discovery of Debbie Ritter's mystery author dolls (pictured above). Each of these little (4-5" high) buggers is hand-crafted from wire, wood and clay and features a hand-painted face and an appropriate book clutched in one hand. Raymond Chandler, for example, looks very much the geeky Anglophile, with his gray flannel trousers, black suit coat and checkered tie, sporting wire spectacles, and a copy of The Long Goodbye in his hand. Other figures, currently ready to ship, include James M. Cain, Elmore Leonard, Ian Fleming, Dashiell Hammett and even Agatha Christie. Even better, though, is that Debs will actually design a doll for you if she's hasn't already created one of your favourite authors. Tell her Kevin sent ya...
Mystery Scene's Holiday Issue Now on Newstands
Includes a feature stories on Alexander McCall Smith, Boileau and Narcejac, the Holiday Gift Guide and a piece I did on some very promising P.I. writers: Ingrid Thoft, Sara Gran and Lisa Brackmann.
Pulp By Bookxy: Cut the Crap, Get the App
Want pulp, but you're getting damn tired of running down to the newsstand all the time, only to realize once again that it's not 1938? You might want to consider the Bookxy app, which will delivers novellas full of the good stuff right to your tablet/smartphone/computer. How good is the stuff, you ask? How about novellas by folks like Eric Van Lustbader, Robert Ward, Stephen Hunter, Eric Beetner, Harley Jane Kozak and Gary Phillips? And don't worry that this is soon going to devolve into cheesy sci-fi fanfic -- the publishers are promising plenty of mystery, crime fiction, action-adventure and thrillers. They mean it, man -- and they're even got a subscription plan!
Mystery Readers Journal Goes Mobile!
Janet Rudolph has really put the pedal to the metal with her latest: Murder in Transit (Volume 29:3)is now available as hardcopy and PDF, with a slew of articles about homicide on the go, featuring trains, plains, automobiles and other moveable feasts of felonious mayhem. Among the contributors are Nina Cooper, Jim Dohert, Kris Neri, Gay Toltl Kinman, Marv Lachman, Kate Derie and of course Janet Rudolph.
Chandler's Cameo in Double Indemnity
How did I miss this one? Some sharp-eyed palookas spotted this a few years ago, but somehow I completely missed it.
Black Mask Finally Goes Ebook!
The legendary pulp mag, first launched in April 1920 by H. L. Mencken and George Jean Nathan and gave us such authors as Dashiell Hammett, John Carroll Daly, Raymond Chandler, and Erle Stanley Gardner, is back, with individual stories and collections finally available as downloadable e-books. The first salvo includes stores by Norbert Davis, Paul Cain, Frederick Nebel and W.T. Ballard.
MHz to Unleash a Streaming Mystery Channel
Ooh, this is cool: #MHz (the international TV channel and DVD producers) says they're gonna have an International Mystery Channel streaming on Roku soon. They already have a general one, but a channel dedicated to mysteries alone has got to bode well for those of us who don't mind subtitles. It's through MHz, for example, that I discovered Varg Veum.
Soho Press Launches New Web Site
The rowdy little press that aims to sock American Crime Fiction Isolationism right in the jaw unveils their new, user-friendly site, complete with a direct-to-consumer ebook sales platform, book-of-the-month style subscription offerings, and an interactive map of the world according to Soho Crime.
HardCaseCrime gets Juxtapozed!
Great cover shot of upcoming Lawrence Block reprint on November issue ofg the artsy-fartsy mag, plus a fun interview with HardCase co-founder Charles Ardai. On sale at better newstands now.
"The Peach Streaked Blouse"
I finally get another piece of fiction published, and it's not even a P.I. story! But hey, you've read this far, so please check out this little piece of nasty that I've had in my head for years. It finally sees the light of day in the latest issue of CrimeFactory, and features got Montreal, domestic angst, violence and incorrect laundry techniques -- what more could you want? And if that doesn't float your book, the issue also has a great interview with Aussie writer Peter Corris in it!
J.K. Rowling. P.I. Writer
It's just been revealed that the author of a widely acclaimed P.I. novel released in April is actually J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame. The hordes of self-published muggles are beside themselves with jealousy. How dare she rely on a book's merits for reviews, instead of hype and her celebrity!
This jasper Ben Solomon has a unique twist on getting his stuff out there: P.I. fiction on a subscription basis. He's certainly got the patter down, anyway. And he has a nice presentation of Daly's "The False Burton Combs" tucked away in his Features section. Sure.
Your Weekly Shot 'o Noir
Every Friday, NJ photohound Mark Krajnak offers up an original dose of noir, Jersey-style.
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