I’m looking forward to Under the Dome. Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name, Under the Dome is the story of a small town that is suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by a massive transparent dome.
Under the Dome’s official site is now live. If you go there, you can see the dome drop over your house. Yeah, you’re house. Or any home or business that you know the address for. Oh, and you can learn more about the show there too.
I have a feeling that Todd Robinson may be one of those overnight sensations that everyone discovers after a decade.
Since I’m a big fan of crime fiction, I’m always on the lookout for new authors. I’d heard great things about Todd Robinson. So I ordered his Dirty Words collection. Eleven short crime stories and not a bad one in the bunch. Yeah, it left me wanting to read more of his work — especially about two of his characters, Boo and Junior.
Boo and Junior are two tough guys who spend most nights bouncing at a local bar, but aren’t against making a few extra bucks if muscle is needed. Dirty Words was bookended with Boo and Junior stories. I was stoked to see that Robinson’s new novel The Hard Bounce is about Boo and Junior. Oh, and let’s not forget their buddy, Twitch.
The Hard Bounce is currently getting rave reviews and will be in my next book order. If you like crime fiction, it should be in yours as well.
I think you’re gonna like Boo and Junior. As for Todd Robinson, here’s a short interview with him and you can decide for yourself.
When Elliot Stilling killed himself, he thought his troubles were over. Then the ER doctors revived him. It’s infatuation at first sight when he meets his nurse, Felicia Vogan, a strange young woman with a weakness for sad sacks and losers. After she helps Elliot escape from the hospital, she takes him back to her place. He’s happy to go with her, even when she leads him straight to a gang planning a million dollar heist. Does Felicia just want Elliot to protect her from the outfit’s psychotic leader, Stan the Man? Or is Elliot being set up to take the hard fall? One thing’s for sure: if he’s going to survive this long night of deceit and murder, Elliot will have to finally face himself and his own dark past.
Kansas City, 1939. One story from two points of view: the hunter and the hunted. Ray Ward – seeking revenge for his brother’s death in the boxing ring. Detective Dean Fokoli – hot on a killer’s trail.Ray’s hunt takes him underground into Kansas City’s criminal nightlife. Dean Fokoli lives there full time but he’s on the run from his own troubles. Two men racing forward to collide like a knockout punch.A razor-edged story of revenge, redemption and what happens when you confront the ghosts of the past.
From the creator of Thuglit.com–DIRTY WORDS The first collection from award-winning short story writer, Todd Robinson. Featuring: SO LONG JOHNNIE SCUMBAG—selected for The Year’s Best Writing 2003 by Writer’s Digest. The Derringer Award nominated short, ROSES AT HIS FEET THE LONG COUNT—selected as a Notable Story of the Year in Best American Mystery Stories 2005. PLUS eight more tales of in-your-face crime fiction.
From Award-winning short story writer Eric Beetner comes a collection of hardboiled crime tales about losers, punks and wanna-be criminals. These gritty stories bleed and sweat all over the page, but always with a pitch black sense of humor. For fans of Victor Gischler and Duane Swierczynski as much as Cornell Woolrich and Raymond Chandler these crime tales represent the new wave in pulp writers at its best. Winner of the 2012 Stalker award for Most Underrated Author, a finalist in the Derringer Awards, the Watery Grave International and the Million Writers Award, Eric Beetner’s short stories have appeared in Thuglit, Needle Magazine, Crimefactory, A Twist Of Noir, Beat To A Pulp, Pulp Pusher, Powder Burn Flash, Darkest Before Dawn, Thrillers, Killers N Chillers, Flash Fiction Offensive and more.
The toughest part will be deciding which to read first.
Beetner and I like the same type of books [crime fiction]. His reviews, for the books that I’ve read, are directly in line with my thoughts. So, if Beetner likes it, it’s a good bet that I will as well.
Then I learned Eric Beetner was a writer of crime fiction and his books were all getting 5 star reviews. Now I was intrigued. So I bookmarked Beetner’s blog.
When Tom Cruise was first announced to play Lee Child’s character, Jack Reacher, I thought the role had been miscast. Even when Lee Child said that Cruise embodied Reacher [despite the fact that Cruise doesn't physically resemble the character] I still had my doubts.
As we’ve seen more about more about the movie, I’ve started to change my opinion. Perhaps Cruise will be a very good movie version Jack Reacher. Check out the latest trailer and see if you agree.
LA Noir is an original series from TNT that has a lot of potential. Frank [The Walking Dead; Shawshank Redemption; The Mist] Darabont not only serves as Executive Producer, but also wrote and directed the pilot.
Jon (The Walking Dead) Bernthal headlines as ex-marine/LA cop, Joe Teague in an era of mobsters and corrupt cops. LA Noir is based on John Buntin’s book of the same name. Coming Soon has more info about the series.
The real question is, who to play Mike Hammer? If they’re not going with an unknown, then I’d suggest Karl Urban. I’ll be interested to see who others (especially Chris Mills) would have step into the role. Your thoughts?
Oh, and while we’re making suggestions, might I suggest that Armand Assante’s outing as Mike Hammer in I, the Jury be brought out on dvd?
That’s the latest poster for Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise. Fans of Lee Child’s novels have been pretty vocal that Cruise is not right for the role of the 6′ 5″ tough guy. I’d have to agree. Still, I’ll judge the movie based on how it plays out rather than Cruise’s height [or lack of].
I don’t really care for this poster. This trailer isn’t much better, although I do enjoy it from the point that Cruise steps out of the moving car right before the police arrive.
Killing Them Softly is based on a George V. Higgins crime novel and set in New Orleans, and follows professional criminal, Jackie Cogan as he investigates the robbery of a high stakes, mob-protected, poker game. It stars Brad Pitt, Ray Luotta, James Gandolfini and Sam Sheppard and opens October 7th.
If you enjoy excellent crime fiction and/or great comics, then you’re probably well aware of Darwyn Cooke’s adaptations of Richard Stark’s Parker novels. So far there have been three – Parker: The Hunter; The Outfit and The Score.
Originally, the plan was for Cooke to adapt four of the Parker novels, but Cooke’s graphic adaptations have been so well received, and Cooke’s having such a blast, there will now be at least five! Next up is TheHandle which Cooke says he choose because “it’s an incredibly visual book. It concerns a casino on an island.” The release date is scheduled for 2013 and I’d put my order in now if I could!
Darwyn Cooke recently spoke about his take on Parker at ComicCon and CBR.com was there.