Crime Fiction Links of the Week for July 7, 2018
Crime fiction in general:
- Barry Forshaw shares some crime novels to read this summer.
- Crime Reads shares nine sophomore crime novels to read this summer.
- Amy Stuart shares ten crime novels to keep you up all night.
- Cristina Alger shares seven thrillers with badarse female protagonists.
- Dan Fesperman explains how the spy novel was revived after being declared nigh dead after the end of the Cold War.
- Paul French talks about the criminal links between America and the seedy underbelly of old Shanghai.
- Paul French also explains how Jewish gangsters turned Shanghai into a drug smuggler's paradise.
- Joe Kenney revisits the 1968 crime thriller See the Red Blood Run by Niles N. Peebles.
- Joe Keney revisits Kill the Hack!, a 1974 novel in the Adrano For Hire mafia series by Michael Bradley a.k.a. Gary Blumberg.
- Jim Cornelius remembers the men's adventure magazines of the 1950s and 1960s.
- Lyndsay Faye talks about the late Anthony Bourdain, crime fiction and the power of food.
Film and TV:
- Graeme Virtue shares his thoughts on the series finale of the Scandinavian crime drama The Bridge.
- Graeme Virtue declares that the Welsh crime drama Hidden could be the perfect replacement for the Scandinavian crime drama The Bridge.
- Sandra Mangan calls the Welsh crime drama Keeping Faith a hidden gem.
- Louis Bravos shares five great Australian crime shows.
- Alia Waheed reports about the Indian drama Sacred Games and wonders whether it might persuade Indian audience to give streaming services like Netflix a try.
- Leslie Felperin declares that the Scottish thriller Calibre manages to overcome clichés.
- Stuart Heritage reports about Irish dance impressario Michael Flatley's spy thriller Blackbird, which was written by, directed by, financed by and stars him.
- Andrew Pulver reports that Daniel Craig has visited the CIA in preparation for a new Bond film.
- Mike Flemming Jr. reports that Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg plan a new series of feature films based on Robert B. Parker's Spenser novels.
- Irish actor Derrick O'Connor, who appeared in several genre films and TV shows, has died aged 77.
Comments on Sharp Objects:
- Danette Chavez calls the adaptation of Gillian Flynn's thriller Sharp Objects a rumination on violence.
- Josh Bell calls Sharp Objects a slow, grim murder mystery.
- Arielle Bernstein declares that Sharp Objects offers a radically dark view of women.
- Todd VanDerWerff explains what makes Sharp Objects so good.
- Lacey Rose shares ten things you should know about Sharp Objects.
- David Rapp wonders how the TV series Sharp Objects compares to Gillian Flynn's 2006 novel.
Comments on Sicario 2: Soldado:
- Renaldo Matadeen declares that Sicario 2: Soldado reveals the dark origins of its protagonist.
- Renaldo Matadeen also wonders whether Sicario 2: Soldado is a sequel or a prequel to the original Soldado.
- Renaldo Matadeen explains the ending of Sicario 2: Soldado.
Comments on Ant-Man and the Wasp:
- Camestros Felapton shares his thoughts on Ant-Man and the Wasp.
- Germain Lussier explains how both Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War impact Ant-Man and the Wasp.
- Germain Lussier reports that the quantum realm scenes in Ant-Man and the Wasp contain some teasers for future Marvel movies.
- James Whitbrook expresses his annoyance about the fact that Ant-Man and the Wasp will be delayed by almost a month in many European countries because of the World Cup.
- Katie Kilkenny interviews Evangeline Lilly who plays Hope Van Dyne a.k.a. the Wasp in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
- Aaron Couch interviews Peyton Reed, director of Ant-Man and the Wasp.
- Watch a recap of Ant-Man and the Wasp's story so far, as told by Luís in his inimitable style.
Comments on season 2 of Luke Cage:
- Abigail Nussbaum shares her comments on season 2 of Luke Cage.
- Camestros Felapton shares his thoughts about season 2 of Luke Cage.
- Evan Narcisse declares that the focus on families in season 2 of Luke Cage has improved the show.
- Keith R.A. DeCandido also remarks on the importance of family in Luke Cage and shares his thoughts episodes 5 to 8 of season 2.
- Charles Pulliam-Moore points out that the LGBTQ romance subplot in season 2 of Luke Cage is part of the gangster film tradition.
- Charles Pulliam-Moore interviews Cheo Hodari Coker, showrunner of Luke Cage.
Comments on The First Purge:
- Benjamin Lee calls The First Purge a nihilistic Trumpian horror.
- Ian Cardona declares that The First Purge is the most political film of the franchise yet.
- Ian Cardona explains how The First Purge sets up another sequel.
- Beth Elderkin reports on the planned The Purge TV series and shares the first trailer.
- Phil Miller reports about the 2018 McIlvanney Prize longlist and that one of the nominees is Liam McIlvanney, son of William McIlvanney after whom the prize is named.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Rachel Swirsky shares some tips for dealing with writer's block.
- Kristian Wilson shares eleven essential books for writing, based upon which genre you want to write.
- Erika W. Smith explains how fanfiction helped her to have a career in writing.
- Rod Reynolds explains how he came to write Cold Desert Sky.
- The Guardian interviews Gillian Flynn.
- John Valeri interviews Amanda Robson.
- Sandra Mangan interviews Laura Marshall.
- Adam Maxwell interviews Alan Carter.
- The Real Book Spy interviews Brad Thor.
- The Real Book Spy interviews Paul Doiron.
- The Real Book Spy interviews Dan Fesperman.
- The Real Book Spy interviews Peter James.
- John Jacobson reviews Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews After the Monsoon by Robert Karjel.
- Mike Parker reviews Where the Missing Go by Emma Rowley.
- Janet Webb reviews Scandal Above Stairs by Jennifer Ashley.
- Kristin Centorcelli reviews April in Paris, 1921 by Tessa Lunney.
- Angie Barry reviews The Corpse at the Crystal Palace by Carola Dunn.
- Sandra Mangan reviews The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware.
- The Real Book Spy reviews The Banker's Wife by Cristina Alger.
- Sandra Mangan reviews The Dead Ex by Jane Corry.
- Ardi Alspach reviews The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins.
- Garrick Webster reviews Dark Pines by Will Dean.
- Sandra Mangan reviews Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles.
- Weston Ochse reviews Safe Houses by Dan Fesperman.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Snap by Belinda Bauer.
- Craig Sisterson reviews Overkill by Vanda Symon.
- Victoria Goldman reviews Overkill by Vanda Symon.
- The Real Book Spy reviews Dead Man Running by Steve Hamilton.
- Janet Webb reviews Rip the Angels From Heaven by David Krugler.
- Kristin Centorcelli reviews Pirata by Patrick Hasburgh.
- Angie Barry reviews City of Devils by Paul French.
- Vicki Weisfeld reviews The Cypher Bureau by Eillidh McGinness.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Halcyon by Rio Youers.
- Marcus Hobson reviews Ngaio Marsh: Her Life in Crime by Joanne Drayton.
- An archival collection of Sally the Sleuth, an early spicy crime comic from the 1930s, is looking for funding.
- Tim Lehnerer is looking for funding to make mix CDs and give them out at B-Fest 2019 in Evanston, Illinois.
- Writer Becca McNair needs some help to buy a new laptop.
- Cheri Baker reports about her visit to the famous Mob Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, and shares some photos.
- Mike Chomko reports that Bob Gorton, former chairperson of Pulpcon, has died.
- Annie Kelly and Mei-Ling McNamara reveal how human traffickers target women prisoners in the US to force them into prostitution after their release.
- Antonio Regalado and Brian Alexander report about CeCe Moore, a scientist who uses DNA to solve long ago murders.
BBC reports that a Polish charity has gotten a huge phone bill, after
the sim card of the GPS tracker on the back of a stork was stolen in
Sudan and the thief used it to make twenty hours worth of phone calls.
Free online fiction:
- "Lost and Found" by Kristie Claxton in Shotgun Honey.
- "Genny Bow" by Chris La Tray in Beat To A Pulp.
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