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!
Oct 13, 2021
What in the world is eco-noir?
We attempt to answer that question by looking at a few texts that might be ecological noir. In the discussion, we mention:
The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abby
Animals by Will Staples
Zodiac by Neal Stephenson
The Glass Factory by Kenneth Wishnia
Nature Noir by Jordan Fisher...
Aug 17, 2021
Jul 26, 2021
Throw on your white blazer, power up the speed boat, and cut yourself a line. We're head to '80's Miami for Charles Willeford's 'Miami Blues."
In what can only be described as a "weird and unsettling novel," we join Hoke Moseley, Frederick J. Frenger Jr, and Susan Waggoner for a bizarre tale of Floridian crime.