Thursday, October 30 2014
The second half of the19th century saw the murder rate drop precisely when "the activity of enjoying a murder became increasingly acceptable."
Monday, August 11 2014
At times, Mark Songini stretches ideas beyond their breaking point, making the reader reassemble them with Krazy Glue and chicken wire.
Wednesday, June 30 2010
Crime Classics, a 1953 CBS ‘true crime’ radio series, seems to be something of a slap in the face to audiences’ sense of identification and notions of self-importance, presenting a vision of a callous and petty world where the individual matters little, and their thoughts and feelings matter less.
Sunday, November 15 2009
Stone's pedigree secure, the Hollywood maverick turned on the system itself; tarring sensationalism, public bloodlust, and judicial entropy, seemingly with the same brush.
Monday, September 3 2007
The "red parts" in question are those of Maggie Nelson's Aunt Jane.
Tuesday, July 31 2007
What makes Pogash's book so powerful is that it evokes the universal bafflement we feel over the tortured relationships some other people endure.
Wednesday, August 11 2004
Restraint in a lawless world is hard. Cops have to tangle with folks that have total freedom of action every day, and they need to do it the hard way, the frustrating way. They have to follow the rules even though they get to carry a gun.
Wednesday, December 10 2003
You can only listen to Kang shout 'It's Dim Sum time!' as he shoots up a Chinese gang so many times before you start to get uncomfortable.
Sunday, January 1 1995
The game continues to remind you that being a good cop in such a rough and violent occupation is less than easy.
Steve Everett is an old-school newspaper reporter, the kind who has improbable hunches that turn out to be right, who gives investigative reporters a good name, who's relegated to fiction these days. He's also more complicated than that, a self-styled macho boozer and womanizer, but recently slipped into another state, feeling confused and a little pathetic.