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Zebra Three

The very best cop shows become synonymous with their era. They portray society as it was and not always perhaps as it wished to be remembered.  954 more words

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MTV cops

Given the response from our look at Hawaiian noir I’d like to turn the inkjockey® summer spotlight on to another seemingly idyllic playground.  It’s a location synonymous with palm trees and sunshine and in keeping with our theme of looking at the dark underbelly of exotic holiday locations it would be crime not to include Miami. 870 more words

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Hell's Half Acre

This week’s news that CBS is holding an open casting call for Hawaii Five-O put me in the mood for Aloha shirts, cocktails and Morton Stevens’ legendary theme tune. 1,016 more words

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Murder, They Wrote

Earlier this week the awards spotlight lavished its annual attention on London’s theatreland in the form of the prestigious Olivier Awards.  Kevin Spacey got one.  After just over a decade at the helm of the Old Vic he leaves the once bankrupt theatre in a once unfashionable part of town in the strongest position imaginable.  971 more words

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Female sleuths: rise and The Fall

Last year at a screenwriters festival I had the good fortune to meet Lynda La Plante, the multi-award winning writer and creator of the iconic crime television series… 1,005 more words

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Search the Vehicle.

Yesterday I spent 15 minutes watching a car chase on TV. The man driving the car was suspected to be armed and in possession of narcotics, and was holding off the police in a grey Scion with only 3 tires. 499 more words


The King in Yellow

A month ago I touched on the notion of Gothic horror and its links to crime fiction. Today I’d like to examine two extraordinary writers and showcase the different ways they have linked an existing genre to their own work, each to stunning effect, and each in radically different ways.   1,065 more words

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