Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler

1st ed. Hardcover featuring LA private detective, Philip Marlowe.

1st ed. Hardcover featuring LA private detective, Philip Marlowe.

So, I guess third time’s the charm? because I picked up FAREWELL, MY LOVELY (1940) by Raymond Chandler after work last week and couldn’t put the book down.

FAREWELL, MY LOVELY by Raymond Chandler (1888 to 1959) is the 2nd book to feature private detective, Philip Marlowe. Marlowe was at the end of another case when he gets dragged along on a missing person search by ex-con, Moose Malloy, looking for his lady-love, Velma, in a” colored joint” on Central Avenue in Los Angeles.

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Film: Nightcrawler (2014)

Nightcrawlers are cameramen who spend most of their time in the dark filming unspeakable horrors

Nightcrawlers are cameramen who spend most of their time in the dark of night filming unspeakable horrors

NIGHTCRAWLER is a 2014 movie that is described as a neo-noir crime thriller.  The movie stars a very thin looking Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom. He’s a loner and a thief leading a directionless life in L.A. During most of the film he looks sleep-deprived. Lou Bloom is somewhat memorable character. Most of his dialogue makes him sound kind of off even though he makes sense. Hard to explain but he misses social cues and his interactions with people makes him seem weird. In a nutshell,  he gives off weird vibes. Continue reading

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Wolf to the Slaughter, Ruth Rendell

Very early Ruth Rendell title, 3rd entry in the Wexford series

Very early Ruth Rendell title, 2nd entry in the Wexford series

WOLF TO THE SLAUGHTER (1967) is an early Ruth Rendell title and sorry to say it was a disappointing experience. There’s a risk you take when going back to read the earlier entries in a long running series. I usually don’t go back but with Rendell I did go back because I was so impressed with her standalone novel, A JUDGMENT IN STONE. Well, I had some problems with WOLF TO THE SLAUGHTER that you usually will find with early books. The prose style not yet polished and disjointed; there were multiple characters to keep track of and the narrative never took off. Continue reading

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HBO’s The Jinx

HBO's The Jinx (2015) true crime series

HBO’s The Jinx (2015) true crime series

So, I finally watched HBO’s documentary, THE JINX. Actually, I just finished watching it. You may or may not have watched it or cared to watch it. I was in the “didn’t care to watch it” group until all the publicity and talk that surrounded the series caught my attention and made me curious. My rambling, unfiltered thoughts are after the break. Continue reading

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Let’s Hear It For The Deaf Man (87th Precinct Novel, Ed McBain

The Deaf Man returns and threatens the police that they will be accomplices in his plans

Let’s Hear It For The Deaf Man  (1973) returns and taunts the police about his next caper

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE DEAF MAN (87th Precinct Novel) is the 27th entry in the series by the prolific writer Ed McBain (1926 to 2005). To date I’ve read six books in the series. Hardly a dent since there are  55 books in the series. I keep coming back to McBain, who also wrote under his legal name, Evan Hunter, because his books are short, quick reads.

As you can ascertain from the title, a notable villain makes his return to give the men at the 87th Precinct trouble.  Trouble they don’t need because the murder rate is up. They are also chasing an unknown suspect that is burglarizing apartments and leaving kittens behind as his calling card. Meanwhile, Detective Steve Carella, our main hero, is mostly tied up in a murder investigation but is targeted by The Deaf Man for his next caper.  Continue reading

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