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Review of The Troubleshooter: New Haven Blues

Wow! Is anyone still here? Yes? Oh, thank goodness! I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I have posted, and I am so sorry and glad you are still with me. 368 more words


Rear[view]: Even at ten years old, Brick shows us what a film can be when you defy genre expectations

If you have been at least somewhat conscious over the past year or so you have probably recognized the machine that is a certain galaxy battle franchise furiously churning. 1,456 more words

The Maltese Falcon; by Dashiell Hammett

I have only recently begun to explore the fascinating world of noir detective literature. I stumbled upon Rex Stout a year or so ago, and have since devoured a good deal of his books, but this is the first serious novel of the genre I have encountered. 466 more words

Book Reviews

The Sam Spade Business Model

Fictional private eye Sam Spade doesn’t believe in sugar coating. In The Maltese Falcon, he tells a client, “We didn’t believe your story. We believed your $200.” 745 more words

Film Noir

What Gun Would They Carry Today?

I happened across an article this morning that got me thinking (always a dangerous thing). The article suggested that if the classic detectives like Sam Spade, Phillip Marlowe, Make Hammer, etc were set in today’s world they would carry the Ruger SP101 in .357 Magnum… 297 more words


Ross Macdonald taught us how to do it

Private investigator Lew Archer walks into the mob boss’s house. “It looked as if the decorator had been influenced by the Fun House at a carnival.” Then Archer says something to irritate the boss. 528 more words

Mystery Novels


IT MAY SEEM unlikely that I’m learning world geography, history and religion from old Sam Spade radio mysteries, but, in fact, this is how I first heard of Sri Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Kandy. 675 more words

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