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Tuesday, February 25 2014

‘Fallen Land’: A Provocative Descent from Ambition to Madness

Unorthodox literary tactics imbue Fallen Land with psychological drama, keen social commentary, and riveting suspense all at once.


Thursday, May 24 2012

Sherlock Holmes, Dirk Gently and the Case of the Eccentric Detective

With two TV shows returning Arthur Conan Doyle's creation to our screens, Sherlock Holmes has never seemed more influential. But for the good of detective fiction, it might be time to look elsewhere for our unorthodox investigators...


Wednesday, August 17 2011

‘Ghost Story’: Harry Dresden Is a Detective, a Magician, a Ghost

In life and death, in any examination of the past, there is regret; for loss, for suffering, for pain and failure. Here, Harry Dresden comes to terms with why he is who and what he is.


Monday, July 4 2011

‘Unknown’ Will Probably Remain That Way

Missed opportunities lurk around every corner of this messy production.


Wednesday, April 20 2011

Mystery writer Hallie Ephron finds her place in a literary family


Monday, November 15 2010

‘Winter’s Bone’: Where Crime and Loss are the Only Family

A tough 17-year-old dropout searches for her missing father in the poverty- and meth-scared hills of the Missouri Ozarks.


Monday, July 26 2010

‘Girl by the Lake’: An Excellent Premise for a Classic Detective Story

Andrea Molaioli displays the confidence of a veteran filmmaker and lets the story play out without resorting to overly clever techniques.


Monday, July 19 2010

‘Jass’ Gives You the Feel for Early American History

Take a tour of Storyville where Jazz began and murder prevails, bringing in the likes of David Fulmer's hero who is as good at solving crime as he's crippled by his love of an irresistible whore.


Monday, June 7 2010

In ‘Molly Fox’s Birthday’ There is Nary a Scrap of Lazy Writing to be Seen

Earnest conversations, long passages of description, thoughtful interludes contemplating this or that relationship quirk -- a complex portrait, subtle to the point of tedium.


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