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Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, & Detective Fiction

Nov 17, 2020

Hello Blankers! In this episode we celebrate our semicentennial by regaling you with memories of our first three years & by answering tough questions about personal favorite (and least favorite) novels, authors, characters, and settings from the first 50 episodes. 

Oct 14, 2020

We made it to 50!

In this golden anniversary of a show we return to the gritty, noir world of Jim Thompson with "Pop. 1280." It's another take on the corrupt sheriff that Thompson writes so well. Which character is more menacing; Lou Ford or Nick Corey? Which is the better novel? Tune in to find out.

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Sep 7, 2020

In Episode 49, we dive deep into Attica Locke‚Äôs contemporary soon-to-be classic Bluebird, Bluebird.  Justin reviews the western noir film Blood on the Moon, and we go five rounds in Five Round Burst.

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Aug 16, 2020

In Episode 48, we introduce Attica Locke's contemporary rural noir soon-to-be classic, Bluebird, Bluebird. 

We look more closely at rural noir -- what it is and who the major players are -- in Subject Unknown and take a close look at Chris McGinley's beautiful & disturbing short story collection, Coal Black.


Jul 22, 2020

Hi Blankers! 

This is our second of two episodes dedicated to Hawaiian Noir. 

Our deep dive is the short, gritty Yakudoshi: Age of Calamity by Chris McKinney, an under-heralded Hawaiian author who should be getting far more attention than he does.

We also feature a review of Scott Kikkawa's first novel, Kona Winds,  a...