Crime Fiction Links of the Week for October 28, 2017
Crime fiction in general:
- Publishers Weekly shares its list of the best mysteries and thrillers of 2017.
- Val McDermid explains why crime fiction is more leftwing, while thrillers tend towards the right.
- Jonathan Freedland disagrees with Val McDermid and says that thrillers are not naturally rightwing either.
- Brian Cliff shares his appreciation for the Sean Duffy novels by Adrian McKinty.
- Mimi Matthews talks about penny dreadfuls, juvenile crime and a late Victorian moral panic.
- B.V. Lawson revisits the 1912 suspense novel The Chink in the Armor by Marie Belloc Lowndes.
- Jamie Bernthal revisits The Usborne Mystery Files, an interactive mystery game from 1999.
Film and TV:
- Mark Yon shares his thoughts on 1922, the film adaptation of Stephen King's eponymous novella.
- Germain Lussier calls Jigsaw pretty bad, which still makes it one of the better movies in the Saw series.
- Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya shares her thoughts on the latest episode of How to Get Away With Murder.
- Thomas Pluck shares his thoughts on the latest episode of The Deuce.
- Daniel Kreps reports that a reboot of 1980s crime drama Magnum P.I. is planned.
- Shaun Duke shares his five favourite action movies of the 1980s.
Comments on Brawl in Cell Block 99:
- Ed Gibbs calls Brawl in Cell Block 99 an intense prison drama.
- Robbie Collin calls Brawl in Cell Block 99 mercilessly violent full body cinema.
- Mike D'Angelo calls Brawl in Cell Block 99 a terrific slow-burn pulp thriller.
- David Fear calls Brawl in Cell Block 99 a brutal, batshit prison film.
- Mark Jenkins calls Brawl in Cell Block 99 a genre mash-up that takes itself a little too seriously.
- Adam Woodward interviews S. Craig Zahler, director of Brawl in Cell Block 99.
- Simon Brew also interviews S. Craig Zahler.
Comments on Blade Runner 2049:
- David Jenkins calls Blade Runner 2049 bombastic but shallow.
- A.A. Dowd declares that Blade Runner 2049 creates a gorgeous spectacle from our collective memories of the original.
- Mazeem Salin and Eli Lee discuss Blade Runner 2049 in the context of Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep? upon which the 1982 original was based.
- Chris Ormond discusses the woman problem of Blade Runner 2049.
- Wired wonders whether audiences are too lazy to appreciate Blade Runner 2049.
- Jordan Zakarin explains how Blade Runner 2049 created the holographic threesome sequence.
Comments on Mindhunter:
- Ed Power calls Mindhunter much more than an average serial killer drama.
- Ben Travers calls Mindhunter a fascinating textbook of a TV show.
- Paul Levinson calls Mindhunter like Criminal Minds, but without the restrictions imposed by US network TV.
- Ellison Cooper shares five reasons he loves Mindhunter.
- Sean T. Collins shares his thoughts on the latest episode of Mindhunter.
- Criminal Element praises the portrayal of serial killer Ed Kemper in Mindhunter.
- The winners of the 2017 CWA Daggers have been announced.
- The winners of the 2017 Prix du Polar have been announced.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Brian Stoddart talks about writing and researching the Chris Le Fanu Mysteries.
- Chuck Wendig shares an oubliette of unconventional writing advice.
- Kay Bolden talks about reclaiming her writer's voice.
- Kay Bolden also talks about writing her novel in fifteen minute chunks.
- Glynn Stewart talks about his writing process.
- Jacey Bedford share her thoughts on finishing a trilogy.
- Julianne Q. Johnson shares the top four pitfalls of publishing a newsletter.
- David Gaughran tackles the eternal question of wide versus Kindle Unlimited.
- Criminal Element interviews Michelle Adams.
- John Valeri interviews Kate White.
- John Valeri interviews Tom Straw.
- Craig Sisterson interviews Gordon Ell.
- Janet Webb reviews Mind Game by Iris Johansen.
- Kristin Centorcelli reviews Her Last Day by T.R. Ragan.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Dying to Live by Michael Stanley.
- Jen Lucas reviews The Theft of the Jewel in the Crown by Vaseem Khan.
- Ana Grilo reviews The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes.
- Adrienne Martini reviews The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch.
- Kevin Power reviews The Real-Town Murders by Adam Roberts.
- Sharon Magee reviews Murder at Chateau Sur Mer by Alyssa Maxwell.
- Fran Hartley reviews Nothing Bad Happens Here by Nikki Crutchley.
- Jay Roberts reviews Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke.
- John Valeri reviews The Kill Circle by David Freed.
- Martin Cahill reviews Above the Timberline by Gregory Manchess.
- Aidan Moher also reviews Above the Timberline by Gregory Manchess.
- Doreen Sheridan reviews Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke and tries a recipe from the book.
- TrackerBox Mac, a version of the popular book sales tracker version for Macintosh, is looking for funding.
- Several writers have banded together to raise money for hurricane relief in the Florida Keys.
- Freya McClements reports about the Noireland Crime Festival in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- Spice Not Sugar reports about the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival in Norwich, UK, and shares some photos.
- The Ellsworth American reports about the Murder By the Book Festival in Bar Harbor, Maine.
- Hugh Linehan reports about a special performance of the prison drama On Blueberry Hill by Sebastian Barry at Mountjoy Prison in Dublin, Ireland.
- A forensics expert has invented a kit that will help apprehend ivory poachers.
- A new study on cannibalism has found that humans are not particularly nutritious.
- The history and chaotic birth of the NYPD.
- See some photos from Times Square's gritty past.
Free online fiction:
- "Babysitter Bounty Hunter" by Christopher L. Malone in Crimson Streets.
- "Massacre" by David Busboom in Crimson Streets.
- "Fog Watch" by Ben White at Akashic Books.
- "The Hungry Policeman" by Tom Larsen at Akashic Books.
- "The Case of Rupert Steele" by Charlie Schneider in Electric Literature.
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