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  1. Two New Shows Worth Investigating
    In the feast-or-famine world of crime TV, you can definitely mark down early 2016 as "feast," as two shows based on books by two of my favourite writers make their debut. Over on Cinemax, Max Allan Collins' Vietnam vet-turned-hitman is brought to the boob tube in Quarry, starring Logan Marshall-Green, for an eight-episode run, while over at Sundance, James Purfoy and Michael Kenneth Williams are set to rip it up as Joe R. Lansdale's trouble-bound Texas odd couple Hap and Leonard.
  2. The Nice Guys
    Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in a detective thriller/comedy written and directed by Shane Black. Coming this summer.
  3. Speaking of Nice Guys
    Our pal Ron DeSourdis drops by to review Michael Connelly's new one, The Crossing, which has Bosch, now retired from the LAPD, reluctantly working as a P.I. for his half brother, Mickey Hasller, aka "The Lincoln Lawyer,
  4. THE RAP SHEET Asked Me What My Favourite Reads Were This Year
    I told them.
  5. Jessica Jones Goes Live on NetFlix!
    Now that The Good Wife's Kalinda has dropped off the face of the earth, where are TV viewers starved for a kickass female P.I. gonna get their fix? The answer, it seems, is NetFlix'Jessica Jones, based on the Marvel comic by Brian Michael Bendis which imagines the life of a disgraced (and not very good) superhero, trying to make a go of it as a private investigator in New York City. Krysten Ritter nails the surprisingly gritty and downbeat vibe -- or at least it's a surprise to anyone who didn't see NetFlix'similar two-fisted take on Daredevil last spring.
  6. The 2015 Shamus Awards
    The PWA has annouced the finalists for private eye works published in 2014. The awards were presented at the PWA Banquet at Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday, October 9, 2015. It should be a blast!
  7. New True Crime Issue of New Yorker Reader
    Be on the look out for the latest special edition of The New Yorker Reader, which focuses on True Crime. Subtitled new yorker reader true crime issue "Classic Tales of Murder, Mayhem and the Law," it boasts classic reprints by Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Calvin Trillin and Patrick Radden Keefe, among others, as well as plenty of great crime-related cartoons and a great pulp-style cover by Seth. Available at finer newsstands and apps everywhere.

  8. Chandler to Get Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame?
    Adam Lerner and Bill Boyle have launched a fund-raising IndieGoGo campaign to get Raymond Chandler a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with the approval of the Chandler Estate and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. This would make Chandler the first writer (who is not also a director, producer, or animator) to get a star.

    They argue that "If there were no Raymond Chandler there would certainly be no Philip Marlowe and if there were no Philip Marlowe there would arguably be no Hollywood Noir or Hollywood Walk of Fame."

    I'm not sure if I buy all that argument, but if there's a writer who deserves that star, it's definitely Chandler. Let's help give him his due.

  9. Hail, Caesar! Coen Bros. & George Clooney Do Mannix!
    Eddie Mannix, that is. But a comedy based on the legendary 1950s Hollywood fixer, also starring Tilda Swinton, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph Fiennes and 21 Jump Street buddies Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill just might be a lot of fun. Unfortunately, we're going to have to wait until February 2016 to see it.

  10. Thrilling Detective Finally Gets a Decent Search Engine
    I've been meaning to upgrade the search engine for this site for years, and now it's done. This isn't a limited search, or a hit-or-miss fishnet with holes big enough to drive a Buick through. Nope, it's a full-feldged search engine that works the way it's supposed to. Thank you, Mr. Google.

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