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Lawrence Block

Binge Reading Bad Guys

Paul Bishop | Posted 10.02.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

Binge watching television shows is a relatively new phenomenon compared to binge reading. Like many before, a reader who discovers Sherlock Holmes for the first time is still apt to binge read their way through most of the Sherlockian canon before coming up for air.

The Hard Case Crime/Lawrence Block Connection

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.22.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

Hard Case Crime editor Charles Ardai has professed both his admiration for Mystery Grandmaster Lawrence Block as a writer and as a friend. With the publication of The Girl With The Deep Blue Eyes, Ardai has agreed to face the bright lights and rubber hoses of the interrogation room.

Interrogating Lawrence Block

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.21.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

After almost a hundred novels, an uncountable number of short stories, and cherished collections of writing advice and lore, Lawrence Block can lay claim to being the respected grand patriarch of the mystery genre.

Dark Journeys: The Best of Noir Fiction

Dennis Miller | Posted 02.10.2015 | Books
Dennis Miller

Noir fiction is returning. The uniquely American art form reached its paranoid zenith in the 1940s and '50s, taking its bleak existentialist cue from such masters as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, among others.

Is Liam Neeson's New Movie Worth Your Money?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 09.19.2014 | Entertainment

"A Walk Among The Tombstones" is far from perfect. As Vulture's Kyle Buchanan noted on Twitter, the film is severely lacking in female characters who ...

Movie Review: A Walk Among the Tombstones

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.19.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

They used to make films like A Walk Among the Tombstones on a regular basis: mysteries built around flawed heroes, in which character was as important as plot, and action was the catharsis, not the reason for the story itself.

Movie Review: A Walk Among the Tombstones -- Gobble Gobble

Carole Mallory | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

In this bestselling mystery written by Lawrence Block , Neeson plays a retired NYPD detective Scudder haunted by demons who has been manipulated in solving the kidnapping of drug king pin Kenny Kristo's (Dan Stevens) wife.

Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe -- Meet Jake Lassiter

Paul Levine | Posted 11.30.2013 | Books
Paul Levine

Funny thing is, just as with Spenser and Travis McGee, Jake never seemed that hard-boiled to me. Oh, there's the occasional tough-guy line: "They don't call us sharks for our ability to swim."

Book Tie-Ins Get More Ambitious

Posted 01.31.2013 | Books

Nobel Prizewinner Orham Pamuk opened a museum in 2009 called Museum of Innocence, filled with objects owned by the characters from his 2008 novel of t...

Hard Print: Heralding the Return of Hard Case Crime

John Hood | Posted 11.26.2011 | Books
John Hood

In 2010 there was a hiccup at Hard Case Crime, and its fans found themselves without a regular dose of the dark and lonely. Last week though, Hard Case Crime returned to the racks, with not one but two hard-boiled offerings from two Grandmasters of the form.