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Brick, Directed by Rian Johnson, 2005 [SPOILERS]

When we meet Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), he has lost his ex-girlfriend Emily (Emilie De Ravin) for the second time. As the audience of Brick, we don’t know that yet, but her lifeless body facedown at the mouth of a runoff tunnel is once enough. Crouching feet from her, Brendan doesn’t appear mournful or even surprised […]
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Fiction Review: Clawback by J.A. Jance

An investment company goes bankrupt as a result of a Ponzi Scheme leaving many of the local residents of Sedona, Arizona without their money and the threat of Claw back of any of the distributions they may have had.  Ali Reynold’s is on a mission to clear her father of a double murder and recover […]
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Bosch – Amazon Original Series, Season 1 – SPOILER

Bosch, an Amazon Original series based on the novels of Michael Connelly, is a LAPD homicide detective that plays but the rules, most of the time.  Currently in its 2nd season, each season deals with a new crime that is investigated over the 10 episodes. Season 1 focused on three of Connelly’s Harry Bosch novels, […]
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Fiction Review: “Hard Candy,” directed by David Slade. 2005

Please note: This review contains SPOILERS about the plot of the movie.   (SPOILER) “Nothing’s yours when you invite a teenager into your home,” says Hayley just at the 30-minute mark of the movie Hard Candy. Hard Candy is an American indie psychological thriller. It is the brainchild of first time producer David W. Higgins, […]
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And the winner is…

If you haven’t yet heard, last night’s Edgar® Awards were nothing short of thrilling. Although I didn’t have the opportunity to be there in person, many of the participants were live tweeting their antics and posting candid shots of the winners. You can check out the evening’s highlights by searching #Edgars2016 from your Twitter account. […]
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Fiction Review: Faithful Place by Tana French

Faithful Place by Tana French, 2010 [SPOILERS] Faithful Place by Tana French is an unconventional mystery novel. There is a crime, there is a detective and the detective solves the crime, but in many ways this takes a secondary place to the detective’s own story. Frank Mackey, a seasoned detective with the Undercover Squad, is […]
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The Fate of Rosaline: A Review of “The Ruins of the Abbey of Fitz-Martin” (SPOILERS)

Anonymous. “The Ruins of the Abbey Fitz-Martin” in The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009): 31-49. In “The Ruins of the Abbey of Fitz-Martin,” Sir Thomas Fitz-Martin and his daughter Rosaline move into an ancestral home with a dark and disturbing history.  Before the Fitz-Martin family moves into the abbey, the author […]
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Fiction Review: The Man Who Controls the Earth by Marc Schiffman (2012)

The Man Who Controls the Earth by Marc Schiffman Self-published in 2012, Marc Schiffman’s novel is the story of a hard-boiled investigative newsman that moves—or gets pushed around. Expatriate news writer, Peter Merlo, lives a self-destructive life in Bangkok, Thailand. One “evening after,” two mysterious Thai men call on his help. An old friend and […]
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Fiction Review: Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow (1987)

Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent, his first published murder mystery/legal thriller novel in 1987, was a phenomenal success both with the critics and the popular readers. It spent 45 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and is one of the very first novels of its kind – namely the murder mystery genre, that also […]
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Fiction Review: Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Of Love and Other Demons (1995)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel tells the story of Sierva Maria de Todos los Angeles, a girl neglected by her parents who finds in the Yoruba faith of the slaves a refuge for her longings. In a South American seaport of the eighteenth-century, Sierva is bitten by a dog while she walked on the streets with […]
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