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Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, & Detective Fiction

Dec 3, 2022

For Episode 70, we visit mid-century urban America with Iceberg Slim's Pimp. 

This is a gritty memoir that sold millions of copies, yet remains under discussed in crime writing circles. We will talk about the good of this book, and we also dig into the problems we had with it.

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Sep 20, 2022

We finally get to Elmore Leonard!

We asked for recommendations and received a lot of great suggestions from our listeners.

Swag delivered with a tale of two robbers trying to make a buck. If they stick to the 10 rules, what can go wrong?

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Aug 23, 2022

With the book fresh in our minds we take a look at the classic film "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart.

This is mostly a reaction episode looking at how the film diverged from the source material. Enjoy.


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Aug 9, 2022

Greed. Ambition. Gold Fever. Adventure.

Join us for a discussion of "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" by the mysterious author B. Traven.

Three men down on their luck strike out to find gold in the mountains of Mexico. Will they find their fortunes? Probably not or else it would be a boring book.

While this one isn't...

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...