Tag: noir

Review of Altered Boys, Volume One: The Book of Billy

Review of Altered Boys, Volume One: The Book of Billy

Perhaps the most devastating, heinous, and heartbreaking story of my lifetime is the decades-long cover-up of sexual abuse by the Catholic Church. The idea that an organization would fail to root out a cadre of pedophiles preying upon its own flock is inexcusable. But when that organization purposely ignores the problem, making it even worse … Continue reading Review of Altered Boys, Volume One: The Book of Billy

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Review of Lawrence Block’s Eight Million Ways to Die, Adapted and Illustrated by John K. Snyder III

Review of Lawrence Block’s Eight Million Ways to Die, Adapted and Illustrated by John K. Snyder III

If you’ve hung around my dingy corner of the Internet for any amount of time, you know that Lawrence Block is one of my favorite writers (click here to see me get all gushy about the man, as well as to read my review of his hilarious novel, Ronald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old Man). … Continue reading Review of Lawrence Block’s Eight Million Ways to Die, Adapted and Illustrated by John K. Snyder III

All McBain, All the Time (Part Three)

All McBain, All the Time (Part Three)

A quick tangent before getting to the reviews… Readers of the blog have heard me lament the fact that book reviews are the worst performing posts on the site. From a content perspective, I couldn’t care less: I’m still going to write the damned reviews. But, on some level, I suppose it makes me sad … Continue reading All McBain, All the Time (Part Three)

All McBain, All the Time (Part Two)

All McBain, All the Time (Part Two)

Hello, friends, and welcome back for another set of reviews about Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct series. In the first installment of “All McBain, All the Time,” I offered a brief introduction as to why I enjoy the author's writing, then followed that up by reviewing three of the 87th Precinct books. If you’d like to … Continue reading All McBain, All the Time (Part Two)

All McBain, All the Time

All McBain, All the Time

Readers of this site know my affinity for Ed McBain, specifically his series of police-procedural novels set in the 87th Precinct. Late last year, during a review of a Lawrence Block book entitled Ronald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old Man, I said McBain would be on my Mount Rushmore of favorite writers. In fact, after … Continue reading All McBain, All the Time

Number Forty-Two: Review of Ray Garton’s Murder Was My Alibi

Number Forty-Two: Review of Ray Garton’s Murder Was My Alibi

I have a confession to make in regard to Ray Garton: he scares the shit out of me, and I mean that with the utmost respect and admiration. As a fan of horror and suspense novels, this is hard to come by these days. Lord knows Stephen King has given me some sleepless nights over … Continue reading Number Forty-Two: Review of Ray Garton’s Murder Was My Alibi

Number Eight: THE GUTTER AND THE GRAVE by Ed McBain

I love Ed McBain. For my money, nobody does noir better. McBain is best known for his long-running 87th Precinct series (I’ve read close to a dozen of them, and they’re uniformly excellent if you enjoy police procedurals), but he’s written some wonderful standalone novels as well. One that slipped past me was Hard Case … Continue reading Number Eight: THE GUTTER AND THE GRAVE by Ed McBain