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Scott Adlerberg
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Homicide: Life on the Street
Back in 1993, well before The Wired aired on HBO, the first great Baltimore crime show premiered on network television.  It was Homicide: Life on the Street,  and it would run for seven seasons. But were the indications of the show's greatness apparent from...

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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
Man kills woman. Man cleans up scene. Man plants clues for the cops to find.  Then he goes to work, and it turns out he's the chief of the police force homicide division.  It's Elio Petri's great 1970 Italian film, INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN UNDER SUSPICION...

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Wintry Westerns
There's nothing like a good western film set against a harsh, snowbound landscape.  These movies often have an unsual mood, a distinct feel, nothing like your typical western set in a dusty town or on an arid plain.  Anyway, it's a type of western I've alwa...

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Andrew Nette's Gunshine State
Australian crime novelist Andrew Nette has a new novel out, his second (the first, Ghost Money , was excellent), and I recently had a chance to review it for Criminal Element. Gunshine State is Nette's take on a heist novel, and a sharp piece of work it is,...

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Authors On Air Talk
Well, I've been away from this blog for awhile, devoting my blog writing time to my weekly Tuesday slots over at the Do Some Damage site.  But even though I'll continue to post regularly at DSD, I also want to get back to posting stuff over here. I mean I s...

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SUMMERFIELD"S FILM
I have a new 13k-word story out called SUMMERFIELD"S FILM.  It's a story about film obsession set in New York City.  It's up on Amazon now, and I may as well let the description of the story that's there do the talking: Now that he's a stay at home father i...

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THE CONJURE-MAN DIES by Rudolph Fisher
Before Walter Mosely and before Chester Himes, there was Harlem Renaissance author Rudolph Fisher and his 1932 novel, The Conjure-Man Dies: A Mystery Tale of Dark Harlem .  It's a book set in Harlem with an all-black cast, from the NYPD detective investigat...

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How to Successfully Kidnap Strangers by Max Booth III
There are authors whose work, even if enjoyable and topnotch, has a similar feel from book to book. They may have a certain tone they carry from work to work or they may write a series.  You may be able to identify them easily as a writer of private eye nov...
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