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Point Blank: Hardboiled, Noir, & Detective Fiction

May 22, 2021

We promised an episode on The Expendable Man, but we just couldn't contain ourselves to one book by Dorothy B Hughes! We discuss these two masterpieces of crime fiction, sharing why we find Hughes' work so compelling. 

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Apr 28, 2021

In Episode 57, we review the hell out of nearly a dozen books, + a couple films!

We review:

Run Man Run by Chester Himes
Plan B by Chester Himes
Darktown by Thomas Mullen

The Man with the Getaway Face by Richard Stark
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned by Walter Mosley


Apr 3, 2021

Buckle your seat belts! This is going to be a wild ride! 

We take a deep dive into "Blacktop Wasteland" by SA Cosby, a novel we both describe as a modern classic. 

Cosby takes us on a journey through the rural hills of Virginia for an exhilarating, timely work that highlights everything modern noir crime fiction has to...

Mar 8, 2021

In Episode 45, we revisit to one of the masters of hardboiled detective crime fiction, Raymond Chandler, and his acclaimed second novel, Farewell, My Lovely.

Damn, this book is boozy. (And racist!) But also rich with memorable secondary characters (Moose Malloy & Jessie Florian) & Marloweian one-liners.

It's a classic...

Feb 8, 2021

We follow up our discussion of Spy Fiction from E52 with more in-depth reviews of books we read for the show.

Books covered:

'A Coffin for Dimitrios' by Eric Ambler

'The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare' by GK Chesterton

'Moonraker' by Ian Fleming

'Spies of the Balkans' and 'Red Gold' by Alan Furst

'The Spy In the...