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LONDON BOULEVARD - Trailer

I find the machismo of  UK crime cinema to be a bit tiresome..... yes... I know... Bruen hails from Ireland... so forgive the over generalization. If MICHAEL COLLINS was not such a snooze of a film I might be inclined to make a greater distinction. 
In any case, the work of Ken Bruen is a notable hole in the Crime Fiction education of The Hungry Detective. Lets see if that changes in 2011. Don't hold your breath.....

THE LINCOLN LAWYER - Trailer

Ahhhhhhh...... the McConaughey. I happen to think that this is pretty good casting for Mickey Haller, but it is all based on looks. My problem with 'the McConaughey' is that the guy just lacks gravitas. He is a light weight.... always will be. What sells the movie for me is the fantastic supporting cast.

FALLING GLASS - Dust Jacket

My favorite authors produce books so routinely that I often don't even need the requisite year for their latest to appear in my local bookshop. That sounds horribly jaded, I know. That at any moment during the year I have access to a new book from somebody I love to read is not exactly a hardship. I guess, maybe, I'm talking about the mystery of anticipation. I have a few writers that I scour the internet for any possible shred of news on their latest book. Adrian McKinty falls into that category. That I have waited this long to post news about this upcoming release is just sheer foolishness on my part.

THE NEAREST EXIT - Review

It is pretty obvious by the lack of activity around here that Crime Fiction and The Hungry Detective are not seeing eye to eye. The reasons are many, but as I mentioned in my Fall Preview there is nothing worse than a blogger complaining about their own complacency. Suffice to say the blame lies squarely with me, but it does not help that Crime Fiction seems hellbent on being mediocre right now. A couple weeks ago I picked up the last Easy Rawlins book, BLONDE FAITH, with the hopes that through sheer nostalgia I could rekindle the love affair.  BLONDE FAITH is a very good book, but sadly I just did not feel it.
All of which makes writing that THE NEAREST EXIT is undoubtedly the best thing I've to read this year all the more thrilling. I know that it should not be a great surprise. Mr. Steinhauer's first in this series was THE TOURIST. I loved that book. THE NEAREST EXIT is fantastic and it ascends to something greater. It blows away all of the paint by numbers plotting and stor…

Books Received - October 2010

It is the good fortune of The Hungry Detective to now and again receive books from authors, publishers or their associated marketing agencies.

These books were received in the month of October 2010.

THE DEAD PATH - Stephen M. Irwin - Doubleday
THE VIOLET HOUR - Daniel Judson - Minotaur Books
A DEAD MAN'S TALE - James D. Doss - Minotaur Books
OUTWITTING TROLLS - William G. Tapply - Minotaur Books

Awards, Awards, Awards! Part I

The past couple years I have been in attendance to deliver the news in a timely manner, this year not so much. This post is more for me than you because if you cared you read about the award winners from the 2010 SF B'Con over a week ago. Still, I am duty bound to report on those who walked away with the hardware.
Shamus and Barry's in this post. Macavity's and Anthony's in the follow-up. Winners are in red. The Hungry Detective's pick is in blue.
SHAMUS AWARDS
Best Hardcover P.I. Novel
THE SILENT HOUR - Michael Koryta - Minotaur
WHERE THE DEAD LAY - David Levien - Doubleday
LOCKED IN - Marcia Muller - Grand Central
SCHEMERS - Bill Pronzini - Forge
MY SOUL TO TAKE - Yrsa Sigurdardottir - William Morrow

Best First P.I. Novel
LOSER'S TOWN - Daniel Depp - Simon & Schuster
THE LAST GIG - Norman Green - Minotaur
THE GOOD SON - Russel D. McLean - Minotaur
FACES OF THE GONE - Brad Parks - Minotaur
CHINATOWN ANGEL - A.E. Roman - Minotaur

Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel:
DARK S…

Awards, Awards, Awards! Part II

Previously.... as in 5 minutes ago... I posted the belated announcement for the 2010 Shamus and Barry Awards. Again the winner will be in red. The Hungry Detective picks will be in in blue.
Now bring on the Macavity Awards. I. AM . INVINCIBLE!
MACAVITY AWARDS
Best Mystery Novel
BURY ME DEEP - Megan Abbott - Simon & Schuster
TOWER - Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman - Busted Flush Press
NECESSARY AS BLOOD - Deborah Crombie - Wm. Morrow
NEMESIS - Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett - HarperCollins
THE BRUTAL TELLING - Louise Penny - Minotaur
THE SHANGHAI MOON - S.J. Rozan - Minotaur

Best First Mystery Novel
THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE - Alan Bradley - Delacorte
RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL - Jamie Freveletti - Wm. Morrow
A BAD FOR SORRY - Sophie Littlefield - Minotaur
THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST - Stuart Neville - Soho Crime
A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO DIE - Malla Nunn - Picador

Best Mystery Nonfiction

L.A. NOIR: THE STRUGGLE FOR THE SOUL OF AMERICA'S MOST SEDUCTIVE CITY - John Buntin - …

The Hungry Detective's 2010 Bouchercon Award Prediction Spectacular

The Hungry Detective has made the decision to group all of his predictions into one uber-prediction post for the multiple award ceremonies that will be occurring during the Bouchercon weekend. I'm not getting too adventurous with my picks. After doing this for a couple years I have learned that when I get creative with my 'picks' I only look like an idiot. I'm predicting the Barry, Macavity, PWA Shamus, and Anthony Awards.

First up the Shamus Awards. The full list of nominations is here.

Best Hardcover P.I. Novel
THE SILENT HOUR - Michael Koryta - Minotaur

Best First P.I. Novel
CHINATOWN ANGEL - A.E. Roman - Minotaur

Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel:
VENGEANCE ROAD - Rick Mofina - Mira

Best P.I. Short Story:
• “BLAZIN' ON BROADWAY” - Gary Phillips from Phoenix Noir, edited by Patrick Millikin; Akashic

Next? How about the Barry Awards? Full list of nominations is here.

Best Novel:
THE LAST CHILD - John Hart - Minotaur

Best First Novel:
THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE P…

Our Choice Selections Bouchercon 2010 - Part 2

Our picks for Thursday and Friday went up yesterday. Today I'll look at Saturday and the shorten Sunday panels. I am super jealous of anyone who will be in San Francisco.
Saturday 8:30am - 9:30pm LETTERS FROM THE GRAVE The Endurance of Sherlock Holmes
Les Klinger(M), Steve Hockensmith, Laurie King, Michael Kurland, Graham Moore
Holmes, Hockensmith, King. Done.
Saturday 10:00am - 11:00am Denise Mina interviewed by Val McDermid
No competition for this panel, but it would not matter if there was. I dig both these writers, and need to read more from both of them.
Saturday 11:30am - 12:30pm INNOCENT NO MORE East coast/ west cost Authors discuss attraction/differences of the coasts.
F. Paul Wilson(M), Naomi Hirahara, Walter Mosley, S.J. Rozan, Brett Battles
Walter Mosley is at the core of why I read Crime Fiction. I'll hate to miss 'The Drop' with Billingham, Connolly, et. al., but Mr. Mosely is fundamental to why I read.
Saturday1:30pm - 2:30pm GUEST OF HONOR LEE CHILD Distinguished Contr…

Our Choice Selections Bouchercon 2010 - Part 1

The program for this year's San Francisco Bouchercon has been released. Loyal readers... if there are any of you left... know that for the past two years I have picked what I think is the best of the panels during the run of the 'Con. This is in no way to disparage any of the other panels. Every panel is a good one.

Normally the picks coincide with what The Hungry Detective anticipates on seeing himself.  But this year it is not to be. I am already breathless for Bouchercon 2011 in St Louis.

This post is in two parts. Today I'll cover Thursday and Friday. I'll cover Saturday and Sunday in a follow up post  in the next day or so. Also look for my predictions for the many awards that will be presented during the run of the 'Con. Those probably won't appear until the Tuesday or Wednesday before Bouchercon begins.

Thursday 10am - 11am
MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED
Our favorite books – fan/reviewer panel

Ali Karim(M), Chris Aldrich, Sarah Byrne, Janet Rudolph, Andi Shechte…

Fall 2010 Preview - The Fall is a time for re-birth?

The leaves are changing faster than I have posted around here. The summer was a hot sweaty mess. And once the final decision was made not to attend the SF B'Con, The Hungry Detective was all at sea. However, there is nothing worse than a blogger complaining about the morass of complacency.
Fall 2010 looks to be fruitful. Everything on the list is a distant second to MOONLIGHT MILE. The return of Mr. Lehane is giving me a panic attack. I am actually being more careful in life lest some horrid accident befall me before November.
Do yourself a favor, find yourself a hammock and read these books! My thanks to Fantastic Fiction and The Bloodstained Bookshelf.
THE HANGING TREE - Bryan Gruley - In stores now! Mr. Gruley returns with his follow-up to STRAVATION LAKE. I am not along in thinking that Mr. Gruley's first was a winner from the word go. The book has been out a few weeks now, but I'll be looking for this in the coming months.
THE BODY AND THE BLOOD - Michael Lister - Septem…
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V   X Y Z

Shamus 2010 Nominations

The 2010 PWA Shamus nominations made their appearance last week. And like a lot of things with The Hungry Detective they are pretty late in showing up here.

As in most cases I have read very few of the nominated books. Still I'd love to see Michael Koryta win. THE SILENT HOUR is fantastic.

The Hungry Detective extends our congratulations to all of the nominees and wishes them the best of luck when the awards are handed out at this year's San Francisco B'Con.

Best Hardcover P.I. Novel
THE SILENT HOUR - Michael Koryta - Minotaur
WHERE THE DEAD LAY - David Levien - Doubleday
LOCKED IN - Marcia Muller - Grand Central
SCHEMERS - Bill Pronzini - Forge
MY SOUL TO TAKE - Yrsa Sigurdardottir - William Morrow

Best First P.I. Novel
LOSER'S TOWN - Daniel Depp - Simon & Schuster
THE LAST GIG - Norman Green - Minotaur
THE GOOD SON - Russel D. McLean - Minotaur
FACES OF THE GONE - Brad Parks - Minotaur
CHINATOWN ANGEL - A.E. Roman - Minotaur

Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel:
DARK SIDE OF TH…

Finally a Reason....

Out of the loop for so long that I missed this bit of recent greatness. 11.2.10!

Books Received - July 2010

It is the good fortune of The Hungry Detective to now and again receive books from authors, publishers or their associated marketing agencies.

These books were received in the month of July 2010

DEVIL'S TRILL - Gerald Elias - Minotaur Books
VILLIAN - Shuichi Yoshida - Pantheon
THE CHARMING QUIRKS OF OTHERS - Alexander McCall Smith - Pantheon
STRONG ENOUGH TO DIE - Jon Land - Forge Books
STRONG JUSTICE - Jon Land - Forge Books

ONCE A SPY - Review

Small confession. If you throw the word 'spy' into the title of your novel, I am probably gonna read it. I have two sources for my obsession, neither of them are James Bond. Now, I love James, but I have never mistaken what 007 does for anything remotely resembling real tradecraft. TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY is about the zenith of fictional spy reality. If you have not seen the 6 hour miniseries from the early 80's do yourself a favor and hole up on some rainy Saturday and let Alec Guiness as George Smiley teach you life lessons about spying for Queen and Country. The other source for me is THE SANDBAGGERS. A wonderful ITV show that played in the UK from 1978 to 1980. Both of these are hyper-realistic... or what I imagine to be hyper-realistic... depictions of the work a day world of the counter-intelligence officer. So that is the short story to why Keith Thomson's ONCE A SPY ended up on my plate.
The hook for ONCE A SPY is Alzheimer's. Drummond Clark is the lege…

Books Received - June 2010

It is the good fortune of The Hungry Detective to now and again receive books from publishers or their associated marketing agencies.

These books were received in the month of June 2010

CRASHERS - Dana Haynes - Minotaur Books
THE CHILL OF THE NIGHT - James Hayman - Minotaur Books
THE BONE FIRE - Christine Barber - Minotaur Books
THE DROWNING RIVER - Christobel Kent
STILL MISSING - Chevy Stevens - St. Martin's Press
THE PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY - Gianrico Carofiglio - Minotaur Books
THE TILTING HOUSE - Tom Llewellyn - Tricycle Press

Summer Preview - 2010

My Summer Preview 2010 is almost a week late, but that is ok. Mrs. Hungry Detective had a birthday and it was a gigantic production. Dominoes, 90 degree heat, an art happening, Karaoke, a trip to the emergency room, hitting a deer, driving to Syracuse and the World Cup were all accomplished in 48 hours.
This summer is even more bountiful then it has been in the past. A lot of books caught my eye. There are 22 books here, and that certainly must be a record. I wish I had the time to read them all. If I am lucky 2 or 3 will cross my already full summer reading schedule. As always The Hungry Detective encourages you to buy books!
STRONG JUSTICE - Jon Land - June 22 The long history of the Texas Rangers has always fascinated me. James Lee Burke has put it to effective use in his Billy Bob Holland books. Plus the Rangers have one of the great all-time slogans. One riot, One Ranger. Balls! I guess I should mention that Mr. Land's protagonist is Catlin Strong a 5th generation Texas Ranger..…

THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST - Review

I don't have the faintest idea of the internal machinations of Northern Ireland over the last 90 years. It is daunting particularly because the events are treated as sacrosanct. What I know falls into whatever THE CRYING GAME, MICHAEL COLLINS, SUNDAY, BLOODY, SUNDAY, HUNGER, and IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER have decided to tell me. It is an overwhelming historical event that intimidates rather than ingratiates the uneducated to come to some half-baked understanding of its causes. I mean is it trite to say that the whole thing is a mess and both sides have blood on their hands?
However, as a cultural and societal phenomenon Northern Ireland and the Troubles are terribly fertile grounds. Stuart Neville tries to tackle the whole bloody mess with THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST. Gerry Fegan is a button man, an assassin. When he was ordered to kill he did so with the understanding that he was helping to bring about a free Northern Ireland. But now it is years later. The younger generation is more in…

2010 Barry Award Nominations

Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine released their Barry award nominations a few days ago. The winners will be announced at the San Francisco B'Con. 
Of course the most curious award is the Mystery/Crime Novel of the Decade. I'm sure I have something to say about it... I just don't know what that might be.
The Hungry Detective extends their congratulations to all of the nominees and wishes them the best of luck.
Best Novel:
THE GATES - John Connolly - Atria
THE HIDDEN MAN - David Ellis - Putnam
SPADE & ARCHER - Joe Gores - Knopf
THE LAST CHILD - John Hart - Minotaur
LOCKED IN - Marcia Muller - Grand Central
SHANGHAI MOON - S.J. Rozan - Minotaur

Best First Novel:
BEAT THE REAPER - Josh Bazell  - Little, Brown
THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE - Alan Bradley - Delacorte
A TRACE OF SMOKE - Rebecca Cantrell - Forge
A BAD DAY FOR SORRY - Sophie Littlefield - Minotaur
Black WATER RISING - Attica Locke - Harper
THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST - Stuart Neville - Soho Crime

Best Brit…

2010 Macavity Award Nominations

Mystery Readers International recently announced their 2010 nominations. And like the Barry's and Anthony's the winners will be announced at this year's B'Con in Shake Town.

The Hungry Detective extends their congratulations to all of the nominees and wishes them the best of luck.
Best Mystery Novel
BURY ME DEEP - Megan Abbott - Simon & Schuster
TOWER - Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman - Busted Flush Press
NECESSARY AS BLOOD - Deborah Crombie - Wm. Morrow
NEMESIS - Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett - HarperCollins
THE BRUTAL TELLING - Louise Penny - Minotaur
THE SHANGHAI MOON - S.J. Rozan - Minotaur

Best First Mystery Novel
THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE - Alan Bradley - Delacorte
RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL - Jamie Freveletti - Wm. Morrow
A BAD FOR SORRY - Sophie Littlefield - Minotaur
THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST - Stuart Neville - Soho Crime
A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO DIE - Malla Nunn - Picador

Best Mystery Nonfiction

L.A. NOIR: THE STRUGGLE FOR THE SOUL OF AMERIC…

2010 Anthony Award Nominations

Anthony nominations appeared on Friday. Sorry for the delay. All sorts of non-THD things happened on Friday and Saturday to delay me getting this post up in a timely fashion. Sunday, well I was just being lazy. My only concern with the list is the number of repeat Edgar nominees. One in PBO, two for Best Novel, three for Best First Novel, Four for Short Story and Nonfiction. A good book is a good book. And,I am not saying these aren't worthy nominees, just lacking a bit in imagination.
Surprisingly, I have read a good number of them. I'll probably be able to pick of a few more between now and when the awards are handed out at the San Francisco B'Con. Which, unfortunately, I'll be passing up this year. Boo. There is a word that describes having to pay $269 dollars a night for a room, but this is a family blog....
The Hungry Detective extends their congratulations to all of the nominees and wishes them the best of luck.
BEST NOVEL
THE LAST CHILD - John Hart  - Minotaur B…

Books Received - May 2010

It is the good fortune of The Hungry Detective to now and again receive books from publishers or their associated marketing agencies.

These books were received in the month of May 2010

AWAKENING - S.J. Bolton - Minotaur Books
BLOOD HARVEST - S.J. Bolton - Minotaur Books
CUT, PASTE, KILL - Marshal Karp - Minotaur Books
THE TERRORIST - Peter Steiner - Minotaur Books
BUY BACK - Brian M. Wiprud - Minotaur Books

THE TOURIST - Review

CIA Agent Milo Weaver is one hot mess at the beginning of Olen Steinhauer'sTHE TOURIST. Strung out on a variety of chemical enhancements, Milo is protecting a low level government functionary when everything well and truly falls apart. We spring forward a handful of years where Milo has woman in his life and a young daughter to care for. He has extracted himself from the deepest part of his despair with their help, but like the all the best Crime Fiction the past is a door to your future problems.
Of course, Milo is dragged back down into the shadowy world when an assassin, Milo's rival, turns up inauspiciously in a small town jail. There he weaves a tale of deceit and betrayal at the very heart of the CIA. Concurrently, Milo's boss tells him that a colleague is leaking information to the Chinese. These two events combine to reveal to Milo what a pawn he has been all along.
I mentioned in a previous post that I thought THE TOURIST was a 4/5th masterpiece. But writing this …

THE BLOOD DETECTIVE - Review

It feels like cheating that Daniel Waddell uses a charming and good looking male protagonist as his lead character. Genealogy never smacks of exciting young men, like Nick Barnes, combing through death notices while simultaneously avoiding being killed. Genealogy is rather left to that frumpish unmarried 60 year old Aunt who has long since mastered the 4-star Sudoku puzzle. But, it is easy to forgive Mr. Waddell in his effort to invigorate a profession that one can not help feel is one step above scrapbooking.

THE BLOOD DETECTIVE succeeds in large part because of its satisfying combination of Police procedural, and historical Crime Novel. I'll admit my weakness to both subsets of the genre. Each here is balanced well, in support of and against the other, to provide a richly detailed work. Mr. Waddell's pace is easy and intuitive. His characters, especially his main creations Nick, Chief Inspector Grant Foster, and Detective Superintendent Heather Jenkins are realistic multidim…

Agatha Award Winners - 2010!

Don't let the date stamp on this post fool you. I am publishing this well after these awards have been given out. However, I posted the nominations for this year's Agatha's, so posting the winners is a just to complete the circle. I have back date the post for reasons of laziness and perceived timeliness.
The Hungry Detective extends their congratulations to winners and nominees alike.
Best Novel
A BRUTAL TELLING - Louise Penny - Minotaur Books

Best First Novel
THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE - Alan Bradley - Delacorte Press

Best Non-Fiction
DAME AGATHA'S SHORT - Elena Santangelo - Bella Rosa Books

Best Short Story
"ON THE HOUSE" - Hank Phillippi Ryan, Quarry - Level Best Books

Best Children's/Young Adult
THE HANGING HILL - Chris Grabenstein - Random House

2010 Edgar Winners: LETS DO THIS THING!!!!!

Nothing so over as the 2010 Edgar Awards.  The Hungry Detective extends their congratulations to all the winners and equally deserving nominees.

My gratitude to Ms. Weinman's twitter reportage. Cheers!

Best Novel
THE LAST CHILD by John Hart - Minotaur Books

Best First Novel by an American Author 
IN THE SHADOW OF GOTHAM by Stefanie Pintoff - Minotaur Book

Best Paperback Original
BODY BLOWS by Marc Strange - Dundurn Press – Castle Street Mysteries

Best Fact Crime
COLUMBINE by Dave Cullen - Hachette Book Group - Twelve

Best Critical/Biographical
THE LINEUP: THE WORLD'S GREATEST CRIME WRITERS TELL THE INSIDE STORY OF THEIR GREATEST DECTECTIVE edited by Otto Penzler - Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown and Company

Best Short Story
"AMAPOLA" – Phoenix Noir by Luis Alberto Urrea - Akashic Books

Best Juvenile
CLOSED FOR THE SEASON by Mary Downing Hahn - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Books

Best Young Adult
REALITY CHECK by Peter Abrahams - HarperCollins Children’s Books – Harper…

Edgar 2010 Predictions Spectacular

What amounts to Crime Fiction Oscar's...although it plays more like the Tony's*.... occurs tomorrow night.  I had such high hopes to read more of the Edgar nominees, but this is a yearly lament. I guess in the way of full disclosure is that I don't read all the books nominated. Big surprise, I know. These picks are 80% gut reaction, 15% sense of history, and 5% percent based on some unpronounceable French philosophy.

I do this post for two reasons. First, the analytics bounce is nice for my ego. Two, because it is fun to be right just as much as it is fun to be wrong about these picks. In any case The Hungry Detective extends their congratulations and best wishes to all of the nominees.

I'll post the winners as soon as someone's twitter account tells me.

BEST NOVEL
THE MISSING by Tim Gautreaux - Random House - Alfred A. Knopf
THE ODDS by Kathleen George - Minotaur Books
THE LAST CHILD by John Hart - Minotaur Books
MYSTIC ARTS OF ERASING ALL SIGNS OF DEATH by Cha…