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Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, & Detective Fiction

Jun 5, 2022

Bienvenido a Cuba!

Grab a rum and join us for Adios Muchachos by Daniel Chavarria.

Alicia is a woman looking for a rich man to help her escape. She's got a plan that involves a bicycle and seduction. What she doesn't plan for is a kidnapping. 

We discuss this novel, provide some short reviews, and touch on the world of...

Apr 26, 2022

Hello, again, Point Blank Listeners!

Sorry for the delay. I've been sick. Here's episode 65.

We cover the bestselling, award-winning Razorblade Tears. S.A. Cosby delivers another powerful noir tale, and we get down into the grit to examine why this one is making all of the "best" lists. Justin provides a short review of...

Feb 15, 2022


This episode we discuss Margaret Millar's terrific noir classic Beast in View. This book's got it all: murder, threatening phone calls from bar telephones, a waterproof woman, domestic drama, gender politics, unreliable narrators, and a twist that will knock your socks off. 

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Jan 19, 2022

We are back! Sorry for the delay. We needed an extended holiday break.

In this episode, we discuss Tartan/Scottish Noir through the lens of what is considered the first Tartan Noir Laidlaw.

Laidlaw is a gritty detective novel taking place on the streets of Glasgow in the 1970s. William McIlvanney or Gus to his friends...

Dec 7, 2021

Hey Blankers - 

Kurt & I finally got around to recording Episode 62. This time we take a walk down the mean streets of Isola with Ed McBain's Cop Hater. The first novel in the acclaimed 87th Precinct series, Cop Hater (1956) set the blueprint for modern police procedurals. Does it hold up? Tune in & find out!

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